Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hypocrisy from the Latin Patriarch

This tidbit has been reported by several sources, but the irony of its placement on Iran's Press TV is delicious. Press TV gives the following information about itself:
Press TV takes revolutionary steps as the first Iranian international news network, broadcasting in English on a round-the-clock basis.

Our global Tehran-based headquarters is staffed with outstanding Iranian and foreign media professionals.

Press TV is extensively networked with bureaus located in the world's most strategic cities.
Some obvious rhetorical questions quickly come to mind:
  • Has the Latin Patriarch ever expressed opposition to any other states for being religious states, including repressive states such as Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran, states in which he would be unable to practice his religion?
  • Has the Latin Patriarch thought about the fact he is an official of the Vatican, which is legally a sovereign state? Does he believe the Vatican's identity as a Catholic state discriminates against non-Catholics?
  • Was he joking when he said the conflict, initiated and perpetuated by the Arab unwillingness to live with Israel, continued because of Israel?
For his contribution, Michel Sabbah gets my "Most Hypocritical Cleric of the Day" award.

Catholic Church: Israel not Jewish state

Top Roman Catholic cleric in al-Quds denounces 'the definition of Israel as a Jewish state', saying the land belongs to all religions.

“Israel's identity as a Jewish state discriminates against non-Jews,” Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah said in a pre-Christmas address on Wednesday.

He added ''If there's a state of one religion, other religions are naturally discriminated against.”

Sabbah denounced Israel's demand to be recognized as a Jewish state by the Palestinians and said God made this land for all three religions.

The Latin Patriarch said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has unleashed 'the forces of evil' across the Middle East and the conflict perpetuates because of Israel's unwillingness to make peace.

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