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Pakistani bishop links Western military actions, persecution of Christians

Catholic World News - April 07, 2011

Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad, Pakistan’s third-largest city, says that there is a link between the persecution of the nation’s Christians and Western military actions.

“We are going through a difficult time in our history in Pakistan with the rise of intolerance and extremism in the last few years, but you have got to understand this in the wider context of what is happening in the world,” he said. Islamic extremism has occurred, he said, within the context of “the intervention of the United States and NATO forces, and the attacks that continue from outside Pakistan territory into Pakistan, where not only a handful of terrorists are being killed, but many innocent people are being killed.”

Bishop Coutts added that “when a Muslim looks at the West, the West is seen as Christian”--which leads some Muslims to say, “The Christians are doing terrorism; why doesn’t the Pope condemn this terrorism?”

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Apr. 07, 2011 10:43 PM ET USA

    Bishop Coutts is admirable in his charitable attempt to see the Muslim point of view. But, how about when a member of the Christian West looks at the Muslim world marked by terrorism, intolerance, barbarity, etc, we can rightly ask, ?What is wrong with Islam that no leading imam can come forward to reign in the barbaric elements of that faith? Or, is the problem with Islam really Islam itself?"

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