comparative religion

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 21, 2007

In Saguenay, Quebec, Mayor Jean Tremblay wants people to know that the Catholic faith is still important.

"The Catholic religion is one of the nicest values we have in Quebec," saysTremblay.*

Travel about 500 miles due south from Saguenay, and you'll arrive in Boston, where Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently described the 9/11 terrorist atrocity this way:

It was a mean and nasty and bitter attack on the United States. But it was also about the failure of human beings to understand each other and to learn to love each other.

The Catholic faith is nice. Murderous Islamic extremism is mean and nasty. If you're a Catholic, consider yourself patted on the head. Santa Claus, when you're making your list, take note.

(*= Disclaimer: Tremblay-- who habitually opens meetings with a prayer-- was probably speaking French, in which case the blame for this inelegant phrase falls upon the translator.)

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 25, 2007 9:46 AM ET USA

    I always loved GK's quote: "Those who study comparative religion tend to become comparatively religious".

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2007 11:16 PM ET USA

    What religious and political worldview consistently inspires this "failure of human beings to understand each other"? It's not the failure to "understand", it's the failure of the world, and in particular Muslims who believe in peace, to confront their Islamo-fascists. On Patrick's rhetorical ability: Has anyone described the attack on Pearl Harbor as "mean and nasty"?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2007 3:06 PM ET USA

    Traduttore, traditore.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2007 2:44 PM ET USA

    Don't blame a silly mayor for talking about the Catholic Faith as a "nice value". This manner of talking comes straight from the Cardinal's mouth. See 2 articles on this topic: and Cardinal Ouellet constantly talks about Catholicism as being our "cultural heritage" and one of our "values", etc.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2007 1:36 PM ET USA

    Here's the money quote: "La religion catholique est une des plus belles valeurs qu'on a au Québec" "The Catholic religion is one of the most beautiful values that are in Quebec." Pas mal!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2007 10:12 AM ET USA

    Wasn't there a line in scripture about the Lord vomiting out the lukewarm? "One of the nicest values" implies that there are other "nice" values of equal merit. Balderdash!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2007 9:57 AM ET USA

    And nice guys finish last: “By the skin of their teeth, German security services, with the help of their U.S. colleagues, prevented earlier this month what might have been the worst terrorist attack in European history. The would-be bombers, though, aren't some neglected immigrants on the margins of society. Daniel S. from Saarland converted from Catholicism to Islam in 2004, one year after dropping out from high school” (Source: WSJ).

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2007 9:33 AM ET USA

    "The Catholic religion is one of the nicest values we have." Could be the first line in a new hymn by Marty Haugen. Actually, it's one of those meaningless statements that make heaven groan. And how fitting it is to apply to societies that slaughter their unborn infants in droves--quite nicely, of course, in much admired Planned Parenthood facilities--where the silent cries go unheard. And many Catholics nod in agreement and vote for more.