Sunday, November 05, 2006

Priest burns himself to death over Islam

A german priest killed himself in protest to Islam's spread in Europe and his perception that Christian Europe is not acting.

This presents an interesting quandry for the West.

  • Write the priest off as a nut-job to appease Muslims?
  • Downplay the incident?
  • Or use his death to begin a frank and open discussion about the real and perceived threats to Europe that can and will result from past, present and future muslim immigration.
[See: Slain dutch filmmaker, French riots, British terror attacks by homegrown muslims... the list goes on.]

The priest's manner of suicide also brings to mind the buddhist monks who took their own lives in the same manner to protest the Vietnam War. I'm sure it comes as a relief that the priest did not commit this act in opposition to the Iraq War or U.S. policy, since that would only further serve to strain cross-atlantic relations.

Gosh, I never thought I'd be saying this, but ... hopefully Germany will move to the right on this issue...

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