Our Lady, Women’s Rights, and Persecution

Black Coptic Cross with Coptic Colors

Black Coptic Cross with Coptic Colors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is an old Irish proverb to the effect of: The first duty of the strong is to protect the weak. Do we believe that or don’t we?

As we move into Advent, quite a few of us have talked of Our Lady and the culture at the time. I mentioned it here, Jess mentioned it here, and others have as well. One of the points that we have made is that Mary was the first woman in history, to stand up and say, yes Lord, I will. She did this when she was in her early teens, by the lights of her society, she was property, and because she was betrothed at the time, she belonged completely to neither her father nor her fiancé. Think about that, She, born without sin, was property, to be disposed of like a cow.

Amongst other things, the role of women in Western society, is one of the things that Christianity is responsible for. Don’t believe that, look at Moslem society, it has the same roots as ours, but has never developed. Women’s rights are one of the fruits of western civilization. And western civilization was caused and carried forward by the Christian Church, especially the church after Constantine. In another article of Jess’es one of her commenters, Tom McEwen says this:

The British Professor Patrick Haggard argues that your individual brain does not possess free will, nor awareness and consciousness, that there is no ghost in the machine. The complex nature of the brain makes these illusions possible. This has profound implications: philosophically, morally, and most worryingly legally. If I am not aware and just the product of firing synapses then I or my (?) brain kills (ceases to function) another brain is there a moral law broken if that brain is neither aware nor conscious, and the intent was not there because there is no free will. This limits the human to being a physical meat machine which is a uniquely complex set of falling dominoes, without external moral laws of good and evil beyond the physical realm. So according to Professor Haggard, God is an illusion as is an enlightened Buddha.

In my Lutheran Church we teach that there are two kingdoms, that of the right, which is of God; and that of the left, which is of Satan, personally I have no trouble deciding where Professor Haggard fits. Do you?

In my next link, I’m going to take you to an article at Maggie’s Notebook that collates some, repeat some, of the reports of Christian persecution around the world in October.

These reports of the persecution of Christians by Muslims around the world during the month of October include (but are not limited to) the following accounts, listed by form of persecution, and by country, in alphabetical order—not according to severity. Read it and then come back.
Church Attacks

Canada: As happens regularly in Egypt (see below), a Molotov cocktail was hurled through the window of a newly opened Coptic church near Toronto. Unlike in Egypt, however, firefighters came quickly and little damage was done: “Police have no suspects or motive in the incident.”

Egypt: A Muslim mob, consisting mostly of Salafis, surrounded St. George Church in the Beni Suef Governorate. Armed with batons, they assaulted Christians as they exited the church after Sunday mass; five were hospitalized with broken limbs. The Salafi grievance is that Christians from neighboring villages, who have no churches to serve them, are traveling and attending St. George. The priest could not leave the church for hours after the mass, even though he contacted the police; they came only after a prominent Coptic lawyer complained to the Ministry of the Interior concerning the lack of response from police. “I want the whole world to know,” he said, “that a priest and his congregation are presently held captive in their church, afraid of the Salafi Muslims surrounding the church.” Separately, a
group of Muslims, led by Mostafa Kamel, a prosecutor at the Alexandria Criminal Court, broke into the Church of St. Mary in Rashid near Alexandria and proceeded to destroy its altar, on claims that he bought the 9th century church; in fact it had earlier been sold to the Copts by the Greeks, due to the Greeks’ dwindling numbers in Egypt. Two priests, Fr. Maximos and Fr. Luke, rushed to the police station to try to bring the police to help. Kamel and his two sons also came to the police station, where they openly threatened to kill the two priests and their lawyer. “We stayed at the police station for over six hours with the police, “Fr. Maximos said, “begging prosecutor Kamel and his two sons not to demolish the church.” Fr. Luke said that the prosecutor had so far lost all the cases he brought against the church, “So when this route failed, he tried taking the matter into his own hands.”

Continue reading Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2012; Maggie’s Notebook.

Is this the world you want to live in? When you talk of returning to the early church, before Constantine, this is what you’re advocating for. From the way the news looks, you are going to get your wish, by the way. Personally, while I serve God as he directs, I think the culture that we have built over the last 2000 years is worth saving.

And to finish this off via the Rev. Karl Hess writing in Sermon for Populus Zion. “We are not of those who shrink back.” comes this quote:

The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with His death—we give over our lives to death. Thus it begins; the cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ.

When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, p. 44

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8 Responses to Our Lady, Women’s Rights, and Persecution

  1. JessicaHof says:

    This is a superb post my dearest friend, bringing together so many of the recent threads discussed here and elsewhere. Thank you.

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