Get that Cardinal a security detail! Let the rioting begin!
From correspondents in Lisbon January 15, 2009 02:25am
A PORTUGESE cardinal has warned Roman Catholic women against marrying Muslim men.
"Be careful with love. Think twice before marrying a Muslim, think seriously because it brings loads of hassle - and even Allah can't say where all that will end,'' Jose Policarpo, the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, said during a public debate.
"When you recognise what a young European of Christian upbringing is subjected to, given Muslim attitudes to women, the first time she goes to their countries, we can imagine what that entails.
"You can only dialogue with someone who is willing to dialogue. With our Muslim brothers, for example, dialogue is very difficult,'' he said.
"We have taken the first steps, but it's extremely difficult - because for them, their truth is the only way.''
Around 40,000 Muslims live in Portugal, according to Lisbon's Islamic community leaders - who have yet to react to the cardinal's remarks.
UPDATE: Here's the AP taqiya article
At past inaugurations, ceremonial prayers uttered on behalf of the incoming president drew about as much attention as the flags on the podium.
Not this year.
Barack Obama's choice of clergy is under scrutiny like no other president-elect before him, alternately outraging Americans on the left and the right as he navigates the minefield of U.S. religion.
The Associated Press has learned additional details.
Religion has been a lightning rod for Obama since the presidential campaign — from false rumors that he
is Muslim to uproar over sermons by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
But Obama's choice of clergy is also of greater interest because of the changing landscape of American religion.
The United States is more diverse than ever before, and members of minority faiths yearn to be recognized as fully American.