The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Iran and other stuff

Well, President Obama certainly has his hands full. Here he is trying to remake American society in his own image and then those pesky North Koreans and Iranians create these little distractions. Maybe if he just ignores them, or says some nice things about them, or issues a stern warning or two, they'll go away and let him get on with the really important work.

We can already see what the administration is doing to the economy. Why do I get the feeling that this new executive team of ours is in even deeper waters when it comes to foreign policy?

If you want to read an insightful commentary on what's happening in Iran, check out Wesley Pruden's column in today's Washington Times. It's worth a read.

Another under-reported story is the continued governmental persecution of minority religious groups in Iran. Iran Press Watch is a good place to get the latest information on the subject. The site is aimed primarily at documenting persecution of the Baha'i community, but also includes information on Christians.

Unlike most Muslim nations, Iran had a history of relative tolerance toward its Christian population...until the mullahs took over. It's not as bad as Saudi Arabia but it's getting there.

Another good site to get an encapsulated view of how Catholics and other Christians are treated in various nations is Aid to the Church in Need. This is a link to their Middle East page.

Instead of telling the Islamic world how wonderful they are, it would be nice if our president spent a little of his Muslim capital encouraging these despotic, murderous theocracies to allow a little religious freedom. Maybe some day we'll see a Catholic church in Riyadh, but I'm not holding my breath.

By the way, if you want to get a sense of what government run health care will be like, you don't have to go to Canada, or the UK, or Costa Rica. You need only check out the VA, a government organization that ostensibly has been providing health care to our veterans for decades. Just beware. Looking too closely at the VA can be a very scary experience.

Interesting times we live in...

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