[lit-ideas] Re: Ask the Ayatollah

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2006 18:30:34 EDT

Yes.  No  religion is a monolith.  I spoke re. fasting from  my personal 
experience of a particular sect of a particular religion in my  geographic 
location and culture.  The varieties of fasting in Christianity  are probably 
Julie Krueger

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> But in Christianity fasting is  a  personal thing for special occasions and 
> is not made public -- one  does not  let anyone know that they are fasting.
> It is a very  private way of  submitting one's whole being to God.

How private is  it? I posted this link lst  night.


Here's  an excerpt from it.

Pope Steps Up Anti-War Crusade with Call for  Christians to Fast

Pope John Paul II stepped up his crusade against a  looming war in Iraq, 
the world's Christians to stage a fast for peace  on the same day as his envoy
is to meet US President George W.  Bush.

The pope said the day of fasting on Wednesday would remind people  of the long
years of suffering endured by Iraqi citizens as a result of the  international
embargo against the country.

The fast will coincide with  a meeting Wednesday between Bush and the pope's
special envoy, Cardinal Pio  Laghi, who the pope has entrusted with a special
plea to restrain the US  leader from waging war against Iraq.

The fast is the latest in a series  of efforts to avert a war by the pope, who
has emerged as one of the most  prominent opponents against a US-led conflict
with Iraq.

In recent  weeks, he has received leaders ranging from Iraq Deputy Prime 
Tareq  Aziz to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the US' key ally on Iraq,  
Tuesday held talks with Italian Prime Minister Silvio  Berlusconi.

The pontiff said the day of fasting Wednesday should "provide  greater
understanding of the difficulties and sufferings or our brothers  confronted 
hunger, misery and war."

The appeal has also been passed  on by World Council of Churches in Geneva and
the Synod of the Church of  England.

An informal opinion poll carried out on a private Italian  television channel
also found that 55.7 percent of viewers said they were  willing to follow the
appeal to fast.
I have a number of  (Protestant) friends right here in Portland, who let it be
known openly and  beforehand that they are going to fast (usually for a day) 
part of some  anti-war protest. The extent to which people on lit-phil have 
willing  lately to generalize about 'Christians,' 'Catholics,'  'Protestants,'
'religion,' 'Muslims,' 'philosophers,' and the like is really  quite

Robert Paul
Reed  College

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