Friday, November 03, 2006

Priest protests Islam...by killing himself

A retired priest, Roland Weisselberg, yesterday committed suicide by setting himself alight at the Augustine monastery (where Martin Luther spent six years as a monk at the beginning of the 16th century) in the eastern German city of Erfurt. The reason? To protest at the spread of Islam and the Protestant Church’s inability to contain it. The response of the Protestant Church? A most enlightening one. The Protestant Bishop of Saxony, Axel Noack, immediately said he hoped the suicide would not hurt relations between Christians and Muslims. An interesting line of thinking from the Bishop, don’t you think? He doesn't appear to be very interested in addressing the priest's reason for killing himself but is concerned at how it might be interpreted by Muslims. Hmmmm...
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the Bishop of Saxony could top himself as well.

Ellee said...

It's a fairly drastic way of making a point. What happened to dialogue and reason? He sounds like an extremist too.

Ellee said...

It's a fairly drastic way of making a point. What happened to dialogue and reason? He sounds like an extremist too.too.

istanbultory said...

I gather he had been very active in pleading his case just about everywhere he could. I guess he felt there was no other way to make his point anymore. It's not an option I would have gone for...

Colin said...

An interesting line of thinking from the Bishop, don’t you think?

Indeed. His reaction demonstrates that the leaders of the Protestant Church have become apparatchiks of the government. His picture shows a typical careerist.

Ellee,

Istanbultory's interpretation seems to be correct. A newspaper reported: In the past three to four years, the 73 years old priest, who loved poems and poetry by Fontane and Hölderlin, had thematized again and again the position of the Church in regard to Islam, reported the provost. In a letter to her, he had urged to consider the problem more seriously.

In a farewell letter to his wife, he asked pardon for his action. At first, the police talked about personal motives for the suicide. The 73 years old was a priest for many years in the destrict of Windischholzhausen in Erfurt. "He was a very active person. Until 14 days ago, he acted as a substitute in Church services"


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