Comment Of The Day: “Now THIS Is A Level 8 Apology!”

In this concise but rich Comment of the Day, Isaac takes on the challenge of re-writing the wildly inadequate and unconvincing apology offered by the Catholic priest who was pressured to recant his negative comments about Islam in a Sunday service.

The apology offered three days later by the chastened priest, Fr.Nick VanDenBroeke:

My homily on immigration contained words that were hurtful to Muslims. I’m sorry for this. I realize now that my comments were not fully reflective of the Catholic Church’s teaching on Islam.


Here is Isaac’s alternative, his Comment of the Day on the post, “Now THIS Is A Level 8 Apology!”

Let’s see if I can re-write it for him.

“My homily on immigration contained some words that were hurtful to Muslims. That’s unfortunate, because it was all very true and reasonable. I don’t mean to cause pain, but if words and ideas are painful to you, then the issue is you. You must learn to get over yourself and face hard truths, or else be willing to engage in a friendly debate if you disagree.

As I say this, hundreds of Christian girls in Pakistan are being shipped off to China by Muslim traffickers to be child brides. Palestinians are rejecting, for the sixth time, an offer of their own state, because they refuse to live peacefully near Jews. If we’re going to invite a limited number of refugees into the United States, it should be people who are victims of oppression, not perpetrators. It should be people who long for our way of life, not the ones who detest everything about it. Islam, as taught in its authoritative sources, is not compatible with the values of the United States Constitution.

I realize now that my comments are not reflective of the teaching of the Catholic Church on Islam. Eh, they should be.”


6 thoughts on “Comment Of The Day: “Now THIS Is A Level 8 Apology!”

  1. The original comments were pretty mild disapproval, and forcing him to recant in favor of groups who don’t force their nutjobs to recant is the essence of unjust. I thought we were supposed to strive for earnest fairness. Better if they had ignored it and told him to cut back a little to calm the waters. Instead forcing him to recant is a good example of the Streisand effect bringing attention to the original, and the heavy-handedness of thwapping the priest of a small parish (whose thoughts are multiplied by the thousand out there by the silent majority)

    “It still moves”

  2. Indeed.

    they should look at their holy texts, like this passage.

    If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the Lord thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord thy God, in transgressing his covenant,

    And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;

    And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:

    Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

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