So, the Pope get’s to decide what is or isn’t a religion?

So let’s start off with the obvious:  I’m an atheist.   I have no religious convictions, no ties to any religious organization.  I do not believe in any “supreme being” or any kind of mythological diety.  I don’t have a problem with anyone having their own personal belief system.  If you’re a Jew, Catholic, Christian, Sufi, Hindu… whatever… that’s all up to you.  If it makes you happy to believe in something, more power to you.  However it does hack me off when someone decides that their religion is better than someone else’s, because every religion seems to think it’s better than another.

So apparently a former Muslim converted to Catholicism a while back and he had this statement:

He told the pope that it “is vital for the common good of the Catholic Church, the general interest of Christianity and of Western civilization itself” that the pope make a pronouncement in “a clear and binding way” on the question of whether Islam is a valid religion.

So let me get this straight:  The Pope, the head of the Catholic church, gets to decide if another religion is VALID?  Sure, why not.  And perhaps a Rabbi can decide if Hinduism is valid, and a Muslim cleric can make the decision about the validity of Catholicism.

Keep in mind that this guy, Christian (Magdi) Allam is  “a longtime critic of the Muslim faith of his parents”, so it’s pretty clear he doesn’t like the faith to start with.

Seriously people, if you want to have religious beliefs go right ahead, but stop trying to think that your religion is better or superior to another one.

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