Thank God I’m a Maccabee

“Thank God I’m A Maccabee!”
(to the tune of John Denver’s “Thank God I’m A Country Boy!”)

Well life in Judea’s sure gettin’ rough
The Greeks hate our faith, and their laws are pretty tough
But my brothers and me-we’re made of sterner stuff
Thank God I’m a Maccabee!

No we’d never trade our faith for an earthly prize
We fight for the Lord till the day that we die
We’re strong, and we’re brave-and we’re all circumcised!
Thank God I’m a Maccabee!

Well, we’re faithful and true and we never ignore a
Single word of the Law written down in the Torah
So remember us when you light your menorah
Thank God I’m a Maccabee!

If you want to torture me you can cut off my hands
Cut out my tongue, fry me up in the pan
But you’ll never break me, ’cause I’m a God-fearin’ man!
That’s right, I’m a Maccabee!

Now my brother’s called the Hammer,
’cause the Greeks don’t faze him
You’ll never catch him in one of their gymnasiums
He restored the Temple-now all the people praisium!
Thank God he’s a Maccabee!

Well, we’re faithful and true and we never ignore a
Single word of the Law written down in the Torah
So remember us when you light your menorah
Thank God I’m a Maccabee!

Tell your children and their children to keep up the fight
‘Cause this ain’t just about a pretty Festival of Lights
Give your praise to the Lord and keep on doin’ what’s right
And then you’ll be a Maccabee!

Well, we’re faithful and true and we never ignore a
Single word of the Law written down in the Torah
So remember us when you light your menorah
Thank God I’m a Maccabee!

Source: The Ironic Catholic

Islam: Jewish Heresy?

I’ve long viewed Islam as an heretical offshoot of Christianity, as I think most Christians have. Over at Mark Shea’s blog, he quotes one of his readers who argues that Islam is more properly understood as a heretical offshoot of Judaism:

Although some Christians over the centuries have called Islam a “Christian heresy”, it is much more logical to call it a “Jewish heresy”. There was massive Jewish proselytization in southern Arabia in the century before Muhammad. By the time of Muhammad, many of the Arabs in Yemen had converted to Judaism, and in Mecca and Medina there were ethnically-Jewish Jews and ethnically-Arab Jews. Muhammad accepted the Jewish prophets with very few revisions (whereas his story of Jesus’ life is significanlty different than ours). To this very day, Orthodox Jews are forbidden to pray in a Christian church, but they are permitted to pray in a mosque. Muhammad rejected some of the Jews’ historical claims (e.g., the roles of Isaac and Ishmael were partially reversed) but he accepted their theology. Therefore, Muslims today worship the same God as do the Jews.

That’s some history I hadn’t know and found quite interesting. (Read another interesting article on why Islam worships the same God as Christians.)

This takes place in the context of a larger debate over Catholic-Islam relations. Another interesting points from Shea:

Some people try to claim that we should never allow Muslims to pray on Church property. The corollary: Pius XII should never have allowed Jews to celebrated their rites when he was hiding them in the Vatican and in other church properties.

No hijab, no yarmulkes for Jewish kids at Catholic schools. No five minutes set aside for Muslims to say their prayers. No time off allowed for High Holy Days for Jewish kids.

One problem with that is he’s conflating an instance where we were trying to save Jews from extinction and the normal day-to-day operations of a Catholic institution. It’s one thing to allow Jews to pray in their hiding places on Church grounds when being seen in public could lead to their death, it’s another thing to allow what we perceive as heretical practices on Church property in ordinary circumstances.

I’m actually generally in favor of letting Islamic students pray Islamic prayer while attending a Catholic school. If it can be done at little inconvenience to the school and the burden is placed on the student to abide by their religious laws and make up any work missed, then I see little issue. When the burden is placed on the school and other students, then I have an issue. For example, if the school, and therefore other student’s tuition is responsible for the special equipment they need for washing, that would be wrong. But if Muslim parents and others in the community, including Christians so inclined, were to raise money for the installation of said equipment, who cares? When I was in high school, we had many non-Catholic students, but they took the same course load (including religion classes) and were treated the same, other than they weren’t required to attend Mass. Any burdens their faith imposed on them were burdens on them, not the school. That seems like a reasonable compromise.

Thanksgiving Bible Passage

I give thee thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing thy praise;

I bow down toward thy holy temple and give thanks to thy name for thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness; for thou hast exalted above everything thy name and thy word.
On the day I called, thou didst answer me, my strength of soul thou didst increase.
All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, for they have heard the words of thy mouth;
and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD. (Psalm 138:1-5, from the Responsorial Psalm for the daily Mass for Thanksgiving)

He got off easy

Police in said they arrested a Connecticut man after he tried to steal communion wafers during a church service. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said 33-year-old John Samuel Ricci, of Canton, was cornered by fellow churchgoers when he grabbed a handful of wafers from the priest during communion services Saturday.

The Stuart News reported that Ricci was being held down by six or seven offended parishioners when deputies arrived at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Jensen Beach. Police say two parishioners, ages 82 and 61, received minor injuries in the scuffle.

Ricci was charged with two counts of simple battery, theft and disruption of a religious assembly. He was being held Tuesday on $2,000 bond at the Martin County Jail.

You don’t steal Jesus.