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The trouble with writing news before it happens

From EUPravda:


"Today around twenty high-level representatives of Christianity, Judaism and Islam in Europe gathered at the Commission headquarters at the invitation of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, for an informal dialogue with the EU. The meeting was co-chaired by Commission President Barroso and the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering. This year's meeting focused on a major European and global challenge: The economic and financial crisis and ethical contributions for European and global economic governance".

I skimmed this release earlier, and decided it was too dull to merit mockery or, heaven forfend, analysis, but did note that Tariq Ramadan was along for the bunfight, a man with a degree of form.

And now this from Ha'aretz:

"Jewish delegates boycotted an interfaith meeting hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday, to protest against the participation of extremist Muslim Brotherhood representatives. "We do not consider it appropriate for organizations such as the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe, or individuals who made or endorsed anti-Semitic statements and who are clearly linked to radical Islamist movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood to be present," Rabbi Aba Dunner, executive director of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), said".

Going back to the original release, some head hanging is due from those quite happy to shoot the breeze with the MBs fellow travellers, I think.

From these parts, we have:

The Right Reverend Steven Lowe, Bishop of Hulme

A number of bishops, archbishops and others are due some bashing too.

As a footnote, why is it that Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh leaders seem to be routinely ignored for these theological funfests?



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