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Philippine Catholic leaders are reportedly interested to counter the alleged extremist religions such as those espoused by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq but also “asked the country’s bishops to collect donations for Christians who have been displaced by the militants and whose places of worship have been razed “by a godless rage with which no genuine religion can ever identify.”(https://ph.news.yahoo.com)
To counter any extremist religion is good but what is very disturbing in the report is that bishops were asked to collect donations intended for alleged Christians.
But before discussing the merit of the donation, we will try to settle first whether or not Roman Catholicism is comparable to extremist religions such as those espoused by Islamic State militants.
Fist premise: On radicalism-Roman Catholicism had deleted the second commandment of God, which states:
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments” (Exodus:20:4-6 ).