May 19, 2014

COMMENTARY: What Jordan can teach the Muslim world in welcoming Pope Francis

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Syrian refugees look for clothes during a church clothing drive at a Protestant church in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Dale Hanson Bourke

Syrian refugees look for clothes during a church clothing drive at a Protestant church in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Dale Hanson Bourke

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AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) By coming to Jordan, Pope Francis will shine a light on this Islamic state with a protected Christian minority and perhaps encourage other Muslim countries to follow Jordan’s model.

  • Larry

    About the only thing going in Jordan’s favor is the lack of incentive by the government to adopt fundamentalism. Given the country’s peace treaty with Israel, it would represent a dangerous anti-government force.

    Most of the region uses fundamentalism as a way to support the dictator/monarch and redirect dissent elsewhere, Jordan would be one of several “elsewhere”s these wannabe jihadis would try to operate. That can’t be tolerated by King Abdullah.

  • Martin Edwin Andersen

    Please take the time to read “Common Lands, Common Ground: The indigenous agenda, Israel, Palestine and breaking the post-Oslo Peace Accords logjam” @ http://goo.gl/XZIKoa It encapsulates many ideas similar to those expressed repeatedly by Pope Francis, underscoring his powerful message of interfaith respect.

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  • It was so very welcomed to hear of Jordan’s tolerance in its affairs. I was touched by the fact that the article didn’t need to focus on widespread bloodshed, as so often happens in Middle East news. For this I am genuinely thankful.

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  • p.c.khan

    Cristian majority Central African Republic and Buddhist majority Myanmar should learn from Jordan and treat Muslim minority in the similar way!

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