Sep 23, 2005, 5:12 PM
Post #20 of 24
Matter of semantics. In Colombia Catholics are Catolicos and Protestants are Cristianos. It took awhile for me to convince my Colombian ex-esposo that by virtue of being Catolico he was also Cristiano.
As far as the religion of the helpers goes, who cares?????????? I'll mention my nephew who is a New Orleans firefighter who was on duty when Katrina hit and helped rescue many people from their homes and the floodwaters when the levees broke. Mark was raised by his non-practicing Jewish father whose father lost most of his family to the concentration camps, and my sister, his non-practicing Christion-only-by-default mother. Mark chose to do his Bar Mitzvah in Israel, where his father's only surviving first cousin lives. He and his fiancee, a practicing Catholic, will probably be forced to postpone their wedding scheduled in a New Orleans Catholic church. The place they had planned their receiption in City Park was destroyed. Their house was damaged. Their friends, several of whom were to be in the wedding party, either do not have homes to return to or are off in another state looking for work. His fiancee has rented a temporary place in Lake Charles, which is now threatened by Rita. However she is not there to try to save her things once again because the two of them are in Las Vegas on a furlough trip given to the NO firefighters who have served so bravely since Katrina. When Mark was asked if he was scared staying behind in New Orleans while Katrina approached, he simply said, "It's my job." Quite honestly I don't think that those people stuck in their attics, on their roofs and in nursing homes cared about his religion and I'm sure he did not ask theirs before he decided whether to help them. Regardless of their religion--or lack thereof, good people help other people in a time of need. That's what makes them good people, not titles or affiliations they claim.
That Cristalhombre sure likes to stir up trouble. Or maybe he just likes to make people think. I should know because he's my dear friend Brad! :-)