Priest burns himself to death over Islam


After the cancellation of a Mozart opera in Berlin amid fears that it could provoke Muslim violence, and a speech by the Pope in September in which he quoted from a medieval text linking the spread of the Islamic faith to violence the relations between two communities become a intense matter of debate. This sort of things is a matter of great concern as it might bring more difference and hatred between communities.

A retired priest committed suicide by setting himself on fire in a German monastery in protest at the spread of Islam and the Protestant Church’s inability to contain it.

Roland Weisselberg, 73, poured a can of petrol over his head and set light to himself in the grounds of the Augustine monastery in the eastern city of Erfurt, where Martin Luther spent six years as a monk at the beginning of the 16th century.

Witnesses said that Weisselberg climbed into a building site next to the monastery church, where a Reformation Day service was being held. He shouted “Jesus and Oskar” before the flames engulfed him. The latter name was an apparent reference to Oskar Brüsewitz, a priest who burnt himself in 1976 in protest against the Communist regime in East Germany. Monastery staff tried to put out the flames and Weisselberg was still conscious as a nun prayed with him before he was taken to hospital. He died a day later, on Wednesday.

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14 Comments

  1. This is getting pretty crazy. Although a part of me admires his conviction, no matter how misguided. Like they say in the U.S. – if you’re going to talk the talk you have to walk the walk. And so he did.

    God rest his soul.
    WC

  2. Wow! If a muslim dies for his religion, he is a racalist, terrortist…

    If a christian does so, he is walking the walk…

    Great!

  3. Well… if that doesn’t overflow with contempt for the Biblical promise, I don’t know what does. God bless the church of Christ.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Diana

  4. TRUTH(ISLAM) HAS COME AND FALSEHOOD HAS TO PERISH (quran)

  5. TRUTH(ISLAM) HAS COME AND FALSEHOOD HAS TO PERISH

  6. I pity all you morons who live and die for religion’s cause. Whatever happened to democracy? What about all the talk about the advancement of man? Do anyone of you even KNOW what “religion” actually means? Most of us are still living in the dark ages.

    And Nazim, this old man did NOT harm anyone. Especially from another religion. He did not ‘explode’ in a public place. Is that what “terrorists” or “racists” do? I believe the answer is no.

  7. @Writerchick

    Well what ever its sad becuase if you think if priest start taking their own life what it will effect on society as whole? I really feel sorry for him.

    @Nazim
    Its not about christian, Hindu or Muslim. Its about taking own life. Who said when Muslims takes his own life he is “racalist, terrortist”. People call terrorist when some one trying to kill others also while taking his own life. Here Priest took his own life with out killing anyone, so if you linking this up by the terrorist killing innocents in Kashmir, Iraq Afghanistan..then bro think again..!

  8. @Slim

    Wow you done my job:)

  9. Haha, no problem. Now, where is my cookie? 😉

  10. He does not need to do so because there are other doing the exploding in Palestine, Iraq and Afganistan. Hmmm Kashmir is a different kind of issue. Not a real straight forward one though

  11. @Slim

    Ok send me your address I will courier it for you..:)

    @Nazim

    Thats correct he shouldn’t have done it on first place. For me a person of any religion kill himeself is sad. Because every religion says sucide is Sin. But the other part we should also try to find out what making these simple human being to think about this extreme step.

  12. @ekawaaz
    we should also try to find out what making these simple human being to think about this extreme step.
    The answer lies in your own post.

    in protest at the spread of Islam

    He died for Freedom to practice, preach any faith one likes. Duh!

  13. @Mir

    Yeah in protest at the spread of Islam, but why he sucide? Becuase Relations with Muslims have been a matter of intense debate in Germany in recent months, stoked by the cancellation of a Mozart opera in Berlin amid fears that it could provoke Muslim violence, and a speech by the Pope in September in which he quoted from a medieval text linking the spread of the Islamic faith to violence.

    So why people have to cancel the things? why anything which is happening since 16th century have to be cancelled? how it will upset Muslims? Another Drama…I guess

  14. @ekawaaz
    I have read the Popes speach. Thre problem was that he was not just qouting the the medieval text, he did not even said that what was said in 16th century was wrong. There are only two sides on the coin, so if Pope did not condemn it, he supported it. Anyone want freedom to say anything against Islam and Prophet, at the same time expect muslims to stay calm. It is a moronish logic.

    Anyway, i have a question for you. Why would a guy blow up himself. Forget about those killed. First thing a person thinks of his life. Why would a person blow up himself.

    PS: Palestine is a political problem and not a religious problem. Religion is just a motivating force. Indian army will always say “Har Har Mahadev” in war whether it is a war against Pakistan, America or even a hindu nation. Similarly A muslim will always say “Allah-u-Akbar” even if he is in war against another muslim. Religion/Faith is a motivating force. God is something that a person has closer to heart, more than his nation or brother. Because he feels it is only God that can save him.

    Moreover, it were the Europeans who drew the Jews out, why should Palestine give land to them. Was it their blunder that they welcomed Jews in their land and granted them place to live. After sometime Jews create a country out of it and drive out millions of Muslims out.


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