[quote=“brianlkennedy”]AWOL, since you specified “Another example of the West sacrificing ideals (religion, political freedom etc) for pursuit of the holy $…”, am I to understand that the ancient and profound nations of The Far East would not follow such a path? If so that comes as quite a surprise.
I had always understood from my study of religion (B.A. San Diego State University 1982) that organized religion is just another business and that businesses go where the money is. The problem betwenn the pointy hat folks in Rome and with the modern day Mandarins running the PRC is a simple first year business admin problem; to wit; who gets veto power over the managers of the “franchise”.
In a broader sense, why on earth should any major western power give a fuck what happens to Taiwan? I have never understood why the pro-Taiwan folks think this island means so much. Hell, the locals 99% of the time don’t give a damn what happens, why should “the West”. And local Taiwanese business owners and their families certainly should have no bitch with Rome switching sides, after all most major Taiwanese business are busy making those wonderful Renmebai (or whatever the PRC money is called.) which they then spend their in the PRC or convert to US$$.
yours in Cosmic Political Science
Universal Life Church
Headquartered in beautiful Modesto California[/quote]
On the contrary more Taiwanese people vote than almost any other democratic nation by % ratio and even numbers. The % ratio usually surpasses America. So Taiwanese people very much care about politics and the country otherwise they wouldn’t vote. The Pan-Reds here also demonstrated that a very high number of Taiwanese students are willing to die for the country versus say America (since they forgot to compare to other countries and didn’t know that the majority of any citizens in any country are not willing to die). Its really a moral issue, switching diplomatic ties to China requires 2 things, 1) the Vatican not recognize Taiwan, 2) the Vatican gives up control over the churches in China. Both do not benefit the Vatican. The Vatican standpoint is clear, it is willing to recognize China but is vague on sacrificing Taiwan and is not willing to compromise on giving up control over its followers in China.
Yours in Metaphysics, Divinity, and Biblical Studies,
Reverend Dr. Sean Su,
Universal Life Church
Headquartered in beautiful Modesto California