Invoking the idea of Christian violence, the Pope defends Islam from the charge that it inspires terrorism.
When the Pope defends Islam, it seems to me he must know that his pronouncements are utter nonsense.
Pope Francis said Sunday that Islam could not be equated with terrorism and warned Europe was pushing its young into the hands of extremists.
“It’s not true and it’s not correct (to say) Islam is terrorism,” he told journalists aboard the papal plane during the return journey from a trip to Poland.
“I don’t think it is right to equate Islam with violence”.
Okay, there are violent acts committed by non-Muslims and there are Muslims who don’t commit violent acts. So framing the issue as “equating Islam with violence” predetermines the conclusion.
Pope Francis used this type of argument to justify his hiding the truth about why a priest died.
Francis defended his decision not to name Islam when condemning the brutal jihadist murder of a Catholic priest in France in the latest of a string of recent attacks in Europe claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.
What purpose does it serve for leaders to hide what everyone already knows?
The Pope went on to mix up two entirely different kinds of violence.
“In almost every religion there is always a small group of fundamentalists. We have them too.”
“If I have to talk about Islamic violence I have to talk about Christian violence. Every day in the newspapers I see violence in Italy, someone kills his girlfriend, another kills his mother-in-law, and these are baptized Catholics.”
The pope is smudging religious violence and ordinary crime. Those “baptized Catholics” are not claiming that Jesus told them to kill anyone or that they are following Jesus’s example.
It would be interesting, however, for the Pope to publicly deal with the differing crime rates in native European populations and migrant populations. But I suspect he will avoid the subject at all costs.
The other type of violence is done to serve a religious goal. There have been aberrant Christian groups in history but not nearly as many as in Islam. The “small group of fundamentalists” constitute a significant percentage of Muslims. And these “groups” are spread throughout Islamic communities.
The Pope is offering us idiotic statements in defense of immigration policies that threaten Europe!
Consider this video by Paul Watson a reply to the Pope’s statement: