|This is how we'll remodel St. Peters into a mosque |
like we did to Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.
Here are pickup quotes from the full press conference on the papal plane (My comments in red.):
Question: ...why do you, when you speak of these violent events, always speak of terrorists, but never of Islam, never use the word Islam? And then, aside from prayer and dialogue, which are obviously essential, what concrete initiatives can you advise or suggest in order to counteract Islamic violence? Thank you, Holiness.
Pope Francis: I don’t like to speak of Islamic violence, because every day, when I browse the newspapers, I see violence, here in Italy… this one who has murdered his girlfriend, another who has murdered the mother-in-law… and these are baptized Catholics! (Apples and oranges: This equates random killings in the name of Islam which targets all infidels with individual specific acts committed out of passion, revenge, or personal interest.) There are violent Catholics! If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence . . . (Because so many Catholics are blowing themselves up, flying airplanes into skyscrapers, and beheading their neighbors? Really?) and no, not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent. It is like a fruit salad; there’s everything. There are violent persons of this religion… this is true: (Yes, and Muslims are spurred on by the tenets of that religion and are actually instructed by imams on means to kill as many people as possible with the least effort.) I believe that in pretty much every religion there is always a small group (A small group...Is this a joke?) of fundamentalists. Fundamentalists. We have them. When fundamentalism comes to kill, it can kill with the language (Language is equal to cutting throats and beheading people because they are Christian?) -- the Apostle James says this, not me -- and even with a knife, no? I do not believe it is right to identify Islam with violence. (Why not? The religion identifies itself with violent jihad in the name of Allah.) This is not right or true. I had a long conversation with the imam, the Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar University, and I know how they think (Is the pope serious here? He knows how they think? The Koran teaches that Muslims can lie to non-Muslims. How can any non-Muslim know how they think?) . . . They seek peace, encounter . . . The nuncio to an African country told me that the capital where he is there is a trail of people, always full, at the Jubilee Holy Door. And some approach the confessionals -- Catholics -- others to the benches to pray, but the majority go forward, to pray at the altar of Our Lady... these are Muslims, who want to make the Jubilee. (Yes, they -- at least some -- honor Our Lady, but they still are willing to close their eyes to the aspects of their faith that endorse killing their neighbors.) They are brothers, they live… When I was in Central Africa, I went to them, and even the imam came up on the Popemobile (So what's the point?)… We can coexist well (Tell that to the non-Muslims living in no-go zones.) … But there are fundamentalist groups, and even I ask… there is a question… How many young people, how many young people of our Europe, whom we have left empty of ideals, who do not have work… they take drugs, alcohol, or go there to enlist in fundamentalist groups. One can say that the so-called ISIS, but it is an Islamic State which presents itself as violent . . . because when they show us their identity cards, they show us how on the Libyan coast how they slit the Egyptians’ throats or other things… But this is a fundamentalist group which is called ISIS… but you cannot say, I do not believe, that it is true or right that Islam is terrorist. (Of course it is, Holy Father! As Congressman Tom McClintock has said, "Although Islam is a religion, it is often accompanied by a poisonous political ideology that is antithetical to everything our country stands for. That ideology now poses a direct threat to the liberty and safety of our people, and we have every right to defend ourselves against it." Thomas Aquinas would agree since he recognized the violence of Mohammed and his followers. It's truly ironic when a Congressman in the U.S. makes more sense than the pope.)
Oh, and here's what St. Thomas says about immigration.
And then this:
Question: Your concrete initiatives to counteract terrorism, violence?Read the Quran's violent verses and then see if you can describe it as a "religion of peace".
Pope Francis: Terrorism is everywhere. You think of the tribal terrorism of some African countries. It is terrorism and also . . . But I don’t know if I say it because it is a little dangerous… Terrorism grows when there are no other options, and when the center of the global economy is the god of money and not the person -- men and women -- this is already the first terrorism! You have cast out the wonder of creation -- man and woman -- and you have put money in its place. This is a basic terrorism against all of humanity! Think about it! (Love of money is, indeed, the root of all evils; however, the pope's words imply that if we just equalize things -- i.e. become socialist, evil will disappear. Is the terrorism of Islam really related to money? Nations exporting it are among the richest in the world. No, it isn't money that causes Muslims to demand Sharia Law and the subjugation of non-Muslims. It's the religious politics of Islam!)
This excerpt from the end of the article is telling:
The most prestigious Islamic university in the world today is Cairo's al-Azhar. While the university is very quick to condemn secular Muslims who critique the religion, it has never condemned ISIS as a group of infidels despite horrific carnage in the name of Allah. When asked why, the university's Grand Imam, Ahmed al-Tayeb explained: " Al Azhar cannot accuse any [Muslim] of being a kafir [infidel], as long as he believes in Allah and the Last Day—even if he commits every atrocity."
For their part, Western liberals would do well not to sacrifice critical thinking to the god of political correctness, or look for reasons to bring other religion down to the level of Islam merely to avoid the existential truth that this it is both different and dangerous.
There are just too many Muslims who take the Quran literally... and too many others who couldn't care less about the violence done in the name of Islam.Will people wake up before Islam conquers the West? Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.