Pope Francis said yesterday that “Muslim Terrorism does not exist” but there are individuals in all religions who are involved in violence. He went on to imply that global warming was a far more serious problem than terrorism. Here’s the story from the UK Express:
POPE Francis has firmly denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, in a speech to a world meeting of populist movements yesterday.
In an impassioned defence of all faiths, the leader of the Catholic Church argued religion promotes peace and the danger of radicalisation exists in all religious beliefs.
“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist.
“No people is criminal or drug-trafficking or violent.
“The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and will eventually explode.”
“There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions – and with intolerant generalisations they become stronger because they feed on hate and xenophobia.”
“By confronting terror with love, we work for peace.”
Response: Pope Francis has some nice liberal PC thoughts about religion and terrorism but little of it is actually based upon reality and real world experience.
In his full speech he talks about how Jesus calls Christians to respond with love to all folks as neighbors as The Samaritan demonstrated. All great Biblical teaching but how is one called to respond when a particular group has openly dedicated themselves to try to kill you and yours, destroy your nation, and do away with Christianity and all other religions in the name of their holy book and religion?
Pope Francis implies that it is all caused by poverty but that has no basis in reality. Many of the terrorists to date have been among the wealthiest and best educated in the nations from whence they came.
Also, we are not talking about just some individual criminals when those perpetrators are organized around the guiding principles of their religion and claim that they are following the example of their prophet and scriptures. If they claim that they are committing terrorist acts in the name of Allah, the Quran, and Islam then they are exactly what they say they are- Islamic terrorists.
No well meaning PC redefinitions by the Pope can change reality, it can only get a bunch of folks killed and put whole cities and nations in jeopardy. *Top