It will be a few hours, but the Vatican will have priests race to every available microphone to again tell us that we have all misunderstood Pope Francis and should not trust the media. It is becoming a regular routine. This interview contains the latest. In it is this gem:
– The fear of accepting migrants is partly based on a fear of Islam. In your view, is the fear that this religion sparks in Europe justified?
Pope Francis: Today, I don’t think that there is a fear of Islam as such but of ISIS and its war of conquest, which is partly drawn from Islam. It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.
In the face of Islamic terrorism, it would therefore be better to question ourselves about the way in an overly Western model of democracy has been exported to countries such as Iraq, where a strong government previously existed. Or in Libya, where a tribal structure exists. We cannot advance without taking these cultures into account. As a Libyan said recently, “We used to have one Gaddafi, now we have fifty.”
Ultimately, co-existence between Christians and Muslims is still possible. I come from a country where they co-habit on good terms. Muslims come to venerate the Virgin Mary and St George. Similarly, they tell me that for the Jubilee Year Muslims in one African country formed a long queue at the cathedral to enter through the holy door and pray to the Virgin Mary. In Central Africa, before the war, Christians and Muslims used to live together and must learn to do so again. Lebanon also shows that this is possible.
Where do we even begin?
First, jihad and the Great Commission are not the same. Jesus called on his disciples to make disciples by preaching, teaching, and baptizing.
Mohammad is recorded as saying, “The best jihad is the one in which your horse is slain and your blood is spilled.”
That’s a pretty big difference. Anyone interpreting Christ’s command as conquest is completely taking him out of context while Mohammad, in context, was engaging in bloody conquest.
Then of course there is the whole idea of peaceful coexistence. Yes, peaceful coexistence is possible until the Islamic population gets over ten percent and gets religious. Once that happens it is all down hill. Lebanon was a perfectly peaceful place until it wasn’t. And it wasn’t because of just geo-political forces, but Islamic religious forces as well. Central Africa’s wars are, in large part, religious wars by fundamentalist muslims engaged in jihad.
The ultimate irony here is that in the real word, as opposed to the academic one where muslims are all peace loving children of God by another name, the more religious a Christian gets the more peaceful the Christian gets. The more religious a muslim gets, the more violent the muslim gets.
That’s just truth, but a truth the Pope and much of the left cannot handle.