It’s not that Pope Francis is an idiot who doesn’t believe that Muslims commit terrorist acts. Far from it. The pope is an idiot who believes that Muslims don’t commit acts of terror in the name of Islam any more often than Christians or Jews commit acts of terror in the name of their religions.
“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.
What he apparently meant is that not all Christians are terrorists and not all Muslims are terrorists—a fact evident to all—yet his words also seemed to suggest that no specifically Islamic form of terrorism exists in the world, an assertion that stands in stark contradiction to established fact.
“No people is criminal or drug-trafficking or violent,” Francis said, while also suggesting—as he has on other occasions—that terrorism is primarily a result of economic inequalities rather than religious beliefs. “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.”
The Pope also reiterated his conviction that all religions promote peace and that the danger of violent radicalization exists equally in all religions.
“There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions—and with intolerant generalizations they become stronger because they feed on hate and xenophobia,” he said.
While denying the existence of Islamic terrorism, Francis also seemed to condemn the denial of global warming, asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.”
“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” he said.
We know “what happens when we deny science and disregard the voice of Nature,” the Pope said. “Let us not fall into denial. Time is running out. Let us act. I ask you again—all of you, people of all backgrounds including native people, pastors, political leaders—to defend Creation.”
Yes, your Holiness. We know exactly what happens when we “deny science.” We get the Inquisition and the rack. Maybe we should try stretching a few climate skeptics. If it was good enough for Torquemada, it should be good enough for you.
What is it with these European religious leaders who can’t bring themselves to admit that Islamic terrorism exists not because people are poor and need a good job, but because it is an extremist ideology that is seeking to take over the world?
Also, I hardly think that 50 million Christians or Jews would support Christian terrorism or Jewish terrorism. According to this migration expert, 50 million Muslims support Islamic terrorism.
The pope really ought to open his mind to the possibility that some of the Muslim leaders he meets with would love to see him dethroned and probably jailed. Islamic supremacists aren’t just confined to terrorists. Some of the most respected clerics in the Islamic world believe that Islam will triumph one day.
Pope Francis appears to be helping the process along.