The Pope

Conservatives are wondering if he is a fool or a liar as it relates to Islam.

At a time when Muslims all around the world are terrorizing and slaughtering non-Muslims in the name of Islam,Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, continues trying to distance Islam from violence.

Last Sunday a journalist asked him about the recent and “barbarous assassination of Fr. Jacques Hamel” in France, and how the priest was clearly “killed in the name of Islam.”

To this Francis replied that he doesn’t like speaking about Islamic violence because there is plenty of Christian violence as well… [He] said that every day when he browses the newspapers, he sees violence in Italy perpetrated by Christians: “this one who has murdered his girlfriend, another who has murdered the mother-in-law… and these are baptized Catholics!

There are violent Catholics!  If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence.  And no, not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent. It is like a fruit salad; there’s everything.”

Is the Pope really that dense?  Is he incapable of distinguishing between violence committed in the name of a religion, and violence committed in contradiction of a religion?


Obviously, the distinction is that Christianity does not instruct us to commit acts of violence.  That doesn’t stop some folks, including some Popes.

The Pope is correct about not all Muslims being violent.  The world would be pretty much a mess if 1.6 Muslims were raging lunatics.  One issue of course is the fact that some Muslims feel compelled by their faith to behave like raging lunatics — with apologies to lunatics everywhere.

Prayers that there is a peaceful solution to a conflict which may go on for a long time.

The Pope

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