Pope Francis’ Song and Dance with Islam: “Killing in the name of God is satanic”… but… by Raymond Ibrahim.
The Pope is to be applauded for these statements, for they are certainly true. Indeed, “there are more Christian martyrs [today] than in the first times” and “killing in the name of God is satanic.”
But his assertions are somewhat compromised in that they are incomplete and thus vague. Listening to him, one might conclude that all sorts of people are coercing Christians to accept “our god, or our gods” or else the sword; that all sorts of people are “killing in the name of God.”
In reality, there is only one group of people today — Muslims — that is forcing Christians to choose between their god and death. …
Francis offers strong (but vague and little heard) words to placate those outraged at the nonstop Islamic attacks on Christians; but he never mentions—worse, he covers for—the ideology that fuels these nonstop attacks. …
Needless to say, Francis’ passive behavior is futile vis-a-vis Islam and will only be taken advantage of. How does one have “fraternal relations” with adherents of a religion that calls on them to hate all non-Muslims, including family members and wives? Or as the Koran puts it: “There has already been for you [Muslims] an excellent example in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people… ‘We have rejected you, and there has arisen, between us and you, enmity and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone’” (60:4).
hat-tip Stephen Neil