CHARLOTTE, NC, February 20, 2017 – In a passionate speech on Friday, Pope Francis once again demonstrated his naivete about Islam and global terrorism. In his Holiness’ remarks, he not only refuted the existence of Islamic terrorism but also reinforced the argument for an ecological crisis.
“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” said Francis.
Tell that to the three thousand people who lost their lives on 9/11/01. Or to the families of the Benghazi diplomats who were directly lied following the attack in Libya. Explain the countless beheadings by ISIS or how “Allahu Akbar” has become a familiar expression that we had never heard a decade or so ago.
The pope added that terrorism is largely the result of economic inequality rather than religious beliefs. To some degree that is true. Islam was created in the 7th century by the Prophet Muhammad to offer a place for the poor and underprivileged to worship in a desert furnace where only wealthy had access to a god.
At the same time, the pope fails to include countless others throughout the world who are poor who have no intentions of killing, maiming or slaughtering fellow human beings in the name of some omnipotent figure.
Francis added, “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.”
Has the pope ever been to Haiti, Thailand or South Africa to witness the shantytown poverty in those countries where raw sewage is considered a river?
When was the last terrorist attack by a Haitian or a Thai?
Perhaps most confounding about the pope’s beliefs is the fact that he is not doing his followers any favors by leading them down a path of deception. Such idealistic concepts only lead to greater problems because people respond by saying “Well if the pope says it is true then that’s good enough for me.”
That sort of thinking is all too familiar to complacent Americans who believed former president Barack Obama when he made similar remarks.
Anyone who has ever traveled to any degree knows the pope is partially correct when he asserts, “A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system.”
Indeed the casual observer can see places where glaciers are receding. Winters have been relatively milder in many places in recent years than those we may have remembered as children.
But two questions arise from the pope’s premise. First, are climatic changes cyclical and naturally occurring? If that is the case, could it not be suggested that according to the Bible, which claims God created Earth in six days and then He rested, that perhaps we are STILL in a state of creation?
Volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and the like are all natural events that, from one perspective at least, could be part of a grand plan of creation that is actually ongoing.
In other words, does that mean that climate change is clearly a product of man’s invasion into the natural order of our planet?
Given that billions of people continue to live and thrive despite fluctuations in temperatures in the past dozen years, the scourge of terrorism should be of more immediate concern considering the thousands upon thousands of innocent people who have perished in the process.
One thing we do know for sure, terrorism IS manmade.
Does it not make more sense to seek reasonable ways to resolve the differences between all other religions and Islam while it is an on-going crisis? Should we not allow men of science to do their research to develop and evolve solutions to climate change which is of lesser concern at the moment?
Pope Francis reiterated his view that “all religions promote peace.” That is patently untrue. Islam is the only hate based religion in the world and it ONLY promotes peace when true believers are in control.
As the pope accurately points out, “There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions.”
What the pope conveniently omits is that a true Muslim believer must be a fundamentalist in order to observe the teachings of Muhammad as he intended.
It makes a huge difference in interpretation, and it is time for Pope Francis to awaken to reality.
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