CHARLOTTE, NC. Earlier this month, over 2,600 Muslim converts to Catholicism signed an open letter to Pope Francis. They asked the Holy Father to reconsider his current stance on Islam.
To date, the Pope has not responded.
The question posed in the letter was simple and logical. It was also direct. They asked why they, the formerly Muslim Catholic converts, literally “risked their lives” to change their religion IF Islam is “a good religion in itself?”
A pointed query from Muslim converts to the Pope
Quoting from the letter posted by more than a small number of people whose lives have been directly influenced by Islam, the message continues as follows.
“[F]rankly…we do not understand your teaching about Islam…because it does not account for the fact that Islam came AFTER Christ, and so is, and can only be, an Antichrist.”
The letter from the Muslim converts then reminded Pope Francis about their personal qualifications based upon their individual experiences. They doubtless hoped to prompt a response by making this observation.
“(A)s it was in the face of Nazism and communism, naiveté in the face of Islam is suicidal and very dangerous.”
“Naiveté” is the arguably most important word in that sentence. It pinpoints the core of the situation the world faces in dealing with radical Islam today. Not do the American people and Western societies remain generally ignorant about the Islamic faith. An alarmingly high percentage of world leaders and mainstream media representatives remain equally uninformed, if not moreso.
That’s a frightening thing to consider.
Why do world leaders like Pope Francis remain morally, politically and doctrinally blind?
When world leaders take positions detrimental to and counter-productive for their own constituencies in an bizarre effort to appear compassionate by appeasing sworn enemies, such thinking becomes self-destructive.
Further adding to the Pope’s false sense of security the document adds,
“You think that all men are equal, but Islam does not say that all men are equal. (…) If you do not understand this very quickly, you will become the victims of the enemy that you have invited into your home. This is a matter of life and death, and any complacency towards Islam is treasonous.”
Quoting directly from the Koran (Surah 60:4), the message become quick specific.
“Between us and you there is enmity and hatred forever, until you believe in Allah alone!”
Sadly, none of the points being made by the signatories in the letter to Pope Francis are new or unknown. They have been around for 14 centuries. Anyone with a religious background as prolific as that of the current Pope should readily recognize the deceptions.
Call it ambivalence or naiveté, such oversights or lack of curiosity about solving the problem makes this controversy immensely frustrating. The prevailing opinion goes so much against common sense that the Catholic converts felt a compelling need to express their concerns to Pope Francis.
Why does Pope Francis fail to respond?
The questions from this brave group of converts are certainly valid from a theological standpoint. For that reason the Pope should, at the very least, respond to their letter, if for no other reason than to clarify his position.
The ongoing Middle Eastern refugee has vexed a great many countries for a considerable period of time. Ironically, Turkey and Saudi Arabia – both Muslim countries – refuse to welcome any refugees from that region. Yet Pope Francis speaks of tolerance and compassion and urges other countries to welcome migrants whether they are Muslims or nor.
You can call this compassion if you like. But the simplistic idiocy of such thinking makes us think of the foolish farmer who opens the door of the henhouse when a fox clearly lurks in the barnyard.
In this case, “turning the other cheek” becomes nothing more than an invitation to disaster. It behooves the West and its leaders to face reality and understand the message.
Radical Muslims demand their cake and the ability to eat it too, but without reciprocity. When citizens of the West fight back against this religious, philsophical and political one-way street, however, elites and politicians label them “Islamophobes.” Worse, such politically-correct, bleeding heart apologists inspire their drooling sycophants in the media to further distort the truth.
Does logic even work in the 21st century?
Again, the letter from the Muslim converts attempts to re-engage the blind with simple doctrinal and religious logic with the following observation.
“When…the Old Testament commands to treat foreigners well because the Hebrews have themselves been foreigners in Egypt, it is on the condition that the foreigner assimilates so well to the chosen people that he accepts their religion and practices their cult… Never is there mention of welcoming a foreigner who would keep his religion and its customs!”
Yet, failure to assimilate is a customary feature of Islamic culture when Muslim refugees put down roots in their new host countries.
Former Muslims have written many books on the very subject today’s group of Muslim converts to Catholicism converts are writing to the Pope about. You can easily find such books by searching Amazon or by visiting local bookstores.
Why We Left Islam
One excellent volume is entitled Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out. It contains a series of brief essays written by Islamic converts from all walks of life. Collected by Susan Crimp and Joel Richardson, this easy-to-read and understand book may not be the most eloquent manuscript on the subject. But it does contain numerous testimonials that expose the harsh truth of today’s Islamic faith.
True, global Islamic terrorism has been relatively quiet in recent months. But by no means does this indicate that terrorism has disappeared. In the current climate, terrorism merely lies dormant. Nothing more.
Pope Francis need not subscribe to the Old Testament “eye for an eye” philosophy to make an impact on the current standoff. All he really needs to do is open his own eyes to reality. The time has come for him to do just that.
— Headline image: Pope Francis at Varginha, Brazil.
(Image from Agência Brasil, via Wikipedia entry on Pope Francis. CC 3.0 Brazil license.)
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