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Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype.
Has anyone of any influence anywhere gone on record “equating Islam with violence?” We all know that there are hundreds of millions of peaceful Muslims in the world. But Pope Francis doesn’t limit his disquisition to this particular strawman, taking us into a relativistic moral world not normally associated with the Catholic church.
“You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups,” he said.
Note that the Pope is here providing balance to his condemnation of ISIS terrorists, implying that all religions have a problem with homicidal adherents, as if sects of Christians or Buddhists are rampaging about beheading all and sundry.
But wait, there’s more.
“They (Muslims) say: ‘No, we are not this, the Koran is a book of peace, it is a prophetic book of peace’.”
Now the Pope leaps from admonishing against “equating Islam with violence” to endorsing the argument that the Quran is “a prophetic book of peace.” Might I suggest that next time Pope Francis wishes to opine on the Muslim holy book, he first pick up a copy for himself? Spanish translations are available.