If you can’t beat them, join them – goes the idiom. Perhaps that was what Pope Francis thought about fighting Islamic terrorism. In an interview with France’s La Croix on Tuesday, Pope Francis seemed to be asking people to embrace ISIS, because according to his logic, the Jihad waged by the radical Islamic terrorist is no different than that of Jesus’.
Apparently, Pope Francis argued that if one were to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, ISIS’ idea of conquest is no different from that of Jesus’. He also believes that Muslim migrants should be welcome so that they can breed with Europeans to counter “declining birth rates”.
Coincidently, Pope Francis opinions are eerily similar to those of Imam Sheikh Muhammad Ayed, who said Muslims should exploit the migrant crisis to breed with Europeans and “conquer their countries”. Last year, the Imam said – “Europe have lost their fertility. We will give them fertility! We will breed children with them, because we shall conquer their countries!”
Instead of blaming Islam radicalization as the root cause of terrorism, Pope Francis shifted the blame on Western model of democracy being exported to countries such as Iraq and Libya. He believes such countries should be left alone with their cultures consisting of tribal factions. Because of democracy, Libya is now ended with 50-Gaddafis instead of the initial one-Gaddafi, argued him.
Pope Francis conveniently ignored the fact that Libya, under Gaddafi regime, sponsored the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew, including 2 people from the Pope’s native Argentina. That occurred 23-years before Gaddafi was overthrown. In 2003, Gaddafi accepted responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing and paid compensation to the families of the victims.
However, as the spiritual shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Pope Francis, 77, is very popular for his restructuring exercise after the shocking resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to him, the church was infested with multiple scandals, from the paedophilia scandals to “Vatileaks” affair – corruption, cronyism, blackmailing of homosexual clergy in the Vatican.
Called the first modern pope, Francis’ leadership attracts mass attendance which in turns increases donations to the Vatican’s coffer. He even brought in KPMG to implement uniform, internationally accepted accounting standards to replace the Vatican’s old way of bookkeeping, not to mention services from Ernst & Young, Deloitte & Touche, Spencer Stuart and McKinsey & Co.
Pope Francis has spoken out against “the idolatry of money”, corporate greed and shameful inequality. Heck, he even called the pursuit of money “the dung of the devil”. Amusingly, when he visited New York last year he dared not assault on the evils of capitalism. While addressing the Congress, he described business as a “noble vocation” which could improve the world and “be a fruitful source of prosperity”.
He also promoted socialism during the interview, saying – “A completely free market does not work” – hence raising questions whether Francis was more communist than Catholic. If Pope Francis is indeed a socialist, perhaps he should take a look at China, a country which is still officially socialist but its economy has become more geared towards capitalism.
Francis also believes that Christians and Muslims worship the exact same God, as he spoke at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan last year, triggering firestorm of criticism. Many have taken the Pope’s remarks as a major step in the direction of a one (new) world religion – the biggest merger in the history of humankind – merger of Christianity and Islam to “Chrislam”.
Well, if the new religion – Chrislam – could eliminate future war due to mine-is-better-than-yours argument, why not? But are 2.4 billion Christian and 1.6 billion Islam followers ready for such merger? For all you know, the word “Chrislam” itself could easily be twisted as Christians’ acquisition of Islam hence sparks a new world war. Indeed, religions are dangerous games and potentially toxic.
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