My own added comments on this thorny subject of current intense interest:
American and as an Orthodox Christian, I would wish that our president
and congress would make a new law, outlawing the practice of Islam in
our country, and inviting all Moslems
here to leave us, [including removing their American citizenship] -unless
they openly and publically renounce all forms of Islam, and for us to
not allow any more of them to enter our country, BECAUSE Islam is
anti-western culture and is anti-human, and is inherently a
terrorist culture, -which terrorism is taught in their beautiful and
peaceful holy Koran and in their Hadiths,-their commentaries on their
Koran, and it is very destructive to our values,
and to our biblical and Christian-based American FREEDOMS!, and a deadly
physical danger to our nation and our citizens,
and it should be declared as: not a valid 'religion' -protected by our constitution, but as international foreign
and alien terrorism and as ANTI-AMERICAN. Islam is making war on us. Islam has been and still is THE worst curse on the human race ever concocted, and is far worse even than communism. Others
here who defend them should also be physically removed, by our military
and police, from our country, by any means possible. Ship them all to Saudi Arabia or to Iran. 'Habeas
Corpus' needs to be suspended, and they should have NO CIVIL
RIGHTS ....just as Christians and Jews, and many other persecuted
minorities in Moslem lands, have no real civil rights
in Moslem ruled countries. And in every
American school, there should be mandatory courses taught wherein the actual and foul real horrible
factual history, of 'beautiful and peaceful' Islam is taught,
so that all here know just how anti-human it is, how anti-human dignity
and anti-women, and anti-human freedom it has always
been and still is, and how many Christians and Jews and others, it has oppressed and mass-murdered and harmed, FOR ABOUT 1400 YEARS NOW!, even as it is still doing today, since its founder, wretched
& deranged Thrice-Cursed False-Prophet and False-Messiah, Muhammad
walked this earth, about 600 years after Christ. And any Moslems here, should be firmly ordered to emigrate out of our country, fast, or be forced out at the point of bayonets. Any
of their mosques here, should be seized by our government and gifted to
Jews or any Christian denomination.... or to those others they have
always persecuted and murdered. But Moslem-persecuted Christians and Jews, should be given an easy entrance into our country! Moslems need to get back,
JUST PAY-BACK, for what they have thrown in our Christian faces, for about 1400 years, since Muhammad. Does this sound as an angry comment? It is! It is righteous indignation based on fact. Just
how many more Islamic atrocities [all ordered for them to do to us
infidels in their 'Holy' Koran!] do we have to endure, before
we westerners see the light, and reject all Moslems out of our nations,
and declare as illegal, their foul satanic and anti-human false religion
and alien-adversarial debauched culture? THROW
MOSLEMS OUT!... and for those here, the vast majority of our born
American citizens, who label themselves as 'Christians', - why not
finally stand up for your avowed Christianity?.... finally! And yes, we should
be intolerant of those who are intolerant of us and our values. It is a matter of national survival.... LIFE or DEATH! Let
all unrepentant Moslems here, go back to their Moslem homelands,
[mostly lands which they originally invaded and seized by bloody
from their former Christian inhabitants] and murder each other... over
there! And for those, [you are TRUTH-SEEKERS,] who have an internet connection, I advise you to simply view the
many ex-Moslem you-tube VIDEO testimonies of the many
born-Moslems, in every Moslem country, who have rejected their
oppressive born religion, and their WHYS, and why they have
converted to some form of Christianity. It is very revealing. Most of
us westerners know little or nothing of such truthful information. Most
of us want to believe that: 'all religions are equal'.... the ecumenist
ill-informed and ignorant of history, claptrap nonsense. Born ex-Muslims know best how evil and harmful, and how
anti-life, is their born dark godless religion. Most of us westerners are largely still in ignorance and in ecumenist darkness. Rd. Daniel P.S. And a big surprise to the sweet but ignorant ecumenists: Our Christian God, the True God, is NOT the 'God' of Islam! We and they do not worship the 'same God', not at all. The
Islamic god is one imaginary pagan deity [a demon], who is based on
the pre-Christian Arabian moon-god, a being that hates mankind,
and seeks continual revenge on humans, i.e. he is clearly Satan, that
is the 'God' who Moslems worship and serve. "By their fruits shall ye
know them!" St. John of Damascus labeled them as: "The godless Hagarenes". He
is not the old testament revealed Judaic God, 'Of Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob' nor of our New Testament revealed Davidic-linage Saviour,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God in The Holy Trinity. Muhammad
and his foul and ugly religion of 'submission', has always been
diametrically opposed to both Judaism and Christianity. And it still
is. In the modern world, the only 'good Moslems' are those
nominal Moslems, who do not fully practice it.... who ignore much of what it orders them to do. The
Moslem terrorists/'extremists' are those who really practice it
fully.... and that adds up to a large number. It is all in their Koran.
Last July, for the first time during a Mass in Italy, a verse of the Koran was recited from the altar.
priest in the south of Italy enraged parishioners by dressing the
Virgin Mary in a Muslim burqa for his church's Christmas Nativity scene.
initiatives are based on the gradual elimination of the
Western-Christian heritage in favor of Islam.
Catholic clergy is probably disoriented by Pope Francis himself; he was
the first to allow the reading of Islamic prayers and Koran readings
Pope embraced religious relativism when it comes with Islam. He
repeated that Islamist violence is the work of "a small group of
who, according to him, have nothing to do with Islam.
of England Bishop Harries suggested that Prince Charles's coronation
service should be opened with a Koran reading. In the US, more than 50
including the Washington National Cathedral, hold Koran readings. Is
there any reading of the Christian liturgy in mosques?
is it that so few Christian leaders have raised their voices against
this unprecedented attack on a Christian monument? Have they organized
Koran readings in their own churches so that they now view it as normal
to convert a church into a mosque?
it not be better for the Catholic Church to establish a real dialogue
with the Islamic communities based on principles such as reciprocity (if
you build mosques in Europe, we build churches in the Middle East),
protection of Christian minorities in the Crescent and theological
repudiation of jihad against "infidels"?
There is a disturbing and growing trend in Italy and Europe.
For the first time in more than 700 years,
resonated in Florence's Cathedral, the Church Santa Maria del Fiore.
Under the famous Dome of Brunelleschi, Islamic melodies accompanied
Christian ones. The "interfaith initiative" was promoted a week after
the barbaric massacre by Islamist terrorists in Paris at the magazine
Charlie Hebdo, and included "Koran is Justice" and other such "hymns".
priest in the south of Italy then enraged parishioners by dressing the
Virgin Mary in a Muslim burqa for his church's Christmas nativity scene.
pastor of the parish of Saints Joachim and Anne in Potenza, Father Franco Corbo,
that he had the special crèche constructed "in the name of dialogue
among religions". These interfaith initiatives are based on the gradual
of the Western-Christian heritage in favor of Islam.
Another priest in Italy also
eliminated the Christmas nativity scene
at the local cemetery because "it could offend Muslims". Father Sante
Braggiè said there would be no crib in
the cemetery in the northern city of Cremona because it may anger people
of others faiths or people whose relatives are not buried there:
small corner of the cemetery is reserved for Muslim graves. A crib
positioned within sight of them could be seen as a lack of respect for
of other faiths, hurt the sensibilities of Muslims, as well as Indians
and even atheists".
the Italian parish church of St. Martin was preparing the end of Mass.
Suddenly a veiled woman, Nour Fayad, took the floor and read the verses
of the Koran which announce the birth of Christ. The initiative was
intended by the priest, Don Giusto della Valle, as "a gesture of
In Rozano, near Milan,
Marco Parma, then scrapped his school's Christmas carol concert: he
decided to ban traditional festivities at Garofani school, "to cause no
In July, for the first time during a Mass in Italy, a verse of the Koran was recited from the altar. It happened in the
Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome, during a ceremony in memory of
Father Jacques Hamel,
who was slaughtered by ISIS terrorists in France. While Catholics
recited the Creed, a delegate of the mosque of al Azhar Mosque
in Cairo softly repeated an "Islamic prayer for peace".
The Catholic clergy is probably disoriented by
himself, who was the first to allow the reading of Islamic prayers and
Koran readings from the world's most important Catholic facility.
It happened when Pope Francis met with late Israeli President Shimon
Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Vatican City,
a gathering designed "to pray for Middle Eastern peace".
he was elected Pontiff, Francis has spent a lot of time in mosques. He
has visited many Islamic places of worship abroad, as in
Turkey and in the
Central African Republic, but he was also willing to become the first Pope to
visit the Grand Mosque in Rome.
When it comes to Islam, the Pope embraces religious relativism. He
that Islamist violence is the work of "a small group of
fundamentalists" who, according to him, have nothing to do with Islam.
When asked why
he did not speak of Islamic violence, the Pope replied,
"If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence",
even though one
would be hard-pressed at this time to find any priests, nuns or other
Catholics planting bombs anyplace in the name of Jesus Christ.
This trend goes beyond Italy. In the UK,
Bishop Harries suggested that Prince Charles's coronation service should open with a reading from the Koran. In the US,
more than 50 churches, including the Washington National Cathedral, hold Koran readings. The head of the Protestant Church in Germany,
Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, has also called for Islam to be taught in state schools. Is there any reading of the Christian liturgy in the mosques?
interfaith shows also seem to be making us blind to more disturbing
readings of the Koran in Christian churches, such as the one that
place in Istanbul's Hagia Sophia: for the first time in 85 years, Turkish Muslims read an Islamic text inside the Christianity's most beautiful Eastern
church. Their goal, as attested by bills submitted to Turkey's parliament, is clear:
Islamizing the church, which had been used as a museum since 1935.
silence is less clear: how is it that so few Christian leaders raised
their voice against this unprecedented attack on a Christian monument?
Have they organized so many Koran readings in their own churches so that
they now view it as normal to convert a church into a mosque?
After a terror attack in a church in Normandy last July, the Christian clergy
opened the doors
of their churches to Muslims. This gesture was welcomed as a turning
point in the relation between the two religions. But from a population
of six million Muslims in France, only a few hundred Muslims
participated. Was their attendance really representative of Islamic
well-intended gestures might look like an interfaith gain, but are in
fact an ecumenical loss. Would it not be better for the heads of the
Church to establish a real dialogue with the Islamic communities, based
on principles such as reciprocity (if you build mosques in Europe, we
build churches in the Middle East), protection of Christian minorities
in the Crescent and theological repudiation
of jihad against "infidels"?
the Catholic clergy who opened the door of Florence's Cathedral to
Islam, Muslims will next suggest removing a painting in the basilica:
Michelino's "Dante and the Divine Comedy". For Muslim extremists, Dante
is guilty of "blasphemy": he included Mohammed in his poetic Hell. The
Islamic State does not make a secret of its willingness to
strike Dante's tomb in Italy. Other sites on ISIS's list include St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna, both of which
portray scenes from the Divine Comedy.
A fantasy? Not at all. The Italian human rights organization
Gherush92, which advises UN bodies on human rights, already asked to have Dante removed from school curricula because supposedly it is "Islamophobic".
In this new interfaith "correctness", only Islam gains. Christians have everything to lose.
Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.