| The Pope and Holy War
| Thursday, August 04, 2016
|The West that jihadists now terrorize has allowed itself to be weakened. A combination of political correctness, fear of giving offense, fear of combat, and a reluctance to upset illusory stability has led to an incredible series of opportunities for the jihadists.
On the morning of July 26, a priest serving mass, an elderly man of 85, Father Jacques Hamel, was butchered
before his altar by one of two knife-wielding devotees of the Islamic
State. His killer slit his throat and might very well have proceeded to
behead him, as is the wont of many jihadi executioners. The followers of
a faith that honours murderers as martyrs (shuhada') created a martyr for quite another faith. In both Greek and Arabic, the terms "martyr" and shahid mean
exactly the same thing: "a witness".
Father Hamel was the latest in a
long line of Christian martyrs who have been slain by men of violence,
supposedly in order to attest to the sole truth of their faith. Many
Muslim martyrs have died in much that way, but even more have given
their lives while waging war (jihad) to conquer territories for Islam.
The flag of the Islamic State reads "la ilaha illa'llah, Muhammadun rasulu'llah". The words mean: "There is no God but God; Muhammad is the prophet of God". Those two phrases are known as the shahada, the bearing of witness. You see it everywhere today, now in Syria, then again in France or the UK. But shahada
also means martyrdom. And martyrdom while committing violence is what
the killers of an innocent man of God achieved on that day when armed
police found them and shot them dead outside the church they had
On the following day, the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, issued a statement
on the event, and for a moment it seemed that he had finally got things
right. He said the world was now at war. Decades after the war started,
here was a religious leader and statesman who seemed to have awakened
to the fact that Western countries have been unwillingly and
ineffectively failing to wage a war against Islamic radicalism. Or
perhaps it is more accurate to say that Islamic radicalism has been
waging a war with us. But then he blew it. What he then said was:
"It's war, we don't have to be afraid to say this ... a
war of interests, for money, resources. I am not speaking of a war of
religions. Religions don't want war. The others want war."
HT : BCF
Read it all here..............
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 3:39 PM