By VILLEM MAHERSTEIN
January 17, 2018 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - There is currently a controversy, a firestorm actually, raging against YouTube’s refusal to remove a video depicting various methods of desecrating the Holy Eucharist under the guise of artistic freedom.
The topic is vitally important to many devout Catholics who believe that during the Mass, the host and sacramental wine become [through transubstantiation] the literal body and blood of Jesus, which is the central aspect of the Catholic Mass.
Coincidentally, at the same time there is another [related] development which finds ex-Muslim Middle Eastern converts to Catholicism, beseeching the Pope, asking him to justify his conflating of Islam with Catholicism, which to them is an heretical proposition.
In the letter, these newly minted Catholics call the Pope’s attention to the genocide that is daily taking place against Middle Eastern Christians, being waged [of course] by the sons of Allah as a means of, hopefully, connecting the dots and providing guidance for the straying Catholic prelate who has fallen victim a moral relativism based upon the corrosive ideology of multiculturalism.
It doesn’t take much in the way of research to prove the charge of genocide since as the renowned scholar of Arabic and Middle East historian Raymond Ibrahim states:
“A document drafted by members of the global Christian community convening at the 3rd International Christian Forum held in Moscow, detailed how over the past 10 years the Middle East’s Christian population has shrunk by 80 percent and warned that unless current trends are reversed Christianity “will vanish” from its ancient homelands in a few years’ time. Around the year 2000, there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq, whereas today there are only 100,000, roughly a 93 percent drop, the document notes. In Syria, the largest cities “have lost almost all of their Christian population.” [source, Raymond Ibrahim, “ Clean Our Excrement Every Day or Die”: Muslim Persecution of Christians , August 2017]
The letter is beautifully written and powerfully reasoned, using Francis’ own Encyclicals [pastoral teaching documents considered authoritative] against his refusal to deal truthfully with the ongoing Muslim slaughter of Christians in lands where they were historically the majority.
“You do not like to beat around the bush, and neither do we, so allow us to say frankly that we do not understand your teaching about Islam, as we read in paragraphs 252 and 253 of Evangelii Gaudium , because it does not account for the fact that Islam came AFTER Christ , and so is, and can only be, an Antichrist (see 1 Jn 2.22), and one of the most dangerous because it presents itself as the fulfillment of Revelation (of which Jesus would have been only a prophet).”
After labeling Islam the anti-Christ the petitioners pose what is perhaps the most important question:
“If Islam is a good religion in itself, as you seem to teach, why did we become Catholic? Do not your words question the soundness of the choice we made at the risk of our lives? Islam prescribes death for apostates (Quran 4.89, 8.7-11), do you know? How is it possible to compare Islamic violence with so-called Christian violence ? “ What is the relationship between Christ and Satan? What union is there between light and darkness? What association between the faithful and the unfaithful?” (2 Cor 6: 14-17) In accordance with His teaching (Lk 14:26), we preferred Him, the Christ, to our own life. Are we not in a good position to talk to you about Islam?”
Delineating the violent nature of Islamic doctrine, Francis’ inquisitors propose the following hueristic:
“In fact, as long as Islam wants us to be its enemy, we are, and all our protestations of friendship cannot change anything. As a proper Antichrist, Islam exists only as an enemy of all: “Between us and you there is enmity and hatred forever, until you believe in Allah alone!” (Qur’an 60.4) For the Qur’an, Christians “are only impurity” (Quran 9.28),” “the worst of Creation” (Qur’an 98.6), all condemned to Hell (Qur’an 4.48), so Allah must exterminate them (Quran 9.30). We must not be deceived by the Quranic verses deemed tolerant, because they have all been repealed by the verse of the Sword (Quran 9.5). Where the Gospel proclaims the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection for the salvation of all, and the fulfillment of the Covenant initiated with the Hebrews, Allah has nothing to offer but war and murder of the “infidels” in exchange for his paradise: “They fight on the way of Allah, they kill and are killed.” (Quran 9:11) We do not confuse Islam with Muslims, but if for you “dialogue” means the voice of peace, for Islam it’s only another way to make war. Also, as it was in the face of Nazism and communism, naiveté in the face of Islam is suicidal and very dangerous. How can you speak of peace and endorse Islam, as you seem to do: “ To wring from our hearts the disease that plagues our lives (…) Let those who are Christians do it with the Bible and those who are Muslims do it with the Quran . “(Rome, January 20, 2014)? That the Pope seems to propose the Quran as a way of salvation, is that not cause for worry? Should we return to Islam?”
Regarding the ongoing Islamic colonization of Europe and to a lesser degree the United States:
“…the welcoming of migrants regardless of the fact that they are Muslims, something forbidden by Apostolic command : “If anyone comes to you but refuses this Gospel, do not receive him among you nor greet him. Whoever greets him participates in his evil works.” (2 John 1.10-11); “If anyone preaches to you a different Gospel, let him be accursed!” (Galatians 1.8-9)
Illustrating the harm that Francis’ wayward teaching on Islam has created, these Christians point out that, “many ex-Muslims, such as Magdi Allam , are even leaving the Church, disgusted by her cowardice, wounded by equivocal gestures, confused by the lack of evangelization, [and] scandalized by the praise given to Islam…”
In another serious accusation Francis is informed that:
“We are under the impression that you do not take your brother Bishop Nona Amel, Chaldean-Catholic Archbishop of Mosul in exile, seriously, when he tells us: “Our present sufferings are the prelude to those that you, Europeans and Western Christians, will suffer in the near future.”
The disheartened recent converts then close with the most troubling question; since Francis has gone out of his way to teach that Islam and Christianity share a common bond as Abrahamic religions:
“What remains of the Church where Islam has installed itself? If she still has civil rights, it is in dhimmitude, on the condition that she does not evangelize, thus denying her very essence. In the interest of justice and truth, the Church must bring to light why the arguments put forward by Islam to blaspheme the Christian faith are false…” [text source, Steve Skojec, Islamic Converts Ask Pope in Open Letter To Change His Teaching on Islam , One Peter Five]
But what about the YouTube dust-up?
We believe it illustrates the wisdom of the complaint the new Christian converts are making against the Pope.
f instead of the Eucharist being desecrated, let’s there was a video of a Qur’an being flushed down a toilet?
The effect would be immediate and two-fold..
Muslims would issue a fatwah against the offending videographer justifying killing him in various horrible ways and Youtube - upon first notice- would immediately pull the offending content and there would be no appeal to art or the freedom of a First Amendment right to freedom of political expression…the video would disappear.
Thus Youtube would be caught on the horns of a dilemma; the primary reason for removing the video would be to avoid another Charlie Hebdo massacre. Youtube’s calculus here proves exactly what the supplicants to the Pope are claiming…that Christianity in its full expression is not only compatible with Western norms but is actually the rock upon which this civilization is predicated, while Islam, within the bounds of normative Christian theology, is quite literally the anti-Christ.
The takeaway from all of this is simple, it really makes no substantive difference whether YouTube does or does not pull the offensive material, because the powers that be absolutely know that Jews and Christians will never strike out violently against their tormentors, their shared religion does not permit it.
And in that lies the irresistible logic of those who are petitioning Pope Francis to speak out against the ongoing jihad against non-Muslims, their argument is both theologically and morally sound.
We have been writing about the Muslim genocide against Christians for over a decade, for example from 2010 - Christians Under Genocidal Attack Throughout The Muslim World .
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