Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Slams Islamists

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In reaction to the depredations of the Islamic State in Iraq, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a statement last week strongly condemning the militants. The statement also called on religious leaders, “especially Muslims,” to condemn the crimes and denounce “the use of religion to justify them.” “If not,” it asks, “what credibility will religions, their followers, and their leaders have? What credibility can the interreligious dialogue that we have patiently pursued over recent years have?”

On the one hand, the statement is a positive sign. The veil of illusion about Islam, it appears, may at last be lifting. Since the Council for Interreligious Dialogue has probably done more than any other Catholic organization to keep alive the illusion that the Islamic faith is just like ours, it’s significant that they are calling on their Muslim counterparts to take a stand against Islamist aggression. Up until now, the Pontifical Council has been excessively concerned with the sensibilities of Islamic religious leaders. The new tone suggests a recognition that they also have a responsibility for the lives of Christians who are threatened by Islamists. With its detailed list of unacceptable Islamist practices, the statement indicates a willingness to take a more realistic view of Islam.

On the other hand, there are a few indications that illusions die hard. The statement is hedged with language which suggests that the bishops still don’t get it—“it” being a clear understanding of Islamic faith, tradition, and history. The main thing to grasp is that Islam is a political religion. It’s as much about power as about piety. Indeed, exercising your power over others is considered to be a valid expression of piety—as in the music videos on Al-Aqsa TV, which proclaim that “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.”

In several places, the statement calls on Islamic leaders to “condemn the use of religion as a false justification for terrorism.” “No cause, and certainly no religion, can justify such barbarity,” says the document. That’s true if you equate “religion” with Christianity, but the religion of Islam can and does justify barbarity—although, from the Islamic point of view, what Allah commands is not barbarity, but simple justice.

The statement calls on “followers of all religions” to condemn a list of outrages committed by the Islamic State. It’s not clear, however, if the authors of the statement fully realize what they are asking. A devoted follower of the prophet can’t very well condemn these practices because most of them belong to the warp and woof of Islam. A Muslim who rejects them tears at the very fabric of the faith.

Take the first item on the list: “the massacre of people on the sole basis of their religious affiliation.” It seems that all reasonable people could unite in condemning that one, but, as it turns out, the Koran contains numerous passages justifying the slaying of unbelievers simply because they are non-Muslims (e.g. 9:5, 9:29, 8:39, 9:123). Next on the list is “the despicable practice of beheading, crucifying, and hanging bodies in public places.” Yet verse 47:4 of the Koran says, “When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield, strike off their heads,” and Muhammad himself ordered the beheading of between 700 and 900 members of a Jewish tribe of Medina that had surrendered to his forces. Crucifixion? According to verse 5:33, “Those that make war against God and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land.”

The third item of condemnation is “the choice imposed on Christians and Yezidis between conversion to Islam, payment of a tax (jizya), or forced exile.” In July, the Islamic State offered an ultimatum to Northern Iraq’s dwindling Christian population: “We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract—involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword.” Once again, this is no idiosyncratic interpretation invented by ISIS, but a well-established Islamic practice. Verse 9:29 of the Koran exhorts Muslims to fight Christians until they pay the jizya and feel themselves subdued, and the triple choice is spelled out in detail in one of the Hadith (the words and sayings of Muhammad):

When you meet your enemies who are polytheists [which includes Christians], invite them to three courses of action … [accept] Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them.… If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them. (Sahih Muslim 19:4294)

In reporting on the ultimatum, the Reuters story notes that the “dhimma contract” is “a historic practice under which non-Muslims were protected in Muslim lands in return for a special levy known as ‘jizya.’” In fact, the basis of the contract is the Pact of Omar, which was purportedly drawn up by Omar bin al-Khattab, a companion of Muhammad and the second caliph to follow him. In other words, the Pontifical Council is condemning a practice which has for centuries been standard operating procedure in the Muslim world.

The fifth outrage cited by the Pontifical Council is “the abduction of girls and women belonging to the Yezidi and Christian communities as spoils of war (sabaya).” Again, there’s nothing innovative here on the part of ISIS. Sex slavery in times of war is standard Islamic practice. Numerous passages in the Koran and the Hadith refer to the legitimacy of sexual relations with those “whom your right hand possesses” (i.e. captured women and/or slave girls). Muhammad explicitly gave his soldiers permission to rape captured women, and all the four major Sunni schools of sharia law agree that Muslims may have sexual relations with slaves taken in war. Moreover, sex slavery is still endorsed by Muslim clerics, and it is practiced not only in Iraq and Nigeria but also in such unlikely places as Great Britain, where a recent study titled “Easy Meat: Multiculturalism, Islam, and Child Sex Slavery” concluded that at least 10,000 girls are kept as virtual sex slaves at any one time by Muslim gangs in England (some sources say the number is 20,000). The Muslim gang members consider themselves at war with the infidels of England, and thus they look upon their “slaves” as legitimate spoils of war.

Of the eleven items on the list, at least ten are strongly attested to in Islamic scripture and have been widely practiced throughout the history of Islam. No doubt there are a great many Muslims who find these practices repellent. Perhaps they are unaware of the harsher mandates of Islam or perhaps they have chosen to ignore them. Very likely they have also been influenced by Western and Christian ideas. These are the people we think of as moderate Muslims. But whether or not they are good Muslims is another question.

The point is that asking Muslims to “unequivocally” condemn the barbarities of the Islamic State is tantamount to asking them to renounce some of the central tenets of their faith. The authors of the Pontifical Council statement don’t seem to fully comprehend this, because they are still locked into a true Islam/false Islam dichotomy that is widely shared by others in the secular West. But this imaginary dichotomy results largely from a projection of Western/Christian values and assumptions onto Islam. According to this view, the true Islam is a religion of peace and justice that shares much in common with Christianity. Therefore, when groups such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State engage in savagery, they are being untrue to Islam. They are in common parlance “misunderstanders of Islam.” The trouble is, the number of misunderstanders is now legion, and the number of “true” Muslims who are willing to stand up to them is few. You will still hear a lot of nonsense spoken about Islam, but nowadays you are less likely to hear the once-common assertion that the extremists comprise only a handful.

Although Muslim leaders here and there are willing to condemn the acts of ISIS and other terrorists, it is almost always done in an ambiguous fashion. Statements condemning ISIS, for example, invariably distance ISIS from Islam. For example, Iyad Ameen Madani, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, denounced the “forced deportation under the threat of execution” of Christians, calling it “a crime that cannot be tolerated.” At the same time, he said the actions of ISIS “have nothing to do with Islam and its principles that call for justice, kindness, fairness, freedom of faith, and coexistence.” Leaving aside the question of how an organization that calls itself the “Islamic State” and quotes copiously from Islamic scripture can “have nothing to do with Islam,” there is something disingenuous about casting the principles of Islam in modern human rights language. I haven’t memorized the Koran, but I’m fairly sure you won’t find terms such as “freedom of faith” and “coexistence” therein. There is one passage in the Koran which avers that “there shall be no compulsion in religion” (2:256) and it is quoted ad nauseum by Muslim and non-Muslim apologists for Islam. But in the Muslim world, “no compulsion” seems to be understood in the broad sense. If you’re a Christian living in Northern Iraq and an ISIS soldier comes knocking at the door to offer you the triple choice, you can remind him that there is no compulsion in religion and hope that he’ll say, “Oh, sorry, I forgot”—or you can make sure that you and your family will be far away when the visit occurs.

Secretary General Madani also refers to the Islamic principle of “coexistence” but forgets to mention that for most of Islamic history, Christians and other minorities were only allowed to “coexist” as long as they agreed to abide by the terms of the “dhimma contract” which, as the Reuters report reminds us, is “a historic practice under which non-Muslims were protected … in return for a special levy known as ‘jizya.’” But protected from whom? In reality, the jizya was little different from the “protection” money that small business owners were forced to pay to the Mafia. Surely the Secretary General knows all this. And surely he knows that the dhimma tradition came to an end because it was outlawed by colonial powers and by the secular strongmen who succeeded them. His shock at the crimes of ISIS is reminiscent of the (faux) shock that Captain Renault expresses upon discovering gambling in Rick’s Café.

Not to sound too cynical, but there is likely another reason for Secretary General Madani’s choice of words. The word “coexistence” did not roll readily off the lips of seventh-century Arabian warriors, but it is ever on the lips of today’s statesmen and religious leaders. It is the kind of word one uses to appeal to a certain sensibility. For example, after condemning the Islamic State, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue statement goes on to tell us that “we cannot forget, however, that Christians and Muslims have lived together—it is true with ups and downs—over the centuries, building a culture of peaceful coexistence and civilization of which they are proud.” Well, yes, but once again, that “peaceful coexistence” was conditional on the Christians accepting the dhimmi code and literally prostrating themselves before the local ruler as they paid the jizya tax. And it wasn’t always so peaceful. There were many occasions when, for whatever reason, the Muslim overlords decided to no longer honor the contract. Take just two examples from modern times. Between 1915 and 1918, the Ottoman government exterminated between 1 and 1.5 million Armenian Christians living in Turkey. In August of 1933, the Iraqi army massacred 3,000 Assyrian Christians in the town of Simmele and surrounding villages. According to one account, “Girls were raped… Pregnant women were bayonetted. Children were flung in the air and pierced on to the points of bayonets.” The “ups and downs” of Christian-Muslim coexistence is a rather mild way of expressing the actual situation of Christians living under the dhimma contract.

The Council statement concludes with a call for a unanimous condemnation of the crimes of the Islamic State and a denouncement of “the use of religion to justify them.” “If not,” says the document, “what credibility will religions, their followers, and their leaders have? What credibility can the interreligious dialogue that we have patiently pursued over recent years have?” It’s a good question—one that Robert Spencer and I and a number of other Catholic critics of the Church’s pursuit of common ground with Islam have asked. By linking the Church so closely with Islam and by repeatedly insisting on the shared beliefs, values, and interests of Muslims and Catholics, the interreligious dialoguers do indeed risk undermining not only their own credibility but the credibility of the entire Church.

Of course, Church leaders are not responsible for what ISIS does, or for the actions of Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf, Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Nusra, Lashkar e-Taiba, Islamic Jihad, the Taliban, or any of the three dozen other Islamic terrorist groups that are currently active. But they do have some responsibility for alerting their worldwide flock that what has happened over and over in the history of Islam might just happen again. Instead, many Christian leaders, especially those involved in interreligious dialogue, have managed to convey the impression that we have nothing to fear from Islam. Nothing in the bland and reassuring past statements issued by the Church’s various interreligious dialogue conferences would have prepared Christians for the likes of ISIS or Boko Haram or Al-Shabaab. The recent, strongly worded statement by the Pontifical Council may be a sign that they are at last waking up to their responsibility.

William Kilpatrick

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William Kilpatrick taught for many years at Boston College. He is the author of several books about cultural and religious issues, including Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right From Wrong; and Christianity, Islam and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Catholic World Report, National Catholic Register, Aleteia, Saint Austin Review, Investor’s Business Daily, and First Things. His work is supported in part by the Shillman Foundation. For more on his work and writings, visit his website, turningpointproject.com

  • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

    This is an excellent article and points to a very, very slight shift in consciousness – long overdue – among the “interreligious dialogue” crowd. But the people who need to read articles like this live in a bubble that is a long way from being pierced by reality. The nonsense all starts with a basic theological confusion, the idea that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. There is hardly any concept that is more foreign to the ethos of the Qur’an than St. John’s expression: “Deus caritas est.” The god of Islam is a slave master who prepares a sexualized paradise for those who follow his violent precepts. I really do not have an answer for the question of how to “dialogue” with Muslims. But lying to them and to ourselves cannot be helpful in the long run.

    • Catholic pilgrim

      Our Catholic leaders will only wake up once Islam takes over the Basilica of St. Peter & turns it into a mosque & changes the name of Rome into Romalanbul (like when Islam conquered the Hagia Sophia basilica, converted it into a mosque, & changed the Eastern Orthodox capital city’s name from Constantinople into Istanbul). They’ve tried to take Rome before but thankfully they failed (Franks at Tours, Lepanto, etc.). But now the West’s indifference & failures to live up to its Christian heritage will result in a surprise… Europeans will live in Muslim countries in 40 years. UK/France will go first.

  • Fred

    Really not all that bold to make a statement about the obvious is it. I wince in pain sometimes too at the kid glove approach we take which seems to defy logic reading the Qur’an and knowing the culture. What’s happening to the Christians in the region brings the ugliness to the forefront for us, but the brutality of Muslims killing each other is equally as horrific and speaks volumes about theirs being a so called religion of peace. Hasn’t history shown us that the appeasement mentality almost always leads to a more violent conflict later. I agree with you also Dr. Tim in that I don’t know how best to approach it, and probably trying to bomb the worst offenders like ISIS alone will never work as a long term strategy as it just breeds more contempt and draws people from everywhere to fight “to restore the Caliphate”. All it seems to do is divert their attention from killing each other momentarily to refocus their hatred towards the West and Israel. We may not have the stomach for telling the emperor he has no clothes, but dishonesty serves no one.
    Thanks Bill for starting the morning off with a bang, great article.

  • TERRY

    How are we laypeople supposed to take the ‘Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue’ seriously when it has taken them this long to acknowledge what has been obvious to us for decades, maybe even centuries?

  • Dick Prudlo

    The farce of “dialog” is on display and has been on display regardless of whom we dialog. I agree that the above is a lousy sentence, but not as lousy as dialog.

    Splendid article Mr. Kilpatrick.

  • The choice is a simple one. Offer them the same choices they offer with one difference. Convert to anything but Muslim or die. Treating people the way they want to be treated is how to handle any dialog.

    • mollysdad

      There is a slight error of biblical law in this. The men of ISIS have completed the characteristic crime of Amalek (genocide against the people of God) and so God chooses them for His belligerent enemy (Exodus 17).

      There is no choice in the matter. Amalek is under the ban (herem). He is proscribed. He is devoted to God for destruction. Christ Himself commands that he be completely wiped out (Deuteronomy 25; 1 Samuel 15; Esther; 1 Maccabees 5:5).

      The only exceptions are those who spontaneously manifest Christian faith and proceed to baptism.

  • BillinJax

    You have all but completely exposed the truth of the Church’s
    failings with regards to Interfaith Relationship with Islam. But this example
    is only one area of the baron landscape we find ourselves in today that capitulation
    to political correctness over the decades has taken us.

    If what we have seen broadcasted and brandished across our
    TV screens in Iraq since the start of the ISIS jihad’s campaign began with all
    of its gory details is what it takes to awaken the sleeping giant of the
    (Christian) moral conscience of the world and in particular our own peace
    through coexistence bishops, reigniting the flames of truth and justice which
    brought us the benefits of western civilization, bringing them to their feet and
    raising their voices in protests against the perpetrators of such barbaric
    savagery and politically laced religion then maybe what we need is to demand
    that the news media be charged also with showing vividly what goes on in the
    Planned Parenthood abortion rooms and clearly indicate the power and force
    behind this carnage is our own liberal laced Democratic party lead and support
    by alleged practicing (c)hristian Catholics like Pelosi and Sebelius and dozens
    of others in Washington and throughout the country.

    Terrorism is not confined to gun and sword wielding fanatics.

    • Fred

      Truly there is a war being waged against Christ on many fronts, also starting with the sympathazer in chief at the top who said the sweetest sound he’s ever heard is the Muslim call to prayer in the morning and thinking it more imprtant to spend Easter Sunday at a mosque in Indonesia this year rather than a church. Who else in that position would ask to speak in our catherdrals and ask to cover the Crucifix to avoid potential offense, and why would we allow it?

      • Fred

        I can’t believe my own typos, sorry. I’ll try to avoid multi-tasking in the future.

  • John Albertson

    What is wrong with our bishops? Why their silence? It is unfortunate for our church bureaucrats that a genocide is taking place during vacation season. Why no emergency national collection to help our brothers and sisters where Christians are being beheaded and crucified as their churches are desecrated? That would be time and money better spent than politicizing the Holy Mass for illegal immigrants at our southern border. Until action is taken, it might be effective to divert offerings to crucial agencies such as Aid the Church in Need.

    • Catholic pilgrim

      You’d think our USA bishops & priest leaders would be out there organizing parish trips to local Maronite/Melkite/Syriac Eastern Catholic parishes (the majority of American Catholics are totally unaware of the existence of Eastern Catholics & why their ancient communities are so precious), raising funds for Aid to Church in Need, setting up diocesan/parish workshops on what Islam & its History is truly about (Denial of Christ’s Crucifixion, God as Slave Master not Father, denial of Holy Trinity, Middle East & North Africa being Christian before Muhammad, etc.), leading fervent prayer sessions as a diocese/parish in front of the Eucharist, etc. But, like you said, most of our Bishops prefer enjoying the Summer more. Our Eastern Christian brothers & sisters are “over there”, why bother when one can enjoy summer instead?

      • Catholic pilgrim

        Also some go by the name Chaldean Catholic. In my diocese we have Melkites & Maronites.

      • musicacre

        When bishops cower to aggressors, time for the lay people to do what needs to be done….

    • DE-173

      What is right is a shorter list.
      Meanwhile, in New Mexico, a vapid plea from hollow men, finding injustice in requiring able-bodied adults to seek 20 hours of work in return for receiving their daily bread from those who work 40 (and often more) hours.
      http://www.koat.com/news/bishops-criticize-new-mexico-plan-on-food-stamps/27582236

      • Fred

        What ever happened to the ethic of a hand-up, not a hand-out? Of course, when you are trying to buck an administration that cripples meaningful work while pushing (dare I say encouraging) dependency one can feel overwhelmed by a system that is working against them. When I read about the minions employed to go through communities signing up people singing the praises of public assistance and entitlement breaking down the stigma of being on the dole my head wants to explode. I didn’t particularly care for FDR, but I will say at least he put people to work building things for the public and gave people some skills they could use later. We have a society in which the sin of sloth is ever growing and embraced. This is the curse of a society who looks to the central government to right every wrong, solve every problem for them, rather than to do for themselves – individually and as a local community. Unfortunately most of our church leaders have lost their way in becoming like yet another agency, beholden to the government and mostly afraid to speak out for losing their tax status or program funding. I am as much for helping anybody who is helpless and in need as most everybody on this site I suspect, but the current status quo and outright contempt is not working for me.

        • DE-173

          “I didn’t particularly care for FDR, but I will say at least he put people to work building things for the public and gave people some skills they could use later.”

          The fallacy in that is “opportunity cost”.

          Not really, read Amity Shlaes book “The Forgotten Man” for an account of the FDR years. You’ll like him even less.

          http://www.amityshlaes.com/books.php#forgotten_man

          FDR was very good at political theater, but was not a guy who knew much about economics. It’s a common disease, even a certain Nobel Laureate felt comfortable a few years ago telling us that society would be bettered if we paid people to dig holes and fill them up again (so long as the government directs this enterprise).

    • Thomas J. Hennigan

      Why have some of them even banned Robert Spencer from speaking at venues owned by the Church in their dioceses, when he is a devout Catholic who is only telling the truth about Islam and is one of the people in the Western World who has a consummate knowledge of all things Islamic? Does what the Book of Ezechiel read in today’s liturgy refer to them. Jesus stated: “The truth will make you free”. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will enlighten them fast, as the way things are going we can expect plenty more jihad.
      I also think that collections should be made in all Catholic parishes in the world to raise funds to help our own Catholic brothers and sisters of the Chaldean rite and also others in Syria who are being massacred and expelled from their homes. Some of these jihadis have even taken the bottles of water from their victims and spilled them ont he ground. In one case one of them cut off the finger of a person as they found it diffiuclt to steal their wedding ring. What more is needed for both the Holy See and the bishops to wake up? In fact, we have a new group of martyrs, some of whom are being crucified, as well as othes being beheaded, Mahommeds’ favorite method of killing Christians and Jews.

      • musicacre

        They’re no better than biker gangs.

  • Gerry

    I have a question…how was this crisis resolved in previous centuries to the point that the brutality of Islam was “pacified”. Who took the initiative?

    • DE-173

      Jan Sobieski, among others.

    • Objectivetruth

      Don Juan, Google the battle of Lepanto.

    • John200

      Islam provoked a series of initiatives. One was in Spain, which threw out its Muslims after 700 years of their antics.

      Almost overnight, Spain became a world power.

      • Tann

        Post hoc, ergo propter hoc. Spain also unified under Ferdinand and Isabella, instituted the Inquisition, threw out the Jews, and discovered the new world and its vast deposits of wealth at the same time. Did all those lead to Spanish greatness? Did some of them more than others? It’s not that I don’t believe in offering resistance — even armed resistance — to Islam; however, I believe our case against the Islamists is strong enough not to need to enlist the aid of bad arguments.

        • John200

          I didn’t give you the detailed, footnoted dissertation because I didn’t think you would need it in a combox. The connection is clear and you will see it in time.

          • Tann

            I already do see the connection. Spain became a great power as a result of the national unity brought about by the expulsion of all alien elements, partly through the coordination of religion and politics symbolized by the (Spanish) Inquisition. (One can see the opposite in the fragmentation and subsequent decline of the Holy Roman Empire caused by Protestantism in Germany.)

            However, to pass over in silence the acquisition of the resources of the Americas (among other things), though it is at least as important a factor, is to engage in reductionism. Even a combox need not be as simplistic as all that.

  • Thaddeus Kozinski

    IS is a CIA/Mossad creation, and is being used to both demonize true Islam, which has nothing to do with this satanic cult, and to cause chaos and destabilization, murder Christians and Muslims (that is, the People of the Book who the agents of this Empire and its IS minions hate with satanic passion), all for the sake of extending the U.S./Israeli/NATO Empire.

    I challenge anyone to read the two articles below with an open mind. Accept the cognitive dissonance, for it heralds a release from the captivity of the paradigm in which Kilpatrick and other neocon ideologues have trapped you.

    And when Art Deco’s verbal black magic begins to work on your soul, resist!

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-war-on-terrorism-provides-the-basis-for-demonizing-the-muslims/5395825

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-destruction-and-political-fragmentation-of-iraq-towards-the-creation-of-a-us-sponsored-islamist-caliphate/5386998

    • BillinJax

      U.S./Israeli/NATO Empire??? Dagnamit!

      Where’s Batman when we need him?

      • DE-173

        Theodore Kozinski complains about “Art Deco”, but he’s the pseudo-Catholic equivalent of Art Bell, with a little Ron Paul self immolating isolation and Hitler’s Mufti thrown in for good measure.

        At least Mr. Bell got a few things right and was entertaining.

    • Fred

      You are a funny guy Thaddeus, and I mean that in a truly peculiar sort of way. For the rest of (most of) us can read the Qur’an and see quite literally the call of the prophet being fulfilled, at least according to the visions that came to him in Medina after he was run out of Mecca and became full of rage. Granted, not all Muslims have the stomach for beheadings and such so find it easier to skip over those passages that may cause them personal discomfort. When they stop killing each other or anyone not of their tribe/clan I may stand up to take notice, but I’m not holding my breath.

    • John Albertson

      Sorry – you are getting odder and odder. Do you deny any of the quotations cited by Mr. Kilpatrick from the Qu’ran which is what your esteemed “People of the Book” consider literally the word of God ? Recently you did an exchange here on the Crisis website defending Palestinian terrorists. Your Jew-baiting and conspiracy theories, and defense of Islam at this very moment of genocide of Christians is, frankly, morally obscene. I do not know why you are allowed to comment on this website, unless it is to let people know that you teach at “Wyoming Catholic College.” Unless its officials do not know what they have on their faculty, anyone of reason and charity should no longer give them a penny. If they endorse you, they are not Catholic, and they are hardly a college, but I will not deny that they are in Wyoming. Coincidentally, today is the feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux who preached the Second Crusade. I expect you’d say he was a villain. I’d love to see that Doctor of the Church debate you from your perch in that place in Wyoming where you finally have found a place to hang your hat. The poor students.

      • Thaddeus Kozinski

        So let me get this straight: being a good Catholic means: 1) condoning and justifying the mass slaughter of innocent Palestinians, ostensibly because most are not Christians; 2) defaming all Muslims because of a satanic group, aided and abetting by U.S. tax payer money, that masquerades as being Muslim; and 3) Allowing anti-Muslim propaganda to create the pretext and justification for the oppression of innocent Muslims in America and worldwide.

        Oh, and logic is a very important discipline, for it prevents people from using sophistical techniques, such as the Orwellian use of words, such as identifying the critical evaluation of a government’s policy and actions with “Jew baiting” and “defending terrorists,” and identifying the unmasking of a counterfeit, satanic group as “defense of Islam in the context of a genocide of Christians.”

        http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-destruction-and-political-fragmentation-of-iraq-towards-the-creation-of-a-us-sponsored-islamist-caliphate/5386998

        “President Barack Obama has initiated a series of US bombing raids in Iraq allegedly directed towards the rebel army of the Islamic State (IS).

        The Islamic State terrorists are portrayed as an enemy of America and the Western world. Amply documented, the Islamic State is a creation of Western intelligence, supported by the CIA and Israel’s Mossad and financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

        We are dealing with a diabolical military agenda whereby the United States is targeting a rebel army which is directly funded by the US and its allies. The incursion into Iraq of the Islamic State rebels in late June was part of a carefully planned intelligence operation.

        The rebels of the Islamic state, formerly known as the ISIS, were covertly supported by US-NATO-Israel to wage a terrorist insurgency against the Syrian government of Bashar Al Assad. The atrocities committed in Iraq are similar to those committed in Syria. The sponsors of IS including Barack Obama have blood on their hands.

        The killings of innocent civilians by the Islamic state terrorists create a pretext and the justification for US military intervention on humanitarian grounds. Lest we forget, the rebels who committed these atrocities and who are a target of US military action are supported by the United States.

        The bombing raids ordered by Obama are not intended to eliminate the terrorists. Quite the opposite, the US is targeting the civilian population as well as the Iraqi resistance movement.

        The endgame is to destabilize Iraq as a nation state and trigger its partition into three separate entities.”

        • cestusdei

          You don’t mind Jews being killed I take it?

          • Thaddeus Kozinski

            I feel like I am an elementary school teacher.

            “OK, class, it is wrong to murder ANYONE, regardless of their ethnicity or religion. And one must never be ok with some murders and not others. One must condemn ALL murder! And one must never consider some human life as more valuable than others, as those do who subscribe to radical Zionism and IS Muslim-masked satanism. Racism is a sin!

            • cestusdei

              I feel like I am talking to a useful idiot. Islam is not a race. It is an ideology of hate.

              • DE-173

                You mean useless, right?

              • Watosh

                I have heard it said that one should love their enemies. Do you believe that is stupid?

            • Fred

              Thaddeus, perhaps the elementary education you received was in Arabic. Truthfully, the only place I read of hate is in Arabic countries who teach children from a young age to despise and rationalize the extermination of all Jews. Then there are the peaceful Imams who preach for the destruction of everyone not like them. I’ll grant you we have some very nutty progressive text books and now common core that teach our children garbage, but I have still yet to read for the overthrow of whole classes of people. Also, if you mourn for the innocents in Gaza – blame the cold blooded heartless leaders who make them the shields for propaganda and maximum collateral damage. If you want to look Satan in the face, go there or northern Iraq for holiday. But be forewarned, it may be a one way trip. God bless you Thaddeus, may Christ come into your life and give you some wisdom.

              • Thaddeus Kozinski

                I blame the cold-blooded IDF soldiers who shelled four Palestinian children playing on a beach in broad day light. Don’t you? Hamas can’t be the scapegoat for all Israeli bad behavior. Do you condemn the Knesset members calling for genocide, or the editorialists w

                ho do the same? Why only condemnation for radical Islamic calls for genocide?

                http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/knesset-genocide-against.html

                http://www.globalresearch.ca/incitement-to-genocide-incredibly-common-in-israeli-political-discourse/5396420?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=incitement-to-genocide-incredibly-common-in-israeli-political-discourse

                There are many Jews, such as Max Blumenthal, who say the same things I do, after being in Israel and investigating things for themselves.

                • Fred

                  Do you want me to admit that there are individuals who commit autocracies in war – surprise, of course there are. Now, why don’t you admit that there are societies who teach their children to hate and kill and whose first words after Mommy are I hate Jews. Enough with you, leave already.

                  • Thaddeus Kozinski

                    Israelis are taught from a young age to hate the Palestinians, to consider them as sub humans and terrorists. This is why you have an Israel sniper bragging on Twitter about the 13 children he murdered, and Israeli Knesset members calling for genocide without any protest from citizens, and why you have Israel citizens barbecuing on hill tops watching and cheering the murder of Palestinian women and children.

                    You all seem never to admit, in spite of all the evidence, that the radical Zionism of the Netanyahu variety (which is getting very mainstream in Israel now) is just as hate-filled, immoral, and racist as the Islam of IS and Saudi Arabia.

                    Catholics are to condemn all racist/anti-semitic ideologies, not just the ones that allow one to self-righteously scapegoat others. I consider radical Zionism just as anti-semitic as radical Islam, and both are perversions of the good in Judaism and Islam, and both hate Jews (Zionism hates any Jew who does not subscribe to its racist ideology, and it defames Jews by pretending to speak in their name, as this famous Jewish thinker has written: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39431.htm

                    The only reason I am being attacked on this site is because I bring up uncomfortable realities, such as out own government’s complicity with supporting IS murder and our complicity in obfuscating Israeli-state murder in Gaza. If I bring up the later, then I hate Jews and support Hamas, and if I bring up the former, I am a conspiracy theorist. These are convenient defense mechanisms, sophistical ones at that. I could condemn Hamas and ISIS all day, and bring up the ways Christians have been persecuted historically by Muslims, and even defend the Crusades (which I in principle do defend), but say one critical word about the behavior of Israel or of the errors of Zionism, and I am considered pure evil.

                    It’s time to look at this hypocritical dynamic and see what it means. I think what it means primarily is a sign of “Political Correctness on the Right” which you may read about here.

                    http://ethikapolitika.org/2012/01/06/political-correctness/

                    • Caritas06

                      I have to call BS on one of your statements. While do not agree with or support every single policy of the state of Israel, I have spent time in that country and the average Israeli does NOT teach their children from an early age to regard every Palestinian as subhuman or a terrorist. Their unfortunate reality, though, is that a certain number of radicalized Palestinians ARE terrorists. Israelis struggle to reconcile their Judaic consciences and the same values you espouse, and the hard reality that a lot of their Palestinian and non-Palestinian Arab neighbors want to , and have tried to, kill them.

        • DE-173
      • DE-173

        “Coincidentally, today is the feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux who preached the Second Crusade. I expect you’d say he was a villain.”
        Nah, he’s call him A NEOCON villain and a Mossad operative.

    • cestusdei

      Just nuts.

      • Thaddeus Kozinski

        Nice argument.

        • cestusdei

          Pretty much spot on.

    • ForChristAlone

      You really are nuts.

  • s;vbkr0boc,klos;

    ISLAM without the ‘ist’. And THEN I will listen to you.

  • The term “militants” as used in the first paragraph should always carry quote marks, as it is a PC euphemism that sanitizes the “militancy” of terror.

    • DE-173

      Yes, interesting how the distorted lens of the PC warriors call Tea Party activists terrorists, but Islamo-fascists can never be called anything remotely negative.

      When does the Chesire Cat appear?

  • Guest

    Saint John Paul II’s recognition of the lack of peace in humanity is most gravely testified to in these tragic crimes again human life and dignity. Martyrdom in our modern times is realized in these courageous Christians. Unity among the Church and Islam is very broad and general, according to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. They certainly do not unite themselves or the Body of Christ to any crime against human life and human dignity…they cannot. Unity is found in peaceful relations that seek understanding, which does not exist in these circumstances.

  • Thaddeus Kozinski

    They call themselves Islamic State (IS). They pretend to be a new caliphate.

    But their behavior is radically un-Islamic… even satanic. And their so-called caliphate is actually a false-flag operation against Islam.

    A better acronym would be US (Unislamic State). The initials are apt, since Unislamic State is the creation of the US and its regional allies. Their mission is to smear Islam, spread sectarian strife, destabilize the Middle East, and provide an excuse for endless US intervention in the Islamic world.

    Former al-Qaeda commander Nabil Na’eem has exposed Unislamic State as a creation of the US and its Persian Gulf puppets. The intellectual authors of this Fourth Generation Warfare operation are neoconservative Zionists and New World Order satanists. The victims are the people of the Middle East… and the American people, who have been bled dry by the 9/11 wars.

    Na’eem has explained that the camps in Jordan where Unislamic State was created, armed, and trained were “supervised by US Marines.” He adds that the group’s funding is “all-American” and that more than one thousand of its terrorists are being treated in hospitals in Tel Aviv.

    Unislamic State sponsors sham marriages to disguise liaisons with prostitutes. They rape and murder people purely on the basis of religious belief. They are committing genocide against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, just as the Zionists are committing genocide in Palestine. They are doing everything possible to make Islam look bad.

    This has nothing to do with Islam. It has everything to do with the New World Order war on Islam.

    The grotesquely un-Islamic nature of Unislamic State is on display for all the world to see. These people post “selfie” videos cannibalizing the inner organs of battlefield corpses. This is the tradition of Hind – one of the worst-ever enemies of Islam – not the tradition of Islam, which insists on chivalrous battlefield behavior more fervently than any other group in history ever has. (The whole conception of chivalry, or futuwwa, is an Islamic invention that came to the West through al-Andalus, otherwise known as Islamic Spain.)

    The terrorists’ most recent youtube outrage: A video showing Unislamic State terrorists slaughtering Kurdish members of the Yazidi faith. The helpless Yazidi civilians are tied up, blindfolded, forced to kneel… and then their throats are cut as the satanic terrorists chant “Allah, accept our (human) sacrifice.”

    This behavior is not just un-Islamic. It is satanic.

    The word for sacrificial animal in Islam is qurban. Every year during Eid al-Adha, the biggest Islamic holiday, Muslims sacrifice a sheep to commemorate God’s staying the hand of Abraham, who had prepared to sacrifice his son. The Eid holiday celebrates this event, which decisively put an end to human sacrifice for the whole monotheistic tradition of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

    Calling a human being a qurban, and then cutting his throat, is the most insanely sacrilegious practice anyone could imagine. Any Muslim with a first-grade religious education knows that a person who does such a thing must be a satanist, not a Muslim.

    The chief hallmark of satanism is its refusal of monotheism’s decisive rejection of human sacrifice. Whereas the biggest holiday for Christians is Christmas, which celebrates the end of human sacrifice through the birth of the Messiah – and the biggest holiday for Muslims is Eid, which celebrates the abolition of human sacrifice through the story of Abraham and his son – satanists use an assortment of pagan holidays as excuses to sacrifice innocent people, mostly children, at their blood-soaked altars.

    When someone claiming to be Muslim conducts a ritual sacrifice of a human qurban, as the Unislamic State terrorists do, they are performing a satanic parody of the Muslim Eid ritual. Such parodies are another hallmark of satanism. Throughout the history of Christendom, satanists have held “black masses” in which the Catholic mass is parodied and victims are sacrificed… just as the Muslim Eid sacrifice is parodied by the Unislamic State terrorists’ slaughter of innocents.

    How did this group of satanists posing as “radical Muslims” appear on the scene? Understanding the background of Unislamic State requires a background briefing on the Fourth Generation Warfare techniques of the satanic New World Order elite.

    The Western ruling elite is infested with satanists, who are a prime force behind the “war on terror,” which is actually a war on Islam and a war on God. Whistleblower Kay Griggs, the former wife of a US military officer, has documented the satanists’ penetration of the highest levels of the US military. Griggs says her husband forced her to participate in the most disgusting satanic rituals imaginable. She explains that these satanic practices are commonplace among top US military commanders.

    One of the main strategists of the Fourth Generation Warfare operation known as the “War on Terror” is Col. Michael Aquino, the former head of all US military psychological warfare operations. Before being promoted to the post of Psy-Ops Chief, Aquino was expelled from the Church of Satan for being too evil, and then implicated in one of the most horrific child abuse scandals in American history.

    It’s amazing what you have to do to get promoted in the US military.

    Many of America’s top satanists are members of Skull and Bones, a group whose initiation ritual is too disgusting to be described here. The whole Bush family is Skull and Bones. This group dominates the drug-dealing wing of the CIA, and is reputed to engage in larcenies that occasionally total in the trillions of dollars. Examples include the theft of Japanese gold after World War II, and the looting of Leo Wanta’s 27.5-trillion-dollar haul from the CIA demolition of the USSR’s currency during the final decade of the Cold War.

    And no Muslim would even dream of asking God to accept their sacrifice… and then sacrifice a human being. Such a thing is unimaginable.

    The New World Order satanists are laughing at us. Their laughter is truly diabolical.

    And the Unislamic State’s pseudo-caliphate – a psychological warfare operation designed to impede the very “Islamic unity” project that the notion of the caliphate symbolizes – is one of their sickest jokes.

    • cestusdei

      Thad, they are doing what Muhammad did and what Muslims do to Christians all the time. You blame the victims, as usual.

      • Thaddeus Kozinski

        Find out who is really supporting IS satanism, and you’ll find the more fundamental evil. Hint–it’s not Iran.

        • cestusdei

          You are fundamentally evil if you excuse Islamic persecution of Christians. Which happens in Iran.

          • Thaddeus Kozinski

            I don’t excuse Islamic persecution of Christians wherever it is taking place. I take issue with the narrative regarding this persecution, which you tend to accept naively. Of course Christians are being murdered, but why this is the case, who is supporting it, who the real agents are, etc., is in dispute.

            Globalresearch.ca has a much more sophisticated and more realistic intepretation of what’s going on in Iraq, but you don’t seem to be open to it because it doesn’t confirm your already settled opinions.

            • DE-173
            • cestusdei

              There is no real difference between ISIS and Iran or most other Muslim regimes. They all persecute Christians.

              • Thaddeus Kozinski

                I condemn all persecution of Christians as well as all people, especially what is now happening in Iraq by IS. I also condemn Hamas when it targets civilians. I also condemn Israel when it does the same. I also think that IS is being supported by U.S. and Israeli intelligence. There is no reason to attack me for having these views, and it says something about those who do, namely, that they selectively condemn murder.

  • edgyteen

    The Vatican II sect is deliberate deception; a few conservative statements or actions mixed
    in with a consistent preaching of the Vatican II apostasy. And when someone does a conservative thing or two,the useful heretards will forget all about the fact that he is an apostate and jump right into the barque of the devil, which hates and is opposed to the barque of Peter.

    “No cause, and certainly no religion can justify such barbarity…”

    >Implying that Abraham was wrong to want to kill Isaac.
    >Implying that the Pope Blessed Urban II was mortally sinful.
    >Implying that the reconquest was wrong.

    lel no wonder muslims are conquering your countries and your women despise you.

    • DE-173

      Implying that Abraham was wrong to want to kill Isaac.

      Uh, Abraham didn’t want to kill Isaac.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour

    Baroness Warsi, former Foreign Office Minister and one of the most prominent Muslim women in Britain, wrote this in the Catholic periodical, The Tablet:

    “Let me start by congratulating the Government for their humanitarian airdrops. Let me also as a Muslim condemn the brutal actions and killings of the so-called Islamic State. There’s nothing in the conduct or ideology of ISIS that resonates with British Muslims, and the vast majority of Muslims around the world don’t consider the Islamic State to be either Islamic or a state.

    There is a basic Islamic teaching is that states there is no compulsion in faith. And although there will always be a handful of extremists in any faith – as we saw with the youths on Oxford Street handing out leaflets supporting ISIS – let’s also not forget that in northern Iraq, large sections of the Kurdish Muslim community are providing the first point of sanctuary for the minorities who are fleeing their homes.”

    http://tinyurl.com/kz388wh

    In this, she echos the words of the Muslim Council of Britain, “We unequivocally condemn the violence committed by ISIS/L (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). The Muslim Council of Britain speaks out against all violence taking place in Iraq, whoever is the perpetrator.”

    • John Albertson

      And will these statements obtain when and if Islam occupies 51% of the British population? Muhammed is now the most popular name for boys in Britain. Christians, watch your heads.

      • ForChristAlone

        our assistant professor will be the first one to have his head roll by his Islamic friends but he’ll try to convince them of how much he hates Jews to win his release.

    • Thaddeus Kozinski

      Good comment. What you see in people like Albertson is the effectiveness of the IS project to brainwash Catholics. Catholics should be the first ones to disassociate Islam from IS, but they love scapegoating too much.

      • DE-173

        How would you know about any Catholic affinities?

      • ForChristAlone

        We ought to disassociate Islam from the Koran and you from teaching at a Catholic college.

        • Thaddeus Kozinski

          Please cite one thing I have said that is not clearly in line with Catholic teaching, natural law, and common sense.

        • Thaddeus Kozinski

          Islam and the Koran are, of course, intimately connected, but ISIS is a perversion of Islam.

    • ColdStanding

      Lets put together a little table of possible inferences from Warsi’s statement.
      1) She does not know the faith she professes.
      2) She does know her faith, but is ignorant of the history of said faith
      3) She does know her faith, she does know the history, but chooses to ignore that and interpret it differently
      4) She does know her faith, she does know the history, she agrees with the standard interpretation, and is therefore, ahem, dissimulating opprobrium.

      There are three stages to jihad. 1) Stealth: Complain of oppression to win concessions and make alliances to buy time so as to strengthen one’s hand. 2) Defensive: consolidate your position afforded by your special status as an aggrieved part by protesting islam is all about peace and it has simply been mis-interpreted by hostile bigoted non-muslims 3) Offensive: when it looks like control is in reach, go for it.

      North America is at stage 1 to 2, England and France are at 2 almost 3, ISIS is stage 3 fully expressed.

      Now, where does this leave Warsi? Either she is #1 and is therefore clueless. #2 and therefore incompetent. #3 and therefore an apostate or #4 and therefore working somewhere along the three stages. You can not profess islam and not be in relationship to it in any other than these 4 categories.

      The practitioners of islam are not to be trusted. There is far too much empirical evidence to suggest that the peace of islam is the peace of the grave.

      • Michael Paterson-Seymour

        In the past, we have seen very similar statements from Muslim government ministers in France..

        There was the vigorous defence of the headscarf ban in state schools by Rachida Dati, as Minister of Justice (garde des Sceaux) “the laïcité of state schools is not restricted, in the case of pupils, to respect for their freedom of conscience: it imposes a duty of restraint on pupils in their behaviour, since they find themselves in a place pertaining to the public sphere. Pupils’ freedom of conscience, which is an internal freedom, in no way gives them ‘the right to express and manifest their religious beliefs’ in educational institutions, for that involves external acts which improperly introduce religion into the public domain of the school.” She plainly believes religion belongs in the private sphere.

        Then, Fadela Amara, when she was Secretary of State for Urban Policies described fundamentalism as something clung to by a minority of Muslim women through ignorance and isolation in ghetto communities that will vanish when they are given better opportunities of intellectual enlightenment and of acquiring elementary knowledge in history and the sciences. “For this generation,” she declared, “the crucial issues are laïcité, gender equality and gender desegregation, based upon living together in harmony throughout the world, and not only in France” She hailed the insistence of the Jules Ferry laws on making education at every level free, obligatory and lay.

        Women like these show that Muslim faith is compatible with the values of a secular republic that respects all beliefs.

        • ColdStanding

          A government minister’s opinion carries a great deal of weight. However, it is not enough to counter the inertia of the system of islam. This idea that the system designed to de-Catholicize France, I refer to the Enlightenment to 1789 to 1905 laïcité laws continum, can also deracinate islam from muslims so as to supply replacement secularists is fool-hardy.

          As to your conclusion of compatibility, individual muslims may or may not be compatible with the French secular state (not an achievement to be proud of at any rate) but the ideology: islam is not. The decaying secularist clique in France is purchasing replacement seculars at too high a price. For every one replacement muslim convert-to-enlightenment ideologist, you have to import 9 perfectly content-to-be-muslim muslim.

          • Michael Paterson-Seymour

            There is no question of changing people’s religious beliefs, whether Muslim or otherwise.

            (1) Laïcité is a prohibition is addressed to private individuals in their relations with the public authorities, encompassing the state, territorial authorities, public administration, and public services; (2) this prohibition concerns the religious beliefs of individuals, not in order to restrict them, but in order to exclude their intervention in, or impact on, the relations between private individuals and public authorities; (3) finally, this prohibition obliges individuals to respect common rules in these relations; they cannot exempt themselves from them for religious reasons.

            Obviously, religious freedom is as important a part of laïcité as excluding religion from the public sphere of the state and its administration. It implies that the state does not intervene in the religious sphere. This assumes a complete separation between state and civil society, between the public sphere and the private domain, which is the framework of society and the domain not only of individuals but of groups and associations (and thus of churches and religious communities). This is why religious freedom is at once individual (freedom of conscience) and collective (freedom of religious communities). It implies that these organize themselves and operate freely.

            • ColdStanding

              Ah, the French secular, always ready to dream big dreams. The Roman Catholic faith is not a private affair; a pass-time; a hobby. It is the fulfillment of a public obligation to God. The Liturgical actions of the Church are not private stage plays, but the public action of our rightful sovereign, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on behalf of fallen man to Our Heavenly Father.

              Now, those unrepentant sinners, with their avaricious clutching at money and power even while it slips from their greedy hands, that form the secular power clique in France are doing nothing other than excluding – not every religion – but only just the true Catholic religion.

              Again, though, they have bought the exile of the Church from the public square are too high a cost, a Maginot Line against one enemy only to leave the door open to another. A new foe with no sense of shame to exploit by which they might be guilted into reticence. One not to inclined to be obliged.

              The French secular program is spent. God will not be mocked. He will have His Justice.

              To re-iterate: this is not a conflict of private vs. public, but God vs. usurper.

    • Guest

      By Catholic periodical you mean left wing?

    • cestusdei

      Pro forma denunciations, but no real change. Christians will still be persecuted in EVERY Muslim country. Nowhere do they receive religious liberty.

    • DE-173

      You are impressed by wind too easily. Ever hear of Taqiyya and Kitman?

  • John Albertson

    Assistant Professor Kozinski:
    You still avoid answering the
    question: are the quotations cited by Mr. Kilpatrick accurate? If
    they are, how can you say that slaughter, beheadings, crucifixions
    dhimmitude, and forced conversions are not enjoined by what the Qu’ran
    claims is the unalterable voice of Allah? – Another question: since
    you are wallowing in the fever swamps of the great Zionist-New World
    Order-Yale Skull and Bones- NeoCon Flouride in Drinking Water conspiracy
    theory, is the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” on your students’
    required reading list? – And are tin foil hats worn in place of
    mortarboards out there in the Oxford of Wyoming ?

    • Thaddeus Kozinski

      If you want to play that game, then Jews must be enjoined to committ genocide and slaughter of innocents because God told them to do it in the Old Testament. It works both ways.

      I don’t speak for any institution. I only speak what I see to be truth. If criticizing the IDF for deliberately targeting children (as the U.N. and the whole world sees and admits now) means one is crazy, then I’m crazy. If defending murder in one instance but not in another is sane, then I’d rather be crazy.

      • cestusdei

        You don’t care for Jews do you. You like Hamas which deliberately targets and kills Jewish children, unlike the IDF. You are defending murder and terrorism.

        • Thaddeus Kozinski

          Logic again: Criticizing an explicit policy of deliberate targetting of civilians is not the same as “defending murder and terrorism” and “not caring for the citizens whose government murders in their name.” Any government that deliberately targets civilians is to be condemned. The Palestinians have a right to self defense due to their being occupied and besieged:

          Chris Hedges:

          http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_palestinians_right_to_self-defense_20140723

          • cestusdei

            Israel has the right of self defense and so do we. It is Muslims who are the terrorists.

      • John Albertson

        Even the Secretary-General of the United Nations has condemned Hamas for
        using human shields and deliberately placing missiles in hospital and
        school areas. While you “don’t speak for any institution,” you are a teacher in a college and, as such, you are accountable to it. If your college does not mind your fanatical bigotry it should explain why, especially since it claims to be “faithfully Catholic.”

        • Thaddeus Kozinski

          It’s not fanatical to see evil where it is and talk about it. I never defended Hamas, but only criticized Israel’s Gaza policy, which includes deliberate targetting of innocents. If that’s “fanatical bigotry” than those words have no meaning. It is fanatical bigotry to condone murder when its agents are Israeli, but not when they are Muslim. I condemn all murder.

          In my opinion, neither Zionism nor Islam is compatible with Catholicism. But it seems that to be Catholic, one must only be against the errors of Islam (which I am) but not Zionism.

        • Thaddeus Kozinski

          If that’s true, then I condemn it also, of course. Research (outside of corporate controlled media) shows that Israel uses human shields: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/25362-israel-uses-palestinians-as-human-shields-but-us-lawmakers-condemn-hamas

          • DE-173

            You realize that your citations are supposed to support your arguments, not expose you, right?

            • Thaddeus Kozinski

              Right from an official document of the United Nations, which is being used as an authority by others to condemn Hamas: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/co/CRC-C-ISR-CO-2-4.pdf

              • DE-173

                You realize that your citations are supposed to support your arguments, not expose you, right?

                • Thaddeus Kozinski

                  72. The Committee urges the State party to immediately abide by the High Court

                  of Justice in Adalah et al. v. Commander of the Central Region et al., to take active

                  measures to prevent the use of children as human shields and informants, effectively

                  enforce the prohibition to use of children as human shields and informants and ensure

                  that perpetrators are brought to justice and punished with sanctions commensurate

                  with the gravity of their crimes.

                  Administration of juvenile justice

                  73. The Committee commends the State party for the significant improvement of its

                  juvenile justice system which contains a wide range of guarantees and safeguards for Israeli

                  children in conflict with the law. The Committee is however concerned that the State party

                  fully disregarded the recommendations it made in 2002 and 2010 in relation to arrest and

                  detention of Palestinian children and their detention conditions and has continued to deny

                  all these guarantees and safeguards to children living in the OPT who remain subject to

                  military orders. The Committee is gravely concerned that an estimated 7000 Palestinian

                  children aged from 12 to 17 years, but sometimes as young as nine years, have been

                  arrested, interrogated and detained by the State party’s army over the reporting period, (an

                  average of two children per day), this number having increased by 73 per cent since

                  September 2011 as observed by the United Nations Secretary General (A/67/372, para 28).

                  The Committee expresses deep concern that:

                  (a) Most of the Palestinian children arrested often on an arbitrary basis as

                  testified by several Israeli soldiers are accused of having thrown stones, an offence which

                  can carry a penalty of 20 years of imprisonment;

                  (b) 236 children are currently detained for alleged security reasons; dozens of

                  them are between the ages of 12 and 15;

                  (c) Arrested Palestinian children can be detained for four days before being

                  brought before a judge (eight days until August 2012), are rarely informed of their rights,

                  including their right to have the presence of a parent who are often not even aware of the

                  place where their children are detained, and to have access to a lawyer;

                  (d) Palestinian children arrested by the State party military and police are

                  systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture, are interrogated

                  in Hebrew, a language they do not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to

                  be released;

                  (e) Children are brought in leg chains and shackles wearing prison uniforms

                  before military courts where confessions obtained from them under duress are used as the

                  main evidence. The lawyers they meet for the first time do not have access to a translated

                  version into Arabic of military orders which will be applied to children;

      • ForChristAlone

        Jews, Jews, Jews. It’s always about the jews for you. I’d be interested in knowing what personal stake you might have in this “I hate the Jews” campaign of yours.

        • Thaddeus Kozinski

          I would condemn such a campaign.

    • ForChristAlone

      Well put, John.

  • cestusdei

    I am planning on contacting Wyoming Catholic College and letting them know what kind of a guy they have on staff. Anti-Semetic and supportive of those who are killing Catholics. This can’t be a real Catholic school.

    • ColdStanding

      It isn’t the same guy.

      • Steve

        I don’t think there is any anti-semitism or support for any killing whatsoever by Thaddeus. What I see instead is attacks on him because he doesn’t accept the Israeli side of things, and because he thinks IS is satanic rather than Islamic, as most Muslims in the world would agree. It’s sad to see Catholics attacking anyone who disagrees with opinions that are debatable at worst, and have the look of accuracy at best. Zionism, as Thaddeus maintains, is not compatible with Catholicism, but it seems this is not a permitted opinion, and some would even attack a man’s livelihood, not because any of his opinions contradict Catholic doctrine or the natural law, but because they do not agree with a party line, one shown to be debatable at best.

        • cestusdei

          Steve, he shows no concern for Jews being targeted or for Christians being persecuted. He excuses it. Lenin called them useful idiots. He is an apologist for terrorism.

          • DE-173

            CD:

            This is virtually the same defense of TK offered by “Peter”, which when clicked led to TK’s profile, until it was greyed out and did not.

            This cretinous creep is shilling his own screeds using multiple identities.

      • DE-173

        The interesting thing about this nom de plume is that the present Disqus ID has 41 comments beginning 17 days ago, but I remember the same name offering the same sort of rants from long, long before.

        One wonders if some Disqus moderator banned the original and now he’s recycled the pseudonym under a different login.

        Maybe he’s another one of “Nestorian”, aka “Assyrian Church of the East’s” fellow travellers.

      • ForChristAlone

        If this is the case, I hope the real guy is alerted to this and the Crisis Editor takes note. It would be seriously unethical for someone to hijack the name of a relatively well known academic.

      • Thaddeus J. Kozinski

        This is the real Thaddeus Kozinski. If you’d like to know what I really think, please seem my philosophical writings.

        • ColdStanding

          I have spent part of the afternoon on them. I knew something was fishy.

    • ForChristAlone

      I know a family two of whose sons attend Wyoming Catholic. I will advise them to steer clear of this guy.

    • Thaddeus J. Kozinski

      This is the real Thaddeus Kozinski. If you’d like to know what I really think, please see my published philosophical writings in journals such as Modern Age.

      • cestusdei

        Okay, I know what it is like to have someone use my name. I am glad they resolved it. Trolls are quite annoying.

  • Peter

    I don’t think there is any anti-semitism or support for any killing whatsoever here. What I see instead is attacks on someone because he doesn’t accept the Israeli side of things, and because he thinks IS is satanic rather than Islamic, as most Muslims in the world would agree with. It’s sad to see Catholics attacking anyone who disagrees with opinions that are debatable at worst, and have the look of accuracy at best. Zionism (meaning the placing of racial or religious or ethnic interests over the moral law), I agree, is not compatible with Catholicism, but it seems this is not a permitted opinion here, and some would even attack a man’s livelihood, not because any of his opinions contradict Catholic doctrine or the natural law or even common sense, but because they do not agree with a certain party line, one shown to be debatable at best, and at worst, not in accordance with reality. I thought truth-seekers and tellers were to be praised?

    • cestusdei

      He is not a truth teller.

      • DE-173

        Click on “Peter”, It’s a doppelganger for TK.

        Pathological.

        TROLL ALERT.

    • ForChristAlone

      Zionism is not the issue here. He’s arrogant to try to make it so. It’s wrong for him to hijack a piece written about the violent nature of the “religion” of Islam to advance his own narrow political agenda.

      • Thaddeus Kozinski

        It’s about ISIS, and who is supporting their evil.

  • Watosh

    The Islamic religion has a lot of rough edges to say the least. There are a lot of bad things that can be identified. It is an inviting target, and some Islamic fanatics have done some very bad things. To me it is a very deficient religion to say the least. I believe Belloc denounced it as a heretical manifestation of christianity and Judaism. At the same time I don’t believe all Muslims are evil, though they may be mislead. And in recent times Western powers have been a threat to Muslim countries, and Israel has used naked force to take the land away from the Muslim communities in Palestine. This has fanned the fanaticism in the Muslim community and caused the more violent to gain prominence. we see how this works in Furgeson, MO. Muslims are not the only people to erupt with violence. With regard to the Western powers the Muslim community is much weaker and they they lash out in frustration. Now, it is easy to paint the Muslims as evil, some are, many have been, and their religion has and their religious leaders have said some awful things. Yet for perspective, and I always like to keep things in perspective as that is a way of avoiding becoming a fanatic like those we denounce, there are a number of passages in the old testament that are rather bloodthirsty and condone some awful things. Menachim Begin, whom the British put out a reward of 10,000 pounds for dead or alive, bragged about bringing terrorism to the middle east during one interview. It seems like Mr. Kilpatrick now has written a number of articles hyping the Muslim threat. Kind of reminds me of a Robert Spenser who made a living hyping the Muslim threat. While there is a Muslim threat, it is at this time not militarily, but demographically. The Muslim population in many European countries is increasing dramatically. Wile this constitutes a definite threat, one reason the Muslim religion is attracting people is that it does stand for something, maybe something bad and something crazy, but in Western countries religious belief is being abandoned and consumerism, lawlessness and civility are going down the drain. So we may look down on the claims of the Muslim religion, but the Muslim growth may be an inditement of our own unattractive societal behavior. Now there will be the yahoos who will attack me for defending the Muslims, they would make good Muslims themselves with their frame of mind.

    • DE-173

      And the other PHO pipes in. It’s Spencer, and he’s not hyping.

      • Watosh

        I take it you think the One who said we should love our enemies is talking nonsense, and therefore you feel we should not listen to Him but rather follow the words of a Robert Spencer. I am sorry but as a Catholic I must listen to Christ.

        • DE-173

          I can’t possiblly hope to disturb your insanities, but I can dispute your lies.

          To write “The Islamic religion has a lot of rough edges to say the least” is beyond bizarre, given Mosul.

    • Thaddeus Kozinski

      I agree with everything said in this post. Thanks Watosh.

      • ForChristAlone

        Good. We can all sleep well tonight then.

  • Thaddeus Kozinski

    Israelis are taught from a young age to hate the Palestinians, to consider them as sub humans and terrorists. This is why you have an Israel sniper bragging on Twitter about the 13 children he murdered, and Israeli Knesset members calling for genocide without any protest from citizens, and why you have Israel citizens barbecuing on hill tops watching and cheering the murder of Palestinian women and children.

    You all seem never to admit, in spite of all the evidence, that the radical Zionism of the Netanyahu variety (which is getting very mainstream in Israel now) is just as hate-filled, immoral, and racist as the Islam of IS and Saudi Arabia.

    Catholics are to condemn all racist/anti-semitic ideologies, not just the ones that allow one to self-righteously scapegoat others. I consider radical Zionism just as anti-semitic as radical Islam, and both are perversions of the good in Judaism and Islam, and both hate Jews (Zionism hates any Jew who does not subscribe to its racist ideology, and it defames Jews by pretending to speak in their name, as this famous Jewish thinker has written: http://www.informationclearing

    The only reason I am attacked on this site is because I bring up uncomfortable realities, such as our own government’s complicity with supporting IS murder and our complicity in obfuscating Israeli-state murder in Gaza. If I bring up the later, then I hate Jews and support Hamas, and if I bring up the former, I am a conspiracy theorist. These are convenient defense mechanisms, sophistical ones at that. I could condemn Hamas and ISIS all day, and bring up the ways Christians have been persecuted historically by Muslims, and even defend the Crusades (which I in principle do defend), but say one critical word about the behavior of Israel or America in its “war on terror,” (it looks more like a war OF terror), or the errors of Zionism, and I am considered pure evil.

    It’s time to look at this hypocritical dynamic and see what it means. I think what it means primarily is a sign of “Political Correctness on the Right” which you may read about here.

    http://ethikapolitika.org/2012

    • Objectivetruth

      Stick to the topic. This is about the evil of Islam, has nothing to do with the Jews.

      Here, this will make you uncomfortable, see below. What’s more of a problem, ISIS or the IDF?:

      http://www.catholic.org/news/international/middle_east/story.php?id=56339

      • Thaddeus Kozinski

        The issue is who is funding and supporting IS, whose actions we all condemn. Who really wants the chaos and bloodshed in Iraq?

        Iraq. Towards the Creation of a US Sponsored Islamist Caliphate

        The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham: An instrument of the Western Military Alliance

        By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

        Global Research, August 09, 2014

        Update, August 9, 2014

        President Barack Obama has initiated a series of US bombing raids in Iraq allegedly directed towards the rebel army of the Islamic State (IS).

        The Islamic State terrorists are portrayed as an enemy of America and the Western world. Amply documented, the Islamic State is a creation of Western intelligence, supported by the CIA and Israel’s Mossad and financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

        We are dealing with a diabolical military agenda whereby the United States is targeting a rebel army which is directly funded by the US and its allies. The incursion into Iraq of the Islamic State rebels in late June was part of a carefully planned intelligence operation.

        The rebels of the Islamic state, formerly known as the ISIS, were covertly supported by US-NATO-Israel to wage a terrorist insurgency against the Syrian government of Bashar Al Assad. The atrocities committed in Iraq are similar to those committed in Syria. The sponsors of IS including Barack Obama have blood on their hands.

        The killings of innocent civilians by the Islamic state terrorists create a pretext and the justification for US military intervention on humanitarian grounds. Lest we forget, the rebels who committed these atrocities and who are a target of US military action are supported by the United States.

        The bombing raids ordered by Obama are not intended to eliminate the terrorists. Quite the opposite, the US is targeting the civilian population as well as the Iraqi resistance movement.

        The endgame is to destabilize Iraq as a nation state and trigger its partition into three separate entities.

        * * *

        The creation of the US sponsored Islamist Caliphate has been announced. The Islamic State of Iraq and Al Cham (ISIS) has been replaced by the Islamic State (IS). The Islamic State is not an independent political entity. It is a construct of US intelligence.

        The Western media in chorus have described the unfolding conflict in Iraq as a “civil war” opposing the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham against the Armed forces of the Al-Maliki government.

        (Also referred to as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS))

        The conflict is casually described as “sectarian warfare” between Radical Sunni and Shia without addressing “who is behind the various factions”. What is at stake is a carefully staged US military-intelligence agenda.

        Known and documented, Al Qaeda affiliated entities have been used by US-NATO in numerous conflicts as “intelligence assets” since the heyday of the Soviet-Afghan war. In Syria, the Al Nusrah and ISIS rebels are the foot-soldiers of the Western military alliance, which oversees and controls the recruitment and training of paramilitary forces.

        The Al Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) re-emerged in April 2013 with a different name and acronym, commonly referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The formation of a terrorist entity encompassing both Iraq and Syria was part of a US intelligence agenda. It responded to geopolitical objectives. It also coincided with the advances of Syrian government forces against the US sponsored insurgency in Syria and the failures of both the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and its various “opposition” terror brigades.

        The decision was taken by Washington to channel its support (covertly) in favor of a terrorist entity which operates in both Syria and Iraq and which has logistical bases in both countries. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s Sunni caliphate project coincides with a longstanding US agenda to carve up both Iraq and Syria into three separate territories: A Sunni Islamist Caliphate, an Arab Shia Republic, and a Republic of Kurdistan.

        Whereas the (US proxy) government in Baghdad purchases advanced weapons systems from the US including F16 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham –which is fighting Iraqi government forces– is supported covertly by Western intelligence. The objective is to engineer a civil war in Iraq, in which both sides are controlled indirectly by US-NATO.

        The scenario is to arm and equip them, on both sides, finance them with advanced weapons systems and then “let them fight”.

        US-NATO is involved in the recruitment, training and financing of ISIS death squads operating in both Iraq and Syria. ISIS operates through indirect channels in liaison with Western intelligence. In turn, corroborated by reports on Syria’s insurgency, Western special forces and mercenaries integrate the ranks of ISIS.

        US-NATO support to ISIS is channeled covertly through America’s staunchest allies: Qatar and Saudi Arabia. According to London’s Daily Express “They had money and arms supplied by Qatar and Saudi Arabia.”

        “through allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the West [has] supported militant rebel groups which have since mutated into ISIS and other al‑Qaeda connected militias. ( Daily Telegraph, June 12, 2014)

        While the media acknowledges that the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of supporting ISIS, it invariably fails to mention that both Doha and Riyadh are acting on behalf and in close liaison with Washington.

        Under the banner of a civil war, an undercover war of aggression is being fought which essentially contributes to further destroying an entire country, its institutions, its economy. The undercover operation is part of an intelligence agenda, an engineered process which consists in transforming Iraq into an open territory.

        Meanwhile, public opinion is led to believe that what is at stake is confrontation between Shia and Sunni.

        America’s military occupation of Iraq has been replaced by non-conventional forms of warfare. Realities are blurred. In a bitter irony, the aggressor nation is portrayed as coming to the rescue of a “sovereign Iraq”.

        An internal “civil war” between Shia and Sunni is fomented by US-NATO support to both the Al-Maliki government as well as to the Sunni ISIS rebels.

        The break up of Iraq along sectarian lines is a longstanding policy of the US and its allies. (See map of Middle East below)

        “Supporting both Sides”

        The “War on Terrorism” consists in creating Al Qaeda terrorist entities as part of an intelligence operation, as well as also coming to the rescue of governments which are the target of the terrorist insurgency. This process is carried out under the banner of counter-terrorism. It creates the pretext to intervene.

        ISIS is a caliphate project of creating a Sunni Islamist state. It is not a project of the Sunni population of Iraq which is broadly committed to secular forms of government. The caliphate project is part of a US intelligence agenda.

        In response to the advance of the ISIS rebels, Washington is envisaging the use of aerial bombings as well as drone attacks in support of the Baghdad government as part of a counter-terrorism operation. It is all for a good cause: to fight the terrorists, without of course acknowledging that these terrorists are the “foot soldiers” of the Western military alliance.

        Needless to say, these developments contribute not only to destabilizing Iraq, but also to weakening the Iraqi resistance movement, which is one of the major objectives of US-NATO.

        The Islamic caliphate is supported covertly by the CIA in liaison with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkish intelligence. Israel is also involved in channeling support to both Al Qaeda rebels in Syria (out of the Golan Heights) as well to the Kurdish separatist movement in Syria and Iraq.

        More broadly, the “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT) encompasses a consistent and diabolical logic: both sides –namely the terrorists and the government– are supported by the same military and intelligence actors, namely US-NATO.

        While this pattern describes the current situation in Iraq, the structure of “supporting both sides” with a view to engineering sectarian conflict has been implemented time and again in numerous countries. Insurgencies integrated by Al Qaeda operatives (and supported by Western intelligence) prevail in a large number of countries including Yemen, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, Mali, the Central African Republic, Pakistan. The endgame is to destabilize sovereign nation states and to transform countries into open territories (on behalf of so-called foreign investors).

        The pretext to intervene on humanitarian grounds (e.g. in Mali, Nigeria or the Central African Republic) is predicated on the existence of terrorist forces. Yet these terrorist forces would not exist without covert US-NATO support.

        The Capture of Mosul: US-NATO Covert Support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

        Something unusual occurred in Mosul which cannot be explained in strictly military terms.

        On June 10, the insurgent forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) allegedly (according to press reports) captured Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, with a population of over one million people. While these developments were “unexpected” according to the Obama administration, they were known to the Pentagon and US intelligence, which were not only providing weapons, logistics and financial support to the ISIS rebels, they were also coordinating, behind the scenes, the ISIS attack on the city of Mosul.

        While ISIS is a well equipped and disciplined rebel army when compared to other Al Qaeda affiliated formations, “the capture” of Mosul, did not hinge upon ISIS’s military capabilities. Quite the opposite: Iraqi forces which outnumbered the rebels by far, equipped with advanced weapons systems could have easily repelled the ISIS rebels.

        There were 30,000 government forces in Mosul as opposed to 1000 ISIS rebels, according to reports. The Iraqi army chose not to intervene. The media reports explained without evidence that the decision of the Iraqi armed forces not to intervene was spontaneous characterized by mass defections.

        Iraqi officials told the Guardian that two divisions of Iraqi soldiers – roughly 30,000 men – simply turned and ran in the face of the assault by an insurgent force of just 800 fighters. Isis extremists roamed freely on Wednesday through the streets of Mosul, openly surprised at the ease with which they took Iraq’s second largest city after three days of sporadic fighting. (Guardian, June 12, 2014, emphasis added)

        The reports point to the fact that Iraqi military commanders were sympathetic with the Sunni led ISIS insurgency intimating that they are largely Sunni:

        Speaking from the Kurdish city of Erbil, the defectors accused their officers of cowardice and betrayal, saying generals in Mosul “handed over” the city over to Sunni insurgents, with whom they shared sectarian and historical ties. (Daily Telegraph, 13 June 2014)

        The report is misleading. The senior commanders were largely hardline Shiite. The defections occurred de facto when the command structure collapsed and senior (Shiite) military commanders left the city.

        What is important to understand, is that both sides, namely the regular Iraqi forces and the ISIS rebel army are supported by US-NATO. There were US military advisers and special forces including operatives from private security companies on location in Mosul working with Iraq’s regular armed forces. In turn, there are Western special forces or mercenaries within ISIS (acting on contract to the CIA or the Pentagon) who are in liaison with US-NATO (e.g. through satellite phones).

        Under these circumstances, with US intelligence amply involved, there would have been routine communication, coordination, logistics and exchange of intelligence between a US-NATO military and intelligence command center, US-NATO military advisers forces or private military contractors on the ground assigned to the Iraqi Army in Mosul and Western special forces attached to the ISIS brigades. These Western special forces operating covertly within the ISIS could have been dispatched by a private security company on contract to US-NATO.

        Yaser Al-Khodor/Courtesy Reuters

        In this regard, the capture of Mosul appears to have been a carefully engineered operation, planned well in advance. With the exception of a few skirmishes, no fighting took place.

        Entire divisions of the Iraqi National Army –trained by the US military with advanced weapons systems at their disposal– could have easily repelled the ISIS rebels. Reports suggest that they were ordered by their commanders not to intervene. According to witnesses, “Not a single shot was fired”.

        The forces that had been in Mosul have fled — some of which abandoned their uniforms as well as their posts as the ISIS forces swarmed into the city.

        Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, overran the entire western bank of the city overnight after Iraqi soldiers and police apparently fled their posts, in some instances discarding their uniforms as they sought to escape the advance of the militants.http://hotair.com/archives/2014/06/10/mosul-falls-to-al-qaeda-as-us-trained-security-forces-flee/

        A contingent of one thousand ISIS rebels takes over a city of more than one million? Without prior knowledge that the US controlled Iraqi Army (30,000 strong) would not intervene, the Mosul operation would have fallen flat, the rebels would have been decimated.

        Who was behind the decision to let the ISIS terrorists take control of Mosul? Who gave them the “green light”

        Had the senior Iraqi commanders been instructed by their Western military advisers to hand over the city to the ISIS terrorists? Were they co-opted?

        Source: The Economist

        Was the handing over of Mosul to ISIS part of a US intelligence agenda?

        Were the Iraqi military commanders manipulated or paid off into allowing the city to fall into the hands of the ISIS rebels without “a single shot being fired”.

        Shiite General Mehdi Sabih al-Gharawi who was in charge of the Mosul Army divisions “had left the city”. Al Gharawi had worked hand in glove with the US military. He took over the command of Mosul in September 2011, from US Col Scott McKean. Had he been co-opted, instructed by his US counterparts to abandon his command?

        (image left) U.S. Army Col. Scott McKean, right, commander, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Armored Division, talks with Iraqi police Maj. Gen. Mahdi Sabih al-Gharawi following a transfer of authority ceremony on September 4, 2011

        US forces could have intervened. They had been instructed to let it happen. It was part of a carefully planned agenda to facilitate the advance of the ISIS rebel forces and the installation of the ISIS caliphate.

        The whole operation appears to have been carefully staged.

        In Mosul, government buildings, police stations, schools, hospitals, etc are formally now under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In turn, ISIS has taken control of military hardware including helicopters and tanks which were abandoned by the Iraqi armed forces.

        What is unfolding is the installation of a US sponsored Islamist ISIS caliphate alongside the rapid demise of the Baghdad government. Meanwhile, the Northern Kurdistan region has de facto declared its independence from Baghdad. Kurdish peshmerga rebel forces (which are supported by Israel) have taken control of the cities of Arbil and Kirkuk. (See map above)

        UPDATE [June 17, 2014]

        Since the completion of this article, information has emerged on the central role played by the Sunni Tribes and sections of the former Baathist movement (including the military) in taking control of Mosul and other cities. The control of Mosul is in the hands of several Sunni opposition groups and the ISIS.

        While these forces — which constitute an important component of the resistance movement directed against the al-Maliki government– are firmly opposed to ISIS, a de facto “relationship” has nonetheless emerged between the ISIS and the Sunni resistance movement.

        The fact that the US is firmly behind ISIS does not seem to be a matter of concern to the Tribal Council:

        Sheikh Zaydan al Jabiri, leader of the political wing of the Tribal Revolutionary Council, told Sky News his organisation viewed ISIS as dangerous terrorists, and that it was capable of taking them on.

        “Even this blessed revolution that has taken place in Mosul, there may be jihadist movements involved in it, but the revolution represents all the Iraqi people – it has been brought about by the Sunni tribes, and some baathist elements, it certainly does not belong to ISIS,” he said.

        But Mr Jabiri, [based in Amman]… also made a clear threat that without Western help, the tribes and ISIS may be forced to combine efforts targeting their shared enemy – the Shia-dominated Iraqi government. (Sky News, emphasis added)

        An exiled leader of the Iraqi resistance movement calling for “Western help” from the aggressor nation? From the above statement, one has the distinct impression that the Tribal Revolutionary Council has been co-opted and/or infiltrated.

        Moreover, in a bitter irony, within sectors of the Sunni resistance movement, US-NATO which supports both the Al Maliki government and the ISIS terrorists– is no longer considered the main aggressor nation.

        The Sunni resistance movement broadly considers Iran, which is providing military assistance to the al-Maliki government as well as special forces- as the aggressor alongside the US.

        In turn, it would appear that Washington is creating conditions for sucking Iran more deeply into the conflict, under the pretext of joining hands in fighting ISIS terrorism. During talks in Vienna on June 16, US and Iranian officials agreed “to work together to halt ISIS’s momentum—though with no military coordination, the White House stressed”.(WSJ, June 16, 2014)

        In chorus The US media applauds: “The US and Iran have a mutual interest in stemming the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)” (Christian Science Monitor, June 13 2014). An absurd proposition knowing that the ISIS is a creature of US intelligence, financed by the Western military alliance, with Western special forces in its ranks.

        Is a regional conflict involving Iran in the making?

        Tehran is using the ISIS pretext as an “opportunity” to intervene in Iraq: Iran’s intelligence is fully aware that ISIS is a terrorist proxy controlled by the CIA.

        Concluding Remarks

        There were no Al Qaeda rebels in Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion. Moreover, Al Qaeda was non-existent in Syria until the outset of the US-NATO-Israeli supported insurgency in March 2011.

        The ISIS is not an independent entity. It is a creation of US intelligence. It is a US intelligence asset, an instrument of non-conventional warfare.

        The ultimate objective of this ongoing US-NATO engineered conflict opposing the al-Maliki government forces to the ISIS insurgency is to destroy and destabilize Iraq as a Nation State. It is part of an intelligence operation, an engineered process of transforming countries into territories. The break up of Iraq along sectarian lines is a longstanding policy of the US and its allies.

        The ISIS is a caliphate project of creating a Sunni Islamist state. It is not a project of the Sunni population of Iraq which historically has been committed to a secular system of government. The caliphate project is a US design. The advances of ISIS forces is intended to garnish broad support within the Sunni population directed against the al-Maliki government

        Through its covert support of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, Washington is overseeing the demise of its own proxy regime in Baghdad. The issue, however, is not “regime change”, nor is the “replacement” of the al-Maliki regime contemplated.

        The division of Iraq along sectarian-ethnic lines has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon for more than 10 years.

        What is envisaged by Washington is the outright suppression of the Baghdad regime and the institutions of the central government, leading to a process of political fracturing and the elimination of Iraq as a country.

        This process of political fracturing in Iraq along sectarian lines will inevitably have an impact on Syria, where the US-NATO sponsored terrorists have in large part been defeated.

        Destabilization and political fragmentation in Syria is also contemplated: Washington’s intent is no longer to pursue the narrow objective of “regime change” in Damascus. What is contemplated is the break up of both Iraq and Syria along sectarian-ethnic lines.

        The formation of the caliphate may be the first step towards a broader conflict in the Middle East, bearing in mind that Iran is supportive of the al-Maliki government and the US ploy may indeed be to encourage the intervention of Iran.

        The proposed re-division of both Iraq and Syria is broadly modeled on that of the Federation of Yugoslavia which was split up into seven “independent states” (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia (FYRM), Slovenia, Montenegro, Kosovo).

        According to Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, the re division of Iraq into three separate states is part of a broader process of redrawing the Map of the Middle East.

        • ForChristAlone

          Inundating others with lots of words might work in academia but not here. Why not start your own website if your intent is to propagandize. It bespeaks of arrogance.

        • Guest

          Their coming to take me away today. Their coming to take me away oh ha oh hee. To the funny farm where life is happy.., remember that song from the 70s?

          • John Albertson

            Perhaps on the funny farm you’ll have time to learn how to spell.

            Their – They’re

            • DE-173

              Heh, heh, heh. good one.

      • Thaddeus Kozinski

        Both are supported, it seems, by U.S. intelligence. Try to explain that?

    • ForChristAlone

      This article is NOT about Israel. I find your views reprehensible and seriously unbalanced.

      • Thaddeus Kozinski

        It’s about ISIS. And the real issue with ISIS is who is backing them. The fact that Kilpatrick suggests that this group bears any resemblance to present-day Islam, and that he doesn’t mention the obvious ties of ISIS to CIA and Mossad, is what is reprehensible

        What is reprehensible to you is that I expose the double standard of Kilpatrick and his followers in the condoning of some murders because the politics and religion are “right.”

        “Balance” means that one never criticizes the behavior of America or Israel when its targets are Muslims, never. Call them terrorists targets (like the children playing on the beach in Gaza, or the UN school, or Iraqi civilians), and you’ve got a convenient go ahead for murder.

        • ForChristAlone

          Stick to what he did write about, not what you think he ought to have written. Better yet, develop your own “I hate Jews” website and we can all go there to read your views. You’re nothing but a spoiler.

          • Thaddeus Kozinski

            I would call the website, “I love Jews and Muslims” and in it I would discuss the antisemitic and anti-human tenets of both radical Zionism and radical Islam so as to help those who subscribe to these errors to repent of them so as to receive the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

            But back to the issue at hand. If we are going to condemn ISIS, we need to condemn those groups who are supporting their evils.

  • ForChristAlone

    Was the Statement issued by the Pontifical Council before or after the Islamists beheaded that Catholic journalist?

    • Objectivetruth

      As a Catholic, I forgive ISIS for the beheading of James Foley, and may God have mercy on their souls.

      But my gut tells me it’s time to nuke…..this evil won’t stop until they’re beheading people on Main Street USA. Nuclear fumigation is the only way to rid a house of an infestation of vermin.

      • Watosh

        Please tell me you are not serious.

        • Objectivetruth

          Hyperbole.

          What do you suggest, then, we do with ISIS?

  • Ib

    Actually Mr. Kirkpatrick also tells us why the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has been so obtuse all these years. It’s because they too were formed and developed their theological positions in the wake of European and American dominance over the mid-East in the 40s, 50s and 60s. So they down played the much longer history of Islam as a vicious slave empire, in favor of its supine form after the World Wars.

    This was a historical error which is now being revealed as such in the resurgence of Islam as it existed throughout the vast majority of its history. Too late for those whose lives have been forfeited through the belief in this egregious error.

  • ForChristAlone

    Thaddeus has had a long day. It’s time for him to get some rest now. We’re grateful that we are only subject to his rantings on rare occasion when the topic of murderous Islam comes up. Our pity goes to his students who have to put up with him for an entire semester. Good night, doctor.

    • Thaddeus J. Kozinski

      This is the real Thaddeus Kozinski. If you’d like to know what I really think, please see my published philosophical writings.

      • ForChristAlone

        I have concluded that the person posing as you has done a disservice to your reputation. I am happy that the Editor has seen fit to change all entries falsely using your name to the anonymous “Guest.” I am hoping that the person using that email address is forever banned from this site.

  • ForChristAlone

    Headlines from The Mail of Great Britain:

    ‘No just God would stand for what they did’: Obama vows to punish ISIS for beheading James Foley – as it emerges White House knew killers had sent email threat to his family a week ago

    The Obama administration knew James Foley’s captors were considering killing him to avenge airstrikes; Foley’s family received an emailed warning a week ago and told the White House

    Obama seemed to double down on attacking ISIS after a militant beheaded Foley in a shocking video

    ‘One thing we can all agree on is a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century,’ a defiant Obama said

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Foley ‘was brave and bold, and no masked coward can ever steal the legacy of this courageous American’

    US Secret Service and UK intelligence are searching for Foley’s executioner, who spoke with a British accent in the video

    Nearly a dozen new airstrikes near the Mosul Dam came after gruesome video showed an ISIS militant cutting off photojournalist’s head

    ISIS threatened to kill a second American journalist if airstrikes continue; White House has confirmed the footage is authentic

    Foley’s parents issued a statement stating their son was ‘innocent’

    Obama spoke from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard and played golf immediately after delivering his remarks

    • Objectivetruth

      “Obama spoke from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard and played golf immediately after delivering his remarks”

      Oy………..

      And Nero fiddled……..

  • Thaddeus J. Kozinski

    This is the real Thaddeus Kozinski. If you’d like to know what I really think, please seem my published philosophical writings.

    • Objectivetruth

      This all seems like a really bizarre version of the TV game show “To Tell the Truth.”

      • Thaddeus J. Kozinski

        I know.

    • John Albertson

      Do you mean that you are not the author of those screeds? If so, the miscreant using your name should apologize, and be banned from the Comments where he does great harm to you and your college. Or- I perhaps that correction has been made.

  • Thomas J. Hennigan

    Excellent article. The problem is that Pope Francis himself seems to have no clue about the real nature of Islam, as is revealed in Evangelii Gaudium 253.
    As for “moderate muslims”, it appears that those whom the Christians of Mosul considered moderate and who were their neighbors actually took sides with the ISIS terrorists and told them where the Christians lived. Moderate muslims are those who are unaware of the tenits of their political ideology cum religion, which is Islam, or else they are practicing deception, which is part of jihad. When push comes to shove many of the so called moderate muslims show their colors. In many instances they are not loyal citizens of the countries they inhabit.
    It is shameful that an official body of the Holy See should practice such equivocation, when it is their duty to at least know the content of the classical canonical texts of the religions with which they are supposedly involved in dialogue. It seems to me that dialgue with Islam is imposisble, first due to the deception doctrine and also to the fact that they have a different understanding of such common terms as dialogue itself, peace (which for them will only come about when they dominate the whole world and everyone is Islamic), and others. In that sense “Islam is a religion of peace”, but they way they understand peace.
    Their interpretation of the Bible and Biblical prophets, among whom they include Jesus, is completely false and twisted, as they consider that Abraham, Moses and Jesus were prophets of Islam, that the revelation they communicated was in reality the Qu´ran. They try to justify this absurd position by claiming that the Jews and Christians misconstrued and misinterpret their Scripture and produced a false version. Where is the supposed original version? That is a question they cannot respond to. Their conception of Allah is that of a slave master who is totally arbitrary, who creates many human beings to send them to hell. etc. The only coincidence with the Biblical, be it Hebrew or Christian understanding of God is that he is monotheistic. How can it be called an Abramamic religion when it misconstrues every single fact about Biblical revelation, be in Christian or Jewish?
    At the time Islam conquered great swaths of territory, the Vkings were also involved in similar barbarities, but the latter were eventually civilized and converted. Islam has remained in that terrible age and wants to reedit it in the 21st century.

  • PaulF

    Freedom of religion as conceived in western jurisdictions is a delusion. There is no such thing as a freedom to worship God ‘as the individual sees fit.’ If God has told us that it is only possible to worship him in one way, then it is only possible to worship him in that way. ‘He who denies the Son CANNOT have the Father either’ (1 John 2:22). ‘He who rejects me rejects the one who sent me’ (Luke 10:16). ‘No one CAN come to the Father but by me’ (John 14:6).
    Note the terms of possibility. ‘Can’ and ‘cannot.’ It is impossible to receive God while rejecting him in Christ.
    Legislators can provide for a freedom of idolatry, or a freedom to worship demons, but they CANNOT provide for a freedom to worship God while rejecting him (Christ). It would make more sense to pass a law allowing citizens to jump into the centre of the sun and jump back down to earth again. That is a physical impossibility which God could enable us to overcome if he wanted to.
    So we Christians need have no fear in proclaiming what is true. We can access God through faith in Christ. If we reject Christ we fall into the hands of demons. This is not our opinion. It is knowledge, conveyed to us by God himself.

    • James M

      “Freedom of religion as conceived in western jurisdictions is a delusion.
      There is no such thing as a freedom to worship God ‘as the individual
      sees fit.'”

      ## As Gregory XVI, relying in Catholic Tradition, saw very clearly. Vatican 2 however, being all shiny & new & “with it” & “funky, man”, had to go and ignore than Tradition, & instead invent its own cobbled-together codswallop – and we who come after it have to live with the catastrophic mess it created.

  • John200

    Dialog? Try a monologue. It should start with clear enunciation of the principle. I suggest a 30-second speech:
    “I have had my fill of you and your antics. Because your principle is to follow the strong horse, I am going to show my strength. Then we shall have peace. That will include you, as I have always been a gracious winner.”

    To boil it down to a tweet: Victory, then peace.

  • Lol

    An excellent article. I can add only this:

    “On the other hand, those who founded sects committed to erroneous doctrines proceeded in a way that is opposite to this, the point is clear in the case of Muhammad. He seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the contrary, Muhammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms—which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants.” -St. Thomas Aquinas

  • sparrowhawk58

    Excellent article. We have to remain hopeful, but also vigilant. I have three young adult children who attended Catholic high schools and were indoctrinated in the value of “dialogue” with the so-called Religion of Peace–“unfairly” portrayed since the “events of 9/11.” I was actually successful in getting one of these schools to withdraw a VERY propagandist religion elective that focused exclusively on teaching these kids to understand and appreciate Islam. Good luck finding an equivalent course promoting positive insights into Christianity offered at a Muslim school (and we do have them here in Chicago). My kids are slowly beginning to see Islam for what it is. It frustrates me that questioning the curriculum resulted in my being portrayed as a bigot, even though I thought the questions I asked were legitimate (What texts were to be used, whether the speakers who were victims of islamophobia would be balanced by speakers who experienced anti-Christian or Jewish behavior by Muslims, etc.) We have to educate ourselves on this indoctrination program that is going on constantly. If we don’t, we have already surrendered. Thank you, William Kilpatrick, for refusing to raise the white flag just yet.

  • Deuteronomy 20?

    I suppose for somebody who believes in Sola Scriptura, such passages in the scripture are problematic. But Ahmadi and Sufi are muslims too, and are NOT sola scriptura muslims. And lo and behold, over the past 15 years or so, we find plenty of Ahmadi, Sufi, Sunni, and even Shi’a Imams condemning violence (and a couple slightly problematic schools that have pronounced a “fatwa on terrorism”, which makes me wonder if they’ve gotten the point).

  • James M

    Moses, Joshua & Elijah all killed in the name of religion. So did the Maccabees. And all of these are Catholic Saints, who are mentioned in the Old Testament. Such ignorance of the Bible – let’s not forget the pious vandalism of King Josiah of Judah, who also put some followers of false worship to death – is inexcusable in men who are supposedly sufficiently well-acquainted with their religion & its sacred books to be members of a Roman Congregation.

    “Since the Council for Interreligious Dialogue has probably done more
    than any other Catholic organization to keep alive the illusion that the
    Islamic faith is just like ours…”

    ## They have to. The lie (& that is exactly what it is, a lie, deceit, fraud, and dishonest fiction, propagated in order to deceive millions) is rooted in V2’s document “Nostra Aetate”. Since their job is to lie, and to support their lies by Catholic teaching, how is that not a damning indictment of the current Magisterium, of several Popes, & of the current CC ? Should such people not dispel illusions, rather than foster them & keep them alive ?

    V2 (excellent name BTW – the original V2 was a German missile in WW2) is also responsible for the other fantasy document known as “Dignitatis Humanae”. The logic of the lie and insanity that is religious liberty leads to the possibility that Muslims who regard Christians as followers of a false religion may offer a choice between conversion or death. And do so, not because they are bad Muslims, but because they wish to serve their god properly. IOW, the logic of that document leaves the CC intellectually & morally & theologically & doctrinally unable to blame Muslims for using their “religious liberty” to kill Christians who refuse to convert to Islam.
    Put the logic of the two documents together – & you have a recipe for disaster. Which is what has happened these last 50 years.

  • plb5678

    There is only islam. The radicals do the killing while the moderates don’t, but are more than happy to let the radicals kill us. No muslim countries or leaders speak out against this terrorism since they support and fund it. These weak minded individuals have been brainwashed into thinking their allah is the one and the pedophile Muhammad the greatest. Islam is evil and like all evil will eventually be destroyed. It’s all been decided.

  • Edie

    There are many differences between Islam and Christianity that our illustrious leaders in the Catholic Church choose to ignore. Islam does not recognize the Blessed Trinity and they deny Christ’s divinity for starters. We do not worship the same God as Francis and company like to pretend. And there are many other differences as well, important deep differences,

  • William

    Israel calls itself a “Jewish state”. Al-Baghdadi’s terrorist group calls itself “Islamic State.”

    Both of these terrorist entities define themselves in terms of rigidly sectarian ideologies. Both are squatting on stolen land. Both brutally trample on the rights of those they consider lesser beings – simply because they hold “second-class” religious views. And both proudly commit horrendous atrocities.

    The world’s Jews are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with so-called State of Israel, which purports to represent them without ever having asked their permission. (Israel defines itself as the so-called state of, by and for all Jews, and gives all Jews everywhere the automatic right to Israeli citizenship – while denying citizenship to most non-Jews, including the vast majority of Palestinians, simply because they profess another religion.)

    Ex-liberal-Zionist Anthony Lerman, writing in the New York Times, has just written a political obituary entitled “The End of Liberal Zionism.” Like many other Jews, Lerman recognizes that it is becoming impossible for liberal, tolerant, reasonable Jewish people to continue to support the so-called Jewish State of Israel.

    Saturday’s New York Times also featured an ad placed by anti-Zionist Jews attacking “Israel’s wholesale efforts to destroy Gaza and the murder of more than 2,000 Palestinians, including many hundreds of children.” The ad was signed by 237 survivors and descendants of survivors of the Nazi holocaust.

    Last week Henk Zenoli, a Dutchman who helped save a Jewish boy from Nazis during World War II – and whose father died in a Nazi concentration camp – returned his “Righteous Among Nations” award to Israel. He said the award, given to non-Jews who helped Jews during the holocaust, no longer meant anything given the “murder carried out by the [so-called] State of Israel.”

    Zenoli has felt Israel’s murderousness personally. He has lost six relatives– so far – to Zionist butchers during this summer’s Israeli assault on Gaza.

    Today, the real holocaust is in Occupied Palestine.

    Just as thoughtful Jews and their friends are horrified by the crimes of the so-called State of Israel, the vast majority of Muslims are appalled by the so-called Islamic State. (Unlike Israel, which still enjoys a fair amount of Jewish support, Islamic State has virtually no support from any of the world’s established Muslim nations, scholars, or religious organizations.)

    Zionist propaganda outlet Fox News has been peddling the big lie that Muslims support so-called Islamic State. Media watchdog group MediaMatters.org, in its article “Muslim Leaders Have Roundly Denounced Islamic State, But Conservative Media Won’t Tell You That,” proves the contrary.

    Ironically, while Jews are turning against the so-called Jewish State, and Muslims denounce Islamic State, the two terrorist entities seem to be working together. According to some reports, hundreds of ISIL terrorists have been treated in Israeli hospitals. And while the so-called Jewish State of Israel supports Islamic State’s attempts to overthrow the government of Syria, Islamic State for its part opposes resistance against Zionism while instead working to destabilize Israel’s enemies.

    Since the self-styled Jewish State and Islamic State have so much in common – including sectarianism, atrocities, destabilization of neighbors, and squatting on stolen land – and share the same enemies (reasonable Jews and Muslims, and reasonable people in general) – perhaps they should merge into a single entity: ISrael. Netanyahu and al-Baghdadi could serve as co-caliphs, just as Rome sometimes had two emperors.

    ISrael would be a paradise for people who like to shoot children and cut off heads. It would be a wonderful place to be a fanatically intolerant bigot loathing lesser beings who profess religious incorrectness.

    In ISrael, self-styled chosen people who despise outsiders as cattle would rub shoulders with fanatics who see everyone but themselves as heretics worthy of death. The two groups would get along famously. al-Baghdadi would feel perfectly at home in an Israeli settlement, where he could occasionally venture outside the barbed wire with his rifle to shoot “heretics,” wreck their homes and uproot their olive trees. He might even be able to talk the Zionist settlers into beheading their Palestinian victims rather than just shooting or beating them to death.

    While the Zionists of the so-called Jewish State and the Takfiris of Islamic State work together to make Jews and Muslims look like barbarians and war criminals, reasonable Jews and Muslims – along with well-wishers from other religions – need to work together to put an end to such nonsense.

    They need not reject the notion of religious governance. If Jews wish to live according to Jewish law, and Muslims according to Islamic law, they should be allowed, indeed encouraged, to do so.

    In Islamic Spain, the Ottoman Empire, and other classical Islamic societies, each religious group would organize itself according to its own laws and control its own affairs. Muslims did not force Christians and Jews to follow Muslim rules while the Christians and Jews did not impose their laws and lifestyles on Muslims.

    There is no reason why similarly tolerant, pluralistic religious governance cannot happen today.

    But modern states have a totalitarian outlook. They try to force everyone to live the same way and follow the same rules. That is why modern states, be they a so-called Jewish State like Israel, an Islamic State like al-Baghdadi’s, fascist or communist states like Hitler’s Germany or Stalin’s USSR, or even so-called liberal democratic states like Europe and the USA, have not yet learned to grant their citizens the level of pluralistic autonomy enjoyed by the religious communities of medieval Andalusia.

    Fanatical, intolerant, sectarian, human-rights-abusing “religious” regimes like Netanyahu’s and al-Baghdadi’s are simply extreme examples of the totalitarianism at the root of the modern nation state. So reasonable Jews and Muslims must abjure the siren song of monolithic secularism, even as they reject the defamation of their religions by the vicious extremists of the “Jewish” and “Islamic” states.

    • 1Indioviejo1

      Jesus chose to be born a Jew out of a Jewish Virgin, Mary. Don’t forget it.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    No other organization knows Islam more Intimately than the Catholic Church which has dealt with Mohammedans since Islams inception. What happened to all that knowledge accumulated for XIV centuries on the ‘Satanic Cult’. It is a matter of good versus evil. What game has the Church been playing with these Barbarians for so long?

  • musicacre

    Maybe if it’s so hard to understand the seemingly random times the Muslims attack communities they’ve co-existed with, perhaps the answer is that it’s whenever they’ve been armed by some outside? source….

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