Prelates and Politicians Favor Cultural Suicide in Germany

Question: How would a Catholic bishop respond to tens of thousands of peaceful citizens singing Silent Night in the center of an historic European city?

Answer: He would forbid Christians to take part.

On December 22, 18,000 demonstrators, many of them families with children, marched against “Islamization” and sang Christmas carols in front of Dresden’s opera house. The march was the latest in a series of “evening strolls” sponsored by PEGIDA, “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West.” In response to their previous march the week before, Ludwig Schick, the Archbishop of Bamberg, said that “Christians must not take part in PEGIDA.” Why? Because:

Pegida activists spread racial hatred and stir up irrational anxieties against the people; they are a reservoir of diffuse aggression against people of other cultures and religions. …For that reason we must uphold the values of Christianity, which preaches humanism, equality in dignity and rights, justice and peace. [emphasis added]

The archbishop’s reaction was similar to that of many German elites. “I find it really unaesthetic when Christmas carols are used to put across a political message,” said Jochen Bohl, bishop of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church, state church of Saxony. To show their own highly cultured distaste, the management of the opera house turned off the building’s lights and displayed banners outside that read “Open your eyes,” “Open your hearts,” “Open doors.” Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called for citizens to launch a “rebellion of the decent” against PEGIDA, and current chancellor Angela Merkel warned Germans not to be taken in by the “rabble-rousing” group. Meanwhile, virtually all the German media outlets describe PEGIDA as a far-right group, and the Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia referred to the organizers as “Nazis in pin-striped suits.”

Yet PEGIDA’s immigration stance is rather mild compared to the platforms of other “right-wing” organizations and parties (any group that does not subscribe to leftist viewpoints is automatically labeled “right-wing” or “extreme right-wing” by Europe’s left leaning media.) PEGIDA’s manifesto calls for tolerance toward assimilated and moderate Muslims, welcomes war refugees, and calls for a more decentralized distribution of housing facilities for asylum seekers. On the other hand, PEGIDA is opposed to a “watering down” of Christian culture and traditions.

Archbishop Schick said that PEGIDA stirs up “irrational anxieties,” but many of PEGIDA’s concerns seem rational enough. According to The Guardian, Germany is the Continent’s chief destination for asylum seekers, and the second main destination for migrants after the United States. In recent years, Germany has seen:

  • Street riots between Kurdish and Salafist immigrants.
  • A proliferation of mosques housed in former churches.
  • Numerous court cases in which sharia law has been given precedence over German law.
  • A rise in polygamy: it is estimated that one-third of the Muslim men living in the Neukölln district of Berlin have two or more wives.
  • The opening of a medical facility offering comprehensive treatment for victims of female genital mutilation. An estimated 50,000 German women are victims of FGM.
  • Polls showing that 65 percent of Muslims interviewed thought sharia law should take precedence over secular law.
  • Schools where German children, mostly in the minority, are subjected to daily bullying by Turkish and Arab students.

In addition, despite government efforts to discourage criticism of Europe’s indiscriminate immigration policies, Germans are no doubt aware of where those policies have led to in other immigrant-rich European nations. They probably know that:

  • Muslim children outnumber Christian children in a number of European cities, including Vienna and Birmingham.
  • Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city and home to Sweden’s largest concentration of Muslim immigrants, has been rocked by a series of car bombings in recent months.
  • Sweden now has the second highest incidence of rape in the world.
  • In the space of three days, France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe, experienced three “lone wolf” attacks—a knife attack on police officers and two car attacks on crowds of pedestrians. In all three cases, the perpetrators shouted “Allahu akbar.”
  • The number one non-fiction bestseller in France is Éric Zemmour’s The Suicide of France.

In case the Germans haven’t heard of Zemmour’s book, they most likely have heard of a very similar book by Thilo Sarrazin titled Germany is Abolishing Itself. It was the number one non-fiction bestseller in Germany in 2010. Quite obviously, Sarrazin’s and Zemmour’s criticism of careless immigration policies have hit a nerve. So has PEGIDA’s. An opinion poll published by die Zeit showed that approximately half of Germans are sympathetic to PEGIDA and more than half believe that Germany accepts too many refugees. 73 percent were worried that radical Islam is growing in importance. Yet Germany’s elite continue to insist that there is nothing to worry about and that the worriers are either misinformed or else racist, xenophobic, and far right.

What accounts for the elite attitude—an attitude that is shared by many, if not most, Christian leaders? The interior minister’s accusation that PEGIDA are “Nazis in pinstripes” provides the answer in a nutshell. Germany, along with much of the rest of Europe, is still haunted by the specter of Nazism and anti-Semitism. The general consensus after the war was that Nazism—or anything like it—must never again be allowed to rise. And, thanks to the work of liberal historians, Nazism came to be looked upon as a strictly right-wing movement (although, as Jonah Goldberg points out in Liberal Fascism, it was in many respects a liberal and socialist movement). Nazism was also associated with nationalism, extreme patriotism, and, of course, racism.

Thus, any organization that presents itself as patriotic (recall that the “P” in PEGIDA stands for “patriotic”) or conservative (PEGIDA is opposed to the watering down of Christian culture and tradition) is suspect. Moreover, PEGIDA is critical of immigrants who refuse to assimilate and, as far as the European establishment is concerned, this can only be construed as racist—and dangerous. The only lesson that European leaders seem to have taken away from the Hitler years is the dubious proposition that any criticism of minorities leads straight to the concentration camp. In short, according to the dictates of conventional wisdom, PEGIDA is an incipient Nazi movement that must be nipped in the bud.

PEGIDA is doubly unfortunate in having focused its attention on Europe’s most favored minority group—Muslims. Initially, “never again” meant that Jews should never again be subject to persecution, but eventually it came to mean that no minority should experience discrimination of any sort. What is Europe’s most visible minority? It’s certainly not the Jews. In fact, Jews in many parts of Europe have taken to concealing their Jewish identity. To publicly wear a yarmulke or to display a Star of David is to court considerable danger. Muslims, on the other hand, seem to have adopted an in-your-face insouciance when it comes to displaying hijabs, burqas, and multiple wives. The Muslim immigrant motto might well be “When in Rome, do as the Arabs do.”

The response of the European elites to multiplying Muslim demands has been to escalate the appeasement of those demands. That may be because demands aren’t the only thing that’s been multiplying. In the “fruitful and multiply” department, Muslims are without peer. For example, the Muslim population of France is ten times the size of the Jewish population. And Muslims in Germany are forty times more numerous than Jews.

These numerical disparities have not been lost on Europe’s ruling class. And so, by one of those strange ironies that history occasionally serves up, the Muslims have been unofficially designated as the new Jews. Paradoxically, the biggest beneficiaries of all the guilt Europeans feel over the Holocaust are not Jews, but Muslims. It’s particularly paradoxical because polls have consistently shown that Muslims are far and away the most anti-Semitic group on the Continent. When Europeans worry about minority rights, they don’t worry about the minority rights of Jews (who really are an endangered minority), but of Muslims. When European elites went looking for a poster child minority to protect from a future holocaust, they settled on the minority most likely to perpetrate one.

European elites are supposed to be sophisticated, and sophisticated people are supposed to have a highly developed sense of irony, but the ruling class’ Nazi-prevention policies are about as subtle and sophisticated as a Three Stooges comedy. Here are some ironies the elites seem to have missed:

  • During the real Holocaust, the biggest booster of the Final Solution was Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Husseini was one of the most admired Islamic leaders in the Middle East, yet he was friends with Himmler and Eichmann and spent the war years in Berlin at the expense of the Nazis. His chief obsession was to find ways to speed up the Holocaust.
  • Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s “Shariah and Life” TV program reaches an estimated worldwide audience of sixty million. He is, by any measure, one of the most influential Muslims in the world. In a 2009 statement, Qaradawi called the Holocaust “a divine punishment” of Jews and prayed that, “Allah willing,” the “believers” would finish the job started by Hitler.
  • Hitler’s Mein Kampf has long been a bestseller in the Muslim world.
  • The preamble to the Hamas charter calls for the obliteration of Israel and Article Seven envisions the extermination of all Jews. Yet European politicians and pundits are more supportive of Hamas than are most Arab governments.
  • Anti-Semitism in Europe has reached a level not seen since the Nazi era. In May 2012, a Muslim gunman in Toulouse killed seven people at a Jewish school. Two years later, another Muslim assailant killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. In July of 2014, a mob of hundreds of Muslims surrounded a synagogue in Paris, trapping the congregants inside. In another part of Paris, a synagogue was firebombed, and 400 protesters shouting “Death to the Jews” attacked numerous Jewish-owned business. Meanwhile, Muslim rallygoers in cities across Europe called for the “slaughter of the Jews.”

The reason that Muslims are the “new Jews” in Europe is that there aren’t too many of the old ones left. The real Jews have seen this movie before and they’re not sticking around to see how it will end. The elevation of Muslims to the status of “new Jews” is not the end of the ironies. If you’re going to have “new Jews” you also have to have “new Nazis,” as well. And who might they be? Well, the Jews, of course. Who else? According to the new narrative, the tactics used by the Israeli government to protect its citizens from Palestinian terrorists are no different from the tactics used by the Nazis. The idea that the “Zionists” are the new Nazis is now widespread. Of course, the Jews who live in Europe aren’t Israelis, but, after all, they are Jews and are therefore suspect.

Inconveniently, there aren’t enough Jews in Europe to convince anyone except the most rabid anti-Semites that they constitute a Nazi-like threat to Europe. So it’s necessary to identify other “new Nazis” to fill up the empty spaces in the narrative. And for this purpose, PEGIDA can be made to fit the bill. Archbishop Schick says that they “spread racial hatred” and the Interior Minister calls them “Nazis in pin-striped suits.” Which is about all the evidence that the Euro elites require.

So the “new Jews” are Muslim anti-Semites and the old Jews—the actual Semites—are the “new Nazis.” And the middle-class burghers of Dresden are also the “new Nazis.” It’s confusing, I know, but it seems that politically correct narratives needn’t be consistent as long as they serve politically correct ends.

There is one other irony that ought to be mentioned. The chief street-level foes of PEGIDA are the “Antifas”—which is Newspeak for “Antifascists.” It’s ironic because the Antifa gangs are arguably the most fascist group of thugs in Europe since the heyday of the “Brownshirts.” They specialize in denying a public platform to critics of Islamic extremism. And they do it with bricks and bottles and beatings. When groups like PEGIDA rally, they are typically met with much larger Antifa “counter-demonstrators” ready to do battle. Sometimes police protect the demonstrators—and sometimes they do not. Sometimes, it is alleged, the police provide the Antifas with useful information about the demonstrators’ departure plans. According to a popular slogan, “Fascism will come to Europe in the name of anti-fascism.”

If any group in Europe deserves the title “new Nazis,” it’s the Antifa. But the Antifas are mostly militant left-wingers. And, as we all know, left-wingers can’t possibly be Nazis. They can employ Nazi tactics, but according to the rules of political politeness, they can’t be called Nazis. As I said, it’s confusing and also ironic—if you have a taste for irony. But the Euro elites are about as plonkingly literal as one can get. Since designating diverse groups as the “new this” or the “new that” seems to be all the rage, I’d like to take the liberty of designating Europe’s current ruling class as the “new bluebloods.” And like the bluebloods of old, they seem to suffer from a hereditary hematological disorder. This time around, it appears to be a bad case of irony deficiency.

It would be funny, except that this is a case of tragic irony—not unlike those Greek tragedies in which mistaking one thing for another results inevitably in death and destruction. One of the chief ironies is that European elites are caught up in the very same totalitarian role they assign to others. Thanks to the enlightened views of the ruling class, free speech in Europe is more or less a dead letter—with some exceptions, of course. You can say what you like about Christians and you can shout “death to the Jews” with impunity, but criticize Islam or Muhammad and you end up in court. Or, if you’re lucky, you only lose your job. Thilo Sarrazin, for example, was forced to resign his prestigious position at the Bundesbank after his opinions on immigration became public. After all, he was, from the Islamic point of view, guilty of slander. And the Islamic point of view is fast becoming the mainstream point of view. Archbishop Schick, who criticized PEGIDA for its violation of humanistic values, has also called for “blasphemy laws” in Germany. There should be, he said, “a Law against the derision of religious values and feelings.” That, of course, is what the Muslims have been saying all along.

It’s probably no coincidence that the PEGIDA movement was born in Dresden—a city that was formerly part of the Soviet empire. Unlike the West Germans (who have had little success in mounting PEGIDA-type movements), those living in the East have experienced life under communists as well as under Nazis. Moreover, their experience of left totalitarianism is of very recent vintage. It’s not surprising that they would be the first to notice the arrival of a new form of tyranny.

In her New Year’s speech, Chancellor Merkel warned Germans not to participate in PEGIDA’s weekly Dresden rallies. PEGIDA’s rallying cry is “We are the people”—the same motto used by East Germans in 1989 in their opposition to communist rule. According to Merkel, what the protesters really mean when they chant “we are the people” is “you don’t belong—because of your religion or your skin color.” Well, maybe. Or maybe what they mean is that they don’t want to see the introduction of another repressive social system that takes away freedom of conscience and freedom to criticize, and subjugates ordinary people to the dictates of a totalitarian ideology. To Euro elites, sharia-compliant Muslims may be the new Jews, but to many German citizens of a former Soviet satellite, they’re beginning to look like the old communists.

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

  • ForChristAlone

    #1 Christian Europe is near-dead. The social fabric of the West is rapidly unraveling under the weight of “pure reason,” individualism and relativism. Man answers to no one but himself which inevitably leads to social disorder.
    #2 Why should anyone be shocked by the killings in Paris when the hand of Western society is soaked with the blood of hundreds of millions of aborted children?How can life have any meaning when you justify killing defenseless and innocent human life? You can’t have it both ways. Human life has value and the basis for that value lies outside any individual human person or it does not.
    #3 There will come a day when the Church hierarchy in places like Germany will not be allowed to voice their opposition to anything; they will have been outlawed.
    #4 The Germans are frightened of Pegida because it signals the return of Nazism. What they seem not to understand is that the Islamic mindset is little different from Naxism. Their beef is with the wrong group. But their worship at the altar of tolerance and multiculturalism clouds their minds.

    • IAMFREE

      for ChristAlone…….very well put. Quite simply the murderous acts of Islamic extremism is secondary to the number of babies that are butchered before birth , yet those very same women are horrified at the very thought of beheading little children, christain, in Iraq. Murder , in any form, is an assault on the image of God in which we were created………for those who so strong confess belief in Allah you would think that they could get that…….they do need to be evangelized, the last verse of chapter 1 of Romans sums up whose who!!!!!

  • BillinJax

    Allah, is he a God, the God,or no god at all? Which it? Tell us once and for all. The Laity is waiting for the answer and we will take it from there. Half truths we spit out.

    • AnneM040359

      No, Allah is NOT the God of the Holy Bible. He is simply the enemy, the devil.

  • Don

    A few months ago I met with a cousin who was raised in Kansas but has lived in Sweden for the last 25 years. He is deeply liberal and very much a “modern” European. Like liberals here, he believes things are what he desires them to be and closes his mind to what they actually are. As is the mark of a liberal, he supports all forms of immigration, supports calls for Sharia law, and somehow believes he can live a carefree, largely narcissistic life without restraints. When it has become too late to reverse course, liberals like my cousin will be shocked to learn that those whom they supported and encouraged, hate their benefactors.

    • Glenn M. Ricketts

      Obviously, he’s not in Kansas anymore.

    • Vinny

      “…he believes things are what he desires them to be and closes his mind to what they actually are. Perfect definition of a liberal or progressive.

    • St JD George

      Hmmm … who else do I know from Kansas that seems to fit that mold – replacing Sweden with ndonesia – any relation to Ann Dunham?

    • pbecke

      They don’t understand that supernature abhors a vacuum no less than nature, and were things to continue as they are a present, it would be Islam, and not liberal atheism that would rule the roost – and their ‘anything goes’ style of tolerance would be stamped on very hard.

      Just as hard, in fact, as Christians are stamped on, now, when running a hotel and refusing a room with a double bed to two men, in accordance with immemorial, mainstream, Christian tradition. Note the periphrasis!

  • St JD George

    Funny thing, I was watching the news from Paris this morning in the gym and thinking much of the same thoughts about Europe and the world in general. I wasn’t aware but went to go investigate after I heard about the Muslim Brotherhood goals for taking down the west that were uncovered in 1991. Number 17 on the list should bring a chuckle: “institute alliances with western progressive organizations that share similar goals” (attack Christianity, advance Islam, use protest and terror as necessary). Why do we insist on doing a suicidal dance and why not take them at their word, you know when clerics like Anjem Choudary say Islam in not about peace, or Egypt’s Al-Sisi whose recent speech warned the world of the dangers they pose. I know not all have the stomach for carnage and violence because they have evolved for one and are civilized, and probably don’t also sit and listen to Iman’s who preaches the call to violence and selectively ignore those passages that do. I’m inclined to see the world as it is, not as those with rose colored glasses wish it to be or with hidden agendas and hiding things from us want us to believe.

  • John L

    Well written – a Greek tragedy it most certainly is

  • Objectivetruth

    On the morning of October 7, 1572, in the Gulf of Patras, thousands of Catholic warriors aboard frigates confessed their sins and received the Holy Eucharist.

    On the lead battle wagon, 24 year Don Juan of Austria danced a jig and sang hymns as his crew cheered joyously making attack speed towards the ships of the Ottoman Empire and a steeled Ali Pasha.

    That day at Lepanto Catholic navies under the protection of the Blessed Mother defeated Muslims looking to expand their empire through Europe.

    Make no mistake: to every Muslim this is holy jihad in the scenes unfolding in Paris today. I heard a great quote: ” Muslim extremists want Catholic/Christian infidels dead. Moderate Muslims want Catholics dead also, but they want extremist Muslims to do the killing.”

    Grab your rosaries, put on the armor of Christ, and gird your loins, Catholics. This is coming to a town near you.

    • newguy40

      “On the morning of October 7, 1572, in the Gulf of Patras, thousands of Catholic warriors aboard frigates confessed their sins and received the Holy Eucharist.”

      Where is this centuries Holy League? Is Francis the new Pius V? Where are the Catholics who believe in the Real Presence? Gone and long gone.

      Europe is weak and ennervated.

    • AnneM040359

      …..And also Catholics, look to “lock and load.”

  • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

    Yesterday, I was banned from posting on the website of L’Express, a major French magazine. My offense? In reaction to an article about the terrorist attack in Paris, I pointed out that the distinction between “radical” Muslim and “moderate” Muslim is misinformed. There are only Muslims who take the violent commands of the Qur’an seriously, “à la lettre” as the say, and those who have moved beyond the Qur’an to adopt a tolerant mode of life. I pointed out that this latter group, living primarily in Western countries, is widely viewed with disdain in the Muslim world, and they are incapable of winning any argument with the “fundamentalists” (in other words, with the “believing” Muslims). I recommended that readers of L’Express actually take a look at the Qur’an, and suggested some passages they might want to contemplate. The moderator informed me that such “islamophobic” remarks are not permitted, and thus, my comment was guillotined. This is typical of the willful blindness of Europeans. It is now considered “islamophobic” to suggest that someone read the Qur’an. Much better to remain uninformed and delusional about your culture as it collapses around you…

    • Objectivetruth

      The political correctness and naïveté of the Europeans is astonishing. Looking at the French reaction, you would think the two Islamic terrorists who murdered the twelve cartoonists/journalists did it because they hate free speech. The French are making every effort to close their eyes and plug their ears to the fact that these are Islamic jihadists hell bent on killing anyone who blasphemes the “prophet.”

      • Caritas06

        More amazingly today, I heard J.K. Rowling ( who gets press because she wrote a successful children’s fantasy series) was blaming the incidents on the actions of Christianity and the Catholic Church – notably the Crusades and the Inquisition – those old tired shibboleths trotted out by the intelligentsia of England. Aside from the fact that much of what people think they “know” about those historical events are untrue, those happened HOW many centuries ago? So that supposedly justifies blasting people you disagree with in a magazine office or a kosher grocery store TODAY? She should really stick to simple fiction – that is clearly what she understands best. Still it shows how hard people are tamping their heads into the sand.

        • Trazymarch

          Remi Brague actually claims that it was West who taught Muslims about…. Crusades. And it’s also partially to blame about very bad relations with Muslims. The reason? Glorification of Islam which leads to Muslims have delusions of the Grandeur.

    • GG

      Islamophobia is like homophobia. Both are nonsense believed and enforced by the simple-minded and corrupt.

      • Captain America

        I think serious people recognize homosexuality as a psychological disorder involving sexual development.

        • GG

          Exactly, but there is no such thing as homophobia. That is a contrived concept used against normal people.

        • Patti Day

          Mains stream psychiatrists and psychologists no longer consider homosexuality to be a mental disorder, so now what?

          • GG

            That is ideology, not science or reason.

      • Caritas06

        Is it a phobia when you are afraid of things that might really hurt or kill you?

        • GG

          No, that is called right reason. It is not pathologic.

    • Vinny

      “There are only Muslims who take the violent commands of the Qur’an seriously, “à la lettre” as they say, and those who have moved beyond the Qur’an to adopt a tolerant mode of life.” What a difference violence makes. There are only Catholics who take the commands of the Bible seriously, “conservative Catholics” as they say, and those who have moved beyond the Bible (Jesus and the Church) to adopt a tolerant mode of life.

      • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

        Try again. Your post makes no sense. There are no Christians or Catholics of any stripe – conservative, moderate, or liberal – who are committing atrocities like those in the Muslim world. You can post any blasphemous, hateful, anti-Christian cartoon you wish, anywhere, and you will face no consequences.

        • Vinny

          The current state of Catholics in the U.S. fits in with your observation of Muslims. Except, as I said, the use of violence. We have Catholics who follow the dictates of their religion and those who “go beyond Jesus” or believe homosexual marriage and abortion are fine. Who want to water-down the sacraments. They want a more tolerant mode of life.

        • Trazymarch

          “You can post any blasphemous, hateful, anti-Christian cartoon you wish, anywhere, and you will face no consequences.”
          You say it Mr Williams like its a good thing…..

          • St JD George

            I’m not sure if you meant that as criticism or reality. I think it was pretty clear that he was just stating the facts as they are. That is the reality of the world we live in today, like it or not.

          • Objectivetruth

            What (I believe) the good Doctor is saying, if someone publicly blasphemes Christ, a Catholic will forgive and pray for that person. If someone attacks Mohammed, the Muslim will call for the persons death. Faith and reason, and in the case of the Muslim, lack of reason.

            “Google” below. This apparently is the playbook for new Islamic terrorists to always revenge the “prophet.”:

            The Dust Will Never Settle Down” by Imam Anwar Al-Awla

            • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

              Exactly.

            • Catholic pilgrim

              Exactly. Our Lord & King Himself, Christ Jesus, commands us to “Love your Enemies”… – how radical a command for a Crucified King (it makes more sense to hate the Romans who crucified You & the who oppress the Jewish nation)? No, “Love your enemies,” He insists. This is shown by Amish parents forgiving the ugly, perverted killer who slaughtered their innocent Amish children. It’s shown by a Pope forgiving his Turkish would-be-assassin. It’s shown by Grace (a concept totally foreign to the Quran). Grace- undeserved forgiveness.
              You will never find the “prophet” Mahommad commanding Love of Enemies. No. Islam had 600 years of Christian Revelation to enlighten its Quran. Instead, when they wrote their Quran, all you find is more of the tired, old human tirade of “an Eye for an Eye! A tooth for a tooth!” Violence (even if Justified) begets more violence. Obviously, this concept is foreign to the true Islamic religion.

              • St JD George

                Personally I think he was bi-polar, or just totally human. The passages from his time in Mecca were peaceful. But boy, once he was spurned by the tribal leaders there and was exiled to Medina did he ever go on a rampage to seek revenge, and his passages took on a totally different tone. I always get a laugh when I think about abrogation, you know the part where he says ignore anything that I said before which might inconveniently contradict what I tell you now – know ye not that he is all powerful and able to do all things, like change his mind on important matters as new facts and threats come to life.

                • Catholic pilgrim

                  Yes, I think he suffered some type of psychological disorder or maybe an aggressive personality. One thing for certain of “prophet” Muhammad: he thought of Grace as a Weakness, undesirable. This infiltrates the Islamic ethos. The Christian ethos makes Grace central & more powerful than material strength. In the Quran, they don’t understand Grace (Agnus Dei- Holy, Innocent One freely dying for the sinful many), so the Quran writers (& Muhammad) explicitly reject the historical Crucifixion of Jesus.
                  To Jews, Christ Crucified is disgusting. To Greeks, Christ Crucified is foolishness. To Muslims, even while considering Jesus a prophet of Allah, Christ Crucified was a lie & delusion. To all who believe, Christ Crucified is the only means of eternity & salvation. I wish we could send an army of St. Francises of Assisi (who attempted to convert a Sultan) & St. Pauls of Tarsus (who knew the meaning of the Sword as a Pharisee & embraced Grace) to preach Muslims only one thing: Christ Crucified. Mass martyrdoms may result, but an unextinguishable Light will shine forth in the darkness of Islamic lands everywhere.

                  • St JD George

                    I don’t know how this mayhem is all going to end, but I do know that I don’t recognize any St Francis’s or any St Paul’s walking among us now.

                • M

                  I think you are judging Islam unfairly. Just because its founder (Peace be upon him) was a violent warlord who enjoyed bathing with a child until he consummated their marriage at age nine, doesn’t mean you should judge it harshly.

                  • St JD George

                    I’m at a loss for how to reply, other than that those points are just the tip of the iceberg of the volumes more that could be said about his brutality and wickedness. I’ll profess a lot of ignorance on the subject and so have been trying to read the Q’ran and articles about it over the last year. The more I learn the more I’m astounded to see it as a cultural force (today) rather than anything divine. It is interesting to read their devotion (in the Q’ran, not so much in practice) to Mary and Jesus, though of course only as a prophet and not the son of God.
                    By the way, you’ll be happy to know I drive a hybrid car.

          • Dick Prudlo

            Mr. Williams, is entitled to his context. A good thing? Read his post again.

        • M

          Well there was Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Norway in June, 2011. He hated Muslims, yet claimed to be a Christian. And then there were Jerad and Amanda Miller, who participated in the Cliven Bundy standoff and then killed five people in Las Vegas. They also claimed to be Christians. And Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland committed their share of atrocities. Hitler claimed to be acting as “an agent of our Creator.” In 1994, Rwanda, was 90% Christian, and Christian clergymen and women have been implicated in the Rwandan genocide. Radical Islam is dangerous, but the nexus between fundamentalism and lunacy is not limited to any one religion. Let’s not judge all members of any religion by the behavior of some. While Pegida claims not to be xenophobic, it is attracting a large number of extremists, hooligans, and white supremacists. In the first 10 months of 2014, there were 86 attacks again hostels for asylum seekers by rightwing extremists. Archbishop Schick is right to urge caution and to emphasize the inclusive message of Christianity.

          • M

            Just a followup to my prior comments:
            “the nexus between fundamentalism and lunacy is not limited to any one religion.”

            One could read my comments here for just such an example.

            “Let’s not judge all members of any religion by the behavior of some. While Pegida claims not to be xenophobic, it is attracting a large number of extremists, hooligans, and white supremacists.”

            You see I’m free to judge Pediga, for the attitudes of some of its adherents, but you may not judge Islam by the actions of its adherents.

            • M

              A very confused effort from someone. We are all free to judge Pegida/Islam/Archbishop Schick/BXVI (who called for us to “open our arms and hearts” to Muslim immigrants.) We are also all free to comment on the behavior and views of others. One can condemn both Muslim terrorism AND the divisive views of Pegida.

              • M

                But I’m always so mixed up.

          • Trazymarch

            1.Anders Breivik hardly was religious person and his deed wasn’t motivated religously but ideogically as a way to fight with the cultural Marxism. Really similar in some aspects to the Yukio Mishima. “Although not a religiousperson myself, I am usually in favor of a revitalisation of Christianity in Europe” https://info.publicintelligence.net/AndersBehringBreivikManifesto.pdf
            Page 686
            2.Catholics vs Protestants in North Ireland seems to be similar case. What’s the clou of their struggle? In my opinion it’s their different approach to the England. Maybe in beggining religion played major role in this conflict, but nowadays it’s probably just of minor importance.
            3. Compare it with Muslim attacks who explictly state their (very often) religious motivations.
            4. No idea about other Rwanda,Jerad and Amanda Miller so no comment.
            5.”Let’s not judge all members of any religion by the behavior of some.”
            Very convienent and liberal argument which is applied only when it fits narrative. It completely okay ( for libs) to condone clergy when there are occurences of pedophilia amongs them.
            5.
            6. Your whole post is a “nice try” of relativisation by trying to equate both Christian and Muslim attacks when actually there is no equation. Muslim attacks are absolutely unique in their nature. The same way that you used in your post was also used to “prove” alleged similarities beetween Jesus and plenthora of Pagan gods like Mithra, Buddha etc.

            • M

              Breivik, in his manifesto, claimed to be “a supporter of a monocultural Christian Europe.” He loathed Marxists and Muslims. And while many would not murder 77 people on the basis of loathing Marxists and Muslims, Breivik’s paranoia and hatred are not uncommon. Breivik’s views on Christianity are as distant from what I would consider to be those of a “true Christian” as those of Muslim terrorists are from those of my kind, gentle, pacifist Muslim friends. Be careful of confusing “relativism” with a stance against bigotry. Archbishop Schick’s stance, and that of the Catholic Church in general, is anti-bigotry. Remember that Pope Benedict XVI called on Christians to “open their arms and hearts” to Muslim immigrants. In many ways, Pegida is strongly anti-Catholic.

              • C.Caruana

                Yes, try to imagine Christ on a horse leading Christian hordes to conquest of infidel lands, and Mohammed preaching the Sermon on the Mount. You might just glimpse the difference in the DNA of religions.

                • M

                  The world is full of kind, gentle Muslims, erecting hospitals, feeding the poor, rushing aid to the those afflicted by hurricanes and typhoons, drought and famine. We see the Crescent everywhere offering mercy, asking nothing. Islam has always been a force for good, spreading kindness everwhere. In many ways, Islam is Catholic.

                  • C.Caruana

                    ‘Islam has always been a force for good, spreading kindness everwhere.’ I suspect we are living on different planets.

    • Guest

      I think we are seeing the beginning of the unraveling of European Society. A commentator last night noted that soon there will be more distinctions with some cities becoming more Islamic and some not; with those that are challenging and attacking those that are not. The ultimate goal is transition of a country to Islam county by county then city by city and state by state. A transition in one state (country) once completed will be started in another. I read Clash of Civilizations by Samuel Huntington in Graduate School and my agreement with his approach was met with disbelief. I was painted by some as a right wing fanatic. I wonder what some of my classmates and former professors think now. If you erase the past or ignore the present….the future you receive will be beyond your worse nightmare.

      • St JD George

        There’s already a muslim name for the process that you describe, and it is called Taqiyya. Watching the news this morning I was struck by how the French (and they are not alone in this) allowed these enclaves to take hold by allowing them autonomy, i.e. creating no-go zones where they don’t police. Immigrating to another country requires one to assume some level of responsibility for assimilation over time. Assimilation is clearly not the goal for most here.

      • Glenn M. Ricketts

        Unfortunately, they probably still see you as a right-wing fanatic.

    • Anglicanæ

      Europeans have abandoned by and large their Christian society and institutions. What did they expect? It’s the same block-headed PC vomit they’ve been licking up this past century that’s created the environment they’re in.

      • JR

        That “block-headed PC vomit” is what most of us know as “liberalism.”

      • Paddy

        True, but our elites from Harvard, Yale, Oxford etc. fiendishly labor to destroy Western civilization in both the EU and the USA. They need to be muzzled and forced from public office.

    • St JD George

      What is the French word for Ostrich?

      • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

        “Allons autruches de la Patrie,
        Le jour des peurs est arrivé!”

    • cestusdei

      They are not Charlie.

  • Vinny

    “…the Obama administration is waving foreign Muslim nationals into the U.S. in record numbers. America between 2010 and 2013 imported more people from Muslim countries than Central America and Mexico combined.”

    Editorial –

    http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/010815-733901-america-ushers-in-islamic-immigrants-while-france-pulls-up-welcome-mat.htm

    • St JD George

      I was going to add that at the end of my reply but didn’t so I’m glad you did. It’s worse than that though, he’s also placing them in positions of power all throughout the government as well.

  • AcceptingReality

    I’m still stuck on Archbishop Schik’s assertion that Christianity preaches humanism! Huh?!
    Like heck it does. One of the tenets of humanism is that it stresses solely rational ways of solving human problems! That is not Christianity. Dear Archbishop, have you ever heard of Sacred Scripture, Isiah 55:8, “My thoughts are not your thoughts….my ways are not your ways.”

    Catholic prelates who like to put words in God’s mouth are fooling themselves if they think that their ways are God’s ways.

    • Let us hope that something was lost in translation… Nah, what did you expect from a German bishop?

  • Seamrog

    The author should be referred to as “The Prophet William Kilpatrick.”

    Yet another excellent essay regarding the ugly truth of Islam and the uglier lies that surround it everywhere it spreads.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour

    “Archbishop Schick, who criticized PEGIDA for its violation of humanistic values, has also called for “blasphemy laws” in Germany. There should be, he said, “a Law against the derision of religious values and feelings.”

    There is an obvious retort to that, which we are hearing on the streets of Paris – « je suis Charlie »

    In an interview following the fire-bombing of the offices of Charlie Hebdo, its editor, Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier declared, “It might sound a bit pompous, but I would prefer to die on my feet rather than live on my knees.”

    Ribald derision and scathing contempt is the appropriate response to superstition and ignorance.

  • NE-skeptic

    Unfortunately, our pontiff appears to be too preoccupied girding his loins to battle the shibboleth of Anthropogenic Global Warming with ‘other people’s money’ to see any threat or danger from Islamists – after all it’s a ‘religion of pieces’ – just ask those in the Hebdo Charlie offices – they’ll tell you.

    • Vinny

      That’s it. Human piece(s).

  • Bill Russell

    The excellent summary by Prophet William Kilpatrick (peace be on him) is made more poignant by the news coming now from France. In a sad repetition of the 1930’s , Jews are fleeing Paris. – all because of the naiveté of the western liberals. As for the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem conspiring with the Nazis in World War II, there are some interesting details in the book “Principalities and Powers” by G W Rutler.

  • ForChristAlone

    Let’s face facts: what is going on in Europe is not at all about the innocent, natural migration of peoples. It is by design the planned Islamification of all Europe. Let’s understand that the Muslims were pushed out of Spain and France in the 10th and 11 centuries and their intent is to reverse history.

    This movement of Muslims out of North Africa and the Middle East is intended to drive the last nail in the Christian coffin that is Europe. They will not stop until Europe belongs entirely to them. You will either convert or will die by a gunshot wound to the head (beheading if you prefer). The Europeans who insist on their “Age of Reason” saving them are deluded. Thinking that Islam will acquiesce to reason and the Universal Rights of Man is a perilous course to follow. After Europe, the USA and Canada.

    • Catholic pilgrim

      It’s sickening that both dwindling Catholics & Protestants in Europe & UK are selling or even giving historic Churches to be converted to Muslim Mosques! That must stop, now. It’s an offense to the people who built those churches & to real Christians. Also, why do Muslims never reciprocate? They can move to Europe/UK & enjoy all our Western rights & privileges (& even accommodations made specifically for them by dumb leftist politicians), but I’m Not allowed to go to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, or any other Muslim nation & build a Church (or convert an abandoned Mosque into a church) & spread bibles & preach Christ Crucified?? Muslims can enjoy religious freedoms (& even accommodations) here, but we as Christians are denied those rights (& even accomodations) in Muslim nations? I say stop the Muslim immigration flow until the double standards & hypocrisy changes. Common sense

      • ForChristAlone

        If we were truly serious about the mission of the Church, we’d be doing all we could to evangelize the Muslim world. But we’re not serious at all about the mission of the Church despite all the brouhaha about the “New Evangelization.”

        • Seamrog

          People who evangelize in the Muslim world have their heads removed.

          • ForChristAlone

            And?

            • Seamrog

              Says a man who lives behind an armed gate. Unbelievable.

              Christians are being martyred by the second by these remorseless animals while you throw stones at your Bishop, your Pope and plot your move to the comfortable Catholic enclave of like-minded believers.

              Unbelievable.

              • Catholic pilgrim

                It’s not unbelievable. The witness of Christian Martyrdom is exponentially powerful. The blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Church. Why should Eastern Christians alone bear all the sacrifice & witness? Perhaps, it’s time more of us in the comfortable West woke up, learned Arabic, & preached Christ Crucified to Muslims. Only a minuscule amount of Western Christians (religious & lay) have gone as missionaries to Muslim lands. It should be greater.

          • Catholic pilgrim

            Is not the Blood of Christian Martyrs the Seed of the Church? The witness of Christian Martyrdom may be the only way Muslims will embrace Christ Crucified. Instead of our Bishops’ empty speeches about tolerance & coming up with ways of saying Islam is peaceful (empty speeches that they always recycle after Muslim terrorist attacks), maybe these Bishops should be recruiting people (religious orders, priests, & even laity) to preach Christ Crucified to Muslim lands & perhaps endure martyrdom.

            • Conversely, the absence of Christians willing to be martyrs is the demise of the Church.

              Did you hear that all Western prisoners of ISIS, executed or not, accepted converting to Islam in a heartbeat, in the vain hope of keeping their heads? Their faith is as strong as their necks under the scimitar.

              • Catholic pilgrim

                Unfortunately, I’ve read about situations like those. The West has grown to complacent, cold-hearted, comfortable, lukewarm. As Tolkien would say, we’ve got “dragon sickness”. We need Christian Revival to warm the hearts of the West. But I insist: preaching Christ Crucified is the ONLY hope we have in dealing with Muslims.
                “My friends, fear not those who can destroy the body and after that have no more that they can do…” (St. Luke’s Gospel)

          • AnneM040359

            Yet in areas of the global south, there have been many conversions to the Christian faith, Africa in a bigtime way. That includes a lot of former Muslims.

          • AnneM040359

            ….And the conversions include to the Catholic faith.

        • Catholic pilgrim

          Exactly! St. Francis of Assisi (a hero to everybody) went to the Holy Land in order to convert a Muslim Sultan. Even St. Paul of Tarsus said to preach one thing above all: Christ Crucified. Muslims view Jesus as Allah’s holy prophet, but in the Quran wholeheartedly reject His Death on the Cross. Why are we so afraid of preaching Christ Crucified to Muslims? That’s our only hope.

      • What else do you suggest to do to empty churches?

        • John L

          Use them for homeless and poor people native to the country

        • Catholic pilgrim

          I rather have them remain abandoned than converted to Mosques. Maybe transform them into libraries, or small cafes, or devotional chapels (with no AC nor Heater nor electric bills nor paid clergy). Ideally, the property’d still be owned by the Church(es) until a Christian Revival sweeps Europe. If Billy Graham (an ally of Catholics) was able to revive Millions into faith, we can too.

          • Michael Paterson-Seymour

            Actually, most European churches are state property, used by the congregation under licence from the local authority

        • Guest

          THey should be razed before being desecrated.

    • Quite wrong. The Reconquista was a fierce battle for souls wielded by devout Catholics. Where are the devout Catholics now? The Muslim immigration waves are merely filling the vacuum left by sterile apostate Christians.

      • ForChristAlone

        We don’t disagree. I do think that Muslims are intent on reclaiming Europe as their own.
        Yes, where are the devout Catholics willing to proclaim the truth no matter the cost? This is what ought to be proclaimed from our pulpits.

    • AnneM040359

      ….Or pay an oppressive tax called the “jizyra”.

    • AnneM040359

      Big difference in America though. Thanks to the 2nd Amendment, Americans are armed to the teeth.

  • Captain America

    It appears that there are Europeans who ARE concerned about cultural integrity. The real problem in Europe is that these nations have invited people who not only do not share their values, but a good many who actively fight against them.

    Borders should be made more secure. And end the nonsense with western courts allowing sharia law.

    • Catholic pilgrim

      People who hate the West (& its Christian heritage, specifically- a reason why countless Leftists/Secularists used to partner with Muslims & Islam). Several Jewish friends of mine are Americans by birth & choice (patriotism) but they’re also proud Israeli citizens. Some even served as soldiers in the Jewish Defense forces. But when they return to USA from Israeli military, they Never attacked or killed any Westerners (whether French or Americans)- unlike Muslim immigrants in France (who attacked synagogues) or Muslim young men of Western citizenship who serve as fighters in Muslim armies (Hesbollah, ISIS).
      Why? Because despite having profound reasons of hating the West (Adolf Hitler, Holocaust, United Nations always siding with Palestine), Jews love the West, or at least respect the West (or in many cases, consider themselves as Westerners). True followers of Islam hate the West, pure & simple.

      • ForChristAlone

        I would add another dimension: Jews worship the same God. Jews share the same values as do Christians. Muslims do not.

        • Bill Russell

          Agreed. Yet unserious clerical bureaucrats like Cardinal Dolan will visit mosques, guffaw, and say that all of us worship the same God. Dolan actually told Muslims in New York: “Keep the Faith.”

          • ForChristAlone

            Well said. We don’t need to comment on Dolan. It’s already been said before.

            • Anglicanæ

              “Down there.” Was that a reference to a circle of hell? Or are you geographically North relative to that prickly prelate?

              • ForChristAlone

                The expression intended was “what goes down,” rather than “down there.” Different emphasis.

        • Trazymarch

          Jews or jews?

    • ForChristAlone

      The problem in western cultures is that there are no longer any shared values…all is relative. Values are whatever any individual wishes them to be.

      • St JD George

        You know what that calls for don’t you, a reply of your favorite GK quote:

        “When a man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything”.

  • geist

    I was stunned to read that, prior to the CharlieHebdo massacre, the elites in Germany were working together to turn off Cathedral and Museum lights at night, so as to protest the gathering of Pegida marchers in the public square by making it more difficult, and dangerous.

    Think about that.

    Voluntarily putting out their lights, in solidarity with Muslims.

    • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

      On the other hand, the bishops in Germany and France have been “turning off the lights” of the Church for the past 50 years.

    • John L

      Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Germany pushed for the introduction of blasphemy laws – definitely ‘Not Charlie’

  • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

    French radio and television announcers today are openly saying – for the first time, as far as I know – that France is in a state of domestic war, and that the worst is yet to come.

    • Anglicanæ

      Repeat after me: multiculturalism cannot fix clashes of foundational belief systems. Multiculturalism had failed Europe and America.

      Watch Douglas Murray, brilliant British fellow, hand the PC crowd’s butts to them at an Oxford (I believe) debate on mass immigration and multiculturalism:

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7cWkl6YOG4k

      • Seamrog

        Pat Buchannan has been saying this for years and he is repeatedly called a racist and a nazi.

        I have some of these thoughts when I’m forced to endure a bilingual mass.

        • Anglicanæ

          Bi-lingual Masses might be uncomfortable, but imagine having to live in a town where your neighbors are at root opposed to your religion, culture, civilization, and existence. When I was in Europe in the early 90’s (France from 1990 to 1993 more or less), I noticed quite a few Muslims then, but I was blissfully unaware of the tidal wave that was fast approaching that country. I didn’t realize how hateful liberalism was towards the West and ignorant of how sinister their evil designs truly are.

          I am not a prophet, but I would not be surprised if very soon waves of vast unrest will rip across Europe, with stark polarization, increasingly shocking acts of violence, and possibly new principalities of refuge in order to appease those Europeans who simply will not take it anymore.

          • Seamrog

            I have lived that. I too was in France in the mid 90’s. In Paris. I attended daily mass at St. Germain des Pres, but Sunday mass at St. Joseph’s near l’Arche (an english speaking church).

            There is a wonderful Phillippino community there – they were as equally as unwanted by the Parisians as the Algerians were – only the Phillippinos were gentle, loving, welcoming – everything the Muslims weren’t except poor and unwanted.

            I wasn’t aware of the Muslim problem until I was beaten badly by a group of them one evening – for simply walking down the street in their part of the city.

            The parish I attend now, here in the SE US, is mostly hispanic, but also has a Vietnamese community.

            Every Sunday we have mass in English, Spanish and Vietnamese – on Holy days, we have a bilingual mass in English and Spanish, and it is a disaster.

            The Vietnamese assimilate quite nicely. The Hispanics, not so much.

            • Anglicanæ

              So sorry about your horrible experience.

              I’ve been more blessed in this regard. My home Anglican church (SE Florida) has a contingent of black families from the Caribbean islands (Blacks from the Bahamas, Jamaica, etc); and we had Spanish speaking as well as Filipino families there too. All of them assimilated nicely (well, the Blacks from the Islands were already Anglican by culture because of the British colonialism, the others are disaffected Roman Catholics who longed for a traditional Mass). Point is, they all loved the our English mass. We had no special language services. The liturgy was strong on its own merits and the families wanted to be part of the religious community. It was a joy to fall at the altar rail with brothers and sisters of all sorts of races.

              But there’s a difference between accommodating the weakness of your sheep versus simply duplicating the PC multiculturalism claptrap on the threadbare principles of “inclusivism” (which means, you guessed it, Anglo-Saxon culture as well as other Caucasian cultures take a back seat into oblivion).

            • Your expectation that foreigners be assimilated in the American culture, a derelict and festering corpse, is outrageous. America would be better off if being assimilated in cultures formed by Catholicism, like the Hispanic and the Quebecois. At home, those cultures may be wounded, but at least they still retain their Catholic roots, unlike the Pelagian-Protestant-Utilitarian American culture.

              • Anglicanæ

                I have this sinking feeling you are right about your assessment. America is on the heels of Europe’s post-Christian culture, if not already there.

              • Seamrog

                What a smug reply.

                Since you are so resentful of this country, please honor that resentment and choose to live in a place that does not have it’s blessings and freedoms (such as they are) or in a place that has not benefited from our hard work and sacrifice for freedom…

                Try China, or Iran, for your own honor.

                Please.

                • Freedoms? Do you rely think that other countries have no freedom? Have you been to airports abroad? You’re living on the bad side of checkpoint Charlie and don’t even realize it! Such willful ignorance is the reason why this once great country is now a banana republic on steroids.

                  • Seamrog

                    It must be a tremendous relief to you to know that the world is ignorant, but you are not.

              • Catholic pilgrim

                Amen, Augustine. I don’t understand American Catholics who disdain Hispanic Catholics. I don’t know about other Hispanic cultures, but I know from my Mexican culture that at its heart we’re proud of our Catholic heritage. From the Mexican Cristero War against Atheist President Plutarco Calles (“Viva Cristo Rey!”) to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of Jesus, whom helped defeat Aztecs’ Human sacrifices & embraced Aztecs as children of the true God. There used to be a time when American Catholics were proud of helping Mexican Catholics such as the Knights of Columbus in the 1920s Cristero War & IRISH AMERICAN Catholics fighting against Protestant Americans in defense of Mexican Catholics in the 1848 Mexican-American War (see “Saint Patrick’s Battalion”).
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick's_Battalion

                If only Hispanic Catholics & white Catholics in the parishes of the USA would learn their common Catholic histories.

  • Objectivetruth

    “Bonjour, France, good morning…….this is your 2015 wake up call!”

  • Anglicanæ

    Time for the pinhead politicians (and their corrupt lackey bishops) to get ousted by the concerned masses.

    And might I suggest a serious-minded reading of T.S. Eliot’s “Christianity and Culture” — a sober, reflective, and beautiful vision on what it would look like to have an authentic Christian society and culture that permits unbelievers of all stripes to fruitfully co-exist with us.

    http://www.amazon.com/Christianity-Culture-T-S-Eliot/dp/0156177358/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420826273&sr=8-1&keywords=t+s+eliot+christian+society

  • cestusdei

    The elites think if they are “nice” to Muslims now the Muslims will be “nice” to them later when they take over. That won’t happen. it won’t be nice. Islam is not a race. Islam is an ideology that is antithetical to Western civilization. It must change or their will be a civil war whether they like it or not, and they had better win.

    • Actually, I think that it’s a case that the elites consider Muslims the enemies of their enemies, ergo their friends or fellow travelers, in the vain hope that they can control the forces they are messing with.

  • Dick Prudlo

    Back in the late 80’s I met a young German here in the states, and when asked what he was going to be doing after graduation he said: “I will be an interpreter of Arab Languages for the various ministries.” Somewhat shocked, I asked what drew him to this life decision and he responded that “it is the future.” I think now he was right.

    • Catholic pilgrim

      Ministries as in government ministries or Church ministries? (I doubt church ministries, we’re too afraid of preaching Christ Crucified to our Muslim neighbors.)

      • Dick Prudlo

        Political……….

  • Ruth Rocker

    I pray regularly that people in the US will wake up and see what is happening in Europe. It can and most certainly will happen here if the same attitude prevails by the “elite” in this country. Islam is the biggest threat to the safety of the entire world. The worst thing about the Crusades was that it didn’t eradicate this cancer once and for all in the middle ages.

    Lord, protect your believers.

    • AnneM040359

      The big difference is that Americans, many of whom have guns and ammo will not put up with this nonsense coming from any jihadis.

  • Glenn M. Ricketts

    What is it about certain Western intellectuals? In the late 1930’s, the peace movement refused to even consider the fact of Adolf Hitler’s obvious re-militarization of Germany, and insisted that “warmongers” such as Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle were the obvious problem, due to their irrational hatred of Germany.

    During the Cold and to this day, anti-anti-Communists insist that there was absolutely no threat from the Soviet Union whatsoever. Even refugees and survivors from Stalin’s Gulag were often denounced as McCarthyites, as one refugee from the Ukrainian collectivization horror recounted to me personally. What gives, he wanted to know, why don’t they believe me? I wish I knew. I recall a conversation with a very earnest lady during the nuclear disarmament debates of the 1980’s, who insisted that the West and the Soviet Union were really equivalent when it came to crimes against humanity. Really, I replied, after all of Stalin’s crimes, which I proceeded to list. That may be true, she answered, but we did have McCarthyism didn’t we?

    A similar phenomenon seems to be at work at work with the increasingly frequent terrorist attacks by Muslim Jihadists. A strange cast of mind that I can’t quite understand: the more indisputable the evidence, the more fervently they refuse to believe it. Or to believe just as fervently what the evidence contradicts. And such minds are ascendant in the Western media, the academy, and increasingly in the pulpits as well.

    God help us.

    • Bill Russell

      Read a recent Crisis article on this question: “Mad Intelligence”

      • Glenn M. Ricketts

        Thanks, I caught that one. Great piece, but I’m still scratching my head.

  • publiusnj

    Several comentors (e.g., Objectivetruth and Anglicanae) write as though there were some difference between the attitudes of the European political elites and of the American elite toward Islamist terrorists. In fact, Political Correctness on both sides of the Atlantic requires public discourse to bury its head in the sand when it comes to Islamist jihadism. Let’s focus on the real enemy rather than forming another circular firing squad.

    • Anglicanæ

      Noting the one did not imply we were fine over here. The article was about Europe, Germany specifically – so my comments were aimed there. We’re on the same track.

      • publiusnj

        Agreed.

  • St JD George

    If this weren’t so sad it would be funny … no, it is just sad, and quite predictable.
    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/nyt-deletes-islamic-proselytizing-charlie-hebdo-massacre-story
    Why would Imam Choudary lie, what does he have to gain by lying … what do other so called leaders who say the opposite have to gain?
    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/imam-choudary-obama-lying-about-true-nature-islam
    And what does this news agency have to gain by omitting God from the pledge of allegiance, other than revealing their disdain?
    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/nbc-omits-god-pledge-allegiance-new-shows-trailer

  • John L

    With the sacrifice of those cartoonists, the French President had the opportunity handed to him to call on Islam to put it’s house in order over these matters. But he simply said that it’s got nothing to do with the Muslim religion, and that still doesn’t explain why we never need to ask the religion of the perpetrators of these acts. A Greek tragedy it is.

    • And the secularist left now has a clique of twelve martyrs in their cause against religion. Irony or ironies: the slain editor criticized Christians for suing him while Muslims didn’t.

      • Michael Paterson-Seymour

        On the contrary, he criticised Christian, Muslim and Jewish fanatics for it

        http://tinyurl.com/n8svgq2

        The hobnailed boots are a nice touch

        • In an interview, he said that the magazine had been sued 12 times by Christians and only once by Muslims. He then rhetorically asked which one was the intolerant faith. I guess that he now knows the rhetorical answer.

          • Objectivetruth

            Before anyone canonizes Charlie, take a look at the body of his work, his cartoons are hate speech. He should not have been murdered over them, but why provoke or attack anyone or any group? The golden rule should apply.

            • Yes, the staff was a bunch of bigots. Not exactly shining examples of freedom of speech. In a civilized society, nobody would buy any issue of Charlie Hebdo. In an uncivilized society, its editors would be gunned down.

    • ForChristAlone

      Yes, and if the Europeans do not understand what the root cause of this is, then they will continue to suffer more until they do. This is NOT a matter of radical Islam; it IS a matter of Islam itself. The religion is founded on violence. But because Western society – especially Europe – is so secularized, they are incapable of understanding the very nature of Islam. Their multicultural BS clouds their minds.

      Eventually, Western society will understand what the matter is but it is likely to happen too late

  • Pray, tell what government policies have led Christians to stop having children in order to make way for Muslim children to outnumber Christian children in a number of European cities? Or rather, the ideal that PEGIDA claims does not exist anymore. Muslims are merely filling the vacuum left by the mass apostasy in Europe.

  • M.J .

    May be the attacks in France would help to mobilise other European nations to come together for a grand plan , hopefully , under an organization , such as the Knights of Malta , for effective long range solutions , which could include plans and steps to
    1- reallocate all the territories that have been captured by the recent terrorism , to be resettled by Christian /Catholic populations, from world over – poor places in Latin America, Mexico, Philippines, Africa as well as these very immigrants , who , with the help of the Christians would be beneficiaries of deliverance ministry and good citizens of these Catholic enclaves , who get called in to help in other problem areas !
    2 – Good to hear Canada has declared a John Paul 11 Day ; Catholics effectively brought to the understanding , as Pope Francis brought out eloquently , on the need to take in the truth of the dignity of human life by repenting for the debt of sins against same , including family healing ministry , uniting the heartache about the atrocities against fellow believers, with that of The Lord, in His agony , for the conversion of the hard hearted – The Lord has said , to St.Faustina , how prayer of even one believer can make a difference for the world !
    3 – Hope that those who are demonstrating would do so , also as a form of deliverance ministry , may be carrying banners of the Image of Divine Mercy and at least silently , reciting other prayers – Rosary and others .
    4 – Hope France and the Catholic world would refocus on the gifts given to us, such as the Miraculous Medal using same with respect and devotion – such to be lot lot more effective than repaying evil with evil by reprint of vulgar cartoons; too bad that the time and effort could not be spent to have the divine mercy images printed and distributed !

    Thank God for all who work in keeping track of those who seem bent on evil , thwarting many and who aid same , by many measures !

  • WRBaker

    “…any group that does not subscribe to leftist viewpoints is automatically labeled “right-wing” or “extreme right-wing” by Europe’s left leaning media…”. Oops, thought you were talking about the U.S. Wait a minute, “White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters today that the United States needs to “redouble” efforts to explain ‘what the tenets of Islam actually are.’” Really are? Who’s not awake, yet?
    We’ve lost how many dead in Iraq and Afghanistan and we still haven’t read the Quran yet?

  • M. J .

    Well…..well…..well …
    This is not meant to be insensitive , yet , hope that , we as a people of The Word , chanting and invoking the name of the murdered cartoonist ( may his soul rest in peace , through His infinite mercy !) , are not invoking a sort of curse upon themselves
    May the powerful intercession of St.Charles Borromeo and his contemporaries, such as St.Ignatius , be there instead ,to help bring on the promised fruit of unity in The Church !
    In its own irony , OTOH , may be having that name on ‘ the Arch of Triumph ‘( ? of rebellion against The Church , such as in the French Revolution ) is prophetic , indicating that the end of scorn towards The Church and God is at hand !
    Let us hope too that many in the Islamic world would see that The Way of uniting the angst of the heart , the sufferings , with The Crucified one , who took on HIs sufferings , with The Father Love and strength pouring in , in The Spirit , thus to deliver us too , from the enemy induced rage , of wanting mindless retaliation and keep hostilities going , is what The Lord has come to give us , that , for a people who find it difficult to accept the dignity of the human , the truth of The incarnation might seem even repelling , unless accepted in the trust of The Father’s Love , for His children ; Islam too , in one sense,
    is yearning for oneness but through force and intimidation , which are ways of the liar and murderer ;
    once he has been invited in ,into human hearts or relationships ,the stronger One who can drive him out, is The Lord – to Whom, The Father has handed over all authority .
    Thus, those Muslim families who worry about their own sons or daughters, being pulled into the pit of hatred , those who deal with it themselves , through the effects of the fallen nature in the men in their lives , envy and fear , can hopefully become His disciples , through desire , by accepting His atoning sacrifice , to deliver them and family lines , lines that too might have been forcibly converted , thus still might have blessings from ancestors past , to see and accept the truth .
    Ironic too that , many , esp. in the so called third world, might somehow connect that chant as ‘Jesus , Charlie ‘ , as though telling persons whom to invoke , may be even committing all chanters , to The Lord !
    ? A sort of New Evangelisation , that allow the Muslim world too , to see how a system with so much fear and rage that needs to have public flogging of grown men who voice their concerns , has been trampled under , by One , who too took flogging ,to help His children with the tyranny of unholy passions , in freedom of love from The Father, for The Father, in Him , that , Miriam , our Spiritual Mother , whom they too venerate as a holy woman , that contemplating the sorrows of that Mother , at the very flogging , is the gift The Son wants us to have , to break the power of hardened hearts , chained to power of pillars of unholy pacts and passions !
    Mercy , my Lord , mercy !

  • Thomas J. Hennigan

    I am not sure that it is a matter of “new Jews” and guilt about the Holocaust, when there is a great rise of anti-semitism in France. Recall the reactions to the recent Gaza campaign. It is a matter of the left, which is cahoots with Islam for many reasons among others they want the muslim vote, plus they are convinced of the supposed evil of every aspect of the Christiian civilization which they are desperately trying to destroy. Of course, the European right has renounced any principles. The left sets the rules of the game and the right plays accoding to those rules.
    Now the so called extreme right is rising in France. It is not easy to know how extreme it actually is, or whether it is gaining supposrt of ordinary folk because they are painfully aware of the danger. The UK is even worse than Germany in its sumbission to Islam and in general acceptance of dhimmi status.
    French Presdiente Hollande stated that the terrorist attacks in Paris have nothiing to do with Islam, a mantra repeated by all the political and media elites on both sides of the Atlantic. It seems that America is only about 15 years behind Europe in its race to sumbit itself to dhimmitued and sharia slavery. The only Western leader who seems to have any idea of what is going on or is willing to speak up is Canadian Prime Minister Harper.

    The more the elites persist in this madness, the more likely there will be a series of civil wars in Europe, perhaps similar to the Lebanese civil war in the 70s and the 80s. The sooner the ordinary folk wake up, as they seem to be doing in Dresden and other places, also some in Holland, and they kick out these dhimmi politicians the better as the civil wars will be much graver with a rise in the muslim population

  • M. J .

    Most of the readers here possibly familiar with the article by Rev Fr Schall S.J . on Islam ;
    had wondered for a while , what it is though that made Islam seemingly welcoming of life at one level , yet , hateful towards The Author of Life , in its hatred of freedom and dignity of the human .
    St.John Paul 11 , prophetic also for his well acclaimed book on love as responsibility and how the ‘ user ‘ attitude is more like prostitution many to discern what we are facing , thus to make appropriate decisions to benefit all ; likely that , the desire to ‘use ‘ children , in the idolatrous greed to use force and power , at the expense of the wellbeing of the other might be the real underlying force !
    Do the Western countries need to subsidise and promote same or is there need to look to see how people who know or are atleast still teachable , about the dignity of life need to be supported in their homelands !
    In the related almost blasphemous lie , God is portrayed as
    a ‘ user ‘ , who incites those who want to please Him , with promises of ? 72 and more
    ‘virgins ‘ !
    No wonder it becomes very difficult for the followers to accept that The Cross is about
    being given the strength and power, united with The Lord, to break free from such demeaning ‘ user ‘ attitudes , instead to see the goodness of God for who He is and to serve that God, in freedom of adoration ,from the heart , that has been cleansed of hatred towards God and the other .
    What might be pivotal in this aspect is , if such ‘user ‘ attitudes might have any hold , in the Sacramental Churches , Orthodox for example , having been subjected to unholy pacts , with the ruling Islamic Heads , effects of which might still be lingering , then breaking free from same , by coming to union with the rightful authority , by trusting in The Lord , by trusting in the rather limited role of Papacy , as a source of unity , becomes an essential need ; thus , one sees how the Dogma of Papal Infallibilty can be seen as a gift and rather painless invitation , to break free from the destructive role of the ‘users ‘ .
    The tireless efforts of holy people like St.John Paul 11 in this area, thus source of great gratitude for us ; Pope Francis too seems to be motivated , by the desire for a casual yet inviting approach in this realm .
    Islam can serve as an icon of what user attitudes can do , to help free those in Christian lands /peoples from same ; those lands are no longer just the West and equating same with Christianity might only add more confusion and fuel to those who want to lump the decadence of the prevailing so called Western culture , with its own baggage of user slime with what Christianity is about !

    After all, Judea is where it all started !
    And the role of Mary , antithetical to the user attitude , becomes clearer !

    • M.J .

      Correction – third paragraph , John Paul 11 ….., can help many to discern what we are facing .

    • Bill Russell

      Too bad Jphn Paul II kissed the Koran. Perhaps his mental faculties had already begun to fail.

      • M.J .

        Sure Mr .Russel is well familiar with the many benign explanations for that incident , from a holy person ; Miriam is mentioned with love and respect in that book ; could it have been a kiss of gratitude , that God has allowed that much truth in there and for all the ways that truth has been helping , how things could have been far worse , if not for same !

  • s;vbkr0boc,klos;

    Speaking of SUICIDE have you heard the repulsive Bill Donahue tut-tuting the murdered Frenchj ournalists for being ‘insensitive’ about Islam? I am still picking my jaw up off the floor. This clown is the ‘defender’ of my church? REMEMBER LEPANTO.

    • michael susce

      http://imworld.aufeminin.com/story/20130224/charlie-hebdo-une-14309_w1000.jpg. The New York times stated that those killed were respected cultural critics. This is a cartoon from the magazine ridiculing the Holy Trinity. Bill Donahue stated that the terrorists should be punished fully but that does not excuse the horror of what they publish.

    • Bill Russell

      Donohue shills for donations to his “not for profit” organization and then pays himself more than $400,000 per annum. What a vulgar man.

      PS He supported, for political reasons, Cardinal Dolan’s permission for gays in the St. Patrick’s parade. Then when the avalanche of response threatened to cut off donations, he made a weak backtrack. – Count me out of the League.

  • Sam

    Quote:

    Thanks to the enlightened views of the ruling class, free speech in
    Europe is more or less a dead letter—with some exceptions, of course.
    You can say what you like about Christians and you can shout “death to
    the Jews” with impunity, but criticize Islam or Muhammad and you end up
    in court.

    This is incorrect, even dishonest. It is illegal to to question the holocaust in most Western European countries and anyone who questions the role or influence of Jews in Western societies will be shunned, fired and quite likely prosecuted. However I agree there is no real free speech in Europe – all this “Charlie Hebdo” nonsense is sheer hypocrisy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_against_Holocaust_denial

  • Caritas06

    Dr. or Mr. Kilpatrick: Please send in an opinion piece to CNN or to the Washington Post ( a better choice). We need your insights to reach a larger audience.

    • GG

      How about the Vatican?

  • Dave

    Heaven help us!! I’ve been reading articles and editorials and watching news and reading history and historical analysis and everything else under the sun (including taking a course in “philosophy of religion”) trying to understand all this, and God as my witness I cannot see or interpret anything in Islam or the Qu’ran, or anything that comes out of that culture as remotely “religious” or “religion”. I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer but I’m not the dullest either and all I see in Islam is just a really bad political and economic ideology. I’m twisting myself into a pretzel trying to construe something of a religious or spiritual nature there. The intellectual and mental gymnastics that the “elite” must have to go through in order to prop Islam up as a religion (of peace no less – good grief) has got to be staggering. Talk about the Tower of Babble”. Yikes!! George Orwell was always considered a pretty sharp cookie! He’s looking more and more like an absolute genius every day. This is getting scary now. May God have mercy on us and give us humility, wisdom, and strength.

  • I_M_Forman

    The German public is ahead of the elitist leaders. Reclaim Europe for your culture and Christianity. To do any less is to commit cultural suicide. By the way, shame on Archbishop Schick!

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour

    How very different to PEGIDA was the response of the French people to last week’s atrocities, where four million people took to the streets across the country to demonstrate the unity and indivisibility of the Republic.

  • Objectivetruth

    This videos making the rounds, interesting:

    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=660586764086588

  • ED FITZPATRICK

    MODERATE ISLAM? In 2005, 52 civilians were killed and over 700 more injured in attacks by Islamists in London. Later, a majority of Muslims said the attacks were ‘justified’.
    The victims were completely innocent, having provided no provocation.

  • ED FITZPATRICK

    “The
    Church of God on earth will be greatly reduced, as we may well imagine, in its
    apparent numbers, in the times of Antichrist, by the open desertion of the
    powers of the world. This desertion will begin in a professed indifference to
    any particular form of Christianity, under the pretence of universal
    toleration; which toleration will proceed from no true spirit of charity and
    forbearance, but from a design to undermine Christianity, by multiplying and
    encouraging sectaries. The pretended toleration will go far beyond a just
    toleration, even as it regards the different sects of Christians. For
    governments will pretend an indifference to all, and will give a protection in
    preference to none. All establishments will be laid aside. From the toleration
    of the most pestilent heresies, they will proceed to the toleration of
    Mahometanism, Atheism, and at last to a positive persecution of the truth of
    Christianity. In these times the Temple of God will be reduced almost to the
    Holy Place, that is, to the small number of real Christians who worship the
    Father in spirit and in truth, and regulate their doctrine and their worship,
    and their whole conduct, strictly by the word of God. The merely nominal Christians will all desert the profession of the truth, when the powers of the
    world desert it.” Archbishop Samuel Horsley (1733 – 1806)

    • michael susce

      Ed, which of his published works is this quote found? Thanks

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