“The Pope’s Disturbing Moral Relativism in the Wake of Father Hamel’s Slaughter” Dennis Prager, National Review, 9 August 2016

“The Pope’s comments on Father Hamel’s slaughter make clear that leftism is our dominant religion”

The most dynamic religion of the last hundred years has been leftism. Not Christianity and not Islam. Leftism. Leftism has taken over the world’s leading educational institutions, news media, popular entertainment, and it has influenced Christianity (and Judaism) far more than they have influenced anything. On July 26, two Muslims slit the throat of a French Catholic priest, Jacques Hamel, 86, while he was saying Mass in his church. Five days later, Pope Francis was asked about the French priest and Islam, he responded: “I don’t like to speak of Islamic violence, because every day, when I browse the newspapers, I see violence, here in Italy . . . this one who has murdered his girlfriend, another who has murdered the mother-in-law . . . and these are baptized Catholics! (...) If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence”. The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, said that a Catholic man who “murdered his girlfriend” is the moral and religious equivalent of Muslims engaged in mass murder in the name of Islam. Pope Francis then added: “Terrorism is everywhere. . . . Terrorism grows when there are no other options, and when the center of the global economy is the god of money and not the person, this is already the first terrorism! This is a basic terrorism against all of humanity!”. The idea that Islamic terrorism is a desperate act arising from poverty is widely held among the Left. But it is utterly false. Most Islamic terrorists come from the middle class. Islamic terrorism doesn’t come from economics; it comes from its theology. Terrorism grows only when some ideology preaches it. This statement provides an excuse for Islamist terror by blaming the “global economy” and the “god of money” instead of the terrorists and their god of death. The only explanation for these statements is that Pope Francis, unlike his predecessor, Pope Benedict, he takes much of his moral outlook from leftism.

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“The Pope’s Disturbing Moral Relativism in the Wake of Father Hamel’s Slaughter” Dennis Prager, National Review, 9 August 2016

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