Pope Francis Defends Islam as ‘Religion of Peace’

Pope Francis is at it again, misleading his sheep about Muslim violence, suggesting that it has no ideological component, but is a “perversion” of true Islam, which is peace.

In his new book, Non Sei Solo: Sfide, Risposte, Speranze (You Are Not Alone: Challenges, Answers, Hopes), which was published in Italian and released on Tuesday, Francis calls on Europeans to be more open to Muslim migrants, insisting that:

radical Islam is a problem and represents a perversion of religiosity because Islam, in truth, is a religion of peace and the majority of its members are peaceful…. As they say, either you are a terrorist or you are a Muslim. Then, by the way, we find fundamentalism in all religions. Radical Islam is a perversion because it is a religion that talks about peace.

The pontiff is certainly consistent; he has been making these relativistic claims for years, no matter the circumstances. For instance, after Fr. Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest, had his throat slit by “Allahu Akbar” shouting Muslims who stormed his church during morning mass in France, 2016, a journalist suggested in an interview with Francis that the octogenarian priest was “killed in the name of Islam.” To this Francis replied:

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! There are violent Catholics! If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence . . . and no, not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent. It is like a fruit salad; there’s everything.

Is the Pope really that dense? Is he incapable of distinguishing between violence committed in the name of a religion, and violence committed in contradiction of a religion?

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