Massacre in Moscow

Pope Francis has frequently claimed that Islam and Catholicism share much in common and he has often drawn a moral equivalence between the two faiths. For example, after the murder of French priest Father Jacques Hamel by two Islamic terrorists, he compared the murder to violence 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.”

But this is quite misleading. There is no moral equivalence between the two faiths. Instead, there are vast moral differences.

To illustrate, take the recent horrific attack on a concert hall in Moscow by a branch of the Islamic State known as ISIS-K. Armed with automatic weapon, and Molotov cocktails, the terrorists managed to kill 137 and injure dozens more.

The world was shocked at the news, but perhaps a bit less shocked when Islamist terrorist took credit for the attack. There is a long history of jihad attacks on concert halls and other public gatherings both in Russia and in several European nations

Now, for some contrast, consider this hypothetical event. Suppose you saw a headline or a TV report to the effect that Catholic terrorists had stormed a concert hall in a large city and had brutally murdered and injured hundreds of innocent people. That would be shocking, of course, but it would also be quite surprising. Who knew that there were any Catholic terrorist groups?

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