Pope Canonizes 800 Christians Killed by Jihadist Savagery
There are myriad lessons from history, recent and long-written, that clue us in on how we should deal with the current problem of Koranic Literalists (Jihadists). Whether we learn from recent events [see Boston Marathon, London Attack, et al.] or “textbook” history, the important point is to apply those lessons in a pragmatic approach that acknowledges the danger of Islamic Jihad as a theology. Secular historians and mainstream media outlets who gloss over the theology of Islamic misdeeds do no favors to the Counter Jihad nor to the majority of modern Muslims who have no sympathy for Jihad.
On May 12 Pope Francis officially canonized more than 800 male Catholic residents of the southern Italian port of Otranto, who in 1480 were beheaded en masse for refusing to convert to Islam after their city was invaded and captured by a Turkish Muslim fleet. The making of the new saints was a vivid reminder of something that many people, including historians, prefer to gloss over: the pattern over the centuries of Islamic persecution of Christians that continues to this day in many Muslim-majority lands.
In a 2006 lecture at the University of Regensburg, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a remark about Islam made by the 14th-century Byzantine emperor Manuel II Palaiologos: “There you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as [the Prophet Muhammad’s] command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” Benedict’s medieval quotation about forced conversions (the same issue at stake in the Otranto beheadings) reportedly provoked a fatwa against Benedict in Pakistan, church burnings and bombings in the West Bank and Gaza, threats of jihad from al Qaeda, and the murder of a nun in Somalia.
Benedict’s quotation also provoked tut-tuts from Catholic intellectuals: The liberal Catholic magazine Commonweal pronounced the pope’s remarks “ill-conceived.” Benedict eventually apologized, saying the text did not “in any way” express his “personal thought.”
Meanwhile, secular historians have argued that the Otranto victims weren’t really martyrs in the sense of dying for their faith. They were political prisoners executed for rebelling against their new masters.
So perhaps the pope making saints out of the hundreds of brave men who six centuries ago gave up their lives rather than experience forced conversion to Islam will remind cynical secular historians that the religious fanatics aren’t always the people who die for their faith. Sometimes the fanatics are the people who kill them. (block quote CHARLOTTE ALLEN “Christian Martyrs to Islam, Past and Present” Wall Street Journal 5/24/13)
Shame on “Catholic intellectuals” as well as “liberal Catholic magazine Commonweal” for covering up the savagery that is Islamic Jihad, past and present. Furthermore, persons of all religions should be greatly disappointed in the Pope’s apologizing for a comment of historical fact in response to Islamic apologists’ complaints. History and recent events show Islamic Jihad for what it is; a theology of savages. –by “Grizzly Joe”
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