The Silence of the Lambs

William Kilpatrick is an author and lecturer.  His latest book, Christianity, Islam and Atheism:  The Struggle for the Soul of the West was recently published by Ignatius Press.


In recent years it has become fashionable to condemn Pope Pius XII (and, by implication, the Catholic Church) for his silence regarding Nazi persecution of the Jews.  In fact, Pius confronted and condemned the Nazis on numerous occasions, and the Vatican saved more Jewish lives than any other organization apart from the Allied armies.  The charge of remaining silent in the face of great evil could, however, much more plausibly be leveled against today’s Catholics—and not only Catholics, but Christians in general—for their failure to speak out against the evils perpetrated in the name of Islam.  The reason that we don’t hear such criticism is that just about everyone has elected to remain silent on this topic, including those who usually delight in going after Christians.  In fact, the critics of Pope Pius XII became upset with Pope Benedict XVI for not remaining silent about Islamic violence on the occasion of his speech at Regensburg.  John Cornwell, the author of Hitler’s Pope, and a rabid critic of Pius, condemned Benedict’s speech as “incendiary” and “abrasive.”  Apparently, when confronted with the greatest evil of your own time, silence is golden.

So, there is plenty of silence to go around, but Christian silence is particularly disturbing because Christians are supposed to answer to a higher authority than prevailing opinion.  In addition, Christians can’t very well claim ignorance since much of recent Muslim animosity has been directed toward Christians.  Here are some recent headlines:

  • Iran:  Protestant clergyman tortured for converting Muslims
  • 500 butchered in Nigeria killing fields
  • Pakistan:  Christian couple gets 25 years in prison for allegedly touching Qur’an with dirty hands
  • Four churches firebombed in Malaysia for using “Allah” for God
  • Egypt:  At least six Christians killed in shooting outside church
  • Christians in Iraq fear extinction

The response to all this on the part of Christian leaders has been muted.  In fact, many Christians seem more worried about the dangers of Islamophobia than about the persecution of fellow Christians.  For instance, Protestant and Catholic clergy throughout Europe have strongly condemned the recent Swiss vote to ban construction of new minarets.  Likewise, in France the clergy seem more focused on a possible ban of the burqa than on the precarious situation of Christians in Muslim countries.  In Holland a majority of Dutch clergy have condemned Geert Wilders as un-Christian for speaking out against Islamic violence.  And at a “Christian-Muslim Summit” held at the Washington National Cathedral in early March, the harshest words in the final statement were reserved for the media, which was challenged to live up to its responsibility of “stemming the tide of Islamophobia.”

A few weeks earlier, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued his own warning against Islamophobia.  “We must not fear Islam,” he said at a theology congress in Granada, and added, “dialogue alone allows us to overcome fear, because it allows one to experience the discovery of the other…”  So, it seems the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  Once you get to know the other fellow and his religion—“experience the discovery of the other” and all that—your fears will melt away.  In a January interview with L’ Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Tauran decried the “feeling of fear” associated with the Swiss minaret vote.  “I wonder,” he said, “if these persons [who are afraid] know Muslims, if they have ever opened the Qur’an.”

Just be careful not to open it with dirty hands if you happen to be living in Pakistan.  The point is, a lot of Christians living in the Muslim world are discovering the otherness of the other—often at the business end of a machete.  What many professional dialoguers fail to appreciate is the almost total otherness of the Islamic belief system.  It’s one thing to encounter the “other” in the carpeted rooms of the inter-faith meetings in Washington and Rome; it’s another thing to encounter him in a society where he has complete power to enforce his will and his religion on you.

Christian self-indictment isn’t the worst of it. While some Christians agonize over Islamophobia, others seem to be OK with Judeophobia.  Thus, a number of mainline churches are devoting their energies not to seeking justice for fellow Christians, but to echoing Muslim complaints against Israel.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recently disseminated to its members a statement by 16 Palestinian Christians declaring that “the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land is a sin against God and humanity…”  And a report issued by Arab Catholic bishops in January blames the sufferings of Christians in the Arab world not on their Muslim persecutors but on the Israeli presence in the West Bank.  So the next time a Christian Copt in Egypt steps out of his church into a hail of gunfire, blame the Jews.

Were Christians silent during the Nazi era?  Some were, some even collaborated. On the other hand, some resisted, some risked their lives to save Jews.  But the pertinent question for us is how would we react if faced with a similar evil.  Right now we have a situation that is eerily reminiscent of the rise of Nazism:  in this case the rise of a fanatical ideology that seeks world domination while calling, as the Nazis did, for the extermination of the Jews.  Islamists even read the same books.  Hitler’s Mein Kampf, is a bestseller in the Middle-East as well as in the Muslim sections of European cities.  The anti-Semitic tract The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, also sells briskly.  Hitler is a hero in some Muslim countries. Rabid anti-Semitism is an established fact of life on European and American campuses, and Jews are once again fleeing Europe. This is not a matter of history repeating itself in some subtle way that future historians will be able to sort out 50 years hence. This is history grabbing you by the collar, pulling you up close, and snarling, “Remember me?”

After World War II many Germans claimed that they didn’t know the extent of Nazi atrocities.  And since the Nazis did keep some of their activities hidden, there may well have been many Germans who knew nothing about the killing camps.  Nowadays, it’s a little more difficult to claim ignorance, what with the streaming headlines at the bottom of your TV screen itemizing the daily toll taken by Islamic suicide bombers.  After 15,000 Islamic terrorist attacks since 9/11, the picture seems fairly clear.  Why don’t Christians get it?  The answer is that a considerable number of Christians seem to have confused their Christian faith with the more popular religion of tolerance—a religion which is mainly concerned with displays of multicultural respect.

So, in regard to Islam, many Christians are more eager to demonstrate their tolerance than to understand the facts.  As Faith McDonnell of the Institute of Religion and Democracy puts it:

Many churches are obsessed with making themselves likeable to Islamists…such churches opt for sessions of feel-good dialogue with the local mosque, gushing about how much Christianity and Islam have in common, and never challenging Muslims to serious debate on those so-called commonalities…

Today’s culturally sensitive Christians haven’t grasped the point that if there really were a lot of common ground between Islam and Christianity it would not be wise to advertise it.  It’s a bit like bragging that you have a lot in common with the neighborhood bully who beats his wife.  In short, searching for common ground with a tyrannical religious ideology is a formula for discrediting your own faith.

The religion of tolerance affords many opportunities for self-congratulation, but not for clear thinking. All moral/religious codes are not created equal. And to speak and act as though they are is to engage in a form of lying.  Christians who keep quiet about the crimes of Islam or make excuses for them should stop congratulating themselves on their open mindedness, and should ask, instead, how they differ from all those Europeans who looked the other way when crimes were being committed in the Nazi era.

The record of Pope Pius XII is still being debated, but most of the evidence shows that he spoke out strongly against the Nazis and in defense of Jews.  His efforts were not limited to formal protests, but also included initiatives to protect and shelter Jews throughout Europe.  Historian David Dalin notes that in Rome alone, in response to the Pope’s request, “155 convents and monasteries sheltered some five thousand Jews…  No fewer than three thousand Jews found refuge at Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence…Pope Pius himself granted sanctuary within the walls of the Vatican in Rome to hundreds of homeless Jews.”

When the pope and other Catholic bishops did not speak out, it was often at the request of Jewish leaders who feared Nazi retaliation—a justified fear, seeing that the very strong protests by the Dutch bishops in July 1942 against the deportation of the Jews provoked the most savage of Nazi reprisals against the Jews.

But that is not the reason that so many Christians today remain silent about Islamic crimes.  While it’s undoubtedly true that some church officials temper their words for fear of retaliation against their Christian brethren in the Muslim world, the majority of Western Christians are barely aware that they have brethren in places like Egypt, Pakistan, and Malaysia.  Their silence is the silence of those who are blind to the danger—blinded by their faith in multicultural myths about moral equivalence, and blinded in part by the glow of their own self-regard.  Tolerance is fine up to a point, and it does wonders for one’s self-esteem.  But as Thomas Mann said, “Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.”  We’ve reached the point where Christians need to subordinate their search for self-esteem to a search for facts.

William Kilpatrick’s articles on Islam have appeared in Catholic World Report, The National Catholic Register, Jihad Watch, World, and Investor’s Business Daily.

  • wjl

    Many Catholic bishops are vigorously opposed to the traditions of their own faith and express it in a particular hostility to the Tridentine rite. That they would bow and scrape to Moslems and every leftist trend in site is what happens when one worships man instead of God. As the likes of Cardinal Mahoney betray their country to hordes of illegal aliens, so they betray their faith as well.

    • http://www.intellectualconservative.com Steven Laib

      This is a major problem in Catholicism today. No one seems willing to take the rhetorical bull by the horns and speak the truth or take action when it is called for. They attempt to make peace with an enemy that doesn't want it. It is the same with the abortion issue. The Pope meets with Nancy Pelosi; a staunch pro-abortion politician instead of handing her a bill of ex-communication when she arrives.

      No one seems to want to take action. We aren't calling for the Spanish Inquisition – just following through on professed doctrine.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/lovesjeeves lovesjeeves

      Sadly, as a lifelong Catholic I agree. I am holding on to my devotion and deep love of the Sacraments and particularly the Mass. But so called "Church Leadership" is abysmal and breaking my heart.

    • JIHADI

      WELL SAID, LET ME SHEAR YOU YOU UP :

      SUNNI MUSLIMS ARE AFTER THE SHIITE GIRLS. DEOBANDI ISLAMIST SECT WANTS PAKISAN TO BE WAHABI STATE. HOWEVER THE AHMADIYYA ARE THE TRUE MUSLIMS.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/R_not R_not

    We need to stop worrying about being called names. Personally, I find the Catholic Church's leadership lacking and in sorry shape. I don't follow them because if I did I would just be cowering in the corner afraid to speak up against evil. And what islam is all about is just downright evil. Yes, I have read their texts, laws and keep abreast of the news and that is why I know it is evil.

    maybe some Matthew Chapter 5 is due to be pounded into the brains of some of our clergy and fellow Catholics and Christians! If you are called names then: Matt 5: 10-12 and remember there are people dying so being called names is so minor. cont'd…

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/R_not R_not

    Don't be afraid to start learning islam. There is nothing in it that is inspiring or for the soul. It is totally opposite of any teachings that I have been taught. And if there is any resemblence to a moral code it only applies muslim to muslim. But when it sanctions deception, killing/torturing/raping/enslaving/etc of others then all of these overrule any moral code that normal people would want to be a part of.

    Once again Matthew tells us this: Matt 5: 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

    And we have some pretty great sins against the 10 Commandments such as putting oneself up as a judge/jury/executioner of other people, lying to them, stealing from them, etc.

    Lastly there is this: Galatians 1: 8-9 go and read it!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lary9 Lary9

      R;
      I can confirm what you said about learning Islam 100%. I started to pursue an improved knowledge of it about 3 years back. I was a little hesitant because of the "reversion factor" of which you speak. I found exactly what you did. It cannot hold a candle to Christianity. It's an unforgiving, contradictory and judgmental religion. No true Christian can tolerate it.

  • guest

    PC culture and tolerance are bound to lead to a huge bloodshed in the near future. Europe in particular is sitting on a time bomb since it's liberal have been sacrifying their own for the sake of being PC. Tension about immigration is mounting, jobs and economies are declining, welfare payment and support are on the rise. May Erdogan is Europe's savior as this human right activist (who beats armenians like a drunken man beating his wife). With 70mm turk and shortly after 250mm from all turk–stans will may the process caving to islam much shorter. no minerat, no burka for a short while by sharia laws are coming to Europe to stay

  • Crusader

    Christian religions fear criticizing this death cult , due to "R C " -religious correctness , and of course FEAR of persecution , BUT CHRISTIANS ARE ALREADY being persecuted -murdered , raped ,forced to convert , burned alive , enslaved , all the things they fear , are already visited upon them by the death cult .

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Indioviejo Indioviejo

    What is needed is a comprehensive campaign denouncing muslim atrocities commited against christians in Islamic countries. It needs to be permanently and routinely done in order to to arouse American Christians so that they will force their church hierarchy to take the lead in this fight. Orthodox and Catholics have a long history of dealing with the satanic cult, but they are held hostage by the presence of their monasteries in the Middle East. In this fight Pat Roberson, evangelicals, Southern Baptist and others, need to step up with missionaries into the lands of the enemy : Satanic Islam.

    • Guest

      Good for you, you are ABSOLUTELY on the Mark–ISLAM NEEDS TO BE SHAMED, BADLY SHAMED and right away. I read the comments of ordinary readers on CNN, etc. and have been astounded–Israel is the DEVIL…but there is so little that has to do with the barbarities of Islam, barbarities that occur almost everyday. Open the news and you can read the daily body count. What I have come to is THIS: There is ABSOLUTELY NO expectation of morality/ethics/compassion from Islam. Beheadings/body mutilation/honor killings/fatwas (Islamo-Mafioso clerical calls for the murder of anyone deemed to be "an enemy of Islam/the sentencing of an Indonesian man by the Courts of Indonesia about two years ago for the horrific crime of CONVERTING to Christianity/the use of INTIMIDATION to silence critics…and on…and on….and so it is no wonder that 100% pressure is put upon Israel, a true democracy, rather than CONFRONTING Islamic REGIMES with a campaign to shame them with their barbarity. This is what I have come to and it is a depressing situation, especially with OBAMA who I feel is more than merely sympathetic to the Muslim world while trashing former allies. He has yet to make a SINGLE STRONG DEMAND OF THE ENTIRE ARAB WORLD.

    • Andre Erasmus

      Maybe your right but things will definately get worse and Christians are bound to the warning that Simon Peter got which was that, "those who live by the sword shall die by it", I too definately feel like killing my enemies and Im not one of those squeamish types, but I think thats why Jesus is soon coming in the endtimes, till the time of the gentiles are fulfilled, regarding standing up for Jesus, Lets do it Brother, because He is the only way to Salvation, In case we have forgotton, Whoever thought he could destroy Israel, got another thing coming, because we Christians are the new Israelites saved by grace, not by our deeds, pleasing God with our obediance, the former curtain over the Tabernacle has been rent in twain by Our Saviour Jesus, might is something that does not rest in our weak hands, or even in mighty numbers, but only in the Almighty's Hands, who has subjected all things in heaven and in the earth into Jesus's Hands till He Makes All God's enemies a footstool. Praise God for this and may the enemies of God read and take note of this, for wherever God's faithful people are He will save and protect them. Amen Andre Erasmus from Kolkata, India

  • poptoy

    HERE IS ONE CHRISTIAN THAT WILL CALL A SPADE A SPADE AND A NO GOOD MUSLIM A NO GOOD MUSLIM. TO HELL WITH THEM.

  • Frank(ly) M'Dear

    As a Christian, I have come to regard the body of Islam as the biblical Anti-Christ. Certainly, the basic tenets of Islam are DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED to the basic tenets of Christianity. The god of Islam – Allah – is a god who hates, preaches hate, and glorifies hate at every turn. The prophet of Islam – Mohammad – was a 7th Century pedophile psychotic warlord; Muslims hold him to be the "perfect man". I could go on, but even writing about this satanic ideology makes me queasy…

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    Given their tendency to turn the other cheek, I don't think we can expect Christians to really do anything about pislam unless they are provoked to a great degree. Certainly, the Crusades were a Christian reaction to the aggression of arselifters but the Christians reacting were not a subjugated minority. And they took a very long time to respond.

    The Christians in Egypt, Iraq and Pakistan (and elsewhere being attacked by arselifters) are in a minority. For them to react would mean certain death.

    Either someone like the Pope sticks to his guns when he states that pislam was spread by the sword or politicians like Geert Wilders step up to the plate and take the reins.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/lovesjeeves lovesjeeves

      Regarding your comment about "given their tendency to turn the other cheek….", I agree to an extent. But do remember, America as a predominantly Christian country has successfully waged war against the most violent evils, time and time again in its history.
      A lot of our current societal troubles are due to varying factors, but so much of it is the product of the mindless choices of the baby boomer generation which have contributed to so much of our demise. The contrast to The Greatest Generation is staggering.

  • EF Bruhn

    Islamophobia – a rational reaction to islam because of it's violent, xenophobic nature, viewed as unacceptable and labelled as right wing extremism by western multiculturalists and governments – read: I don't want to get persecuted or murdered

    Islam – violent persecution and murder of atheists and people of other faiths, women and homosexuals, viewed as acceptable behavior by western multiculturalists and governments – read: I want to persecute and murder.

    Seems simple enough to me, just listen to the words islam and observe it's deeds.

    I don't want to get persecuted or murdered.

  • Samurai Hit Woman

    God and the Bible make sense on a deep and daily basis but Islam and the Left’s religion of Political Correctness are God forsaken religions and I mean that literally. For instance, duality is in keeping with the Bible and reality. So that where there is God, the source of light and life, the devil also exists and that’s where darkness prevails and death reigns. So that where there is a religion of love, that is Christianity, there is a religion of hate, death and destruction that is Islam fulfilling the duality that exists everywhere in life.

    Moreover the Bible predicts a great falling away of Christians in the last days. Certainly following the false religion of Political Correctness with its Islam-phobia among other nonsense qualifies as "falling" away" and is as destructive as is the spirit they serve—that is the opposite of God—when they do.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/cjk cjk

      Yes a great falling away followed by the revealing of 'the man of sin' (Anti-Christ) who I believe to be none other than Mohammedanism's savior or Al Mahdi. He's followed by Mohammedanism's profit Issa (false Jesus) known as the False Prophet in Christianity.

      The future looks to be a mass submission to allah (Satan) with the simultaneous beheading of all who resist.

      I know how crazy I may sound to some, but I like to throw this out there so that when Bible prophecy becomes clearer as it surely will, hopefully many will take note.

  • Turbeaux

    Not only just Christians are oppressed throughout the Islamic world, but also so are Buddhists, Hindus, and all other non-Muslims. Meanwhile, the West has been rendered blind by the canard that Islam is a Religion of Peace™ and that the vast overwhelming majorities of Muslims in the world are moderate, even though when you look inside the Islamic world all you see is systematic persecution, discrimination, and often violent oppression of non-Muslim dhimmis. Not to mention also that when Muslims emigrate to the West, the vast overwhelming majority of those Muslim emigrants refuse to assimilate and integrate like what has happened all over Western Europe. Even while they create Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia and violent crimes committed by Muslims against non-Muslims skyrocket, multiculturalism, cultural relativism, and moral equivalence still prevails.

  • michaelle

    Its ashame that this article has to even be written. There are christians speaking out against this islamofascism. Lets start here:

    Bridgett Gabriel Part 1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8fa9yKQeTY&NR

    They exist-but I guess people still have their head in the sand!!!

  • interact

    You are asking a religion that chose to bury it's head in the sand regarding their clergy's involvement in pedophilia to now recognize the dangers of islam – who are these articles and essays addressed to?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/cjk cjk

      You're kidding right? You really can't be that outrageously stupid can you? To compare the relatively rare although despicable problem of sexual perversion in the church to the all encompassing menace that Mohammedanism poses to all of us is stupendously stupid!!
      Probably 100 children have been made orphans by Mohammedan oppression for every 1 child that maybe has suffered abuse you knucklehead.

      NOBODY is asking anyone to bury their heads, how do you read that into anything anyway ?

  • Kevin

    Islam is definitely the religion of the Anti-Christ and their "messiah" or 12th iman is the very character we Christians refer to as the Anti-Christ. The nations mentioned that will follow the Antichrist- Turkey, Lybia, Sudan, and Iran are all feverishly (Turkey is coming on board quickly) Islamic. The saints murdered in the tribulation are not thrown to the lions, shot, hanged, but beheaded. The very method of execution perscribed by Mohammad himself and a practicioner of the method. Soon, these atrocities will become more widespread as our leftist politicians feel they can control Islam for their own gain. If Osama Bin Ladin suddenly made an announcement that we should have peace and grant the right of Israel to exist- would today's leftists not hail him a great peace maker? I'd expect he'd win the Nobel peace prize as Yassar Arafat did.

  • Barbara

    These college (eggheads) who think they can use Islam to bring down Christianity, will be first to be beheaded when Islam takes over.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ChrisLA ChrisLA

    Most Westerners have a hard time understanding why Muslims are so sensitive to criticism of their ideology, which contributes to the Christian "silence". A new book by an Australian evangelical minister, Mark Durie, provides some valuable insights. The book is titled, "The Third Choice — Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom." In the book, he book tells about a young scholar who was in Egypt and wanted to study the Coptic theological analyses of Islam. He went to the Coptic Bishop in Cairo and asked where he could locate such books. The Bishop told him that they don't exist. How could this be, with Copts living under Islamic domination for 1,400 years? This would be baffling to Westerners, but perhaps not to Copts.____(Continued below.)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ChrisLA ChrisLA

    (Continued from above) Durie's book gets down to basics in "unpacking" the Islamist thinking about "dhimmitude" — the non-Muslim's liability for refusing to submit to Islam — and "jizya" — money paid to Muslims to restore what was their Allah-given rightful inheritance (being the entire world). One of the requirements of dhimmis is that they never criticize Islam or Muhammad, explaining why to this day, any criticism of Islam is seen as a serious offense to Muslims. The book is well-documented and carefully reasoned. It is not your typical anti-Islam rant. __Perhaps it is time to remind Muslims that they can't impose their "dhimmi" rules on non-Muslims if they don't run the government. That hasn't happened in the West . . . .yet.____A link with more information on the book (including it's chilling cover) can be found at: __http://www.markdurie.com/The_Third_Choice.html

  • K. Bond

    And to this day, we still let known terrorists board our airplanes…TRAVESTY! Only another 9/11 will wake us from our P.C. comma induced trance of lies and denial. America wake up, did you already forget 9/11?

  • david

    Muslim persecution of Christians throughout the world is ignored by the Western media and, even worse, largely ignored by the Christian clergy. I am of a different faith, but I always understood that Jesus said a shepherd's duty was to protect his flock from wolves, not to conduct interfaith dialogue with the wolves. I have been to interfaith conferences. The Muslim representatives lied about Islam— that is expected. But the grovelling behavior of the Jewish and Christian clergymen, and their refusal to criticize even the most outrageous Islamic behavior, was enough to make a decent person sick to his stomach.

  • david

    Here's a suggestion for someone who has the resources. A book to be called something like "The Koran Explained." Chapters would include "The Koran and Judaism," "The Koran and Christianity," "The Koran and other Faiths," "How to Treat Women," "Jihad," "Muslim Heaven" (including the passages about having a flock of handsome little boys "who never grow old") and so forth, gathering conveniently the relevant Koran passages by topic, with explanations by Christian scholars and how these passages reflect today's behavior by Moslems.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/aziztayyab aziztayyab

    "searching for common grounds is a formula for discrediting you own faith", indeed and the
    Bible 1John2:22 confirms it because it defines the Liar and the antichrist the one that denies
    the Father and the Son. Islam,it's allah,mohammad,muslims,quran, deny and condemn all
    those who believe in the Father and the Son.
    Churches have become organizations and are Christian religion no more and in my opinion,
    do not represent the Christ.

  • gravelrash

    ChrisLA – so glad you draw people’s attention to Mark Duries book. I think it is the pinnacle of Australian Christian response to islam and qualifies as “must read”.
    I echo and endorse every sentiment in this article (and comments). AS a former missionary in Thailand, who also spent much time in Malaysia encountering “islam as she is practiced”, not as she is propagandised, I returned to Australia in 2000 bewildered by “the church’s” ignorance of islam and the all-most willful denial of its evil. Hopefully, that trend is reversing. Articles such as this will go a long way towards that reversal.

  • Sita

    As I said before, at the core of islam lies EVIL.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JosephWiess JosephWiess

    We do speak out against Islam, but we are called racists, and islamophobes. But if you mean big churches, I don't know..maybe they actually believe all the "Children" of the book nonsense.

  • John

    What if Obama converts to Islam in His second term…how close would you then think the second coming is? Just speculating after the recent events regarding Israel?

  • LoveFreedom

    Could the Stockholm Syndrome be playing a role here?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/cjk cjk

    Actually I believe that those cowards will be among the first to submit/convert and then will just become a weapon in the hand of the Mohammedans for the destruction of the rest of us.
    They will in effect become the modern day Kapos. A disgusting and frustrating thought, but that's what their nature is.

  • swede.

    This article is a lie. Pius XII is condemned at Yad Vashem. He did only token gestures to save Jews. A terrible man. As for Ratzinger: outwardly he condemns Islam to some extent while at the same time working towards a multi faith agreement with him. What do you expect of the protector of paedophiles ? The Vatican stank in during WW2 and it still stinks.

  • ribeve

    I think you are all missing the point.

    First of all who is running to and fro on this earth??? Satan. So unless you are strong in Christ this kind of oppression would be more than anyone could bear.

    Having said that, God created the entire earth, so why live where you run those kinds of risks? It's one thing for a single man trying to spread the gospel. But only a fool stands in front of the freight train with his whole family and wonders why he is getting hit. Being a Christian doesn't mean that when you don't asses the situation properly that you won't get run over. MOVE!

    Why isn't there more outrage in the rest of the world? Because TODAY most Christians are like most Muslims around the world. Westernized! They aren't really grounded in Christ. America is supposed to be a Christian nation. Well, if we were a Christian nation we would not be facing a possible oligarchy right now. We are weak in our faith and Satan is winning!

    America needs a Christian revival. Only then can we be the light for the world again.

  • kim segar

    So many do not here the whole councel of G-d from the pulpit..G-d tells us the pastors will get double punishment. most like to pick our the scriptures they like and egnore the rest. most don’t even know how to read the bible. Like Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son , said : “The church is dead” they have another Jesus as Paul warned, and another gospel, we are told if anyone teaches another gospel, from such turn away. we are also told in scripture that G-d hates paganism and traditions of men, yet they go to the mosques and invite them into and both learn of each other. some missionaries even tell the muslims it is ok to call G-d allah,,but G-d said HE would NOT stand on any hill with any ohter gods. and then we have the church now teaching they are little gods, with a little g…Scripture tells us apostasy is the thing that has to come as well as the hate for the Jews world wide. the church steals the promises G-d gave to Israel alone and throw s back the ones they don’t want. but Romans tells us the Jews were blinded for us heathen so we would have the power to become sons of G-d,..not gods..there is only ONE G-d. some times I wonder and have even asked the churches who do not believe Jesus is G-d. that when HE comes..will HE leave G-d in heaven?? I try to figure out how the word ADOPTION became replaced in their belief.. SOME say how odd they love a Jewish Jesus but hate the JEWS. G-d set up the way to worship HIM in all ways, HE was here. and set up the church, the gospel and the diciples died to stand with what HE said..Apostasy started back then and has become full bloom..but we best obey G-d rather than man. our soul depends on it. G-d plainly tells us, when I stand on the Mt of Olive, I will bring up the dead, they will look upon whom they periced and every knee will bow and confess HE is G-d and the last part..and ALL ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED>>>and so if the churches think HE is a Covenant breaker, why do they think HE will break the one on salvation for them.. Anyone who changes or adds to the word of G-d by a dot or titlle is cursed. G-d said so. So here we have the Catholic and all sorts of religios places who hate the Jews..Genesis 12:3 is where just one out of many tell us those who do not bless Israel is cursed. even the silent ones.. Soon the L-rd will let them all see how trusting in men rather in HIM as HE is the Word, the only way to G-d is thru the son, and we are not to bow to anyone but HIM or call anyone FATHER but HIM..HE IS THE ONLY WAY and the Truth an and the life..and NO ONE can get to the FATHER but thru the son..and those who do not believe Jesus (Yeshau ) is god is condemed already..as it is written. people should care about their very souls. we are not to worry about who can kill our body, but who can kill our body and our souls..G-d bless Israel and the Jews, they are G-d’s heart and mine..keep praying for the peace of Jerusalem. HE says HE is waiting on HIS HOLY Hill and will bring ALL the nations against HER and will destroy them..next up Psalms 83, naming the nations who will attack, then old Russia will bring ALL persia against HER. G-d is waiting…and Israel will win and the world will see the POWER of G-d..count yourself worthy to escape the things coming down on the earth, G-d tells us it will be a TERRIBLE day.. we are worthy because of HIS BLOOD HE spilt on the TREE, when the disciples asked , how can we be saved or what can we do. HE SAID, JUST BELIEVE…todays churches have human gospel and for you all who belive the lie on global warming. Try from a G-d who does not change..Gen:8:22

  • maryann

    It is true that Christianity has been infected by the Leftist mindset of multiculturalism and Social Justice/Marxism. That SOME leadership of the Catholic Church in America also seems to have been infected breaks my heart as well. Remember, though, that the leadership is old and is beginning to be replaced by younger Priests who are far more faithful to the faith and magisterium of the Church; those being young men who signed up during John Paul II's pontificate, and those entering now during Benedict XVI's. Perhaps it is up to the lay faithful to encourage our Bishops and pray for them, rather than simply decry their shortcomings.

  • http://Hollywoodremoteleash.com A Bit Profound

    What fools to not stand up the evils of Islam. The Muslims see our "Goodness & Kindness" for what it is — Weakness & Stupidity: a product of degeneracy. This only emboldens them & confirms what the Qur'an tells them – that we need to be subjigated or killed.

  • Starker

    Well the fact is some Christians do forcibly speak out against and despise Islamic teachings, some do not. Some are equipped and educated through formal or self-study and know how to deal with Muslims and their ideology and politics, others are not. Again others have strong Christian faith, others have a weaker faith and need to grow before they are even able to fight this destructive belief system. I personally do not see (hear) the silence from individual Christians but for most organized churches and leadership, I suppose the point is valid.

  • Richard G

    Enough with this white washing of Pope Pius XII!! The real anti-Nazi Pope was his predecessor, Pius XI. He was the author of two anti-Nazi encyclicals. The second one, Humani Generis Unitas, dealing with racism and anti-Semitism was on the desk of Pope Pius XI at the time of his very untimely death in February 1939. It was awaiting signing and promulgation. Pius XII made damn sure it never saw the light of day! How disgraceful of frontpagemag to hide that fact from us.

  • Barry Kendall

    The problem is not overtolerance. It is cowardice. Most people know very well that Islam is a bloodthirsty, deceitful, totalitarian tyranny. They do not want to pay the price of standing up for what they know very well is right. They would rather live as slaves than die as free people. Geert Wilders is being persecuted not for his vices but for his virtues. He is doing what every person who genuinely believes in democracy, human rights and justice should be doing. Thus he shames those who are cowards. They lash out at him
    in hatred because he exposes their cowardice.

  • Darlene

    UN-AMERICANS FIGHT FRANKLIN GRAHAM !

    What kind of wine has Mikey Weinstein been drinking?
    As an anti-Christian Jewish supremacist and as the president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, he's doing all he can to create an anti-Jewish backlash and help bring about the predicted endtime Holocaust of Jews that'll be worse than Hitler's.
    Neither Falwell, Hagee nor any other Christian initiated this prediction. But Weinstein's ancient Hebrew prophets did.
    In the 13th and 14th chapters of his Old Testament book, Zechariah predicted that after Israel's rebirth ALL nations will eventually be against Israel and that TWO-THIRDS of all Jews will be killed!
    Malachi revealed the reasons: "Judah hath dealt treacherously" and "the Lord will cut off the man that doeth this."
    Haven't evangelicals generally been the best friends of Israel and persons perceived to be Jewish? Then please explain the hate-filled back-stabbing by David Letterman (and Sandra Bernhard, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher etc.) against followers of Jesus such as Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.
    Weinstein wouldn't dare assert that citizens on government property don't have freedom of speech or press freedom or freedom to assemble or to petition the government.
    But God-hater Weinstein maliciously wants to eliminate from government property the "free exercise" of religion – especially by evangelicals – a freedom found in the same First Amendment. Significantly, this freedom was purposely listed FIRST by America's founders!
    And Weinstein wouldn't try to foist "separation of church and state" on strongly-Jewish Israel, but he does try to foist this non-Constitution-mentioned phrase on strongly-Christian America.
    In light of Weinstein's Jewish protectionism and violently anti-Christian obsession, Christians in these endtimes should be reminded of Jesus' warning in Mark 13:9 (see also Luke 21:12) that "in the synagogues ye shall be beaten."
    Maybe it's time for some modern Paul Reveres to saddle up and shout "The Yiddish are Coming!"

    PS – Some, like Weinstein, are so treacherously anti-Christian they will even join hands at times with enemies, including Muslims, in order to silence evangelicals. It was Weinstein, BTW, who put pressure on the Pentagon to dis-invite Franklin Graham from speaking there on the National Day of Prayer!
    PPS – Weinstein is an echo of the anti-Christian, anti-American Hollywood which for a century has dangled every known vice before young people. We seriously wonder how soon the lethal worldwide "flood of filth" (global harming!) that Hollywood has created will engulf and destroy itself and help to bring to power the endtime Antichrist (a.k.a. the Man of Sin and the Wicked One)!

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