The Wrong Man

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.


It’s a standard plot device in thrillers and spy movies: the police arrest or detain the wrong man—in fact, the only man who can stop the real murderer or foil the spies. Think of the Thirty Nine-Steps, one of Hitchcock’s first masterpieces. Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) has information that could prevent an international ring of spies from securing vital military secrets. Do the police believe him? No, instead they aggressively pursue him across England and Scotland for a murder he didn’t commit.

The same formula is a staple in science fiction and monster movies. The authorities—police, military or CIA—detain the one person who has the code or the formula or the knowledge that will destroy the monster or prevent the aliens from conquering the planet. And, invariably, the authorities are portrayed as obtuse, unimaginative types, who can’t seem to grasp the big picture.

What brings such movies to mind is the recently hatched high-brow plan to arrest the Pope. In April, Geoffrey Robertson, a high-ranking United Nations jurist, called on the British government to detain Pope Benedict XVI when he visits England in September. Robertson wants the UK to send the pope to the International Criminal Court to be tried for “crimes against humanity.” Robertson is backed up by celebrity atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. According to the London Times, Dawkins and Hitchens have commissioned Robertson and Mark Stephens, a solicitor, to draw up a justification for legal action.

Let’s see…Islamic religious leaders in the UK and around the world are spewing hatred at Christians and Jews, and are calling for the destruction of Israel, the murder of homosexuals, the imposition of Sharia law in Europe, and the defeat of “the Great Satan” (the U.S.). Oh, and they want the right to marry twelve-year-olds—maybe as many as four per man. But according to the twisted logic of the West’s self-appointed virtue police, it’s time to lock up the Pope.

Not that the Pope is the one man who can save the world from domination by Islam. Rather, he is representative of the handful of men and women who fully realize the threat from Islam, and who, in a sense, possess the formula or special knowledge necessary to halt the imposition of an alien moral order on the West.

Before he became Pope, Benedict wrote a series of books and papers which explained why an alien culture (not just Islam, but primarily a rootless secularism) was taking over Europe. Europe, he said, had succumbed to a “dictatorship of relativism” which opened the door to values based only on fickle opinion, or else on brute force. The “formula” for saving the West which Benedict offered is the recognition of God-given rights that “belong to man by nature”—“values that cannot be modified.”

Likewise, in defending the Universal Declaration of Human Rights before the United Nations in 2008, the pope said that human rights should not yield to a “relativistic conception” whereby “their universality would be denied in the name of different cultural, political, social and even religious outlooks.” In case you’re wondering why the UN’s own Declaration of Human Rights has to be defended in the UN, consider that the largest voting block in the UN now is the 56-state strong Organization of the Islamic Conference. Many of the OIC member states are quite adamant in maintaining that Sharia law takes precedence over Western declarations of human rights. And from a multicultural/cultural relativism perspective, who can gainsay them? That’s why Benedict insists that the multicultural experiment won’t work if it’s cut off from its Western/Christian roots. It’s no accident that the Declaration was composed for the most part by people who had grown up in Christian cultures, and had inherited a social conscience that had been formed by the Judeo-Christian tradition. But what are the odds that today’s Islamic-friendly assembly of multiculturalists at the UN would be willing to approve the Declaration if it were put to the vote again?

Will the pope be arrested? Probably not—not this year, anyway. Others who won’t genuflect to the dictatorship of relativism haven’t been so lucky. Mark Steyn was hauled before three Canadian Human Rights courts on hate speech charges for simply observing that population trends would someday turn Europe into a branch of the Muslim world. Like Benedict, Steyn is also guilty of pointing out that a culture of relativism is essentially a suicidal culture. If the Steyn trials were a movie, the audience would be justified in thinking, “What thick-headed dunces. They’ve got the wrong man!” As more and more ordinary people are discovering, criticism of Islamic aggressiveness isn’t the problem, the problem is Islamic aggressiveness.

Or take the case of Geert Wilders. Wilders is on trial in the Netherlands for…you guessed it, “Islamophobia.” He’s also charged with the crime of calling for a halt to Islamic immigration—immigration which, according to Wilders, constitutes a threat to freedom and human rights. It’s another case of the wrong man. Wilders is one of the few European leaders who is calling attention to the real danger, and is trying to do something about it. Let’s conjure up a bit of B-movie dialogue:

Wilders. “I’m telling you it’s out there, and it’s getting closer! We have to alert   people before it’s too late!

Dutch cops. “Tell it to the judge, buster; we’re bringing you in for questioning.”

In Austria, meanwhile, criminal charges have been filed against Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, a self-described mother and feminist, and a leader of the anti-jihad group Citizens’ Movement Pax Europa. Her crimes?—the usual charges: hate speech, defamation of religion, and Islamophobia. Ms. Sabaditsch-Wolff has been in the habit of saying threatening things such as “I want to preserve Europe,” and “…sharia cannot be reconciled with democratic principles and universal human rights.” This time it’s a case of the wrong woman. If her story were a film, the appropriate audience response would be: “Wake up you idiots! Don’t you see what’s happening?”

It would be possible to add several others to the list. For example, the late Oriana Fallaci had to flee Europe to avoid being tried on charges of defaming Islam. Before her death Fallaci expressed a strong affinity to Pope Benedict, and like Benedict she was a stout defender of human rights. The point is this: nowadays, when they “round up the usual suspects” (to borrow Captain Renault’s memorable phrase), the suspects turn out to be the leading defenders of Western civilization.

Of course, the pope hasn’t been arrested, the cases against Steyn were dropped, and the fate of Wilders and Sabaditsch-Wolff has yet to be determined. Still, if no one has actually been locked up, all of these people have been effectively tied up. It takes an enormous amount of time, energy and resources to defend oneself in court or to defend against a media blitz. Time is particularly of the essence in such situation. As every moviegoer understands, at such times there’s no time to waste. As the looming disaster draws nearer, you don’t want the ones who might avert it being tied up, either literally or figuratively.

One might counter that in the case of the plan to arrest Pope Benedict, there were real crimes and real cover-ups involving both priests and bishops. But the whole point of the Hitchens/Dawkins/Robertson initiative is not to punish the actual perpetrators, but to indict the whole Catholic Church, as some sort of global conspiracy of perverts directed by the pope. Thus, the pope is supposedly guilty of “obstructing justice on a global scale” (Hitchens), and the Catholic Church is a “truth-hating, child-raping institution” (Dawkins). Moreover, according to the National Post, one of the specific charges being assembled against the pope is “child sexual slavery.”

Anyone who has been closely following the abuse story knows that this is pretty much the reverse of the truth. From the point in 2001 when the sex abuse cases where transferred to his office, and he became fully aware of the extent of the abuse, Cardinal Ratzinger moved swiftly and decisively to clean up what he referred to as “the filth” in the Church. Once again, it’s a case of the wrong man. But in this case quite a bit of damage has already been done. According to a recent CBS News poll, forty percent of Catholics in America say that the abuse scandals have caused them to doubt the Vatican’s authority. The attacks on the pope have insured that the next time he warns about the dangers to the West, fewer will be listening.

I don’t know what part Hitchens, Dawkins and company think they are playing in the high-stakes drama that is now unfolding across the world, but it looks like they have stumbled into the role of the clueless authorities in the movies who can’t see the real danger. Probably the best movie analogy is the scene in Dr. Strangelove where Colonel Bat Guano (Keenan Wynn) is holding Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers) at gunpoint. As you may recall, General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) has gone bonkers, and ordered a wing of nuclear-armed B-52’s to attack Russia—an attack which will set off the Soviets’ world destroying “doomsday device.” Captain Mandrake is the only one who knows the secret code to recall the bombers, and thus save the world. But Colonel Guano doesn’t buy his story:

Mandrake. “Colonel! Colonel! I must know what you think has been going on here!”

Guano. “You know what I think?…I think you’re some kind of deviated prevert.  And I think General Ripper found out about your preversion, and that you were  organizing some kind of mutiny of preverts. Now move!”

Thanks to all the Bat Guanos of the world, and their inability to grasp the big picture, we are moving rapidly towards our own version of doomsday.

  • Anne Krantz

    Absoluut! The great British public will not wake up until it affects them directly – in their pockets or at JobCentrePlus. Wake up Britain. Either vote for BNP or buy a prayer mat.

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

    Slowly, but surely, the British are waking-up to the threat. Read Atlas Shrugged for some insight.

  • watchful

    Keep us informed throughout all of this, please, FPM.

  • 9-11 Infidel

    Too bad the Europeans don't read their own history about why they fought Islam in the first place. Why did Europeans fight wars of liberation in the 8th century. the 12th , the 14th, the 17th? To free Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Eastern Europe from Islamic conquerors is why. How is it suddenly that Europeans somehow think that the jihad will end if they just play nice with the jihadists, when that never worked before?

    The sun has set on the British empire. It has long since set on the rest of Europe.
    Multiculturalism is akin to suicidal nihlism. Which is why Islam and liberalism are so in sympatico with one another.

  • logdon

    Obviously many films follow the theme. The tension and sense of injustice glues us to the screen and disturbs our desire for true redemption as Mr Goodguy is pursued whilst Mr Evil gloats or even assists dumbo lawmen along the false trail.

    It also occurs in reality as in the Rillington Place murders which were originally pinned on the lodger, Timothy Evans who was hanged whilst the real killer, Reginald Christie used a false veneer of respectability to thwart the investigation.

    Christie was eventually caught but that didn't bring back a dead Evans. The repeal of capital punishment soon followed after this gross travesty.

    So it's not always the happy ending of the Fugitive films where Kimball is exhonerated and the One Armed Man brought to his true fate.

    That is the problem with real life and a real problem for Wilders in a land which has forgotten its past and how it came to be.

  • Kim Bruce

    Doctor Stangelove indeed!
    The world is headed towards disaster and ignoring the real vilains.
    It makes me wonder what kind of strange drugs these misinformed people are on?

    • charlie

      Oh dear the real vilians are the arrogance and uneducated masses of America. Oh and the drugs that are responsible for this mess are alcohol, cocaine and heroin. Alcohol freely available in the west to enslave people in to social addiction family breakdown violence, the CIA covertly supports the importation of cocaine and heroin, its a classic case of divide and rule used by the unseen puppets who want the end of america as you know it. Get used to it, the game is over.

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    The leftists,who are in power in the Netherlands,they have their claws
    in the media t.v. broadcasts workers unions and much more.
    The most left wing in power is the workers party,the p.v.d.a.. They
    embraced the moslim population to fotes,wich brought them into
    power 3 years ago.They,together with the extreme left groups are
    deadly afraid that the party of Geert Wilders will win the uncoming
    election,wich is due on the 9th of June.Therefore they want to nail
    him and bring discredit to this party the p.v.v. [party for freedom].

    • catherine t.

      May 'good' prevail; may Geert prevail. . .

  • Sibyl

    Should be interesting when the Mohammedans and the one world religion greenie pansexual globalists begin to go at each other.

  • Syd Barrett

    "…the Catholic Church is a 'truth-hating, child-raping institution' (Dawkins)"

    Huh. Does Dawkins say this about Islam, too? If not, why not? (That was rhetorical; I already know why not. Jesus warned us this sort of thing would happen.)

    For that matter, why doesn't he have his ambulance-chasing shyster round up all the imams in the UK for trial? Could it be because Richard and Christopher know that if they did that, they'd soon find themselves headless? Whilst they also know that the Pope is not likely to behead them?

    Dawkins and Hitchens are media whore cowards.

    • charlie

      Twat! go back to bed and maybe think about getting yourself an education.

    • catherine t.

      Wonder what Dawkins – and Hitchens, for that matter, think about the U.N. – as a long-time, world-wide child molesting/ raping/killing ring? Incredible, when so much evil threatening the core of civilization; that these people choose the Pope to focus their hate-filled energies on. . .and against. Wonder how they would vote; innocent or guilty for Roman Polanski? And yes, what about the slave trade/sex rings so 'owned' by the ROP (religion of peace). . .What about Itheir murderous abuse against women; wives, sisters, daughters. . .taking their heads, literally, for a 'man's' honor? What about their own Country. . .there is a giant flushing sound; and they hear only the bells tolling in the Vatican. Sick. ..so sick.

  • Free At Last

    It may be that arresting the Pope is a dumb idea. There are probably many
    other worthy causes that might be more useful and profitable. But it is still
    disingenuous to conflate two separate issues, such as the massive cover-up
    of what can only be called organized child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church
    and the threat to Western Civilization from Islam. (Note: when something happens
    as often, and on a worldwide scale, as the Church sex abuse scandals, it can safely be called "organized").

    The Catholic Church at one time had the kind of world-wide power and respect
    that it now lacks, and it did not do such a hot job of managing things. In fact,
    due to a lack of openness and media coverage such as we have today, many
    scandalous issues would never have been discovered, and may safely be presumed
    to have been worse.

    Still, once their position on the world stage was diminished, the Church still
    had its own power over small communities where the local politicians and police
    were themselves Catholic and did not want to make the Church look bad. Latterly,
    we have seen that the overriding aim of the Church throughout all of the scandals
    was to protect its own reputation.

    Finally, while Cardinal Ratzinger may not be the monster that Cardinal Law was,
    it makes one wonder just what it would take to have some people seek for these
    men to be prosecuted for their crimes, if not covering up organized pedophilia.

  • USMCSniper

    Bat Ye'or has aaready warned us about the transformation of Europe into "Eurabia," a cultural and political appendage of the Arab/Muslim world. Eurabia is fundamentally anti-Christian, anti-Western, anti-American, and antisemitic, while striving for Israel's disappearance and the vilification and isolation of America. The institution responsible for this transformation, and that continues to propagate its ideological message, is the Euro-Arab Dialogue, developed by European and Arab politicians and intellectuals over the past thirty years.

  • SUSAN

    WAKE UP WORLD!! MUSDLIMS ARE EVERYWHERE! INCLUDING AMERICA. THEY OWN GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE), MSNBC, NBC,AIG,CITI BANK, GOLDMANSACHS, AND SO MANY MORE CORP.'S. IN THE UNITED STATES. STOP THEIR SHIRIA LAW.
    THEY ARE TRYING TO GET THAT LAW IN EVERY STATE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE TO PUT A STOP TO THIS NOW. BARACK OBAMA IS A MUSLIM AND HE IS WELCOMING THEM, ARMS WIDE OPEN! IF WE ALLOW THIS THEY WILL TAKE OVER AMERICA. STOP THEM NOW!!!!!

    • charlie

      The goat of mendez will be visting you real soon!

    • henry

      Susan, Henry Crux loves you – sharp mind, right on – but most of us are in deep denial.

  • Timberman

    I would dearly love to know who is financing the fools named in the article above. What's the betting that somewhere along the line, way at the back, and unseen, is a connection to something like Saudi Arabia, or maybe even Iran, though I don't know if the idiots running that particular country have that sort of imagination……

  • ViewPoint

    With Canada following the example of Britain; persecuting those voicing tame criticism of Islam and with the creation of Sharia Tribunals in some of its provinces, it is apparent and alarming to see that Islamization has spread across the globe and is already at the U.S.'s front door.

    • Uxcent

      TtHERE ARE NO SUCH THING AS SHARIA TRUBUNALS IN CANADA'S PROVINCES!!
      There was an attempt to legalize one in Ontario but that was stopped before it got well underway.
      Why do people write such foolishness?

      • ViewPoint

        According to the article, "Conflict Over Sharia in Ontario, Canada… in 1991, the Ontario Government passed the Arbitration Act… which allows individuals to resolve conflicts through the arbitration rather than in court… the Act permitted religiously based as well as secular arbitration tribunals in the province…. there decisions are recognized by the regular courts."

        This aside, I would love to be wrong on this one… as no one in their nonMuslim mind would welcome Sharia Law. The Arbitration Act was passed in 1991 and so even a reversal would not dispute the fact that it made it all the way to the U.S.'s door.

        We all read articles from various sources… this is not foolishness, just a varying point of view based on alternate information. It is far more foolish to lose your composure over so little. Would it not be far more constructive to disagree with reason, proof… instead of a childish outburst?

        • Democracy First

          You are wrong. There were such allowances to deal with orthodox Jews and a few others. They were dispensed with, precisely because Muslims wanted them to apply to their application of Sharia. Now no one of any faith has such arbitration.

          Of note, it was Muslim women who fought first and hardest against Sharia, eventually getting feminists on side.

  • calsen ulfer

    I am asking this question because i have always been with the wrong men, so people told me to stop choosing and I accepted to marry a guy who were in love with me.

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  • Armando

    The spineless, craven duo Dawkins and Hitchens know full well that their time on eath would be very brief if they were to attack islam as they do christianity. Though I am not an atheist myself I do respect an honest one: Pat Codell, he attacks religion across the board and doesn't mince words regarding the islamization of the UK and Europe in general.

    • DonM

      Have you read Hitchens and Dawkins? Hitchens has a chapter attacking Islam directly and Dawkins throughout includes Islam when attacking general features shared by both Christianity and Islam. Furthermore, Dawkins is a pre-eminent scholar who has labored to explain evolution, evolution being something both Islam and some parts of Christianity forbid.

      And, yes, the Pope should be arrested at least if he ever sets foot in the USA for allowing a priest to avoid prosecution.

      • Armando

        I read Dawkins' The God delusion. His whole attack is focused on the bible. If he does mention the koran he doesn't do it with the same bile he reserves for the christian bible.
        Yes, Richard Dawkins more easily believes that "somewhere in the universe a higher intelligence seeded the first cell on earth," his own words, but has no idea where that "higher intelligence" came from. So much for being an atheist.

  • Bill_H

    Hitchens/Dawkins/Robertson are useful idiots

  • henry

    YOU GUYS UP THERE MAKE ME SICK WITH FEAR – AND I'M NOT A COWARD – MY CAR IS COVERED WITH ANTI-ISLAMIC BUMPER STICKERS. BUT LOOK AT WHAT YOU WILL NEVER TALK ABOUT! THAT IS – THE MOST IMPORTANT THING! YOU ACT LIKE OUR AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN POLITICIANS ARE STUPID – BELIEVE ME, THEY ARE NOT! YOU ALL TALK LIKE TO BE A CAPITALIST IS TO BE AN ENEMY OF ISLAM (THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS MY FRIEND NONSENSE) NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH! WHAT WE ARE SUFFERING FROM IS A VERY GREEDY LOVE OF MONEY – CAPITALISTS WORSHIP THE INVISIBLE HAND – AND THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT THE MUSLIMS ARE OFFERING YOUR POLITICIANS, AN INVISIBLE HAND FULL OF MONEY! WHY ARE THESE SLOW WITTED SAVAGES WINNING OVER US WESTERNERS TEN TO ONE? BECAUSE OUR POLITICIANS ARE NOT STUPID, THEY ARE FEASTING ON OIL MONEY BRIBES. THEY KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON AS SURE AS YOU AND I DO – THEY ARE WILLFULLY STUPID FOR OIL MONEY BRIBES – EVERY ONE OF THEM! UNTIL WE GET A STRONGER GOVERNMENT, ONE THAT FEARS THE PEOPLE MORE THAN IT LOVES OIL MONEY BRIBES, WE ARE AS GOOD AS DEAD, EATEN BY MINDLESS SAVAGES BECAUSE WE HAVE LEADERS THAT LOVE MONEY MORE THAN THE SURVIVAL OF DEMOCRACY AND FREE SPEECH! WHY ARE YOU WRITING ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE? ANYTHING ELSE IS A WASTE OF TIME – EVERYDAY OIL MONEY BRIBES ARE MAKING THE SAVAGES WHO WORSHIP A BIBLE OF MURDER, STRONGER AND STRONGER – ALL YOUR POLITICIANS ARE ON THE TAKE! FACE IT OR DIE! SHOW ME ONE WHO COULD RESIST A MILLION DOLLAR BILL, AND I WILL SHOW YOU A DEAD POLITICIAN. IF YOU HAVE REAL MONEY, YOU ARE NO LONGER A CITIZEN OF ANY PARTICULAR COUNTRY, YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD – YOU WILL BE VERY HAPPY ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO LIVE – YOU HAVE DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN, TO HELL WITH AMERICA!

  • http://www.proactolreviewx.com/ proact

    Hitchens/Dawkins/Robertson are what i would call….pest needed to save the crops!

    • henry

      Oh, really! And how do you think they are going to do that? Jaw bone brain-washed savages to death? give me a break! Go buy a sword like the rest of us!

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    This is a very important topic and I don't think this should be taken lightly. Additionally, all caps is very frustrating and doesn't help. Additionally, hating all islam is like hating all the germans because of hitler, or all the japanese cause of pearl harbor. Think clearly and based on how people treat you instead of stereo types.

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    Religion in one or other way are the cause of the chaos. You should ask what is behind that religion??

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    Yes, religion is a biggest reason for chaos in over the world. Religion should not never go with politics.

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    We should respect every religion and a kind word never broke the teeth. purnail you are right .. Religion should not never go with politics.

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  • Armando

    The pope is the RELIGIOUS figurehead of the catholic church, ergo, the topic is about religion.