Will Pope Francis Challenge Muslim Persecution of Christians?

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


Jorge Bergoglio, Pope Francis, assumes the papal throne at a time when Christians in many countries around the world are more threatened, and are living more precariously, than they have for centuries. Christians face violent persecution on an increasingly frequent basis in Pakistan, Egypt, and Nigeria, and to a lesser degree in Malaysia, Indonesia, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Islamic world. Yet for the most part the Church in recent years has been silent about this persecution, and in the West has pursued “dialogue” with Islamic groups that glosses over the grim and bloody realities that all too many Christians in the Islamic world face. Will Pope Francis end this deceptive and fruitless posturing and raise his voice for his threatened and embattled brethren?

The Catholic Church has adopted an irenic stance toward Islam ever since the Second Vatican Council issued its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium) in 1964. This document asserts that the “plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Mohammedans, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind” (16).

The statement that “the plan of salvation also includes” Muslims has led some to assert that the Council Fathers were saying that Muslims and Islam should not be criticized or challenged. This has become such an axiomatic assumption for many Christian clerics that they dare not utter a word to disrupt Muslim-Christian “dialogue” even when Muslims worldwide shed the blood of innocent Christians with increasing impunity.

Also, as Pope Francis’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, noted, Vatican II was not a super-council whose teachings superseded all previous Church teaching; rather, its teachings must be understood in light of Catholic tradition. “The council did not formulate anything new in matters of faith, nor did it wish to replace what was ancient,” he said in October 2012. “Rather, it concerned itself with seeing that the same faith might continue to be lived in the present day, that it might remain a living faith in a world of change.” When it comes to Islam, the consistent focus in earlier statements about Islam is generally not on what Muslims believe but on the hostility of Muslims to Christians and Christianity. In that vein, Pope Benedict XIV, in 1754, reaffirmed an earlier prohibition on Albanian Catholics giving their children “Turkish or Mohammedan names” in baptism by pointing out that not even Protestants or Orthodox were stooping so low: “None of the schismatics and heretics has been rash enough to take a Mohammedan name, and unless your justice abounds more than theirs, you shall not enter the kingdom of God.” Pope Callixtus III, in a somewhat similar spirit, in 1455 vowed to “exalt the true Faith, and to extirpate the diabolical sect of the reprobate and faithless Mahomet in the East.”

Some Catholics will argue that the statements of Benedict XIV and Callixtus III (and other statements like them from other popes) simply reflect a very different age from our own, and moreover that Vatican II’s statements reflect a more mature spirit and a greater amount of the charity toward others that Christians ought to exhibit.

And that may well be so, although it must be noted that even though they are only fifty years old, the statements of Vatican II on Islam reflect the outlook of a vanished age no less than do those of the earlier popes. For in the 1960s, secularism and Westernization were very much the order of the day in many areas of the Islamic world. It was, for example, unusual in Cairo in the 1960s to see a woman wearing a hijab, an Islamic headscarf mandated by Muhammad’s command that when appearing in public a woman should cover everything except her face and hands. Today, on the other hand, one would be surprised on the streets of the same city to see a woman who is not so attired.

The hijabs in Cairo are but one visible sign of a revolution—or, more properly, a revival—that has swept the Islamic world. Islamic values have been revived, including not only rigor in dress codes but also hostility toward Western ideas and principles. The “Arab Spring” uprisings that began late in 2010 have led to a reassertion of the political aspects of Islam, as opposed to Western political models, all across the Middle East. Western ideas of democracy and pluralism that were fashionable in elite circles all over the Islamic world in the first half of the twentieth century have fallen into disrepute.

In other words, the Islamic world that the Fathers of Vatican II had in mind is rapidly disappearing. The tone of these statements must be evaluated within the context of their times. For the documents of Vatican II are no less a product of their age than the statements of Benedict XIV and Callixtus III are a product of theirs. Just as the time of crusading knights has vanished, so has the time of a dominant secular West striding confidently into what it terms the “modern” age.

Although it will always be the Christian’s responsibility to reach out with respect and esteem to Muslims, the hostility that the Islamic world had always displayed toward Christendom was never—at any time before or since—less in evidence than it was in the 1960s, and so a statement of friendship was never more appropriate. That situation does not prevail today, a fact that has a great many implications for the prospects for dialogue as well. Western-minded Muslims who have a favorable attitude toward the Catholic Church no longer have the influence among their co-religionists that they once had, at least in the Islamic world.

That is not to say, however, that we have returned to the world of Benedict XIV and Callixtus III, when Catholics understood that Mohammedanism, as it was then popularly styled (to the indignation of Muslims themselves), was steeped in falsehood—perhaps even diabolical—and dedicated to the destruction of the Church and to the conversion or subjugation of Christians. We are separated by centuries of cultural assumptions from the world in which it was even possible to think of one’s faith as having enemies and needing to be defended. Catholics of the modern age have long assumed that such a world was gone forever, and there is some reason to believe that it is indeed.

But with Muslim persecution of Christians escalating worldwide, there is also considerable evidence that that rough old world is returning; that it may never have been as far away as it seemed. That is the world with which Pope Francis will have to grapple.

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  • http://pdfcast.org/pdf/the-global-islamic-civilization-power-of-a-nation-revived/ Sheik Faarooq al Mohammedi

    We will destroy all of christiandom, Islam is the Only true religion, everything else is false. We will make sure that this evil, demonic cult called christianity will be wiped from the face of the earth. We will destroy that immoral half naked idol hanging on a cross, christianity is idolism.

    This world belongs to Allah. Long live the Global Caliphate of the United Muslim Nations International. We declare Jihad ul Dawah upon the world: http://pdfcast.org/pdf/the-global-islamic-civiliz

    Sheik Faarooq al Mohammedi

    UMN Intl Rep.

    The United Muslim Nations International

    • Crossbow87

      My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ disagrees with you.

    • Lan Astaslem

      The US and Israel will keep you muzzies in line.

    • thomas_h

      Oh, don't be silly, Sheikshashliq,

      The last time allah sent his armies to "destroy all of christiandom" starting at Vienna, the "evil demonic cult called christianity" kicked allah's ass very thoroughly sending him and his armies all the way back to history's latrine it originally crept up from. Since then allahs army has been nothing but a joke. It is true that sometime you may have a success slaughtering Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist civilians (babies being your favourite target), but as a fighting force you stink.
      Look, even the tiny Israel kicks the sh*t out of arabs each time your ridiculous little allah once again sends them to establish "Global Caliphate of the United Muslim Nations International". If I were you I would get rid of that inept clown and replace him with Mickey Mouse as a chief commander. It won't help you, but at least you will have an excuse for once again having your heroic butt kicked.

      • Mary Wells

        I agree. Mickey Mouse it is. I hereby appoint Mickey Mouse as the Chief Commander.

    • richrblake

      Jesus Christ says that we must love our enemies. However, we can only try and love our enemies, for one must first attempt something before we can achieve it. Elsewhere in Matthew, however, Christ also says something to the effect that you do what you have to do. Awaken Christians.

    • salah

      Shut up Mohammedan, your prophet used to wear women's clothing!!!
      http://crossmuslims.blogspot.com/2010/03/transves

    • damir

      Thank you for your honest comment! We rarely see an honest reaction of mohamedans like yourself.

      I ask the administration to not remove the comment of sheik faarooq because it shows the true goals of mohamedans, it would be nice for everyone to see that, especially the liberal dhimmis!

      Sheik faarooq your diabolic cult of the pedophile, false prophet will come to an end soon!

    • jay

      Allah Snackbar

    • Peter

      Islam is falsehood incarnate – everything about it is false, including its god allah/baal/Satan.

    • john in cheshire

      Mr mohammedi, you and your satan worshipping cult members are a joke. Don't you know that good always triumphs over evil? Join the winning side before it's too late. you know it makes sense.

    • Steve

      Sheik if you want to start eliminating Jews, start with me if you can. I will send you my address and even pay for you to come to me. Let's see how tough you are. Do you walk the walk or just talk the talk? Words do not scare me so please write back and I will accommodate you?

    • Lawrence

      You poor imbecile , Sheik. You follow the dictums of a world class madman,namely, Mohammad.
      Islam is such a scavenger philosophy which produces little more than evil.
      Wake up and get out of Islam, primitive troll.

    • Ghostwriter

      Hopefully,that won't happen,Sheik al Mohammedi. In fact,people like you are the reason most Americans have such a negative view of Islam. You just can't resist trying to impose your religion on the rest of us. Even if we don't want it.

    • manny

      you telling full of evil, because you worshiping false god. muhammed is evil man as well alla. islam is evil religion.

    • Smote

      Sheik Whatever,

      If the good die young, then you will outlast styrofoam.

    • Alexie

      Silly boy saying such awful things about Jesus. He is in your koran and yet you show so much disrespect. Cult hey? Read the definition of a cult. Then have. Close look at yourself.

    • Mary Wells

      Thank you Jesus that with the measure this man uses, it will be measured back on his own head. Let it be so, in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And let all of Islam bring back on its own head the measure it uses to relate to the faith named after you, Christianity.

    • Drakken

      Let the Crusades begin!!
      Deo Volente!!!!

    • Pontotoc Bill

      Sheik Faarooq al Mohammedi,

      I have some news for you. Moohammed did not receive the quran from the angel Gabriel, Yes, an angel did give the quran to Moohammed, but it was the angle Lucifer (aka Satan) who gave it to Moohammed. Islam is a demonic religion, created by Satan, given to humanity by Satan, spread by Muslims, and will result in the death of humanity and an eternity in the fires of Hell.

      The Lord God and His Son, Jesus Christ, will triumph over Satan in the end and only then will there be peace on Earth. Islam will NOT be around.

      Islam is a demonic religion for demonic humans.

    • michae dwyer

      Go back to wherever you came from. We don,t need jihadists in N America or Europe!!!

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Admittedly, I know next to nothing about this new Pope. However, I know more than most about Islamic conquest, via actual jihad and stealth-like tactics. And it is a scourge upon the west, and upon Judeo-Christian foundations.
    As such, aside from general Church concerns, there is NO greater threat to humanity than Islamism. But I am quite convinced that he will do exactly what his predecessors have done – nothing. Nothing to assure the safety and welfare from those who seek little more than global domination.

    IF he is serious about the above, he will assess Islam's relationship to blood and go from there – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/13/islam-blood-a… ….G-d speed. NO time to spare.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Indus Valley

      You are right. All the mainstream churches are busy in sucking up to Islam….

      • jacob

        Because of the story about the man feeding the crocodile with the hope he will eat him last….

      • defcon 4

        The ugly truth for certain. Muslime outreach programs are rampant and the outreach program is a one way street. My friend, who challenged the lies being spouted by a muslime to his congregation, left his church for their tacit approval of muslime lies.

    • jacob

      Perhaps not, considering the new Pope is an SJ (Jesuit)

    • JacksonPearson

      Pope Francis I will do just fine. He's no nonsense. He has a plate full of work ahead though. I understand, the Vatican is way out of control, and will require major internal surgery. Pope Benedict knew this from a recent study and report, however he got to old and feeble to make the necessary repairs, so he did the right thing and stepped aside.

  • Indus Valley

    Keep on dreaming you troll ;)

    • Ghostwriter

      Should I be grateful that I don't know what the creepy sheik said?

  • http://twitter.com/tsuilingchen @tsuilingchen

    Sheik Faarooq al Mohammedi I mention you by name because I can view you as a human being. I loath Islam and vow never bow down my head to it. It is nothing but merely a piece of crap and I would like to warn you the fire of HELL is terrible and I suggest you to avoid it by leaving Islam as soon as possible.
    Jesus Christ is the King of kings, Lord of lords. Period. And your religious can only kill man's physical body but can't kill any soul. Your allah is weak that it needs human to defend such a pathetic religious. We won't wipe out and destroy Islam but my LORD Jesus Christ will be. ONLY HIM but no one else will destroy Islam and you will be regretted. Truly, eternity is long and HELL is the last place you surely will enter into if you stick to Islam before you die.
    Repent or in HELL with your allah. Period.

  • rodger the dodger

    First comment speaks volumes, no?

    I was hoping we’d get Pope Urban IX. That might signal some intent!

    • Indus Valley

      Its very funny when Muslims claim that they will take over the whole world….Almost all the Muslim countries need Western Nation's help to bring stability, Muslims run away from their own country & enter by hook or crook into Christian European countries, Jewish Israel & Hindu India(so many illegal Muslim refugees from Bangladesh), The next important thing is, upon entering into these non-Muslim countries the Muslims never utilize the freedom & opportunity to build their career in a good way instead they end up in committing crimes or at the maximum run a kepap or vegetable stores…..Criminals, kepap & vegetable shop owners can never take over this world just because they bang the floor 5 times a day in the name of their allah…..Sorry to burst your bubble Muslims….

      • nina

        I wish it were so simple. But with petro dollars, and the help of the suicidal West, I'm not so sure.

        • defcon 4

          Exactly, islamofascist petrodollars are bribing corrupt politicians and law enforcement personnel. On a level playing field Indus Valley might be right, the playing field is hardly level considering how many of our politicians, judges and law enforcement personnel have obviously been compromised by islamofascists.

  • Chezwick

    "…the hostility that the Islamic world had always displayed toward Christendom was never—at any time before or since—less in evidence than it was in the 1960s,…"

    The Post-WWII Muslim infatuation with – and imitation of – the West…is seen by those with no sense of history as proof that the Islamic realm is evolutionary like any other culture. What is overlooked is how brief this period was in an historical context – less than half a century. It was primarily a post-colonial hang-over and its roots were shallow to say the least.

    That's why most of these countries – even in the heyday of their "Western" period (the 50s and 60s), may have adopted Western criminal law…but retained Islamic "family law". The Muslim man remained the master of his house and could beat and even kill his woman with relative impunity. Some things never changed….and never will.

  • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

    Maybe just maybe the return of the Crusades is at hand. We are not second hand citizens, we are not the angel of Satan, we are not going to be dominated by a hateful, murdering, political agenda, called Islam.

    • jacob

      But tell me please ;
      Isn't the tendency to become dominated by Islam showing or am I blind …?????

      Or do we need still more proof than what is happening in Europe and right here in our USA ?????
      What are we waiting for to put a stop to this disgrace…?????

    • Drakken

      That day is closer than anyone realizes, and once it kicks off, the muslims will be fleeing for their very lives.

  • uriel

    again the terrorist muslims at it again, like always, being Terrorists like their own prophet called Islam Terrorism by Name

  • Anthony

    No pontif is equipped to confront the menace of Islam today. The only thing which may continue to maintain the current levels of persecution against Christians as opposed to the all out bloodbath which should otherwise result if the wrong thig is said, implied or implied by the pope is back door diplomacy and stroking of the ever fragile collective Moslem ego.

    Perhaps an African pope who lived with the daily horror of the Islamic counter-civilization would have been a better champion for Christians living under the well known and horrific “tolerance” of the Mohamet believers.

    • Indus Valley

      A Nigerian, South Sudanese, Filipino or a Pakistani pope will be much better in dealing with the Islamic menace than the others…..If at all there are cardinals from those aforementioned countries…..

  • mike

    Shiek, your an IDIOT and so is your satan god allah! Go back to where ever you came from and be a good little muslim. Maybe start your own "bacon of the month club" Maybe you do will do well with it but get out of here before you get hurt.

  • prasad

    Dear Mr. Robert Spencer, you very well know the nature of the Church… it is basically a Mother to all the peoples of the earth while God in Jesus Christ is the Father. The Church only offers Love to embrace at all times with open arms by offering forgiveness. Now on diplomatic lines to do charity for the Islamic world, the Church might use UN, USA and EU. But the Church truly puts up a face of a Mother and embraces everyone, so that everyone should bow to the name of Jesus whether on earth or in heaven. Meanwhile, the fight between the good and the evil shall have to go, and when the time is ripe, the Judge will show forth. Let's wait on… and hearken to the voice of the Mother Church.

    • Indus Valley

      Actually Prasad, the Church as a mother shouldn't allow its children to be slaughtered by 'other' children….Mother should be protective….

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It is written in the Bible that Murderers may not enter the Kingdome of Heaven, how praytell
    can a murderous heathen cult like Islam ever put one of it's satanic adherents into the
    home of God Almighty, how? No it is not going to happen, only as Jesus said "No one
    comes to the Father but by me", who then can be saved, Jesus does not lie. If the
    Catholic Church would teach from the entire Bible it would come to understandings
    that while not politically correct are correct and not driven by worldly concerns but by
    the Word of God. Jews have a Covenant that God never breaks, the new Covenant
    like the New Testament speaks for Christians, whoever will come let them come, no one
    is forbidden and staying silent about sin and evil is sinful and evil, Islam's persecution and
    killing of Christians and Jews is enough to damn them less they repent and turn to the
    Bible for enlightenment……………………………William

    • Karl

      William, in charity let me assure you that the Roman Catholic Church DOES "teach from the whole Bible." Anyone who prays the Catholic Mass daily hears the entire Bible preached to them in one year, while any Roman Catholic who simply prays the Catholic Mass on Sundays has the entire Bible preached to them in three years…. As one who has been praying the Catholic Mass daily for the last 20 to 25 years of my life, I have "read" the entire Bible over 20 to 25 times….

      • WilliamJamesWard

        I am happy to hear that, I know the Church has the Gospel and if a person pays attention
        to it and realizes that it is by Christ taking thier place on the Cross thier sins are forgiven,
        as He said, "It is done", reconciliation and restoration of man to a right relationship with
        God Almighty. My problem is that this is not the thrust of the Church teaching and that
        man can do something to save himself which is impossible, the Church does not save,
        it is done and over, a free gift to all that will accept and follow Jesus. It is sad that
        " few there be that find it" and "many are called with few chosen", The World , the flesh
        and the devil do thier work and only by as Jesus said "Be ye a passer by"….will the
        faithful not fall into evil and look up for what is coming with joyful expectation.
        William

    • Quin

      Paul was a murderer and he is considered a saint by the Catholics. He was also a Jew, so let's get this straight. Jesus says there is only one unforgivable sin, and that is attributing the works of God, (Father, Son, Holy Ghost) to the works of Satan and demons, that is all. What verse says a murderer can't be saved? Also, Jesus says if you have looked upon your brother with anger, you have committed murder in your heart, and if you look lustfully at a woman you have committed adultery as well. His point was that what you do doesn't get you in Heaven it is through Him and Him only that you can make it, because he is THE way, THE truth, and THE life.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Galatians 5 v 21…………..There must be repentance before anyone may enter the Kingdome,
        the whole idea of repentance is that a person comes to Christ for forgiveness of thier sins
        and repents of them and looks forward to forgiveness through the Cross and the Blood which
        pays for the sin, no matter what. If you do it is the way, not wishful thinking or self righteousness,
        it is the righteousness of Christ and the Cross period. Anyone if serious may change and
        find a clean slate at the Cross………how many Muslim killers will do so, Paul did and
        died a martyrs death which tells me he was sincerely repentant………………William

  • Christian

    Allah makes up very little of Islamic doctrine. The majority of the doctrine is a political system invented by Muhammad. He was a narcisstic psychopath. When the evidence is systematicly evaluated, Islam's lone prophet, who never made any prophecy, was a brutal mass murdering, child molesting, slave trading, racist, cross dressing, mass murderer. A man of your stature and educational level should not be so mentally unstable, but unfortunately humans were set up to worship and when one is deceived into worshiping a barbarian, reason and logic take the back seat to insanity. A global caliphate will hurt Muslims even more than Christians and Jews, but hey Allah and Muhammed are cool with that.

  • http://twitter.com/theoprinse @theoprinse

    As a possible distant descendant of Bishop Arnulf of Metz 582-640 I dissociate myself from the appointment of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope of a morally bankrupt Catholic community only formed under pressure from Beatrix von Amsberg in view of the implications around her upcoming abdication in relation to the mass murderer Jorge Zorreguieta the father of the upcoming queen of the Netherlands

    Long live the Republic of Johan and Cornelis de Witt and those who stood by them

    • thomas_h

      As a “possible distant descendant” of the same Bishop I want to make you aware that it is impossible for a European not to be a “possible distant descendant” of someone who lived in Europe 1300 years ago and had progeny. In other words your dissociation from the appointment of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope of a ”morally bankrupt Catholic community” carries no special weight. As for your denunciation of community’s “moral bankruptcy” it may at the most cause some mild amusement, but otherwise is destined to pass unnoticed. Sorry.

  • DemetriusMinneapolis

    If you had any faith in your "religion" you wouldn't need to advertise all that crap. Anyway, enjoy your stay at Club Gitmo.

  • JacksonPearson

    ISLAM: The Religion of Peace (and a big stack of dead bodies)
    Islamic Terrorists Have Carried out More Than 20,530 Deadly Terror Attacks Since 9/11

    Wherever Islam Spread, Darkness Follows with Death and Destruction

  • jacob

    If the Catholic Church would have only abrogated its asinine rule of celibacy, it would have stayed
    out of one hell of a lot of trouble……!!!!!!!

    • Pat

      Jacob, As a woman I find your logic troubling. Most of the priests involved in sexual abuse were targeting young boys or pubescent boys. It was male with male. So in your reasoning, if they were allowed to have sex instead of celibacy they would have not chosen the young boys they molested but would have had sex with adult females? Sex with boys is deviant no matter (at least so far who knows in this rotten culture we are in.), whether the Church allowed priests to get married or not. The problem is not celibacy the problem is who they let in to be a priest and the underlying lavender mob who protects them.

    • Jim Antoine

      Amen brother.

  • JacksonPearson

    Hey Sheik, everyone seems to be wondering why Muslim terrorists are so quick to commit suicide. Lets have a look at the evidence:

    - No Christmas;
    - No television;
    - No nude women;
    - No pork chops;
    - No hot dogs;
    - No BBQ pulled pork;
    - No beer;
    - No bacon;
    - Rags for clothes;
    - Towels for hats;
    - Constant wailing from some idiot in a tower;
    - More than one wife;
    - More than one mother in law;
    - You can't shave;
    - Your wives can't shave;
    - Your mothers-in-law can't shave;
    - You can't wash off the smell of donkey;
    - You cook over burning camel sh*t;
    - Your wife is picked by someone else for you.

    Then Muhammad brainwashed Muslims that "when they die, it all gets better"? Well no-sh*t Sheik, it's not like it could get much worse. What say you camel-azz???

  • JacksonPearson

    Dead Wrong Sheik…..
    In the end, Jesus Christ will rule and judge the living and the dead from Jerusalem. There's not going to be any cool spots for false prophets like Muhammad to escape to, and oh yes Sheik, God won't forget his chosen people.

  • STEVEN CHAVEZ

    THE SINNERS WANT REFORM where immorality is now moral.

    Where the Ten Commandments are of the past and outdated.

    Where a Pope is even needed.

    Where Centuries old customs of Celibacy go the way of Married Priests.

    Where Nuns, or any Female, can now become Priests.

    Where Man can Marry Man.

    Where Woman can Marry Woman.

    Where Life’s beginnings are a Choice.

    Where a Crucifix can be placed in a Jar of Urine and called “Art.”

    Where Comedians can make jokes about the Church and get away with it.

    Where the Sins by some Priests make all Priests Sinners.

    Where Liberation Theology and Social Justice are the teachings of Karl Marx, who said “There is No God,” which then means there is no Son of God, and who Atheists equate to Jesus, the Son of God.

    Where Atheists and non-Christians are the ones making the demands for Change.

    Where Atheists Sin with no Guilt since they don’t believe in Sin.

    Where Atheists hypocritically appease another religion with a false prophet who raped little girls, openly, murdered and allows murder, including of family members and any infidel or those who leave that religion, and who has a real War on Women.

    Is our Generation the first Generation to demand these changes? Did the Church give in to these demands or did they stay strict or did it even get more strict to their Thousands of Years Old traditions? Will wrongs becomes rights?

    The Strict Past is the Path to the Future.

  • Cassandra

    I am a Christian but a fighting one. Do not try to come to my door with this kind of hatred. You would not live very long

  • Asher

    Those who are perishing will not see the truth until it is too late. I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. John 14:6 Salvation is found in no one else Acts 4:12 Your Allah or Mohammed will not save you from eternal damnation, but Jesus will! At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Phillipians 2:10-11 He died on the cross and rose again to save sinners and all peoples. Evil does not prevail! Ezekiel 38: 1-7 Enemies that will be defeated Rosh, Russia, Magog, Central Asia, Meshech, Turkey, Tubal, Perisa, Iran, Ethiopia, Sudan, Put, Libya, Gomer, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. Only fools ignore the living God, the creator of the heavens and the earth, the God of Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and Ishmael.

  • Asher

    This Pope appears to be a righteous humble man for all of humanity, as most Jesuits are. The importance is unity of the churches, and the peoples before God comes. He may be the uniter and reformer that has been lacking.

  • STEVEN CHAVEZ

    I agree with your plan!

    I would love to beat my woman and even behead her if she embarrasses me! If my daughter dares to go out with a non-Hispanic or worse, a Christian or Jew, I kill her!

    School children need to be converted to Islam immediately and taught the ways of Jihad and allowed to carry machine guns into schools to defend the Prophet Mohammad.

    President Obama needs to come out of the Muslim Closet and order the closing of all Christian churches and synagogues. Burn all references to Jesus!

    Order all women, especially fat lesbians, to wear burkas, even in their homes! (Can't wait for the next Miss America Pageant.)

    Allow the marrying of little girls! (Can I have ten… heck make it twenty!)

    AND HERE ARE THE ONLY TV SHOWS ALLOWED.

    "Really Desperate Tent Wives." 
    "Countdown with Mrs. Fidel Castro." 
    "Extreme Takeover: Homeland Edition."
    "Meet the Virgins."
    "1000 Ways to Kill."
    "Allahzilla." 
    "Honey, I Blew Up the Kids."
    "My Babysitter is a Jihadist."
    "The Phantom of the Mosque."
    "How I Met Your Mother and 200 Step-Mothers."
    "Are You Dumber than a 1st Grader? (If not, I cut head off!)"
    "Are You Dumber than a Goat? (If so, you leader!)"
    "Married with I Don't Know How Many Children."
    "Camel Whisperer." 
    "The Last of the Muammars."
    "Hardball with Jihad Jane."
    "The Good, the Bad, and the Really (Really) Ugly."
    "Everybody Wants to Blow Up Raymond."   
    "Bashar the Exterminator."
    "Family Feud: The Kardashians vs. The Bedouins."

    • defcon 4

      LOL, That was good. I especially liked Camel Whisperer.

  • sidney

    Dear Mr Sheik, have you ever concidered that you may be backing the wrong horse? Just maybe, God is actually a God of love and He sent his Son to die on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for you and me, so we will not have to face His wrath which is surely to come upon the world. You are a very passionate man. Imagine if you will, turning all that passion into a river of love rather than the hate that you seem to harbour. This could be a lovely world and one day will be when Christ returns, but will you be for Him or against Him. One thing is very likely, you will kneel before Him…..as will we all.

    • Hektor

      You can't reason with mohameddans sidney, they're half wits.

      • Lan Astaslem

        it's all that inbreeding

    • Drakken

      They will not be show the error of their ways unless made to do so by better men. Namely the west.

  • gfmucci

    And another valid question: Will Pope Francis and the Church clarify or reverse the dumbfounding statement in Section 16 of their Lumen Gentium (Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) which reads in part:
    But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind."This statement alone is enough to make one's head spin about the credibility of the Church. More here: http://www.muccings.blogspot.com/2013/03/catholic

  • Horace

    He's on record as being against sodomy and abortion. He seems a bit soft on socialism (In third world poverty places, socialism often has to be a part of economic advancement for the poor since the uneducated natives are basically even more economically suicidal than socialists ). We can only wait and see what he says about the satanic murder cult that is Islam.

  • Craig S. Maxwell

    No.

  • john

    Mr Shiek Mohammedi, you are writing a heap of crap. What if we start cleaning up a bunch, starting with you.

    • jawahargandhi381

      John,

      Dont be fooled by Robert Spencer; he is practicing his zionist Hasbara tactics and posting here under the name of Sheik Mohammedi either himself or through one of his cronies

      • Drakken

        Anytime one of you inbred savages get your backs up because of what Robert Spencer says, you know he is right on target. So go hump your goat hadji.

  • jawahargandhi381

    Pope Francis will first challenge Israeli Zionist persecution of Christians and Muslims:

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/senior-catho
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlT3ARuUSGc
    http://library.flawlesslogic.com/spitting.htm

    • Lan Astaslem

      shmomotion the troll is back! sprung from jail?

    • Ghostwriter

      Who the new Pope should challenge is people like you,who want Christians and Jews to be killed simply because they're Christians and Jews.

    • Indus Valley

      Troll alert !!!!!1

    • Drakken

      Don't you have a head banging session to attened too, followed by the goat molesting theater?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Another round of motion sickness???………………………William

  • manny

    ALL PRISE TO JESUS CHRIST, THE LIVING GOD.

    • defcon 4

      Who? I don't remember Yeshua ever referring to himself as G-d.

  • Mary Wells

    Followers of Islam, such as Sheik Faarooq al Mohammedi, will continue to blaspheme and spread hatred until they meet their ultimate fate: all the words of hatred and blasphemy spewing out of their mouths for everyone else will come back on their own heads. Islam, for some strange reason, seems to teach its proponents that they are even above the laws of kharma which the rest of the world recognizes in one form or another. 'Love your neighbour as yourself' is the Christian version, but virtually anyone with half a brain understands 'what goes around comes around.' What Muslims such as this Sheik intend for everyone else, will be their ultimate end. There is no peace with war-mongers like that, only appeasement from cowards, and victory for the courageous to expose their vile hatred and death wishes for everyone else. Victory does not belong to Islam; it belongs to those who receive the fullness of Christ which overcomes Islam, and indeed, has already overcome. All the hatred coming from Islam is the voice of the enemy of God, and the last fading howl of protest from a sore loser.

  • Mary Wells

    The choices of the Pope have about as much bearing on the final outcome as the admonitions of an aging grandfather to the grandson on whom his final days depends. It is only polite to let him believe he has as much power as he thinks he does; only a sign of respect to receive any blessings he might bestow. After that, he needs a power of attorney to help him live out his days in peace while thieves and scavengers knock on the door seeking to exploit his vulnerability. The Kingdom of Heaven is here in spite of the Pope, not because of the Pope. Let him live out his days in peace.

  • Vipassi

    The first (then Palestinian) terror attacks started in the sixties but the big change really occured in 1974 when the OPEC decided oil embargo and unilaterally tripled oil price availing itself of a tool the Muslim Middle-East never had.

    • Vipassi

      not reply but addition to Vipassi post : the key for the West, and the world – also China – to dodging its present and temporary vulnerability to the enterprises of the criminal sect of Islam is to free ourselves of our dependance on oil.

      Or get China, India and Russia to declare oil fields of the Middle East UN property !

      • Drakken

        I would prefer that us in the west take the oil fields instead of them.

      • defcon 4

        I've always read that Russia has more oil in Siberia than the islamofascist Gulf states put together.

  • Smote

    Pope Francis will do nothing. Like Benedict, he'll ride the crap for a few years and then retire. Good work if you can get it. I also wish for a job where I can be a useless figurehead and get rewarded with free medical care and free board and lodgings for the rest of my life. I suppose I don't qualify. Why? Because I don't f**k little kids, or cover up for those that do.

    Catch my drift?

    • kaz

      so start f**king little kids, and you will surely reap the rewards you envy. while you are earning your free board and lodgings, how bout keeping your fingers off the keyboard. you just tell everyone how dishonest you are.
      catch my drift?

  • Western Spirit

    I hoped the Catholic Church would elect a pope who would stand for traditional values and that appears to be the case, it has.

    As a Protestant from a long line of Protestants, with the exception of one Irish ancestor, I believe the Churches doctrines are man made, for the most part, but I also believe the Church, as a part of Christendom, needs to be preserved as a fortress against secularism.

    Since I have a mystic streak I believe there is one faith, one church, one baptism, all on the spiritual level, of course, obviously not on the physical. On the spiritual level where reality is absolute, not rationalized to suit human purposes. And it's there, where the Church teaches sound doctrine, it serves God's purposes.

    I also believe the claim of the Catholic Church that Christ had made Peter the first Pope is a misinterpretation of what Christ meant. Peter had just said that Christ was the messiah and that statement is what Christ was to build his church on, not on Peter himself.

    Anyway congratulation on the election of a new pope and may the Lord bless and keep him in the one true faith, that Christ is the messiah sent by God to reconcile mankind to Himself.

    Where the Spirit of God dwells the gates of hell will not prevail against it and that includes the hell of Islam dictating every aspect of our lives, even which side we sleep on and which foot we use to enter the toilet.

    But this freedom we enjoy presently depends on us keeping the Spirit of God alive in our hearts— because then hell, every aspect of hell including Islam— will not prevail against it.

  • Pedro Erik

    Dear Robert,

    Excellent article. You did not asnwer the question posed by the title, you just put the world before Francis. But, it is a necessary article to be read.

    Allow me to say that I translated part of your article, mentioning you, of course, to my blog that is written to Portuguese readers (http://thyselfolord.blogspot.com.br/2013/03/como-francisco-lidara-com-os-muculmanos.html)

  • kaz

    when the turn the other cheek religion "reaches out" to the cut the hand off religion, the result is predictable.

    • defcon 4

      Don't forget the head chopping! Prophet mandated, prophet recommended!

  • Western Spirit

    I hoped the Catholic Church would elect a pope who would stand for traditional values and that appears to be the case, it has.

  • priyotosh

    islam is a fake.i believe in jesus christ .pope should help the people all over the world .he should make mission or should take all the christain for the islamic world. and give them money,food ,work .so that the people may know the power of pope and christain in world .and their may be no piwer of islam in world.pope should visit all the country and see the people ,it does not matter where catholic or protestant .pope is for all christain.he should make christainty as onewe should have a faith on pope, beco god said "jesus will do in he's own timme not in our".pope should help ,do many things for betterment of christain.

  • Franc

    For the Pope istallation,so many people,kings,leaders and presidents are cominy to Rome that for security reasons the italian police closed all the area around the Vatican!
    Franc http://www.protourism.biz

  • Michael

    The new Pope Francis said something on March 20, 2013 that I see as problematic:

    "I greet and thank cordially all of you, dear friends belonging to other religious traditions; firstly the Muslims, who worship the one living and merciful God, and call upon Him in prayer."

  • Jignesh Patel

    Hindu will soon take over the Vatican and world. We will destroy the christainty and teach you a lesson western dog Hindu alone is the true god