Pope says it is wrong to equate Islam with violence

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype.

Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that he understood why Muslims were offended by many in the West who automatically equated their religion with terrorism.

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Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, caused storms of protest throughout the Islamic world in 2006, when he made a speech that suggested to many Muslims that he believed Islam espoused violence.

Benedict said he had been misunderstood and apologized. But this year, the image of a violent religion has once more been promoted by Islamic State, who have seized swathes of Syria and Iraq, slaughtering or driving out Shi’ite Muslims, Christians and others who do not share their radical brand of Sunni Islam.

The Argentine pope, who has been trying to foster cooperation with moderate Islam in order to work for peace and protect Christians in the Middle East, said it was wrong for anyone to react to terrorism by being “enraged” against Islam.

“You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups,” he said.

“They (Muslims) say: ‘No, we are not this, the Koran is a book of peace, it is a prophetic book of peace’…”

The Pope caves in — perhaps in the vain hope that it will help the Christians of the Middle East. Or maybe he even believes it. Who knows?

More coverage: The Daily Mail.

  • Well that proves it, the Pope is not infallible.

    • winniec

      It’s wishful thinking and guessing on his part. Not responsible enough for a world leader.

      • Exile1981

        He’s from south america and also supports open borders so his kinsmen can flee the hell hole they made of their nations and invade north america.

    • Frances

      He wasn’t speaking ‘ex cathedra’, just speaking wishfully.

    • simus1

      “Be a mysterious popehead” would have been the advice of many PR firms.

      Playing an idiot of good will among the savages is a much tougher gig, as the saints have repeatedly shown.

  • BillyHW

    Dumbest pope ever.

    • ellake

      well, there are other christian or jewish denomination who have dumber leaders. There is *church of england * or the jewish ultraortodox denominations with leaders who say that jews should not fight for Israel living as they do in Israel and getting the money from that state.. And there are many, many political leaders who are as dumb or dumber,

  • Martin B

    When the world really needs a Crusader Pope, we get a dhimmi Pope instead.

    • hktony

      latin people are asses in general always looking for the socialist line. This piece of shit should go and live with the muslims and see how peaceful they are. Pope needs good shagging by one of his gay priests!

  • winniec

    The pope knows almost nothing about Islam and he displays this each time he speaks about Islam. Why does he not ask his clergy. Many are Islam experts. The pope is regurgitating Saudi DISINFORMATION. Islam is not ‘peace’, but ‘submission’. Threats of violence leads to ‘submission’.
    While all Muslim do not participate in jihadic violence, every Muslim, educated in
    the Koran, is educated in violence. Every Muslim who says his prayers faithfully
    asks Allah for victory over Jews and Christians 17 times a day.

    Statistically, there is more violent text in the Koran than
    in any other religious text. The main
    ‘argument’ of the Koran is that Kafirs commit a crime by disbelieving in
    Mohammed, so they should be treated violently Islam. Thus Islam is
    intrinsically violent.

    The verse of the sword (9:5) is said to abrogate about 100
    ‘peaceful’ verses from the early 2/3 of the Koran. “Fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye
    find them: seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every
    stratagem (of war).”

    The entire religion of Islam prepares a Muslim for violence.
    The yearly animal sacrifices teaches children to become desensitized to
    throat-cutting. Women and girls are beaten. Muslims who visit Mecca must throw
    stones at a stone pillar a preparation to throw them at people. This act further teaches them that violence is
    a religious duty.

    The example of Mohammed is the core of Islam. The story has
    been documented in detail by his biographers: surprise raids on trade caravans and tribal
    settlements, the use of plunder so obtained for recruiting an ever growing army
    of greedy desperados, assassinations of opponents, blackmail, extortion,
    torture, expulsion and massacre of the Jews of Medina, attacks upon and enslavement
    of the Jews of Khaybar, rape of women and children, sale of these victims after
    rape, trickery, treachery and bribery employed to their fullest extent, to grow
    the numbers of his religion Islam which ironically is supposed to mean “peace”!
    He organized no less than 86 expeditions, 26 of which he led himself…a violent
    act every 6 weeks in the last 9 years of his life. Mohammed was murdered by his

    The sacred nature of violence Islam is also ascertained in
    the hadiths: “Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi Aufa: Allah’s Apostle said, “Know
    that Paradise is under the shades of swords.” Bukhari Vol. 4, Book 52, Num. 73.

    Paradise is guaranteed by deeds of vicious violence!

    Pope Francis is wrong.

    Islam brings a knife to the throat of all that is non-Muslim.

  • dagawker

    Fuck the pope!

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    As it’s just as wrong to equate this Pope with Catholicism.

    • Pete_Brewster

      Or rather the Church of Rome with Christianity.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Hi Pete!
        Why don’t you consider Catholics as Christian?

        They seem to check all of the boxes.
        Divinity of Jesus, check!
        Resurrection, check!
        Generally following the teachings of Jesus, check!

        What should they be doing differently?

        • ellake

          according to some they should convert to some form of Protestant or Orthodox denomination,

          **** Pete Brewster also did not know that pope and ortodox patrtiarch Bartholomew had talks in Turkey and issued a statment together.
          The terrible situation of Christians and all those who are suffering in the Middle East calls not only for our constant prayer but also for an appropriate response on the part of the international community,” they wrote.

  • dingo ate my baby

    this guy is a complete and total fuckwit!
    he is now nothing more than a dhimmi

  • Norman_In_New_York

    There is no fool like an old papal fool.

    • ellake

      The terrible situation of Christians and all those who are suffering in
      the Middle East calls not only for our constant prayer but also for an
      appropriate response on the part of the international community,” pope and ortodox patriarch Bartolomew wrote

      you mean THIS is also foolish?

  • pontifex

    Not to mention.. Egyptian Islamic doctors make more medical errors in Saudi land.

    Look into my eye.. 123 you’re under

    say Islam is a religion of peace…

    clicks fingers. You’re back’

  • Xavier

    He’ll still be saying that as Vatican City falls to the Caliphate.

    • Pete_Brewster

      As long as he gets to keep his money he’ll greet them with open arms.

      • ellake

        I don’t know what denomination, if any, are you, but the same could be said of many protestant denominations as well as about Russian Ortodox Church who are getting money from Putin who is now in Turkey with talks with Erdogan.
        The same Erdogan who allows fighters for Islamic State to go through Turkey, who discriminates against Christians (to put it mildly) and who dreams of Turkish Islamic Empire

  • Xanthippa Socrates

    Here is a ‘coexist’ sign for you:


  • Pontifex Maximus

    The entire novus ordo “church” is an abomination; it deserves to be dissolved at once!

  • Pontifex Maximus

    Antipope “crazy eyes” must be removed manu militari from Saint Peter’s throne at once! He is such a disgrace and a completely conceited ignoramus that I am amazed that the Swiss Guards have not yet deposed him!