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Jesuit Scholar: Seeking to Defend Islam at All Costs Is Betraying the Truth (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Old_Ponter @, 3000 miles north of north pole, Saturday, June 17, 2017, 22:45

http://m.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/jesuit-scholar-seeking-to-defend-islam-at-all-costs-is-betraying-the-truth#.WUXzHNyQyM_


In an interview with the Register, Egyptian Greek Melkite Jesuit Father Henri Boulad explains why he believes Islamist terrorists are applying what their religion teaches them, and why the Church fails to address this because she has fallen prey to a leftist ideology that is destroying the West.

The Church should not defend Islam “at all costs” and seek to “exonerate it from the horrors committed every day in its name” or else “one ends up betraying the truth,” a leading Jesuit scholar of Islam has asserted.

Greek Melkite Jesuit Father Henri Boulad believes that when it comes to dealing with Islam, the Catholic Church has succumbed to a “liberal left ideology which is destroying the West” based on the pretext of “openness, tolerance and Christian charity.

In a June 10 interview with the Register, Father Boulad reveals that he shared these sentiments with Pope Francis in a letter he wrote to him last August, telling him that many think the Pope’s own views on Islam are “aligned with this ideology, and that, from complacency, you go from concessions to concessions, and compromises in compromises, at the expense of the truth.”

“Christians,” he wrote, “are expecting something from you other than vague and harmless declarations that may obscure reality.”

Some said the Pope took a diplomatic yet slightly firmer line on Islam when he gave an address to Al Azhar university in Cairo at the end of April.

Father Boulad, 85, an Egyptian and a relative of the Jesuit scholar of Islam, Father Samir Khalil Samir, also discusses in this interview why he believes Islamists are merely carrying out what their religion teaches, whether Islam is capable of reform, and how, despite its problems, the religion can help the Church in acting as a bulwark against secularist ideology.

Father Boulad, what evidence is there to show that Islam is inherently violent?

Here are clear statements of the Koran itself:

"Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them." Koran 2:191

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"Make war on the infidels living in your neighbourhood." Koran 9:123
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"When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them." Koran 9:5
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"Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable." Koran 3:85
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"The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them."... Koran 9:30
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"Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam" Koran 5:33
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"Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies." Koran 22:19

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"The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them." Koran 8:65

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"Muslims must not take the infidels as friends." Koran 3:28
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"Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur'an." Koran 8:12

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"Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels." Koran 8:60

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