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August 1, 2016 9:39 pm

Pope Francis Says Wrong to Identify Islam With Violence

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Pope Francis said he will not associate the religion of Islam with terrorism. Photo: Casa Rosada via Wikimedia Commons.

Pope Francis said he will not associate the religion of Islam with terrorism. Photo: Casa Rosada via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Pope Francis on Sunday stressed that he will not associate the religion of Islam with terrorism.

“It’s not right to identify Islam with violence. It’s not right and it’s not true,” Pope Francis said to reporters at a press conference aboard the papal plane as he returned home from his first visit to Poland last week.

Pope Francis replied to a question on why he did not link the term Islamic terrorism with last week’s terror attack in a Catholic church in Normandy, France, in which a priest was murdered by two suspects in the name of the Islamic State terror group.

“Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and to the extent the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person,” he said. “This is fundamental terrorism, it is against all humanity.”

Pope Francis also said that there are small fundamentalist groups in most religions, including Catholicism, and that not all Muslims are violent just like not all Catholics are violent.

“I don’t like to talk of Islamic violence because every day, when I go through the newspapers, I see violence, this man who kills his girlfriend, another who kills his mother-in-law,” Francis said, in apparent reference to crime news in the predominantly Catholic country of Italy. “And these are baptized Catholics,” Pope Francis said.

“If I speak of Islamic violence, I should speak of Catholic violence.”

He also said that the Islamic State is one of those fundamentalist groups that do not represent Islam, adding that the imams he has spoken to want peace.

“Of course there are extremists in all religions and in secular movements as well, and we must not generalize about people’s religions,” said Rabbi David Rosen, the international director of Interreligious Affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC), who joined Pope Francis on his visit to Auschwitz last Friday along with other Jewish leaders.

Yet Rosen also said “it is a bit disingenuous not to acknowledge that much of contemporary terrorism is perpetrated in the name of Islam.”

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  • The pope is dreaming or just a plain blind man

  • Jonah

    Pope Francisc mother must have had the zika virus because his opinions are going from just stupid to maddening to it has to be brain damage. I know he is very concerned about Islams plan to burn Rome and blow up his living quarters along with beheading all the Catholics and priests but that is no reason for him joining the fray becoming a turn coat and assisting the Islamic process for the subrobation of the world to Islam…the caliphte.., unless he really is the false prophet spoken of in Danial and Revelation. All the Christians believe he is and we all believe Obama is the antichrist but what do we know we’re just Christians waiving our bibles and tooting our horn.

  • Yaakov

    If one does not acknowledge the source of violence, then one will not be able to take the proper steps to prevent it.

  • Thom McCann

    Is he saying this to protect the Christians being murdered in Arab lands?

    True, while most Muslims are not terrorists, worldwide, all terrorists have been Muslims.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali pointed out that 70% of the global violence in the world is committed by Muslims.

    Her new book “Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now” had enough with Jon Stewart excusing Muslims and said so bluntly,

    ”We will be better off when a majority of Muslims [and supporters] value life more than they value death”

    Why does Obama never malign Muslims–even radical Muslims?

    Obama cold-heartedly—even anti-Semitically—diminishd the murder of Jews in a Paris kosher grocery by an Islamic radical with ties to ISIS as an instance where “zealots . . randomly shoot a bunch of folks”

    Wonder what Obama would say or do if those “bunch of folks” were Muslims instead of Jews?

    Muslim terrorists are murdering people all over the world—including other Muslims.

    Call them by their name.

    And eliminate the “Muslim terrorists.”