Catholic Apologetics

ISIS has come to America.  They’ve been here for awhile, just as anyone with common sense has long suspected, and several days ago perpetrated a monstrous act of evil, murdering more than a dozen in California.  Our ever-opportunistic president used the crisis to once again blame inanimate objects, also refusing to believe for as long humanly possible that this was an act of Islamic terrorism (that very phrase retaining his anathema despite its complete & succinct accuracy).

 

Nor, of course, is Mr. Obama alone in refusing to recognize the very real and very substantial link between Islam and terror.  The nation’s top prosecutor made a point of stating, one day after the horrific event, that she worries more about prejudice against Muslims (which she threatens to prosecute) than Muslim terror.  The ultra-liberal senators from California expressed confusion about the cause of the murders and also, on cue, blamed the weapons used, insinuating that even more gun laws in their state would prevent further acts of Islamic terror – or “workplace violence”, as they preferred to see it.

 

To understand how these people can be so blind to the evils of Islam one need only be aware of the roots of their belief system.  Abject secularists and professing Christians under the sway of modernism share the same root beliefs about religion:

 

  • ·      Absolute truth either does not exist or is not accessible to us
  • ·      Man creates religion in a search for God; God does not and has not revealed a true religion

 

Indeed, these dogmas are ingrained exactly as such in them, consciously or not, and they react with the hostility of one whose personal dogma has been denied when faced with even an implicit challenge to this bedrock of their worldview.

 

Following immediately from these beliefs is that, more or less at least, all religions are of equal worth.  After all, what kind of backwoods bigot would one have to be to assert that the religion the people of Israel invented, which was then – thoroughly sullying it – adopted by white Europeans is somehow better than any other?  Especially ones long associated with people of color (never mind that true Christianity has always been completely colorblind)?  Even when the reverse-racism is not present to the extent that it is in present-day Western liberal culture the rough equivalence of all religions remains a direct consequence of this mindset.  And if religions are basically all the same, and man is basically good, then all religions are “basically” good (whatever that means).  Thus, “true Muslims” reject terror – that’s a theoretical deduction for them.  Such is the mantra, and those parroting it are generally quite disinterested in how true it really is.

 

Liberals simply don’t know how to deal with the inherent evil of Islam and thus persist in fantasy about it.  Not even repeated mass murder shakes their convictions in the falsehoods their worldview is built on.  And if that will not, it is no wonder they will not examine or properly consider the evidence directly in front of their eyes: The religious texts and the history of Islam.

 

It doesn’t take much research to uncover the fact that the Quran not only encourages but commands violence against all who oppose it.  Here is a small sampling, taken from the online Quran itself; emphasis is mine in each case and the parenthetical parts are from the original:

 

Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.”[1]

 

“[Remember] when your Lord inspired to the angels, "I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.”[2]

 

“And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”[3]

 

(“Polytheist” is a Muslim anti-Christian slur – they consider the doctrine of the Holy Trinity to be akin to polytheism, it being not nearly simple enough for superficial, effortless understanding.  So, the Quran literally orders Muslims to kill Christians completely indiscriminately.)

 

“Not equal are those believers remaining [at home] - other than the disabled - and the mujahideen, [who strive and fight] in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred the mujahideen through their wealth and their lives over those who remain [behind], by degrees. And to both Allah has promised the best [reward]. But Allah has preferred the mujahideen over those who remain [behind] with a great reward.”[4]

 

“So let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. And he who fights in the cause of Allah and is killed or achieves victory - We will bestow upon him a great reward.”[5]

 

Full context of the passages makes it even more apparent that Muhammad (the book’s and religion’s sole author) commands Muslims to kill unbelievers to spread the faith.  Not only is jihad – which most certainly refers to an armed “struggle” against all non-Muslims - commanded, it is lauded as the highest calling for the faithful, who are promised great sensual rewards for the blood they spill.

 

We might also note that the Quran reads like it was written by an insane/demonic pedophile – probably because that is the case.[6]  Islam is the product of one man, a man that one former Muslim describes as, “a narcissist, a misogynist, a rapist, a pedophile, a lecher, a torturer, a mass murderer, a cult leader, an assassin, a terrorist, a mad man and a looter.”[7]  The man’s misogyny lives on in the barbaric practices of mutilation of girls and women that is prevalent in Muslim cultures.[8]

 

Despite the hopeful fantasies of the secularists, there is nothing anywhere close to analogous to this putrid barbarism in the true faith - in its Scriptures or elsewhere.

 

Where is the Catholic voice today in condemning Islam?  Regarding the Vicar of Christ, the greatest voice of moral and religious authority on Earth, there is not just silence, but praise.  Speaking just days before the massacre in California, after stunningly deriding belief in “absolute truth” – something quite obviously required of every Catholic – as “fundamentalist” and “evil”, the supreme pontiff complimented what one of his predecessors called “the abominable sect of Mahomet”[9], stating that, “Muslims have many constructive values… [The Muslim’s] values are mine. He prays. I pray [emphasis mine].”[10]  Francis does not pray for the conversation of these poor souls to the one, true faith as did his predecessors (any one who’d ever spoken about this false religion before Vatican II, that is).

 

The quote above demonstrates also one of the root errors of false ecumenism, which is indeed a most pervasive modern error in general: conflating the objective and the subjective.  Whether or not individual Muslims have “constructive values” is absolutely unrelated to whether or not Islam itself is good, much less free from error as is the true religion. 

 

And now we come to Vatican II.  It was the council, of course, where it all began: that enigma of a “pastoral” council that offered neither doctrine nor condemnation, unlike all before it.  Papa Jorge is a product of the council, but, just as much if not more so, the council is a product of him and the “Cult of Man” he represents, which Pope Paul VI proudly proclaimed had at last been welcomed into the Church.

 

The council extols “elements of truth” that may exist in false religions.  Indeed, they may; the council is silent on the elements of error that of necessity exist in any but the true religion, which the Church officially still claims to be.   A religion is either true or false in the complete sense; only one can be true; and any that contains any error whatsoever is false.  That is what Scripture, Tradition, the saints and popes through the millennia say; that is what the Church teaches.

 

In order to embrace the false conciliar ecumenism , one must be at least a practical relativist: one must believe either that absolute truth does not exist or that it isn’t knowable.  Since the Catholic faith teaches the precise opposite, this false ecumenism is first and foremost illogical – that is, unless its adherents don’t actually believe the Catholic Faith at all…

 

Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism is correct when it states that “elements of truth” exist in [false] religions.  It is undoubtedly at least sometimes those element in Islam – that there is a God, that one must do His will, that the world will pass away – that attracts its adherents, dismayed by an increasingly materialistic, hedonistic, soulless world.  Such is the cleverness of the father of lies, who offers these souls some distorted shadow of the truth.  However, clinging to these truths will not save them from the consequences of the sins their creed leads them to commit[11], nor do these “elements of truth” save their “infidel” victims – secularist, modernist, or Catholic – from their bombs and bullets.

 

Muslims believe that infidels (all non-Muslims) will ultimately lack the will to fight because they fear death, since they have no afterlife (that planet of virgins).  They also make no distinction whatever between combatants and civilians; an infidel is an infidel.  Being “nice” to them via dialogue and fraternal celebration will not result in the slightest deterrence from their goal.  They aim to conquer the West through an extended process of infiltration and attrition, a strategy that has worked for them in the past.  The stubborn refusal of Western politicians to see Islam for what it is will doubtless lead to much more loss of innocent blood.  What is even more tragic is that churchmen at Her highest levels now march under the very same banner of liberty and fraternity (ecumenism), causing this stubborn blindness that refuses to effectively engage ISIS and other aspects of Islamic terrorism.  We are bound to see things get much worse before they get better.  Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

 

 


[1] http://quran.com/9/29

[2] http://quran.com/8/12

[3] http://quran.com/9/5

[4] http://quran.com/4/95-96

[5] http://quran.com/4/74

[6] But at least he had sexual interest in non-children as well: http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2013/10/was-muhammad-pedophile.html

[7] http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/89289/time-unmask-muhammad-geert-wilders

[8] Caution: highly graphic, disturbing content: http://gulagbound.com/22388/islam-and-sexuality-a-presentation-by-ann-barnhardt/

[9] http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Councils/ecum17.htm

[10] http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/francis-world-close-suicide-over-climate-change

[11] Including embracing its heresies without the benefit of invincible ignorance