In a December 3rd article, Father Ronald Rolheiser prods us to think about “Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters.” He begins by decrying the fact that the recent upsurge in violence by Muslims worldwide has resulted in “huge numbers of people… becoming paranoid about, and even openly hostile towards, the Islam religion, seeing all Muslims as a threat.” He never mentions the victims of all this violence. He then makes the descent into the utterly ridiculous with the first sentence of his second paragraph: “Popular opinion more and more blames the Muslim religion itself for that violence, suggesting that there is something inherent in Islam itself that’s responsible for this kind of violence.”
OF COURSE there is something inherent in Islam itself that’s responsible for this kind of violence…it’s the ‘holy’ texts that are the underpinnings of Islam! Father Ron Rolheiser claims on his website to be a “Doctor of Sacred Theology.” He is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Canadian Theological Society. Has he ever actually read the Quran or the hadiths? I don’t believe he has. If he had, he would have not been able to write the tripe he pens in this article. There are hundreds of examples in the Quran of exhortations to general (NOT contextual or time-constrained) violence against non-believers. Here’s just a few Robert Spencer has collected in his excellent post on the same topic. Either this priest…this Doctor of Sacred Theology…has not read the Quran; or else he is whitewashing, telling us a lie, writing something he knows to be untrue. I would rather believe a priest to be ignorant than a liar.
He goes on to tell us that the idea that Islam is inherently violent “needs to be challenged, both in the name of truth and in the name of what’s best in us as Christians.” Again, underscoring the obviousness of either his ignorance or his lie. He continues with what are becoming some tired old clichés at this point…the same old nonsense about how most victims of Muslims are Muslims, and we can’t paint everyone with such a broad brush, blah, blah, blah. He can’t come up with any true ethical or moral justification for what he is saying, so he doubles down on his ignorant rubbish once more: “But the Muslim religion is not to blame here. There is nothing inherent in either the Koran or in Islam itself that morally or religiously undergirds this kind of violence.” I cannot understand this level of either willful blindness or sickening hypocrisy. No actual defender of what is right would pen nonsense like this…and yet Fr. Rolheiser continues blithely onward:
“The word “Islam/Muslim” has its origins in the word “peace,” and that connotation, along with the concept of “surrender to God,” constitutes the essence of what it means to be a Muslim. And for more than 90 percent of Muslims in the world, that is exactly what it means to be a Muslim, namely, to be a man or woman of peace who has surrendered to God and who now tries to live a life that is centered on faith, prayer, responsibility and hospitality.”
This statement proves that Father Rolheiser understands Islam on only the most rudimentary of levels. He does not understand that, for a Muslim, there will never be true “peace” until everyone on earth has “submitted” to Allah. He does not understand that part of the Islamic faith is the concept that it is the responsibility of ALL Muslims to spread Islam. He has never read the parts of the Quran that contradict the most basic tenets of Christianity, such as the belief that Jesus was NOT the Son of God, but only a messenger among many others; that the trinity is a false concept; that Jesus was never crucified, and never resurrected from the dead. He has never read the many parts of the Quran which recommend that the Muslim never befriend or trust Christians or Jews. He is not aware that Islam and Christianity do NOT share the same God, OR the same heaven…according to the Quran. He hasn’t seen the parts of the Quran that lovingly detail all the sickening tortures that will happen to unbelievers in hell…including Christians. He does not realize that the prayer Muslims pray every day contains an invocation that condemns Jews and Christians. He doesn’t grasp that the only way to save innocent Muslims is to free them from the ideological strait-jacket of Islam. People who are Muslim are not our enemy. The ideology of Islam with which they have been brainwashed is the root of the problem. We desperately need some truth and clarity regarding this issue!
When Jesus called you sheep, Christians, he didn’t want you to take him literally. There are times when people like Fr. Rolheiser will appear among you, and out of either well-meaning ignorance or dastardly hypocrisy, try to quell the tide of truth that is beginning to inexorably rise worldwide. The mindless PC nonsense of Ron Rolheiser and his ilk will continue. But more Christians are starting to stand and realize that the truth of Islam is that it is not representative of anything resembling a real God, and, indeed, stands against the fundamental tenets of Christianity. Matthew 24:11 says: “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Mohammed was one of those prophets spoken of here. Father Ron Rolheiser is another. Do not be deceived! Condemn these ignorant false ones, and stand for what you know is truly right! Christians are being driven out, persecuted, raped, murdered, jailed, tortured, all over the globe by followers of the religion he nauseatingly insists is ‘peaceful’…and all Father Rolheiser seems concerned about is the image of Islam. Doesn’t this feel wrong to you?