By Robert Spencer

Islam...Is it a faith of peace?...Are Muslims a simple best friend within the struggle opposed to worldwide secularization and the tradition of death?...Are their ideals rather so various than our personal? long island instances best-selling writer, Robert Spencer, of greater than a dozen books facing Islam and the West, warns Christians opposed to the chance of pondering that Islam is a straightforward best friend and shines the sunshine of fact on components the place Christians and Muslims don t simply quibble over small information yet essentially disagree. Many Christian teams, together with the Catholic Church, do realize no matter what is sweet and actual in Islam, and their leaders rightly pursue peaceable accord and customary floor with all religions. Spencer argues, even if, that genuine peace can come simply from fact. the place there's falsehood in Islamic doctrine, morals, and perform, papering over the reality truly hurts the reason for peace. He demonstrates how those changes should not educational yet real-world. they're severe and force Muslim habit towards Christians and others. If we fail to open our eyes to those changes, we achieve this at our peril.

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Nonetheless, the most important element to recollect this is now not that Catholics are not able to pursue or maintain significant ethical alliances with Muslims just because Islam permits lousy issues that Catholicism doesn't. relatively, Islam’s popularity of these items unearths essentially lost ideas approximately intercourse, marriage, and ladies such that any alliance in accordance with putatively shared values will founder at the ineluctable undeniable fact that those values are usually not truly shared in any respect. eight a decent wish for discussion? within the identify of interreligious discussion, it’s no longer unusual for Muslim spokesmen to go to Christian church buildings, together with Catholic parishes, with the said objective of clearing up “misconceptions” approximately Islam. Such classes usually contain the Muslim speaker’s downplaying the truth of jihad job and Muslim persecution of Christians, and delivering his Christian viewers bland assurances that such issues don't have anything to do with genuine Islam. On a bigger scale, Muslims have engaged in different high-profile makes an attempt at discussion with Catholics in recent times, to which Catholics have often replied with enthusiasm. but, there's much less to those makes an attempt at outreach than meets the attention. the 2 so much noticeable and well-publicized makes an attempt through Muslims to arrive out to Catholics end up, on shut exam, to be thinly veiled workouts in proselytizing. All of those makes an attempt at “dialogue” percentage a number of universal features, together with such a lot significantly a downplaying and glossing-over of the variations among Christianity and Islam, an over-emphasis at the similarities among the 2 religions, and a choice to Christians to desert or regulate definite in their center ideals, whereas by no means budging an inch on Islamic doctrines. those invites to discussion have been either released within the wake of 1 of the main unlucky episodes of contemporary Catholic-Muslim relatives: the violent aftermath of Pope Benedict XVI's Regensburg handle. “Things simply evil and inhuman” On September 12, 2006, in Regensburg, Germany, Pope Benedict XVI dared to enunciate a few truths approximately Islam that proved to be unpopular and unwelcome between Muslims around the globe. so much notoriously, the Pope quoted the fourteenth-century Byzantine emperor, Manuel II Paleologus: “Show me simply what Muhammad introduced that was once new, and there you can find issues purely evil and inhuman, corresponding to his command to unfold by way of the sword the religion he preached. ” much less often famous is that the pope this via recounting that Manuel II then is going directly to clarify intimately the explanations why spreading the religion via violence is whatever unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the character of God and the character of the soul. “God,” he says, “is no longer happy via blood—and now not performing kind of is opposite to God’s nature. religion is born of the soul, now not the physique. Whoever could lead an individual to religion wishes the power to talk good and to cause competently, with out violence and threats. . . . To persuade an inexpensive soul, one doesn't want a robust arm, or guns of any type, or the other technique of threatening anyone with demise.

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