The Popes against Islam
Up until 30 years ago, the Popes have been the most consistent, most implacable and most effective enemies of Islam in history. The ancient Zoroastrian Persian emperors who had ruled most of the world until the advent of Islam folded under the onslaught of Islamic armies. The Byzantine emperors fought valiantly but failed. The Emperors of the western Holy Roman Empire, particularly the Hapsburg emperors, were consistently anti-Islam and led several successful struggles against Islamic armies—but they too were too often distracted with rivalries with other European powers to play a central role in the defeat of Islamic aggression against Europe. The Mongols battered Islam but they were weak ideologically and spiritually and so were ultimately either converted to Islam and just faded away into the mists of history. The Confucian Emperors of China were consistently anti-Islam but they were less threatened by Islamic armies than the rest of the world so they never had to confront Islam ideologically as did the rest of the world. The Hindu and Buddhist emperors in India have for centuries fought Islam but were too divided to prevent conquest and forced conversions of population in the North of India.
The only enemies Islam has never defeated are the Popes…at least until now.
Papal enmity against Islam began with the birth of Islam. They right at the beginning branded Islam a heresy and that has been the church’s position ever since. Gregory III (731-741) convinced Charles Martel to fight against invading Muslims at Tours (732). Without that victory Islam may have conquered France. Leo IV (847-855) himself fought at the battle of Ostia, saving Italy from Islam. Alexander II (1061-1073) funded the beginning of the reconquest of Spain. Urban II called for the crusade for the Holy Land at Clermont in 1095. Two hundred years of crusades would follow with many conquests by the West in the Holy Land but ultimate defeat due to internal divisions among European powers. There followed, from the 1300s to the 1800s, 500 years of repeated assaults of Islamic armies against Christendom. The climax of Islamic destruction of Christianity came with the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The Popes had worked feverishly to awaken Europe to come to the defense of the Byzantines –all to no avail. Nevertheless, the Popes began again to chalk up victories against Islam. Pius V (1566-1577) organized the resistance at the great naval battle of Lepanto and Innocent XI both funded and organized resistance at the great siege of Vienna (1683) and Innocent XIII did the same for the battle of Malta (1726-24). These 3 battles, Lepanto, Vienna and Malta literally saved Europe from becoming Muslim as the Ottomans finally began to decline militarily and ideologically.
The post Vatican II Popes have attempted to emphasize the good things about Islam (they venerate Mary for example) and to cultivate cordial relations with Islam. I think this is a terrible mistake. We all need to awaken to the mortal threat to Christianity that is Islam
The British people have voted to leave the European Union. Older voters outside of the major metropolitan areas voted overwhelmingly to leave. This victory for the leave vote occurred DESPITE the intense effort by international neoliberal elites to squash it. The vote is a victory for Christendom in my opinion as a major motivator for the leave vote was immigration of Muslims into the EU countries. Neoliberal elites who head the European Union (and exemplified by people like Angela Merkel of Germany) just could not understand why average people all across Europe would reject the importation of huge numbers of Muslims into their countries. I do not think that people who want to restrict immigration from Muslim countries are racist or xenophobic. They simply realize that if you import huge numbers of Muslims you will eventually get varying degrees of sharia law ruling their lives. Under even the most mild or liberal interpretations of sharia law, Christians and Jews are dhimmis or second class citizens in the Islamic polity. Members of yet other religions like Hindus and Buddhists are given even fewer rights under sharia law. It is entirely reasonable that Christians not open their borders to people who will seek to subjugate them.
Now some amount of controlled immigration from Muslim countries I believe is OK, particularly in cases where the Muslims are fleeing wars and chaos the West, itself, had a hand in creating. It would be the height of moral hypocrisy and very non-Christian to militarily shatter a society like the West did in Iraq and then refuse to help the victims of our misdeeds and the cataclysm that followed. But there is a difference between a reasoned response to our past deeds and providing carte blanche to a flood of religious refugees whose holy book tells them to subjugate all peoples unless they convert to Islam.
Back to the EU…Just one or two weeks ago a EU commission on human rights ordered Ireland to relax its anti-abortion laws. It threatened Ireland with huge economic sanctions if it did not allow unrestricted access to abortions within its borders. This is precisely the kind of thing that ordinary people all around Europe find disgusting. The EU was captured by neoliberal leftist social justice warriors bent on destroying what remained of the Christian ethos in Europe. The EU was forcing its member countries to commit cultural suicide by importing huge numbers of peoples who despise Christianity and the West. That kind of insanity needed to end and the Brexit vote is a a first step to ending it.
The title of this post is a quote from one of the victims of the latest Islamist atrocity. A Taliban offshoot targeted woman and children in a park in Lahore Pakistan today killing some 60 woman and children and injuring hundreds of others. There are picture of screaming children covered in blood and gore clutching at the mangled bodies of their dead mothers. All for what? The Taliban spokesman who claimed responsibility said it was to send a message to the world and the Pakistani government… ” that we have entered Lahore”.
I am so disgusted, outraged and sickened by this satanic act that words fail.
What will it take to wake up the West and what is left of Christendom?
“May God shower his wrath upon these attackers.”