The Defiance of the Dhimmis

The Defiance of the Dhimmis
Vol: 78 Issue: 24 Monday, March 24, 2008

For what it is worth, I have to admit that Pope Benedict’s mitre seems to be a tad larger than those of previous pontiffs.

As part of his Easter service, the Pope took time to preside over the official conversion of a prominent Italian Muslim to Catholicism, pouring holy water over Magdi Allam’s head to baptize him into the Catholic Church.

The Union of Islamic Communities in Italy — which Allam has frequently criticized as having links to Hamas — was surprisingly uncritical, saying the baptism was his own decision.

“He is an adult, free to make his personal choice,” the Apcom news agency quoted the group’s spokesman, Issedin El Zir, as saying.

For his part, Allam said he never really was a Muslim in the spiritual sense: “I was never practicing,” he told reporters. “I never prayed five times a day, facing Mecca. I never fasted during Ramadan.”

He did admit to making the haj to Mecca in 1991 with his deeply religious mother, but said he did it for her, rather than for himself.

Allam credited his decision to convert to Catholicism to the fact he was under an Islamic death sentence.

The deputy editor of the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Allam, 55, told the Il Giornale newspaper in a December interview that his criticism of Palestinian suicide bombing generated threats on his life in 2003, prompting the Italian government to provide him with a sizable security detail.His recent book, “Viva Israel” (“Long Live Israel”) was a product of his disgust with Islamic militancy.

“Having been condemned to death, I have reflected a long time on the value of life. And I discovered that behind the origin of the ideology of hatred, violence and death is the discrimination against Israel. Everyone has the right to exist except for the Jewish state and its inhabitants,” he said.

“Today, Israel is the paradigm of the right to life.”

Assessment:

As noted earlier, there wasn’t much of an outcry from the Muslim community at Allam’s conversion. Even Egypt’s highest Islamic cleric, the Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa opposed taking retaliatory action against Allam, saying whatever punishment Allam is due for his apostasy would be administered in the afterlife.

There were the usual threats from the usual suspects within the ranks of the jihadis, but for the most part, the loudest expressions of horror came, not from the Islamic world, but from the Western media.

Canada’s National Post lamented the conversion ceremony, saying, “Most observers recognized that something had been lost as well as gained in the spiritual transition of Magdi Allam, deputy editor of Italy’s top newspaper, the Corriere della Sera. As a Catholic . . . whatever moral weight his words may have carried with Muslims before may now be lost.”

However, since there wasn’t much of a current hue and cry about Allam, the Post had to dredge up the case of Salman Rushdie to demonstrate how Muslims are supposed to react to apostates.

“Allam is in danger of having the same rules applied to him,” the Post suggested helpfully, since it was obviously concerned that the Muslim world was missing the opportunity to rise up in righteous anger.

“He understands the risk he is taking. His conversion must be regarded as sincere: he took the new name “Cristiano” along with his first sacraments, and in an open letter to his boss, printed in the Corriere on Sunday, he spoke of “the miracle of the Resurrection of Christ” and of having found “the true and only God, the God of Faith and Reason”.”

“There, Muslims! Take that! Are you angry, yet? (Photographers are standing by!)”

The London Times warned that the move would revive memories of “the fury that greeted Pope Benedict s speech at Regensburg University in 2006 in which he appeared to brand Islam as inherently violent by quoting a Byzantine emperor.”

In case the Islamic world didn’t understand what an insult had been handed them by the Pope, the Times’ quoted some of Allam’s most incendiary statements, including one in which he explained;

“I had to do this. Beyond extremists and Islamist terrorism at the global level, the root of evil is inherent in a physiologically violent and historically conflictual Islam.

Osama bin Laden got the message, even if the rest of the Muslim world did not. He had previously accused the Pope of launching a ‘new Crusade’ against Islam and called on the Muslim faithful to ‘rise up’ against Israeli and American targets in ‘retaliation’ — although the Pope is neither Jewish nor American.

But the ones who were most aghast at the Pope’s audacity weren’t the Muslims, but Western latte liberals and the media elite who, truth to tell, are just as anxious to see the eventual clash between civilizations as Osama is.

To them, Western Christianity is no less an evil than Wahabbi Islam, and the sooner the two sides wipe each other out, the better. Once the smoke clears, they apparently believe that they will be the only ones left standing to pick up the pieces.

So if there is going to be a religious war, then we’d better get on with it and get it out of the way.

It is bizarre. The global press is angry at the Pope for converting a Muslim to Catholicism, anticipating a violent Islamic backlash.

This particular conversion took place at the Vatican, in Rome. The Vatican is an independent city-state populated entirely by officials of the Roman Catholic Church.

None of the reports I read failed to quote Yaha Sergio Yahe Pallavicini, vice-president of the Italian Islamic Religious Community.

“What amazes me is the high profile the Vatican has given this conversion. Why could he have not done this in his local parish?”, he asked to widespread agreement. All agree a secret conversion would have been best.

If Catholics can’t perform a conversion ceremony inside their own Catholic country without fearing an Islamic backlash, then the dhimmitude of the Western media is complete.

All that remains is for the rest of us to catch up — and they are working on it.

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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