“For 20 years, I have tried to build bridges between Islam and Christianity and to dispel ignorance and misunderstanding. We have now reached a crisis where the bridges are rapidly being deliberately destroyed by those with a vested interest in doing so, and this is achieved through intimidation, false accusation and organized persecution, including to Christian communities in the Middle East at the present time,” said the Prince.
Cranmer While the Government’s Minister for Faith and Communities Baroness Warsi insists that the persecution and eradication of Christians in the Middle East has absolutely nothing to do with Islam, the Prince of Wales has exposed the lie.
Although the Baroness asserts quite vehemently that such persecution is “mostly the work of extremists who do not follow any faith”, Prince Charles tells it like it is. Certainly, the Islamist may not be the Baroness’s preferred sort of Muslim expressing her preferred interpretation of Islam, but the Prince of Wales does not sweep the matter under the carpet, as the Baroness prefers to do, by seeking to divorce the systematic ‘cleansing’ of Christians in the Middle East from the virulent strain of Islamic theology which inspires and feeds it.
Prince Charles is clearly aware – while the Baroness apparently is not – that there is a vastly influential school of thought within Islam which believes that the only truly devout Muslim is a fundamentalist one. This particular strain – the Wahhabi-Salafist school which is spreading like a plague through Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Egypt, infecting many hundreds of thousands, if not millions of the Baroness’s co-religionists (“who do not follow any faith”) – believes ‘jihad’ to be a struggle for the glory of Allah to the death against the apostate, blasphemer and non-believer – the kuffar – who are lower than pigs but not quite as low as the Jews.
“Since Muslims can generally live in dignity in Christian-majority countries, they must stand for the dignity of Christians in Muslim-majority countries. Everywhere else in the Middle East Christians are wondering what the rise of these movements, and of politicized Islam in general, means for their future,” the Prince added.
Prince Charles presents Baroness Warsi with an unpalatable truth: ‘Political Islam’ is an undoubted expression of Islam, not an ideology of those “who do not follow any faith”.
I wonder if he’s changed his mind about this?