Saturday, November 29, 2014
Pope Francis Gets it Wrong
As Pope Francis I continues his visit to Turkey, there are questions as to just how strongly he is voicing his concerns about Muslim persecution of Christians. Prior to leaving he made a statement on the subjecct. Yet it seems that his words are limited to what ISIS is doing in Iraq and Syria. Now he is using that discredited line that poverty is behind Islamic extremism and is calling for more interfaith dialogue-an exercise that has proven to be more counter productive in that it usually leads to non-Muslims being lied to.
And now as Francis is in Turkey reflecting, there is a report that the Syrian border town of Kobani is now being besieged from the Turkish side of the border as well.
I am still waiting to hear if the Pontiff will address the rising anti-Semitism in Turkey especially coming from Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ministers. As it is, my own gut feeling is that he could have made a more powerful statement by cancelling this trip.