Friday night, Pope Francis defended the Muslim faith and firmly denied its relation with terrorism. In the controversial speech, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism. He said “no people is criminal and no religion is terrorist. Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist.”
His denial of Islamic terrorism contradicts with data that suggests at least 50 million Muslims support violence, and the dramatic increase of Islamic attacks that have recently taken place in Europe.
Francis went on to make the assertion that terrorism derives from economic failure, not dangerous religious beliefs. “The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and will eventually explode,” he said.
He is making the same argument used by the left where they blame group failings on income inequality and wealth distribution.
The Pope then asserted that radicalism hasn’t occupied religion, noting it’s a hasty generalization to suggest that one religion is better than the other.
“There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions—and with intolerant generalizations, they become stronger because they feed on hate and xenophobia,” he said.
Francis denied that the speech is a subtle jab at President Trump, he said he was not “speaking of anyone in particular,” but of a “social and political process that flourishes in many parts of the world and poses a grave danger to humanity.”
The Pope is one of the most vocal anti-Trump critics, so it comes as no surprise he would defend Islam, despite Trump’s plan to put a stop to Islamic terrorism.