[His Eminence's surname gives it away]
Cardinal Turkson apologizes for video, denies anti-Islam bias
CWN – October 17, 2012
Cardinal Peter Turkson has apologized for screening a video about the growth of Islam in Europe for participants at the Synod of Bishops.
The YouTube video, “Muslim Demographics,” which called attention to the rise in Europe’s Muslim population, was criticized by some Synod fathers as an attack on Islam. A Vatican Radio report described the film in unsparing words, as a “fear-mongering presentation of statistics attempting to show how Islam is conquering Europe and the rest of the world.”
Cardinal Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, insisted that his intention was not to denigrate Islam. “The point was to highlight the demographic situation as a result of the anti-life tendency and culture in the Western world,” he said.
“For me to attack Islam would be to attack my own family,” said that cardinal, a native of Ghana. “My paternal uncle was a Muslim [emphasis added] and he took care of me when I was a boy, and when he grew old I took care of him until he died.”
Additional sources for this story: Cardinal Turkson: “For me to attack Islam would be to attack my own family” (Vatican Insider) vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/inquiries-and-interviews/detail/articolo/islam-christians-turkson-18996/