Catholic charity: “Islamist hyperextremism” could bring world to brink of catastrophe

Catholic charity: “Islamist hyperextremism” could bring world to brink of catastrophe

NOVEMBER 17, 2016 BY CHRISTINE WILLIAMS

The Religious Freedom in the World 2016 report, produced by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, says the kind of religiously motivated violence espoused by Islamic State has given rise to attacks in one in five countries worldwide over the past two years.

It’s puzzling enough that there are still those who do not make a link between violence committed in the name of Islam and Islam itself (including the Pope); but now Aid to the Church in Need has moved slightly toward the truth in coming up with a new term: “Islamist hyperextremism.” “Islamist hyperextremism” is identified by certain hallmarks, including:

…systematic attempts to drive out all dissenting groups, unprecedented levels of cruelty, a global reach and the effective use of social media…

The term is primarily applied to the Islamic State, but it could be used to refer to any Muslim group or person exhibiting such characteristics. However, the term has obvious shortcomings:

John Pontifex, the editor-in-chief of the study, said it was intended to serve as a wake-up call to the “evident genocidal intent” of religious hyperextremism, and urged faith groups to do more to address the hatred within their ranks.

Good luck with that urging. This term appears to be just another attempt to ignore the roots of jihad activity in Islamic texts. Far too many Muslim leaders, advocacy groups and Islamic centers are Islamic supremacists, and only pretend to condemn “Islamist hyperextremism,” while they, too, seek conquest of the West (aka the “house of war”). While such leaders may outwardly condemn the Islamic State, their condemnation is fake, and only serves to cover up their real intentions, which include establishing sharia in the West. Take, for example, the Muslim Association of Canada, which has chapters across the country and condemns Islamic State violence, while being a professed and proud offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The founder of the MB, Hasan al Banna, “made violent jihad a cornerstone of his Brotherhood, embracing what he called ‘the art of death.’”

‘Islamist hyperextremism’ could bring world to brink of catastrophe – report”, by Sam Jones, UK Guardian, November 15, 2016:

A new and deadly wave of Islamist “hyperextremism” is undermining global peace and stability with an impact felt in the Middle East, Africa and the west, according to a new report that calls for urgent action to protect religious diversity.

The Religious Freedom in the World 2016 report, produced by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, says the kind of religiously motivated violence espoused by Islamic State has given rise to attacks in one in five countries worldwide over the past two years.

It argues that the “Islamist hyper-extremism” of Isis – a phenomenon whose hallmarks are systematic attempts to drive out all dissenting groups, unprecedented levels of cruelty, a global reach and the effective use of social media – is having a devastating impact around the world.

“In parts of the Middle East – including Syria and Iraq – this hyper-extremism is eliminating all forms of religious diversity and is threatening to do so in parts of Africa and the Asian subcontinent,” says the report. “The intention is to replace pluralism with a religious monoculture.”

The study says that such violence and intolerance have been a major of cross-border migration. In June, the UN said that a record 65.3 million men, women and children had been forced from their homes by war and persecution last year, leaving one in every 113 people a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum.

The effects of Islamist hyperextremism are felt most keenly in the Middle East and some African countries, but the report notes that the west is far from immune. “[The phenomenon] is at risk of destabilising the socio-religious fabric, with countries sporadically targeted by fanatics and under pressure to receive unprecedented numbers of refugees, mostly of a different faith from the indigenous communities.

“Manifest ripple effects include the rise of rightwing and populist groups, restrictions on free movement, discrimination and violence against minority faiths, and a decline in social cohesion, including in state schools.”

Father Jacques Mourad, a Syriac-Catholic priest whom Isis held in Syria for five months last year, says that people of all faiths have to find a way to respect one another and their differences. In his foreword to the study, he writes: “Our world teeters on the brink of complete catastrophe as extremism threatens to wipe out all trace of diversity in society. But if religion teaches us anything, it is the value of the human person, the need to respect each other as a gift from God.”

He adds that if the cycle of violence is to be broken, “we need to replace war with peace … It is time to cast aside religious hatred and personal interests and learn to love one another, as our faiths call us to do.”……

John Pontifex, the editor-in-chief of the study, said it was intended to serve as a wake-up call to the “evident genocidal intent” of religious hyperextremism, and urged faith groups to do more to address the hatred within their ranks. “What prospects are there for peace when powerful sections within specific faith groups have nothing but contempt for those who do not share their world-view – and who deny the right to life not just to people of other faiths, but also to moderates from among their own community?” he said.

Pontifex also said that western policymakers had to “rethink their whole outlook” and acknowledge the pivotal role that religion plays in global politics. “It’s no longer compatible to say that traditional faith practice belongs to the past when the evidence shows that for millions and million of people – a new generation – religion is at the centre of their lives, driving everything they do,” he said.

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One comment on “Catholic charity: “Islamist hyperextremism” could bring world to brink of catastrophe

  1. We as Traditional Catholics also aspire to a “religious monoculture” and not pluralism. We cannot accept the principles of the Enlightenment. The problem is that Catholics as a whole, with Vatican 2, have stopped believing in the Church as the Arc of Salvation. We have stopped believing in what WE CHRISTIANS have taught and that breakaway sects of heretics, including Islamic, have simply continued to profess, except theirs is the wrong faith
    On the other hand, Moslems as a whole, do not understand this, and do not distinguish between one sect of Christianity and another. For them. Copts, Protestants, Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox are blurred and one and the same. So if the reformed/rehabilitated crackhead Protestant Freemason George W. Bush becomes President and wipes out innocent populations, it’s “the CHRISTIANS”. The muslims don’t know CHRISTIANS can/should Fast, “Mortifications” and have an Apostolic Tradition of doing so…but only this applies to Copts, Orthodox, and Catholics. The muslims also cannot easily distinguish between the apostates and the true faithful, because they know Islam as a cultural identity. And an anti clerical apostate, secularist, or True Believer, are all in their mind the same.The universities in West guided by liberals teach the same too.Catholics are blamed for Napoleonic imperialism and colonialism, for example even though Napoleon was an enemy of the Church.Now the West under governments such as the Obama administration, are trying to undermine Islamic countries and force them to accept the Enlightenment the way France, Spain, Italy in the West persecuted the Church
    So they persecute the “harder line” Moslems and if there is anger towards what the Enlightenment is doing, displacing the anger towards, and blaming, Christianity.So the Secular Left attacks Islam, Islam reacts with hostility, and the hostility is directed toward CHRISTIANS, and the CHRISTIANS found closest to them are Copts ,Orthodox, and Catholics because Protestantism is a Western phenomenon. I understand why many Catholic clergy want “ecumenical dialogue”, because it’s to show that it’s the anticlerical or apostate Left that is the enemy. But it doesn’t work, because 1)the Left had taken over the Papacy and 2) while some of the more educated see distinctions among CHRISTIANS and heretics and Apostates, most of the average Muslim live their ordinary life with ordinary concerns, and can’t make “hair-splitting” distinctions. But the reality is that with the “Arab Springs”fostered by the Enlightenment regimes of the West, the Muslims see themselves in the same role as the Catholics in the “Vendee” in France or the Cristeros in Mexico.

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