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ALGIERS, March 22, 2005 ( & News Agencies) - Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Tuesday, March 22, urged Arab leaders to back his initiative to create an “alliance of civilizations” to crush terrorism and bridge the gap with the West.

“We are in favor of a constructive dialogue between civilizations, peoples and religion,” Zapatero said as he addressed the opening session of an Arab League summit in the Algerian capital, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Everything must be done to “dominate misunderstandings between the Western world and Islam,” he said.

The goal of setting up an “alliance of civilizations” is aimed at forging ahead “toward consolidating a more just international order,” Zapatero said.

Zapatero unveiled the idea last September at the United Nations.

Islam Not Terror

Zapatero also condemned terrorism and said any attempt to link it to Islam “is a very serious error that only serves to multiply misunderstandings ... (and) to erect a wall more mighty than the Berlin Wall.”

He also called for international support for the Palestinian leadership “to ensure a just peace with Israel.”

His project is set to breathe new life into trans-Mediterranean dialogue and Barcelona is scheduled to stage a November summit to mark the 10th anniversary of the launching of the so-called Barcelona Process designed to that end.

The process foresees the creation of a zone of political stability and economic prosperity, greater cooperation on social, cultural affairs and education, promotion of human rights and a joint fight against terrorism.

A further aim is the creation of a trans-Mediterranean free trade zone by 2010.


The alliance is the brainchild of Zapatero.

CAIRO, September 3, 2005 ( – United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has formed a group of world luminaries to bridge gaps between the West and the Muslim world and clear misconceptions and misperceptions.

The 18-member "Alliance of Civilizations" includes international dignitaries from Iran’s former president Mohammad Khatami to South African and Noble laureate archbishop Desmond Tutu, the UN press office reported Friday, September 2, on its Web site.

It also includes former UNESCO chief Federico Mayor Zaragoza, outing chairman of the Inter-American Development Bank Enrique Iglesias, former French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine, director of Bibliotheca Alexandria Ismali Serageldin and Karen Armstrong, British expert on the history of religions.

The star-studded alliance is chaired by Zaragoza and co-chaired by Turkey’s Minister of Religious Affairs Mehmet Aydin.

The UN said the group members were chosen after extensive consultations with experts on dialogue between civilizations and culture.

The alliance initiative was first unveiled by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the UN General Assembly in New York last September.

The initiative was later co-sponsored by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a March summit between both leaders.

Erdogan appointed his chief foreign policy adviser Rafet Akgunay as Turkey's representative in the project.

Spain in return has appointed retired ambassador Maximo Cajal to the initiative.

Bridge Divides

The UN said the group was intended to "respond to the need for a committed effort by the international community – both at the institutional and civil society levels – to bridge divides and overcome prejudice, misconceptions, misperceptions and polarization, which potentially threaten world peace."

The alliance will aim to address emerging threats emanating from hostile perceptions that foment violence, and to bring about cooperation among various efforts to heal such divisions, according to a UN statement.

"Events of recent years have heightened the sense of a widening gap and lack of mutual understanding between Islamic and Western societies – an environment that has been exploited and exacerbated by extremists in all societies."

The group will hold four meetings, beginning in Spain’s Balearic Islands in November and ending in Turkey.

The two meetings in between are expected to be held in a European and an Islamic country.

A report will be prepared including gap-bridging proposals and issued in late 2006.


“If there is terrorism today, then it has nothing to do with any divine religion,” said Erdogan.

By Sa’ad Abdul Majid, IOL Correspondent

ISTANBUL, September 26, 2005 ( – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has opened an inter-civilization conference in Istanbul amid charges of conspiracy and anti-Islam from some Islamists.

Addressing the plenary session of the three-day “Meeting of Civilizations” conference, Erdogan hit out Sunday, September 25, at equating Islam with terrorism.

“If there is terrorism today, then it has nothing to do with any divine religion,” he said strongly. “Any talk about ‘Islamic terrorism’ or ‘Muslim terrorists’ is indeed some sort of ignorance and is unacceptable.”

The leader of the ruling Justice and Development party further called anew for criminalizing Islamophobia on a par with anti-Semitism, and for reconciliation between Muslims and Jews by letting bygones be bygones.

Erdogan said the conference, which brought together delegations from up to 30 European and Mideast countries including Israel, is the result of cooperation with his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

The alliance initiative was first unveiled by the Spanish premier at the UN General Assembly in New York in September of last year.

The initiative was later co-sponsored by Erdogan in a March summit between both leaders.

Erdogan appointed his chief foreign policy adviser Rafet Akgunay as Turkey's representative in the project.

Spain in return has appointed retired ambassador Maximo Cajal to the initiative.


Critics say Turkey is courting the West to join the euro bloc. (Reuters)

Some Islamists, however, faulted Erdogan for hosting the conference which they called a “conspiracy against Islam.”

Erdogan’s speech was heckled by some of the audience, who shouted anti-US slogans and accused Erdogan’s party of being “an agent".

The deputy head of the opposition Saadet party, Tamel Oglo, has charged that the conference was a “Western ploy dictated on the Justice and Development party.”

He further said the conference is part of what he called an “organized campaign against Islam led by the United States under the guise of inter-faith dialogue and religious tolerance.”

Mohamet Silay, a former MP for the outlawed Virtue party, told Turkish newspaper Milli Gazete that the proposed “Alliance of Civilizations” was helping entrench the US Broader Middle East and North Africa initiative, which serves best the interests of Israel.

The Islamic current’s Andadulu Youths magazine further held Sunday a seminar entitled “Saladin…The Architect of Peace in the Middle East” to counter the conference.

They urged the government not to bow to Western pressure and to rather adhere to nationalist viewpoints.

Pundits say that Turkey is trying to play a key role in bridging the gap between the West and the Muslim world as part of its tireless efforts to join the enlarged European Union.

They cited a controversial conference hosted by Istanbul September 24-25 on the alleged massacre of thousands of Armenians by Turks during and after World War One.

The conference sparked mass rallies with nationalist demonstrators hurling eggs and tomatoes at participants as they arrived at Istanbul's private Bilgi University for the conference.

Reports further spoke about Turkey’s role in normalization of relations between Israel and Muslim countries, chiefly Pakistan.

Well-placed sources told Turkey’s NTV network earlier in the month that Israel was planning to open interest sections at the Turkish embassy in a number of Islamic countries.

Turkey is due to begin EU entry talks on October 3, though it is not seen joining the bloc before 2015 at the earliest.



"We want to close off the sources of extremism and win the battle of ideas and principles," Zapatero told the high-level UN group. (Reuters)

PALMA DE MAJORCA, Spain, November 28 ( & News Agencies) – A UN-sponsored meeting, currently in session in the Mediterranean resort island of Palma de Majorca, aims at defusing religious extremism and promoting a cross-cultural Alliance of Civilizations.

"We must stop up the springs of extremism, win the battle of ideas and principles, feed peace-seeking minds, strengthen the instinct of cooperation in our hearts," Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told the opening session on Sunday, November 27, reported Reuters.

"Former rivalry" between the Christian and Turkish empires "has been transformed into a positive association," he said.

"We want to close off the sources of extremism and win the battle of ideas and principles," Zapatero told the high-level group launch meeting.

Zapatero said a UN-supported high-level group is due to report a plan by the second half of 2006.

The group also includes former Iranian president Mohammad Khatamei, South African Nobel Peace Prize-winning Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Andre Azoulay, aide to Morocco's King Mohamed VI, former French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine and outgoing Inter-American Development Bank head Enrique Iglesias.

It is co-chaired by Spanish former UNESCO director general Federico Mayor and Turkish minister of state and theology Mehmet Aydin.

The group should focus on mobilizing opinion leaders, artists, the media, sports figures, scientists and others, Zapatero stressed.

Zapatero suggested the alliance, promoted as a counterpoint to the Washington's more forthright anti-terrorist strategy, idea last year in a speech at the UN.

It has found a receptive ear in UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, as well as Turkey and 22 other countries.

Planting Seeds

Erdogan insisted extremism was not confined to any one religion and terrorists might attack any target regardless of its culture. (Reuters)

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan - co-sponsor of the three-day meeting, echoed a similar position.

"Together we are planting a seed for an Alliance of Civilizations to grow in our world, and this will help the seeds of hundreds of thousands of Alliances of Civilizations to flourish," he told a news conference.

Erdogan said extremism was not confined to any one religion and terrorists might attack any target regardless of its culture.

Istanbul hosted in September a three-day inter-civilization conference themed "Meeting of Civilizations".

Erdogan described the conference, which brought together delegations from up to 30 European and Mideast countries including Israel, as the result of cooperation with Zapatero.

In a March summit with his Spanish counterpart, Erdogan threw his weight behind Zapatero's initiative.

He then appointed his chief foreign policy adviser Rafet Akgunay as Turkey's representative in the project.


Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos called for a "strategic alliance with the Arab-Muslim states who feel as under threat as do we, if not more so, from Al-Qaeda terrorism, and who are determined to combat this menace."

He stressed that the success of security and intelligence services in arresting hundreds of terrorists "will not serve much purpose if at the same time Al-Qaeda multiplies its recruitment".

Arab League General Secretary Amr Moussa, who last year personally invited Zapatero to formally present his initiative, on Friday praised Zapatero after arriving in Barcelona.

"I fully support (the idea), I am in favor of the initiative of Mr Zapatero," he said.

"It is a very important step; it is more positive to discuss about an alliance of civilizations than to be talking of clashes of civilizations."

Andre Azoulay, counselor to Morocco's King Mohamed VI, added his praise, saying that Zapatero's alliance was juxtaposed with what he termed the "clash of civilizations" -- an allusion to the US strategy on countering terrorism.



MADRID, September 21, 2005 ( – President of the European Parliament Josep Borrell has called for giving priority to bridge the gap between the West and the Islamic world under an "alliance of civilizations," warning of denying Muslim Turkey access to the enlarging European Union (EU).

"The dialogue between civilizations is no longer a joke when relations between the West and the Muslim world are on edge," Borrell told a European economic gathering in Madrid Tuesday, September 20.

Spaniard Borrell said "political parties" are not expected to mock at the Spanish-proposed "alliance of civilizations," saying it has become inevitable.

"The alliance of civilizations has reached the point of no return," he said emphatically.

West's Preoccupation

He was responding to bids by the Spanish right-wing parties to belittle the proposed alliance, dubbing it as the "caricature alliance" and an "hoary old idea."

Borrell said relations with the Muslim world have emerged now as the West's main preoccupation.

The alliance initiative was first unveiled by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the UN General Assembly in New York in September of 2004.

The initiative was later co-sponsored by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a March summit between both leaders.

Borrell, the former leader of Spain 's Socialist Party, further said an ad hoc group formed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will convene soon in Morocco and Spain to tackle how to put the idea into effect.

The Moroccan town of Al-Sawira , south of Casablanca , is expected to play host to the meeting, learnt.

The 18-member group includes international dignitaries from Iran ’s former president Mohammad Khatami to South African and Noble laureate archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Muslim Turkey

Borrell also warned of not allowing Turkey into the euro bloc because of it is a Muslim country with up to 70 million people.

"Rejecting Ankara would inextricably strain relations between the West and the Muslim world," he said.

Borrell said Turkey's bid will put Europe's secularism to the test and show whether it is really secular or Christian, in reference to rejectionists of Turkey's efforts chiefly Pope Benedict XVI.

The new pope had said that allowing the predominantly Muslim nation into Europe ’s club would be "an enormous mistake."

Europe is a "cultural continent, not a geographic one," he said in 2004, and Turkey has "always represented another continent... in permanent contrast with Europe ."

The European Union finally agreed Wednesday, September 21, a hotly-contested declaration on Turkey , voicing confidence that it would clear the way for talks with Ankara next month despite lingering problems.

The bloc's British presidency said the only obstacle to the October 3 start of talks with Turkey is Austria , which wants the EU to offer the vast Muslim country something short of full EU membership, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

EU leaders agreed last December on the October 3 date to start membership talks with Turkey, despite Ankara's refusal to recognize the Greek Cypriot government of Cyprus, which joined the 25-nation Union in May last year.

The EU declaration on Turkey demands that Ankara recognize the Cypriot government at some point before it actually joins the bloc, a step unlikely for at least a decade.



Solana attends Saturday a UN roundtable in Doha over the cartoons.

BRUSSELS, February 25, 2006 ( & News Agencies) - European Union governments are considering a range of measures to build stronger ties with the Muslim world following the outrage caused by the publication of Danish caricatures that lampooned Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

"The focus is on what we can do to promote inter-cultural dialogue and better understanding of each other," an EU diplomat told the German news agency dpa on Friday, February 25.

The new EU drive, expected to be unveiled by the bloc's foreign ministers on Monday, February 27, will focus on improving relations with Muslim governments but will also underline the need for better contacts between the two sides' media, youth groups and NGOs.

"We would like to close this chapter (of tension) and turn a new page in our relations with Muslim countries," said the EU diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The cartoons, one of them showing the Prophet with a bomb-shaped turban, were first published in Denmark last year, and have been reprinted by newspapers in many countries on the ground of freedom of expression.

Any image of the Prophet -- let alone biting caricatures -- is considered blasphemous under Islam.

Responsible Media

A statement to be issued by EU foreign ministers on Monday will voice "regret that these cartoons have caused offence and distress among Muslims across the world."

It will underline that "free media are indispensable to a free and open society" but that freedoms "come with responsibilities."

European Union lawmakers on Thursday, February 16, called for freedom of expression to be exercised with responsibility but rejected calls for limits on media freedom in the wake of the row over the cartoons.

Muslim countries are pressing for a ban on religious intolerance to be part of the bedrock of a planned new United Nations human rights body.

A cohort of Muslim dignitaries and organizations are calling for the enactment of an international law banning the publication of any insults to religious symbols and values.

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab League, the Muslim world's two main political bodies, are seeking a UN resolution, backed by possible sanctions, to protect religions following the publication of provocative cartoons.

Existing Initiatives

The EU foreign ministers' statement will also underline the EU's desire to "actively promote dialogue, mutual understanding and respect" with Muslim countries.

This will be done through the existing Euro-Mediterranean dialogue which links the EU to several North African and Middle East nations and also through the network of Asia Europe Meetings (ASEM).

The EU is also throwing its weight behind a Turkish-Spanish initiative for an "Alliance of Civilizations," which is also backed by the United Nations.

The Qatari capital Doha is on Saturday, February 25, playing host to a roundtable called by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Annan will chair the session and speak of the importance of the Alliance of Civilizations and address issues raised by the cartoons and ways to combat extremism, a UN spokesman was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Chief among participants are Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa and EU Foreign Policy and Security Chief Javier Solana.

Qatar will also host Sunday, February 26, the second meeting of the Alliance of Civilizations.

The three-day event will be attended by a host of dignitaries including former Iranian president Mohamed Khatami, OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Andre Azoulay; a senior aide to Morocco's King Mohamed VI, and outgoing Inter-American Development Bank head Enrique Iglesias.

Denmark has welcomed an initiative by Muslim preacher Amr Khaled to visit the Scandinavian country with a host of Muslim youth to engage in a dialogue with Danish youths and intellectuals and is planning a series of initiatives to build bridges with the Muslim world after the row.

The publication of the anti-Prophet cartoons have prompted Muslim minorities in many Western countries to champion local campaigns to raise awareness of the merits and characteristics of the Prophet in West. decided earlier in February to launch a multi-lingual Web site to acquaint non-Muslims with the prophet.



The conference brings together dignitaries from all over the world.

By Dalia Al-Hadidi, IOL Correspondent

DOHA, February 26, 2006 ( – World dignitaries opened on Sunday, February 26, the second conference of the UN-sponsored Alliance of Civilizations in Doha, urging action not talk to bridge the yawning gap between the Muslim world and the West after the publication of Danish cartoons that lampooned Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

"Lofty ideas alone are not enough ... We need to develop sobering, but equally compelling counter-narratives of our own," UN Secretary General Kofi Annan told the delegates.

"I very much hope that you can come up with specific, concrete suggestions for ways of carrying dialogue forward so that it can really catch the popular imagination; so that we are not just a nice group of people agreeing with each other, but people with a message that can echo around the world."

The Alliance of Civilizations initiative, launched in November 2005 by Spain and Turkey , has created a "high-level group" of some 20 members including Iran 's former president Mohammed Khatami, former French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine, South Africa 's Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the wife of Qatar 's emir Sheikha Mozah.

The group, which had its first meeting in Palma de Mallorca , Spain , in November and will have two more meetings after Doha , is expected to come up with concrete steps for promoting dialogue between cultures that will be presented to the UN, other international organizations and world governments in the autumn.

The issue of West-Islam dialogue has gained more urgency in view of the controversy triggered by the publication of cartoons mocking Prophet Muhammad.

The drawings, considered blasphemous under Islam, have sparked worldwide protests, which in some cases turned violent.


"Lofty ideas alone are not enough," said Annan.

Many of the speakers underlined the need to accord special attention to the younger generation.

"It is very important to reach young people before their ideas and attitudes have fully crystallized," Annan said.

He urged world figures, especially artists, entertainers and sports champions, to join hands in promoting the ideology of tolerance and understanding between cultures among youths before they are swayed by extremists.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al-Thani agreed.

"Youths should also play a strategic role in building bridges between civilizations," he told the participants.

Federico Mayor, the former director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said it is high time the parties concerned took a concrete step.

He called on NGOs and governments to launch a practical program to enhance understanding between the peoples of the world.

Political Problems

Spain 's Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos proposed looking at the political problems feeding the growing rift between East and West.

"We should try to identify the main political problems that feed these growing suspicions," he said, according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The Israeli occupation of Palestine and the US-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan are often cited by politicians, experts and analysts as the root of the state of anger towards the West in the Muslim world.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted there can be no security solution to terrorist attacks without addressing the underlying causes of terrorism.

David Clark, a former Labour government adviser, has said that the world cannot defeat terrorism until it was ready to take legitimate Arab grievances seriously.



"We may wish to think of the Arab -Israeli conflict as just one regional conflict among many. But it is not," said Annan. (Reuters)

CAIRO — The yawning divide between Islam and the West does not have its roots in religious differences but rather political conflicts, particularly the continued Israel occupation of Palestine, a galaxy of world-renowned scholars, politicians and religious leaders said in a report presented to the UN Monday, November 13.

"Neither ancient history nor religious differences are responsible for present tensions between Western and Muslim populations," concludes the High-level Group of the Alliance of Civilizations.

"The Israeli-Palestinian issue has become a key symbol of the rift between Western and Muslim societies and remains one of the gravest threats to international stability," it stressed.

UN Secretary-General who received the report at a ceremony in Istanbul on Monday.

"We may wish to think of the Arab -Israeli conflict as just one regional conflict among many. But it is not," he said.

"As long as the Palestinians live under occupation, exposed to daily frustration and humiliation, and as long as Israelis are blown up in buses and in dances halls, so long will passions everywhere be inflamed."

The Alliance of Civilizations initiative was launched in November 2005 by Spain and Turkey.

The High-level Group was appointed by Annan a year ago to explore ways of addressing the increasing polarization between Muslim and Western societies.

It comprises 20 prominent international figures from a variety of religions including Iran 's former president Mohammed Khatami, former French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine, South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Arthur Schneier, Senior Rabbi of Park East Synagogue.

The report crowns a year-long process in which the Group had three main meetings – in Spain, Qatar and Senegal – as well as a working session in New York.

Double Standards

The report also said that double-standard policies were fueling the growing divide between Muslim and Western societies.

"Moreover, the perception of double standards in the application of international law and the protection of human rights is increasing resentment and the sense of vulnerability felt by many Muslims around the globe."

Washington drew fire from across the Muslim world Saturday, November 11, for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution that would have condemned the Israeli killing of twenty Palestinian civilians, including eight children and four women in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun.

During an emergency meeting Sunday, November 12, infuriated Arab foreign ministers voiced their "utmost indignation" at the American veto.

As one of the council's five permanent members along with Britain, China, France and Russia, the US has veto power which it has now used 82 times, including 41 times to shield Israel from censure.

Its previous use of the veto was in July to block a draft resolution that would have condemned Israel's military onslaught in Gaza as "disproportionate force" and would have demanded a halt to Israeli operations in the impoverished territory.

Washington had also blocked international efforts to enforce an immediate ceasefire in Israel's war on Lebanon.


The world dignitaries also heaped blame on military interventions into Muslim countries.

"Western military operations in Muslim countries contribute to a growing climate of fear and animosity that is spreading around the world," they said in their report.

"The spiraling death toll in Iraq and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan help swell the ranks of terrorist groups."

A recently comprehensive National Intelligence report, representing a consensus view of the US 16 disparate spy services, has concluded that the Iraq war played a more direct role in increasing terrorist attacks and creating a new class of "self-generating" terrorists who are united by an anti-Western agenda.

The 30-page classified report warned that rather than contributing to eventual victory in the US-led global counterterrorism effort, the situation in Iraq has worsened the US position.


The report also suggests that the repression of non-violent political opposition and the slow pace of reforms in some Muslim countries is a key factor in the rise of extremism.

It calls for ruling parties in these countries to allow the full participation of peaceful political groups, whether religious or secular in nature.

The high-level group urged foreign governments to be consistent in their support for pluralism by, for example, respecting the outcome of elections.

For the past five years, the Bush administration has been championing a "democracy" drive worldwide and a global "war on terror."

However, pundits say, the US failed to support free and democratic elections in several Muslim countries when Islamists emerged as winners.

Legislative elections have brought the Palestinian resistance group Hamas to the helm of power and saw the Muslim Brotherhood and Hizbullah make major political gains.

A December Gallup poll, conducted in 10 nations that comprise 80 percent of the world's Muslim population, found that an overwhelming majority of Muslims strongly doubted the United States was trying to establish democracy in the Middle East.

Oil, protecting Israel and dominating the region were seen as US goals, according to the survey.


The high-level group came up with concrete steps for promoting dialogue between cultures.

It proposed appointing a high-level representative to assist the UN chief in defusing to tensions at times of crisis.

The dignitaries called for analyzing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dispassionately and objectively and establishing clearly the conditions that must be met to find a way out of this crisis.

They pressed for resuming the political process, including the convening of an international conference on the Middle East Peace Process as soon as possible.

The report also put forward a range of concrete proposals in the areas of education, media, youth and migration to build bridges and promote a culture of respect and understanding among Western and Muslim communities.

It called for the development of film and television programs co-produced across religious and cultural boundaries and showing diversity as a normal feature of society.

The group encouraged the promotion of cross-cultural and human rights education to ensure that students everywhere develop an understanding of other cultures and religions.

It also proposed creation of a Global Youth Solidarity Fund, to encourage young people to contribute to the implementation of all of the recommendations set forth in this report.


To advance the Alliance of Civilizations, the UN Secretary-General established a High-level Group of eminent personalities and tasked this Group with generating a report containing an analysis of the rise in cross-cultural polarization and extremism and a set of practical recommendations to counter this phenomenon.  The High-level Group met five times from November 2005 to November 2006, at the conclusion of which it produced a report which takes a multi-polar approach within which it prioritizes relations between Muslim and Western societies.
The report is structured in two parts: Part I presents an analysis of the global context and of the state of relations between Muslim and Western societies.  It concludes with a set of policy recommendations, indicating the High-level Group's belief that certain political steps are pre-requisites to any substantial and lasting improvement in relations between Muslim and Western societies.  Part II of the report reflects the High-level Group's view that tensions across cultures have spread beyond the political level into the hearts and minds of populations.  To counter this trend, the Group analyzes and presents recommendations in each of four thematic areas: Education, Youth, Migration, and Media.  The Report concludes with the High-level Group's suggestions for the implementation of its recommendations.
The Report of the High-level Group was presented to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and to Prime Ministers José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on 13 November 2006 at the final meeting of the High-level Group in Istanbul, Turkey.

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The deliberations of the High-level Group were supported by research conducted or commissioned by a UN-based Secretariat of the Alliance of Civilizations. As part of this research, the Secretriat prepared thematic papers  on the following subjects, reflecting the priorities established by the High-level Group: Education, Youth, Migration, and Media.

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"Religions are for peace and reconciliation -- they should not be interpreted otherwise," said Benedict. (Reuters)

ANKARA — Asserting that Christians and Muslims belong to the same family of souls that believes in one God and trading conciliatory gestures with Turkish officials on his first Apostolic visit to a Muslim country, Pope Benedict XVI called on Tuesday, November 28, for "authentic" inter-faith dialogue.

"The best way forward is via authentic dialogue between Christians and Muslims, based on truth and inspired by a sincere wish to know one another better, respecting differences and recognizing what we have in common," the pontiff said, addressing Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs, reported Agence France Presse (AFP).

Starting a four-day visit to secular but largely Muslim Turkey, the pope tried to ease anger over his perceived criticism of Islam in a recent lecture quotes, when he quoted a Byzantine emperor who said Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) brought "things only evil and inhuman."

This time, Pope Benedict quoted 11th-century Pope Gregory VII after a north African Muslim prince "acted with great benevolence towards the Christians under his jurisdiction."

"Pope Gregory spoke of the particular charity that Christians and Muslims owe to one another 'because we believe in one God, albeit in a different manner, and because we praise him and worship him every day as the creator and ruler of the world'," he said.

After laying a wreath at the mausoleum of Turkey's founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Pope Benedict had a meeting with Ali Bardakoglu, Turkey's top religious official.

"Religions are for peace and reconciliation -- they should not be interpreted otherwise," he said during a 15-minute public chat with Bardakoglu.

Bardakoglu, who had accused Benedict of harboring "hatred in his heart" for Muslims, also agreed on the necessity of dialogue.

"We too are for dialogue between religions," he said. "But this should have a solid basis."

Bardakoglu slammed the "rising Islamophobia" in the West blaming it on a "mentality that Islam, with its history and origins, contains and encourages violence, that it was spread... by the sword, that Muslims are potentially violent."

In his first visit to a Muslim country, pope Benedict will be the second pope known to have visited a mosque, following John Paul II's trip to the Omeyyades mosque in Damascus.

Euro Turkey

Erdogan said the pontiff backs Turkey's EU membership bid.

Launching a charm offensive over multi fronts, Pope Benedict tried to clear his reputation as an anti-Ankara pope, backing Turkey's bid to join the European Union in a striking reversal of personal opinion.

"I asked the pope for his support on our road to the European Union," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters after a 20-minute meeting with the pontiff.

"He told me, 'We want Turkey to be part of the EU'".
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said although the Holy See has "no specific powers" concerning Turkey's EU candidacy, it sees this as "positive" and "encourages... Turkey's integration into Europe on the basis of common values and principles."

Erdogan, who had criticized the pope's anti-Islam remarks and until the last minute was not scheduled to meet him, personally greeted the pontiff as he stepped off his plane at Ankara's Esenboga Airport.

The Turkish premier said he had laid to rest any hard feelings he may have harbored.

"We will always look to the future. We cannot build our future on hate and antagonism.

"I find the pope's visit to 95 percent Muslim Turkey timely and important," he added.

Known as the "anti-Turkish pope", Benedict has said that Ankara's EU membership would be a "a grave error... against the tide of history" when he was still Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.

Ratzinger, elected pope in April 2005, said Turkey should seek its future in an association of Islamic nations, not with the EU, which has Christian roots.

The EU and Turkey officially kickstarted on Monday, June 12, the long-awaited accession talks, the most important cornerstone of membership process.

Ankara won an EU green light last October to start membership talks, albeit being told they would last at least a decade.

Turkey has been trying to join the European club since the 1960s.

Christian Unity

A main purpose of the pontiff's visit is to meet Patriarch Bartholomew, the head of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians, in the latest display of rapprochement between the two estranged branches of Christianity.

The meetings confirm that "Orthodox and Catholics are committed to the goal of unity and diversity... (and) healing the memories of the past which we all carry as a burden," Monsignor Brian Farrell, a member of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity said.

Archbishop Demetrios of America, who represented the Orthodox, hailed "a continuous progress in reconciliation between the two churches."
Both officials, however, agreed that the process would be difficult and take time."It will not be easy, it will not be a short dialogue, it will not happen this week or next year," Farrell said. "It needs a long period of reflection... but I do not doubt we are on a good track."  The two major branches of Christianity split in 1054 over differences in opinion on the power of the papacy.   Unlike the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians lack a single leader and maintain a loose family of national churches, based mostly in Russia, Greece and the Balkans, with diaspora churches scattered around the world.


Khalid Jan,828

To advance reconciliation between Jews and Roman Catholics, Pope John Paul II promised to allow scholars to examine Vatican’s secret archives for its possible connection to the holocaust. One of the first scholars given permission to examine these archives is Prof. David I. Kertzer. His findings are published in his book “THE POPES AGAINST THE JEWS: VATICAN’S ROLE IN THE RISE OF MODERN ANTI-SEMITISM.” In one of the chapters, Prof. Kertzer conducts a detailed analysis of more than 36 anti-Judaism and anti-Jewish articles written by the Jesuits. These articles, in time, became the foundation of modern anti-Semitism, and a catalyst to the holocaust.

To keep alive the Papal tradition of hate for non-Roman Catholic religions, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, right after becoming Pope Benedict XVI, selected handful of elite Jesuits as his “special papal troops” to combat the rise of Islam in Europe.[1] The chief amongst them is one Egyptian Coptic Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir. His articles and interviews are spread all over Catholic-centric news portals. This paper briefly explores the history of Jesuits, their role as “papal shock troops,” and a critical analysis of Father Samir’s anti-Islam, anti-Muslim writings.

St. Ignatius of Loyola, a Spanish Basque nobleman; born probably in 1491 at Loyola, Spain.[2] A soldier by profession; his military career ended due to injuries to both of his legs.[3] During the course of his recovery, he spent his time studying the life of Jesus and saints. Eventually, he decided to devote his remaining life to Jesus.[4] His immediate plan of action was to convert Muslims to Roman Catholicism.[5] His life history, However, provides no evidence if he ever succeeded in his mission.

Sometime between 1524 and 1534, Loyola and six of his friends vowed to practice poverty and celibacy. This group, in its infancy state, was named “The Company of Jesus” by Loyola. The organization was officially recognized and renamed “The Society of Jesus” by Pope Paul III in 1540. After rigorous training and acceptance, those who joined the society were called Jesuits - this title was never used by Loyola during his lifetime, but was later adopted by his followers after his death. The term actually means “one who frequently uses the name of Jesus.”[6] They are considered “crème of the Roman Catholic” society. The establishment of the Society by Loyola was not meant to combat Protestantism, but to build an institution for “Papal militarism.” Anti-Protestant movement was later staged by the Jesuits.[7]

Although “The society of Jesus” is a single unified entity spread through out the world, its members, the Jesuits, have diversified beliefs, views and practices. Theoretically, it is mandatory upon all Jesuits to be the “loyal defenders of the Papacy.”[8] There are some who genuinely follow footsteps of Loyola. Then there are others who have sincerely dedicated their lives to the well-being of the poor and needy around the world.[9]

The academic Jesuits may have secular or un-orthodox views of the Vatican’s official teachings.[10] The Political minded Jesuits may use unlawful means to achieve their goals.[11] The Former Superior General of the “Society of Jesus,” Father Pedro Arrupe said in a speech: “an attitude not simply of refusal but of counterattack against injustice; a decision to work with others toward the dismantling of unjust social structures so that the weak, the oppressed, the marginalized of this world may be set free.”[12] In their early history, some Jesuits even “suggested military invasions of Mecca, Angola, and the great Chinese empire itself.”[13]

Father Pedro Arrupe, selected superior general of the “Society of Jesus” in 1965, “sent a twelve-page letter to American Jesuits, accusing them of failing to do enough for the Negro: ‘The racial crisis involves, before all else,’ wrote Arrupe, ‘a direct challenge to our sincerity in professing a Christian concept of man.’”[14] Was Father Arrupe’s letter in response to racist attitude amongst American Jesuits towards African Americans because numerically, most belong to the Protestant denominations? Pope Benedict XVI on his 2007 Latin American tour acknowledged that “historically African-American communities have been marginalized by the Roman Catholic church.”[15]

Jesuit missionaries together with a group of Roman Catholic terrorists, in 1586, plotted to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I of England, and install Roman Catholic Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. Assassins were selected by Jesuit John Ballard.[16] Through a network of spies, Queen’s secretary, Sir Francis Walsingham uncovered the plot. In September 1586, conspirators were arrested, and brutally executed.[17] Elizabeth I, in a letter she sent to King James VI of Scotland in October 1586 wrote: “I thank God that you beware so soon of Jesuits, that have been the source of all these treacheries in this realm, and will spread like an evil weed if at the first they be not weeded out.”[18] History refers to this assassination plot as the “Babington Plot,” named after its chief conspirator Anthony Babington, a secretly raised Roman Catholic.[19]

In addition to the usual three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience,[20] elite Jesuits take the fourth vow of special loyalty to the Pope. Amongst this “fourth vow” group are Jesuits who are assigned to “high-level” missions by the Pope.[21] Any Jesuit who dare oppose the Pope or “Vaticanized Christianity” is harassed, censured or faces possible expulsion from the society.

Three fairly recent cases of censorships are Father Jon Sobrino,[22] late Danish Jesuit professor Father Jacques Dupius, and Rev. Roger Haight. Father Sobrino was censored for his insufficient emphasis on the divinity of Christ in his writings. Father Dupuis was interrogated and publicly rebuked by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger for ambiguities in his academic paper “Christian theology of religious pluralism.” The impact of such harsh treatment landed Father Dupius in a “Rome hospital with a perforated duodenal ulcer.”[23] Rev. Haight was barred from teaching by then-Cardinal Ratzinger because of his views that non-Christians can get to heaven without the help of Jesus.[24]

In 1850, a group of Jesuits founded a bi-weekly periodical “La Civiltà Cattolica.”[25] The editors were the Italian members of the Jesuit order. It is not an official Vatican publication, but all articles were, and still are pre-approved by the Vatican’s Secretary of State.[26]

In December 1880, the Jesuit run periodical printed a series of anti-Judaism, anti-Jewish articles. One of its founders, Father Giuseppe Oreglia di Santo Stefano was the main architect behind these anti-Semitic writings. The focus of Jesuits’ propaganda was that Jews cannot be trusted, they can only be Jews and never loyal European citizens, their book, the Talmud teaches hate against all non-Jews, they hate Christianity and are hostile to society; government should introduce laws against them because they are a wicked race; Judaism’s wars against Christian nations is a direct result of Jewish religion; Jews are taking over the world; they are after money; Jews could never integrate into any society and they form a foreign nation within a nation; Jews’ “nationality is not in the soil where he is born, nor in the language that he speaks, but in his seed.”[27]

A special institution called “HOUSE OF CATECHUMENS” was established by the Vatican in 1548 for forced conversion to Catholicism.[28] When the Papacy was restored in 1823, Pope Leo XII “ordered the Jews back into their Ghettos.”[29] Those Jews who desired to be free, left the ghettos went straight to the “HOUSE OF CATECHUMENS” to be baptized. They gave up their language, abandoned their traditional dress, adopted Christian names, and modified religious practices so they can be “integrated into the larger community.”[30]

The Jesuits of 1880s, after successfully laying the foundation for anti-Judaism, and its ugly form, anti-Semitism left behind an ideology of hate for non-Roman Catholic religions. The leading Jesuit inheritor of this ideology, in our times, is Father Samir Khalil Samir.

He is an Egyptian; teaches comparative religion and history of Arab culture at St. Joseph’s University in Lebanon[31] and Jesuit run Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.[32] He is the unofficial voice of Benedict XVI.[33] His assigned mission: to spread disinformation about Islam through Catholic-centric news portals: “Benedict XVI knows him and highly respects him. In September of 2005, the Pope held a closed-door seminar at Castel Gandolfo with Father Samir [sic] and other scholars of Islam, on the concept of God in the Qur’an.”[34]

As an elite Papal propagandist, Father Samir is commissioned to give an Islamic face to every affair that originates in the Muslim world, advocate de-Muslimization, and de-Islamization in Europe. To achieve his Nazi-modeled objectives, he misquotes history, truncates Qur’anic passages, makes unverifiable claims, talks about importance of context but disregards it himself, and leans on Orientalists' interpretation of the Qur’an. The “Catholic News Agency” refers to him as “one of the Church’s leading experts on Islam.”[35] A remarkable parallelism is found in the writings of Father Samir, and racist Jesuits of 1880s. The only notable difference is that Judaism and Jews are replaced with Islam and Muslims. Is this a coincidence?




“Muhammad had no money and he tried to win favor with three rich Jewish tribes that lived in the town…began military expeditions because it was the only way to earn living…Muhammad Islamized pagan rituals”[36]

“When Mohammed was confronted with the heathens of Mecca, he simply withdrew from them and went to Medina. Then he returned to Mecca, this time armed. But before he attacked the heathens [sic], he asked them three times whether they wanted to convert to Islam. Only after they had replied three times in the negative did he attack them. With this, he gave Islam clear rules for the conduct of war.”[37]

“Violence is in the Koran and in Mohammed's life, and whoever says the contrary has not read the Koran or knows Mohammed.”[38]

When it comes to Islam as a whole, Father Samir’s perception of “Christian ethics” simply evaporate.[39] The above Statements clearly exhibit his deliberate distortion of facts and disregard for historical accuracy. Instead of providing lengthy rebuttals to his manufactured lies, following sources adequately expose his “Vaticanized” forgeries: THE QUR’AN A BIOGRAPHY, BRUCE LAWRENCE, 37-49; MUHAMMAD A PROPHET OF OUR TIMES, KAREN ARMSTRONG, 89-108; MUHAMMAD A PROPHET FOR ALL HUMANITY, MAULANA WAHIDUDDIN KHAN, 176-182.

In his desperate attempt to discredit Muhammad’s call to pure monotheism, Father Samir accuses him of “Islamizing pagan rituals.” He gives no evidence of which “pagan rituals” Muhammad Islamized. On the other hand, Christianity, in its first 300 years adopted many rituals of Roman paganism prevalent at the time: “Millions of pagans suddenly entered the church, and some of their customs inevitably crept into the liturgy: the use of the kiss as a sign of reverence for holy objects, the practice of Genuflection, devotion to relics, and the use of candles, incense and other ceremonial features derived from the imperial court.”[40] The challenge for Father Samir now is to trace, with historical accuracy, present day rituals formulated by the Roman Catholic Church directly to Jesus?


“Secularity must be, above all, affirmed in the interpretation of the Koran.”[41]

“There can be no reticence when it comes to saying that in Islam there are the makings of violence in the Koran, alongside the makings of peace. It must also be said in no uncertain terms that the makings of violence have been developed more than those of peace.”[42]

“Reinterpretation is necessary also because the Koran is full of internal contradictions which have always been evident, due to the varying circumstances of the ‘revelations.’ It is for this very reason that Muslim theology developed the science of the "revelation circumstances" (asbâb al-tanzîl) which is by now often forgotten or neglected.”[43]

“The condemnation of the actions of the people of Sodoma is unremitting. For example, Koran 29 (The Spider), 28-29: “And when Lot said to his people: Most surely you are guilty of an indecency which none of the nations has ever done before you; you lust after males.”[44]

Who is to reinterpret the Qur’an ‘secularly?’ Who decides and who accepts it? Should the task be handed to the Jesuits, “atheist Muslims,” or some “EU Commission?” Just because some people, proclaiming to be Muslims act against the teachings of the Qur’an, doesn’t imply that the Qur’an needs “radical interpretation.” In Europe, “over 10% of female mortality and around 25% of male mortality in the 15–29 age groups is related to hazardous alcohol consumption.”[45] If Father Samir’s “Vaticanized logic” is applied in finding a solution to this social malaise, Europe is left with only two options: either completely ban alcohol, or radically change laws pertaining to its consumption.

Football violence and racism in Europe is a direct result of the matches held all over Europe.[46] In one of the matches in France, a Police officer shot and killed a fan because he was going to kill another fan that was Jewish. The racist and right-wing fans hurled insults “dirty Jew, dirty Negro, Death to the Jew, Jews to the ovens” when Paris team was defeated by a team from Tel Aviv.[47] Reason, therefore, dictates that football should be banned in Europe.

The late Pope John Paul II, in his speech at CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy on JULY 20, 2003 said that the “Christian faith has shaped the culture of Europe.” Professor Philip Jenkins in June 2007 issue of Foreign Policy writes: “For all we hear about Islam, Europe remains a stronger Christian fortress than people realize. What’s more, it is showing little sign of giving ground to Islam or any other faith for that matter.” Cardinal Karl Lehmann, head of the German Conference of Bishops said in a speech on June 22, 2007: “The deep cultural connection between Christianity and our legal state, that goes back to the Middle Ages and before, cannot simply be ignored.”[48] Unless the European nations openly and collectively declare Europe to be a non-Christian continent, “social terrorism” and racism influenced by football remains a Christian-centric phenomenon.

Father Samir claims that the Qur’an contains many “internal contradictions” and therefore requires “reinterpretation.” There is a logical inconsistency in his statement: If the book contains “internal contradictions,” why bother reinterpreting it? Leaving the so called “contradictions” as is in the Qur’an would make the Bible look like the “inerrant Word of God,” and the Qur’an, “tales of the ancients.”

In item 4 above, Father Samir truncates verses 28-29 of chapter 29 of the Qur’an. He inherits this habit from his master, the Pope. In the “THE NEW CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH” – heart of the Catholic teachings, a significant portion of verses 16-17 of chapter 19 of the Gospel of Mathew are expunged.[49] This new “CATECHISM” was produced under the direct supervision of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and approved by Pope John Paul II.

In his book “Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions,” then-Cardinal Ratzinger on page 55, expunges from verses 19-20 [sic] of chapter 28 of the Gospel of Matthew the central doctrine of Christianity, the Trinity, and replaces it by dots. This is coming from a man who once acted as guardian of the Roman Catholic doctrines. This book is published by Jesuit run Ignatius Press, Ft. Collins, Colorado.

When a scriptural passage is truncated, expunged or altered, its meaning radically changes. For example, there is a difference of 20 words between the actual Biblical passage, and the passage present in the “NEW CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.” This scriptural corruption, Father Samir, his few elite fellow Jesuits and the Pope are desperately seeking to introduce into their version of a “Vatcanized Qur’an.”[50]

This brings into light the level of “scholarship” Father Samir, and his master holds. His predecessors used to truncate passages of the Talmud to demonize Jews. What academic integrity he now posses to be called a “leading expert on Islam?” In the words of Encyclopedia of Ethics, “honesty is a central concept to ETHICS as the foundation for moral life.”[51]


“Islam has become an “anti-divine, anti-human” ideology, which seeks only power.”[52]

“Islam can also be violent, because faith is mingled with politics, including in the Sacred Book. To say that Islam is a religion of peace means not having gone full depth in considerations on whether violence is legitimized or not.”[53]

“It is time for Europe to understand that religious law cannot prevail over civil law and that, above every form of tolerance, there is a country’s constitution. If this does not happen, Islam will be given carte blanche to colonize our customs.”[54]

“Today we often see how some wish to spread Islam through means that are not always peaceful. At time, it was even by war.”[55]

“Tariq Ramadan [sic] says that Muslims in Europe want to become European Muslims but for this to happen European society must recognize Muslims and give them the necessary space to express ourselves. In practical terms this means converting Europe’s social and legal systems in order to facilitate converting people. It means Islamizing institutions on the premise that since Europe no longer has a soul but only technology, Islam is the only religion that can fill the void.”[56]

Father Samir’s master recognizes the “erosion of the Catholic faith - and rise of Islam - in Europe.”[57] Historically, erosion of Roman Catholicism began the day early “Church Fathers” abandoned the message of Jesus Christ, and adopted the Aristotelian concepts of “Faith and Reason.”[58] This was done to explain puzzling Christian doctrines to philosophers and those of critical minds.[59] These philosophical concepts were declared “eternally valid” by the Pope in 1879.

In the “NEW CATECHISM OF THE CATHOILIC CHURCH,” this pagan concept is now attributed to God.”[60] In a world full of conflicts, misery and poverty, “Faith and Reason” provides no solutions for dying humanity other than futile philosophical exercises within the walls of Vatican. What the world needs is not Aristotle, but GOD CONSCIOUSNESS, GOODNESS AND JUSTICE.

“See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.”(Colossians 2:8 RSV Bible)

Father Samir’s statement that “Islam has become anti-divine, anti-human” clearly demonstrates his irrationality and ignorance. Between July 2004 and June 2005, 4,000 Germans embraced Islam?[61] Is this phenomenon a fruit of an “anti-divine” religion? If Roman Catholicism is the “only pro-divine, pro-human” religion, then for what reasons the most “intelligent papal troops” are in constant decline – 1% per year?[62] In 1990, Jesuits numbered 23,870,[63] 20,408 in 2002,[64] 20,170 in 2003,[65] 19,850 in 2004,[66] and 19,564 in 2005.[67] The “Spiritual Exercises” prescribed by Loyola couldn’t even help 25 Jesuits who were “credibly accused” of sexually molesting young boys in the “Oregon Province” – A JESUIT COMMUNITY.[68]

The well crafted 17th century Jesuit missionary propaganda coupled with their zeal to die for their faith, and “WIN SOULS FOR CHRIST” traveled to the farthest corners of the world. When Jesuits reached Goa, India under the Portuguese and Spanish protection, they smashed idols, mocked local customs and called natives of low intelligence. In New France – Québec, they called the First Nations tribes as “barbarians and savages.”[69]

Wherever Jesuits went, their goal was to find people unschooled and weak of faith; brainwash them until they got baptized. These new zealots were sent to their communities to persuade others to get baptized. At times, there were reprisals: Jesuits were killed, sometimes violently. This forceful conversion had a two-fold purpose: first to conquer the land and people for the Church; second, to “attain martyrdom.”[70]

Suicidal circumstances are deliberately created by Jesuits primarily to protect Papacy in times of crisis – a golden opportunity to enter into “martyrdom hall of fame.” Early church “leaders like Tertullian urged their followers not simply to endure martyrdom but to seek it out.”[71] For this very reason, the “low grade” Jesuits are sent to the most volatile and war-torn regions of the world to “die for God,” and the elite ones are kept behind to grease the papal propaganda machine.[72]: “More than 300 Jesuits died during the twentieth century for love of God and their fellow human beings. The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) declared that the excellence of martyrdom was rooted in the degree of identification with Jesus Christ which motivated a person to give his life for others. For this reason martyrdom is esteemed by the Church as a unique gift and the supreme proof of love. Pope John Paul II has beatified and canonized more martyrs than any other pope. He even amplified the very concept of martyrdom, extending it to people who performed a heroic charitable act.”[73]

Through the education system, Jesuits infiltrate governments; take control of schools where young minds are indoctrinated.[74] In June 2007, Jesuit Refugee Service opened a technical school in Heart, Afghanistan.[75] Why Jesuits, and not one of many non-religious organizations that can probably run a school much more ethically than them?[76] This is a long term strategic operation intended to produce secularized elite infused with “Vaticanized” mindset.

One of the classic examples of this “Jesuit intrigue” is the highly politicized staged drama of Afghan “Christian convert” Abdul Rahman in 2006. Mr. Rahman arrived in Germany on February 19, 2000 to seek asylum. His request was rejected by the German authorities on April 21, 2000. He then moved to Belgium where he applied for asylum under a different name in August 2000. His application was also rejected by the Belgium authorities on December 20, 2000.[77]

His German file portrays Mr. Rahman as “emotionally disturbed, a man driven by his psychoses and paranoia, made confused impressions, gave unsubstantiated, contradictory and unbelievable statements.” According to doctors at the Christian Memorial Hospital in Sialkot, Pakistan, Mr. Rahman suffered from “pathological jealousy and pathological perception disorders” for which he was prescribed anti-psychotic drugs.[78] This hospital is run by American Presbyterian missionaries. Mr. Rahman was baptized in 1990/91, while working for a “Catholic” NGO in Pakistan.[79]

When Belgian government decided to deport Afghans, Mr. Rahman voluntarily returned to his family in Kabul on January 22, 2003. A man who sacrificed his family, religion, and tribal roots for the sake of Jesus was unable to find a safe refuge amongst his fellow Christians in Greece, Germany and Belgium. When Mr. Rahman arrived in Italy on March 29, 2006, rather than spending few moments of his first night in Church, he “enjoyed pizza, loads of espresso and then went to shave.”[80]

In support of Mr. Rahman, Father Samir, in his article dated March 29, 2006 published on “” unleashed his wrath against Islam: “The ordeal of Abdul Rahman of Afghanistan is shared by many converts from Islam and poses the problem of Islam's systematic violation of human rights… Fundamentalist violence that currently characterizes the Muslim world brings many to ask themselves: can such a violent religion truly come from God?” Jesuit Father Giuseppe De Rosa in issue 3680 of La Civiltà Cattolica dated October 18, 2003 writes: “In reality, for almost a thousand years Europe was under constant threat from Islam, which twice put its survival in serious danger. Thus, in all of its history, Islam has shown a warlike face and a conquering spirit for the glory of Allah.”

The pagan Roman emperor Constantine turned Christian, who face-lifted Christianity, “had his eldest son Crispus and his wife Fausta killed after the Council of Nicea. Why? No one knows.”[81] He ordered Jews to be “burned alive” if they opposed “conversion from Judaism to Christianity.”[82] In 1916, German-born Father Hans Schmidt, a Roman Catholic priest was executed in New York, United States for cutting the throat, and then dismembering the body of his secretly pregnant wife Anna Aumuller.[83]

In December 2006, the United Nations-backed war crimes court convicted Roman Catholic priest Father Athanase Seromba for taking part in Rwanda's “1994 genocide by ordering militiamen to set fire to a church and then bulldoze it while 2,000 people seeking safety were huddled inside.”[84] A Jury convicted Rev. Gerald Robinson, a Roman Catholic priest for killing a nun in 1980.[85]

A Chilean court charged Father Molina, a Roman Catholic priest for covering up murder of 26 political prisoners during the brutal military regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.[86] A 69 year old Roman Catholic priest is handed life sentence in Argentina: Christian Von Wernich is charged with participating in 7 murders, 42 kidnappings, and 31 cases of torture during the dictatorship period from 1976-1983.[87] A Roman Catholic Mexican priest Rev. Dagoberto Valle Arriga was sentenced to 55 years in prison for killing his son he did not want his superiors to discover.[88] A Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty to have smashed a wine bottle on Church soloist at his Las Vegas Parish.[89]

Is it now fair and “RATIONAL” to condemn Roman Catholicism or Romanized Christianity for the above mentioned acts of murder and brutality? The answer is found by simply substituting Islam with Roman Catholicism in the following statement by Father Samir’s master, Benedict XVI: “Yet even Islam, with all the greatness it represents, is always in danger of losing balance. Letting violence have a place and letting religion slide away into mere outward observance and ritualism.”[90] Indeed, when faith becomes void of GOD CONSCIOUSNESS, reason demands exit into the realm of disbelief, fanaticism and bestiality.


“If they live in Italy and if they integrate in Italy, they should be able to say “I am Italian” and not just because they are able to have a passport or they are standing on Italian soil.”[91]

“Islam must be helped to separate religion and politics. And the West can do that, curbing all those Islamic fundamentalist requests being made in Europe on the question of head coverings, halal (acceptable) meat, freedom of Islamic teaching and freedom of mosques.”[92]

“Let's take the notorious headscarf. More and more Muslim women in Germany are wearing it, and this frightens or angers Germans, although they do not address the topic directly and matter-of-factly. Yet this has nothing to do with assimilation or with an attack on religious liberties. Nowhere in the Koran is there any clear mention of a duty to cover the head. Only 30 years ago, most Muslim women all over the world did not wear a headscarf. Real faith requires no visible symbols. In this case, however, we're not talking about real faith, but about fundamentalist repression..”[93]

“Multiculturalist ideology, i.e. the blind tolerance of any culture or tradition, is destroying Europe and standing in the way of any positive development of Islam. Such ideology has been condemned by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali intellectual and parliamentarian who, having received death threats from Muslims for her defense of women’s rights and tired of European multiculturalism, left Holland to go work in the United States at the American Enterprise Institute. She accused Holland of excessive acquiescence, of encouraging the immobility of Muslim communities and even of letting itself be conquered by Islam and Islamic law.”[94]

“Actually a young Muslim, today, will find himself alone in this dilemma: either be an atheist Westerner or be a Muslim who rejects the West. Instead a third way is also possible: become Christian.”[95]

Just like his Jesuit elders, Father Samir is well on his way of sowing the seeds of a second Eurocentric Holocaust. His statements 1, 2 & 3 above clearly point towards this direction. Politicians in Europe are listening to him. Soren Krarup, a retired Lutheran priest and Danish Member of Parliament compared Hijab to “totalitarian symbols we know from the Nazis and Communism.”[96] Britain’s Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer “will tell head-teachers common sense decisions stopping Muslim pupils wearing Islamic dress would not breach human rights.”[97] On September 11, 07, a Belgian far-right party Vlaams Belang held a rally against “the Islamization of Europe.”[98]

As for the “Somali intellectual,” surprisingly, Father Samir overlooked that “she lied about her name, age and how she came to the Netherlands” on her asylum application.[99] She was already in the Netherlands and was under no compulsion to give false information to the authorities. By generally accepted rules of ethics and morality, “good and virtuous people simply don’t lie”.[100]

Father Samir, on behalf of his “European Masters,” is pushing for a unique Muslim-specific “integration/assimilation” model in Europe. As a Jesuit, he ought to be aware that the concept of “integration” has yet to be accurately defined. It exists as a term, and not a functional policy.[101] Father Samir’s racist model is precisely in line with the horrors which took place at the “HOUSE OF CATECHUMENS.” Young Muslims with social or ideological problems in Europe, can now walk into Father Samir’s 21st century “HOUSE OF CATECHUMENS,” get baptized; their physical attributes mysteriously changing to blonde hair, blue eyed white men: racism and social marginalization simply evaporates overnight.

Decisions to spread hatred of Islam and Muslims in Europe are made at the Vatican. Planning and execution with military precision is done within the four walls of the “Society of Jesus” in Rome. If in future, Muslims are slaughtered in the streets of Europe, forewarned is THE HUMANITY that the architects of this massacre are none other than Pope Benedict XVI and his elite group of Jesuit commanders - including his chief assassin, Jesuit Father Khalil Samir Khalil.



Khalid Jan

Humanity is currently passing through an extremely turbulent time. Fear and artificial circumstances are created by people in power to plunge humanity into chaos and suffering. On the global stage, Muhammad (saw), the Qur’an and Islam are presented as the root cause of every perceivable conflict humans suffer from.

From commoner on the street, to the Pope on pulpit, both are eager to become popular overnight by evilizing Islam in any manner possible. Journalists and writers, totally unfamiliar with the Qur’an and Islam, are routinely writing articles and editorials on a subject of which they know nothing about.

This paper examines the Pope’s September 12, 2006 lecture in Regensburg, Germany, and his early writings when he was a Cardinal. In addition, anti-Qur’an and anti-Islam speeches and writings by few of his Jesuit companions, are also introduced to show how united their struggle is to, by any means, secularize the Qur’an and Islam.

The Roman Catholics in general, are a kind, loving, humble and generous people. Contents of this paper are in no way intended to hurt the religious feelings or convictions of any one of them.

“The current Pope has personally endorsed a document called "Dominus Iesus", published in August 2000, by Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It has been ratified and confirmed by Pope John Paul II "with sure knowledge and by his apostolic authority." This document states that people outside of Christianity are "gravely deficient" in their relationship to God, and that non-Catholic Christian communities had ‘defects’.” (

“We do indeed know how thy heart is distressed at what they say.” [Qur’an 15:97]

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

- Sir Winston Churchill

“In the Islamic tradition, God has given His word to Mohammed, but it's an eternal word. It's not Mohammed's word. It's there for eternity the way it is. There's no possibility of adapting it or interpreting it."

The above statement is attributed to the current Pope. It was made by the Pope’s former student and friend Father Joseph Fessio, a Jesuit and professor of theology at Ave Maria University, on the ‘Hugh Hewitt Show’[1] which aired on January 5, 2006. In September of 2005, a secret seminar at Castelgandolfo in Italy was presided over by the Pope. The subject matter discussed was “The Islamic Concept of God and its consequences for a secular society.”[2] This and many more statements were made by the Pope, in the presence of Father Fessio.[3] On January 21, 2006, Father Fessio made a clarification of his interview in letters to the editor of Washington Times as follows: “I made a serious error in precision when I said that the Koran "cannot be adapted or applied" and that there is "no possibility of adapting or interpreting it." This is certainly not what the Holy Father said. Of course the Koran can be and has been interpreted and applied. I was making a (too) crude summary of the distinction that the Holy Father did make between the inner dynamism of the Koran as a divine text delivered as such to Mohammed, and that of the Bible, which is both the Word of God and the words of men inspired by God, within a community that contains divinely appointed authorized interpreters (the bishops in communion with the pope).”[4] This letter of clarification was in response to Diana West’s January 20, 2006 editorial in Washington Times ‘Silence that speaks volumes.’ She made few observations of Father Fessio’s statement, including the following: “But this is one bombshell that has yet to explode because no one wants to touch it.”[5] In any case, credit must be given to the Pope for his courage for making a statement of truth.

In 1996, Father Fessio published a book titled ‘Salt of the Earth’ by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The ABC Radio National’s presenter Stephen Crittenden, while interviewing Father Fessio on the 20th of September 2006, quoted a short passage from ‘Salt of the Earth:’ “The Qur'an is a total religious law, which regulates the whole of political and social life and insists that the whole order of life be Islamic. Sharia shapes society from beginning to end…Islam has a total organization of life that is completely different from ours; it embraces simply everything…There is a very marked subordination of woman to man; there is a very tightly knit criminal law, indeed a law regulating all areas of life, that is opposed to our modern ideas about society. One has to have a clear understanding that it is not simply a denomination that can be included in the free realm of a pluralistic society.”[6] This passage is one of the missing links which connects to his September 12, 2006 Regensburg ‘shock treatment’ lecture.

Let’s go over a segment of the transcript of that radio interview between Father Fessio and Hugh Hewitt:

“HH: Father Fessio, before the break, you were telling us that after the presentation at Castel Gandolfo by two scholars of Islam this summer with Benedict in attendance, as well as his former students, for the first time in your memory, the Pope did not allow his students to first comment and reserve comment, but in fact, went first. Why, and what did he say?”[7]

“JF: Well, the thesis that was proposed by this scholar was that Islam can enter into the modern world if the Koran is reinterpreted by taking the specific legislation, and going back to the principles, and then adapting it to our times, especially with the dignity that we ascribe to women, which has come through Christianity, of course. And immediately, the Holy Father, in his beautiful calm but clear way, said well, there's a fundamental problem with that, because he said in the Islamic tradition, God has given His word to Mohammed, but it's an eternal word. It's not Mohammed's word. It's there for eternity the way it is. There's no possibility of adapting it or interpreting it, whereas in Christianity, and Judaism, the dynamism's completely different, that God has worked through His creatures. And so, it is not just the word of God, it's the word of Isaiah, not just the word of God, but the word of Mark. He's used His human creatures, and inspired them to speak His word to the world, and therefore by establishing a Church in which he gives authority to His followers to carry on the tradition and interpret it, there's an inner logic to the Christian Bible, which permits it and requires it to be adapted and applied to new situations. I was...I mean, Hugh, I wish I could say it as clearly and as beautifully as he did, but that's why he's Pope and I'm not, okay? That's one of the reasons. One of others, but his seeing that distinction when the Koran, which is seen as something dropped out of Heaven, which cannot be adapted or applied, even, and the Bible, which is a word of God that comes through a human community, it was stunning.”[8]

The interview clearly reveals Father Fessio’s anti-Qur’an, anti-Islam and anti-Muslim sentiments. He says, “…there were more Muslims born in France than people of traditional French background….” Aren’t ‘Muslims born in France’ human? Why, a ‘man of God’ would go to such an extent of making distinction between the Children of Adam and Eve? Further, he says, “Muslims, many of them, perhaps a majority of them are serious about their faith. They're devout. But they have a religion whose principle is based on God's word, not in the words of men, but God's word delivered directly to Mohammed, which can't be interpreted, can't be changed, can't be adapted. And that word is to conquer the word, or render everyone subject to the one true religion, which is Islam. I mean, it is not a religion of stasis or peace.”[9] These are the words of a ‘student and friend’ of Pope Benedict XVI, a Provost ‘appointed by the Holy See.’[10]

Before embarking on his mission to ‘Biblicize’ the Qur’an, and ‘Catholicize’ Islam, it would be of benefit to Father Fessio to go over the very basics of his own religion, as it stands today. In the summer of 2005, Pope Benedict XVI wrote an encyclical[11] ‘Deus Caritas Est’ which means ‘God is Love.’ This encyclical is derived from various Latin words, including the word ‘Eros.’[12] This word in Greek has romantic and sexual connotation. The term erotic is also derived from ‘Eros:’[13] “The nation's largest Catholic archdiocese, run by Roger Cardinal Mahoney, has covered current hymnals with an adhesive sticker, hiding the sexual and demonic artwork recently exposed in the feature film documentary ‘Rape of the Soul’.”[14]

A functional society cannot exist in a harmonious way unless a level of fear is introduced by the authorities. For example, taxes are paid within due date for fear of getting penalized; a vehicle is not driven without a valid license, insurance and registration for fear of getting caught by the police; laws of the land are obeyed for fear of being pursued by various government agencies. At certain times, authorities even create artificial fear to psychologically control the masses.

If, as the Pope is suggesting, ‘God is Love,’ then the door becomes wide open for self-gratification, immorality and sin. When a thief steals, a killers kills, a robber robs, a rapist rapes, and if they happen to be believers in ‘God is Love’ doctrine, they have then no fear of God. This fear, in actuality, reminds the person that acts of brutality and violence ignites God’s anger, and that Hell fire can be his or her abode after death. This flawed doctrine of ‘God is Love’ infected the Roman Catholic Church’s hierarchy which then channeled down to the masses through the clergy. Because of this very doctrine, little children were sexually molested, robbed of their innocence by priests in the dark dungeons of Churches around the world. Nuns made pregnant by Godless priests were forced to have abortions.[15] The “ROMAN CATHOLIC priests in the United States are dying from Aids at least four times as fast as the general population, largely as a result of homosexual contact that the church hierarchy has anxiously sought to hush up, according to an extensive study published in the Kansas City Star.”[16] Sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church was so rampant that in a 1962 document, Vatican told bishops ‘to cover up sex abuse’ scandals.[17] Spiritual, mental and physical corruption is the end result when ‘Fear of God’ gets replaced by ‘God is Love.’ How beautifully the Bible describes this Fear of God: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”[18]

Is Father Fessio aware that children, young girls and disadvantaged women are being smuggled from eastern European and third world countries for sexual exploitation into the Western European nations, such as Italy and Spain?[19] In the land of John Paul II, Poland, an annual ‘Eroticon’[20] festival takes place. One of the main attractions of this festival is when women break ‘sexual record’ by having intimate relationship with men one after the other in front of a live audience. Poland is 80%, Spain 83% and Italy 97% Roman Catholic. If Islam ‘is not a religion of peace,’ as Father Fessio suggests, then where is that ‘dignity which Christianity ascribes to women’ when “350,000 men from Germany travel to Asia, avail themselves of the services of prostitutes or to purchase a wife.”[21]

The Pope and Father Fessio are worried about the depopulation of Christians in the West.[22] To resolve the problem of depopulation in the West, they should go after the greedy corporations, immoral politicians, and the mass media outlets that are pushing their agenda for an ‘alternative life style’, ‘Pet Parenting,’ ‘non-religious sub-culture’, and so forth. Christian babies are not going to grow on trees unless these immoral ideologies are trampled by the Pope in Saint Peter’s Square. Hence, neither the Pope nor Father Fessio has any good reason to blame Islam or its teachings for the depopulation of ‘traditional’ people in the West.

The Spiritual death to Catholicism and countless of its followers did not occur suddenly, but through centuries of evils taking root within the Roman Catholic Church, and its extensions throughout the world. The dark cloud that hangs over the Roman Catholic Church is not going to disappear overnight. It will continue to thicken accumulating more electrostatic charge which may, one day, release its anger by pulling the plug on the ‘Throne of St. Peter.’ The cries and wailing of those little children who were raped, abused and sexually molested by the Roman Catholic priests are capable of tearing the seven firmaments of the heavens above. If the sin of Adam is a hereditary stain which is passed onto every child who comes into this world,[23] then, most definitely, sins of the disgraced priests must also pass onto to the Roman Catholic Church and its extensions: where are the Roman soldiers who are needed once again to nail another innocent man onto the ‘Cross’ for the sins of the rotten lot of the ‘Holy Roman Catholic Church?’

In Father Fessio’s interview, he refers to two so called ‘scholars,’ one ‘Pakistani Muslim Scholar Rashan’[24] who thinks that ‘Islam can enter into dialogue with modernity, but only if it radically reinterprets the Koran…’ and the other ‘Egyptian born Coptic Catholic’ – a Jesuit named Father Samir Khalil Samir who had a book with him containing ‘100 Questions on Islam’ by ‘key Islamic leaders’ who aim to conquer Europe. Any Muslim, who has the correct Islamic belief and sound understanding of its teachings, would never think in such an irrational manner of ‘conquering Europe.’ Muslims in the West can’t even organize their own ‘ghettoized’ institutions leave aside the prospect of even running a single functional government somewhere in Europe. The majority of Western Muslims desire to live peacefully with their fellow citizens. As the Qur’an says: “People, We created you all from a single man and a single woman, and made you into races and tribes so that you should recognize one another. In God’s eyes, the most honored of you are the ones most mindful of Him: God is all knowing, all aware.”[25]

The Pope and his companions are using the cold war doctrine of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” The secularist and the hardcore reformists some with PhD titles glued to their names calling themselves ‘scholars of Islam,’ are frequent guests at Castlegandolfo, such as Father Christian Troll, a Jesuit, who is heavily influenced by late Professor Fazlur Rahman.[26] The Pope, Father Fessio, Father Troll, Father Samir, and Cardinal Pell are working tirelessly to completely reshape the teachings and understanding of the Qur’an, and subsequently Islam – but on whose behalf?

Stephen Crittenden, during his interview, asked Father Fessio if “the Christian Church regard Muhammad of Mecca as a Prophet of God?” To this, Father Fessio responds “We must believe, as Christians, that Muhammad is not a prophet, and that therefore whatever comes from Muhammad is either coming from his own imagination or his own reflection, or from borrowings.” Stephan Crittenden then asks Father Fessio “It’s not a true revelation?” Father Fessio responds “No. It’s coming from the evil one I mean those are the only sources there can be from the Christian of view.”[27] According to Young People's Bible Dictionary “Other names or expressions for Satan are devil, John 8:44; the evil one, Matt. 13:19”[28] So, in Father Fessio’s view, ‘whatever comes from Muhammad’ is from Satan. Little does he know that in two short verses, the Qur’an refutes him: “No evil ones have brought down this (Revelation)”[29] and “Nor is it the word of an evil spirit accursed?”[30] Due to his misperceived assertions, Father Fessio unfolded one of many miraculous features of the Qur’an. One such is ‘coherent and argumentative precision in refuting its critics.’

Further, in his interview with Hugh Hewitt, Father Fessio says “…Islam is stuck. It’s stuck with a text that cannot be adapted, or even be interpreted properly.” This statement directly contradicts what he said in his January 21, 2006 clarification letter to the Washington Times. Moreover, Father Fessio in support of secularism says “I mean Jesus is the one who says 'Render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God'. Muhammad didn't say that.”[31] This saying of Jesus should be in reverse order: God first and Caesar second. Else the only meaning that can be extracted from this passage is that the masses should submit to authority first, and then to God. What if the authority is Godless and prevents people from submitting to God? A classic example is Stanislaw Wielgus who resigned “minutes before his inauguration as Archbishop of Warsaw” because of his communist-era collaboration with the secret police. “Historians estimate that up to 15% of Polish clergy agreed to inform on their colleagues in the communist era.”[32] Concerning Muhammad, he appeared with his Prophetic mission in Arabia centuries after Caesar to call Humanity back to Monotheism. In one of the verses of the Qur’an, God says “You, who believe, obey God and the Messenger, and those in authority among you.”[33] Here, God comes first, then His Messenger second, and authority – i.e. modern Caesar – third. How beautifully the Qur’an corrected the above New Testament passage attributed to Jesus.

In fact, at present, it is Christianity and the Western civilization[34] that is ‘stuck,’ frozen in time, and dying. Christianity adapted to modernity, and changed the very essence of the teachings of Jesus Christ. They embraced the corrupt, unethical, and dehumanized code of life put forward by the Godless politicians, self-centered Darwinist, disoriented philosophers, and confused atheists in order to put the Church on a ‘politically correct’ secularized path. The materialistic ways of life have destroyed the lives of a great number of citizens of the Western world. Compared to the so called ‘developing’ or the ‘Third World’ countries, people in the West are generally well off and can easily acquire the material goods they desire, and yet, “stress is epidemic in the western world,”[35] and “During 1990-1994, a total of 154,444 persons committed suicide in the United States,”[36] and “Europe has the world's highest suicide rate and cases are rising among young people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).”[37] For the past 2,000 years, what has the Roman Catholic Church done for the dying humanity which Islam couldn’t do in 1,400 years? By secularizing Islam, will the killings, forced prostitution, abuse of women, drug trafficking, suicide, and many more social ills in the West disappear?

The Roman Catholic Church, since its inception, deprived good-hearted Christians of belief in One True God. It wrapped the True Monotheism taught by Abraham, Moses and Jesus in Greek and Roman mythologies.[38] The ‘Vicar of Christ’ became one of the richest people on earth.[39] Ordinary working class people barely making ends meet,[40] on top of paying generous tribute to ‘Caesar,’ had to channel ‘Peter's Pence’ to the Pope for his expanded luxurious lifestyle. Moreover, in the bygone era “The cardinals’ wealth was enormous. In addition to the gifts from European monarchs, the cardinals were directly connected to that elaborate system which sucked gold from all over Europe. Half of the revenue of the Holy See was theirs by right – half of the Peter’s Pence, half the income from taxes, from gifts. At every election the pope, by custom, gave each cardinal handsome gifts in specie.”[41] This trend continues even today.[42] Alas, how far away have they gone from the teachings of Jesus. A man sent by God 2,000 years ago to teach humanity the ‘Art of Living.’ To resist the material things of this life so the heart can directly connect with God. Jesus had no palace, no cardinals, no Bishops, no Jesuits, and no priests, not even a decent refuge to cover his head: “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”[43] Such beautiful words, full of wisdom and spiritual heights from the lips of beloved Jesus can only touch the hearts of those who are truly God conscious.

The Jesuit order, founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola, is an intellectual, missionary and propaganda arm of the Roman Catholic Church.[44] Through their educational and academic institutions, they penetrate into diverse social, cultural and religious circles where they intellectually and psychologically condition people for an alternate subculture based on directives given by the Church or governments.[45] Jesuits are the ones who work on top, and then let their social-programming flow down through ‘pre-designated channels’ for implementation. They “were expelled from Portugal (1759), France (1764), Spain (1767), Naples (1767), and Russia (1820).”[46] Their expulsion was based on nothing but accumulation of worldly riches and corruption.[47] “Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus discovered archival notes that indicate that long dead Jesuit, John Leary, had been involved in the sexual abuse of boys and young men sometime during his tenure at Gonzaga University, where he served as president from 1961 to 1969.”[48]

According to father Fessio, “…Christians in the United States are the ones who will be able to save not just Christianity, but Western civilization….”[49] These words of hopelessness are coming from the mouth of a Jesuit, a student and close friend of the Pope. What is the reason for asking America to save Christianity and the ‘Western Civilization?’ Who actually is endangering Father Fessio’s Christian civilization that he is desperately in need of America’s Evangelical Christians - who themselves are in the graveyard of the spiritually dead: “O you of little faith.”[50] In 1998, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger warned Roman Catholics not to read Anthony de Mello’s books, an Indian Jesuit priest. Partly because he felt ‘the moral corruption’ at the heart of the Catholic Church, and therefore he added some ‘eastern wisdom’ into his books to fill spiritual vacuum absent from Church’s teachings.[51]

Robert of Geneva was Archbishop of Cambrai in 1368, and cardinal in 1371. “He was recognized by France (his protector), Scotland (France’s ally), Spain, and Naples. Several German states also recognized him.”[52] He butchered more than 4000 citizens of Cesena – a city in Northern Italy. He was referred to as ‘the Butcher of Cesena.’ The amazing aspect of this sad episode in history is the people he butchered were Christians. Was this ‘Butcher of Cesena inspired by this Biblical passage: “Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all—old and young, girls and women and little children.”[53] Following the footprints of Robert of Geneva, Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney is well on his way to create global fear of Islam and hatred of Muslims in the West.

In his speech at Naples, Florida, Cardinal Pell made following comments about the Qur’an and Islam: “On the other hand one or two people I met, who had lived in Pakistan and suffered there, claimed to me that the Koran legitimized the killings of non-Muslims. In my own reading of the Koran, I began to note down invocations to violence. There are so many of them, however, that I abandoned this exercise after 50 or 60 or 70 pages. Islam is not a tolerant religion.”[54] The ending of his speech is enough to open the gates of anti-Muslim sentiments in the West. The fallacies in his comments are quite apparent.

His speech is nothing but distractive propaganda. A tool frequently used to divert the attention of the masses from the real issues. As of 2006, “The total number of accusations against Catholic clergy in the United States now stands at more than 12,000 since 1950.”[55] Roughly 83% of America is Christian.[56] According to FBI, “An estimated 16,692 persons were murdered nationwide in 2005, an increase of 3.4 percent from the 2004 figure.”[57] Every year, around 55,000 young Europeans die due to alcohol consumption.[58] Who distills, manufactures, sells, exports and serves alcohol in Europe? Who manufactures, distributes and exports guns and ammunition in the West?

On Archdiocese of Sydney’s website, nowhere is it mentioned that Cardinal Pell has any academic credentials either in the Arabic language or in the exegesis of the Qur’an from a reputed academic institution. Therefore, he has no authority to publicly make statements about the Qur’an based on his reading of ‘50 or 60 or 70 pages’ of an English translation. He committed a logical fallacy called ‘unsupported claims.’ The Qur’an is in the Arabic language. No rendering of its meaning is considered the Qur’an. As a result, he commits another fallacy known as ‘false analogy.’ Many chapters and verses of the Qur’an have context which is called in Arabic ‘Asbâb un-Nuzûl’ or ‘Reasons and Occasions of Revelation.’ This contextual information is found in many books of Traditions of the Prophet.

“On Feb. 9, 1950, Joseph R. McCarthy, an obscure Republican senator from Wisconsin, uttered the words that would make him the symbol for an age. ''I have in my hand,'' he said, ''a list of 205 Communists that were made known to the Secretary of State and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department. McCarthy had no such list. He knew nothing about Communists in the federal government or anywhere else. But to millions of Americans he provided a simple explanation for Communism's growing strength around the world.”[59] After 56 years, Cardinal George Pell lands in Florida, approaches the podium, and gives a talk on a subject of which he knows nothing about.

In light of the arguments presented above, it is clear that Cardinal Pell made his anti-Qur’an, anti-Islam speech firstly to provoke Muslims, and secondly, to use it as propaganda to divert the attention from the horrible sexual crimes committed by Roman Catholic priests. Without any reservations, he can be safely called a deceiver: “These wise teachers will fall into the trap of their own foolishness.” [60]

If speeches made by the Pope and Cardinal Pell coupled together with interviews given by Father Fessio are seen from a timeline perspective, their public addresses connect in perfect harmony. 1.) Secret meeting at Castel Gandolfo, September 2, 2005. 2.) Father Fessio’s radio interview on January 5, 2006. 3.) Cardinal Pell’s speech on February 4, 2006 at Naples, Florida. 4.) Pope’s lecture on September 12, 2006 in Germany. Are these sequential events a chance, a coincidence? No, they are part of the plan to spread misconceptions about the Qur’an, create fear of Islam, and to make an unknown Pope popular overnight. No wonder “Pope Benedict XVI, in the first full year of his papacy, was far and away the editors' choice as newsmaker of the year.”[61]

“In an interview in 2004 for Le Figaro Magazine, Ratzinger said Turkey, a country Muslim by heritage and staunchly Secularist by its state constitution, should seek its future in an association of Islamic nations rather than the EU, which has Christian roots. He said Turkey had always been "in permanent contrast to Europe" and that linking it to Europe would be a mistake.”[62] On August 1, 2005, the late Italian racist and anti-Islam ‘journalist’ Oriana Fallaci met Pope Benedict XVI at Castelgandolfo. At the conclusion of her visit, she said: “I feel less alone when I read the books of Cardinal Ratzinger.”[63] David Gibson, ‘a journalist and Catholic convert,’ in his recent book ‘The Rule of Benedict: Pope Benedict XVI and His Battle with the Modern World’ writes that the Pope “Blames Islam for much of slave trade.”[64]

On the one hand, the Pope and his companions are making provocative statements about Qur’an, Muhammad and Islam, whereas on the other hand, the Pope “worries about clash between religions and cultures.”[65] How is it possible to engage in a Cross Cultural Dialogue when no ground rules exist? And if there do exist any, they are repeatedly broken by the Pope and his companions: “A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.”[66]

“Julius Streicher, editor of the infamous Nazi broadsheet Der Stürmer in Weimar-era Germany. To arouse anti-semitic sentiments among the weekly’s working class Christian readership, Streicher regularly published truncated quotations from Talmudic texts that, in their shortened form, appear to advocate greed, slavery, and ritualistic murder.”[67]

With regards to the purpose of his speech delivered on September 12, 2006 at the University of Regensburg, it was a staged event primarily to provoke Muslims, and to make an obscure German Pope popular. As to the contents of his speech, it has no spiritual dimension whatsoever to start with. His reflections are over secularization of Europe, separation of reason from faith, removing Greek thought from the New Testament, and that Christianity is based on reason and Islam is not. Since the speech was delivered by a Pope, at once, it became a ‘Hollywood style’ success.

Let’s focus on Pope’s brief thoughts over the issue of ‘reason’ and Islam. He says: “In the seventh conversation edited by Professor Khoury, the emperor touches on the theme of the jihad (holy war). The emperor must have known that surah 2, 256 reads: There is no compulsion in religion. It is one of the suras of the early period, when Mohammed was still powerless and under threat.”[68] The verse 256 of chapter 2 of the Qur’an has nothing to do with either ‘Jihad’ or Muhammad being ‘powerless and under threat.’ There are six contextual reports related to this verse. All six of them talk about individuals at the time of the Prophet Muhammad coercing some people to accept Islam. In this relation ‘There is no compulsion in religion’ verse was reveled.[69] In order to attribute reason to Christianity and violence to Islam, both the Pope and Professor Khoury ignored the context in which the verse was reveled. Why did the Pope quote the Byzantine emperor, absolutely no rational explanation?

The Pope quotes the emperor asking the ‘educated Persian’ from the text edited by Professor Khoury as follows: “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”[70] This is the ‘bolt from the blue’ which provoked Muslims all over the world. It is indeed difficult to comprehend how the Pope, considered by many as an ‘academic,’ quotes such a statement where the person engaged in dialogue with the emperor has no name. If a legal public case involving two persons is presented to a court of law, one having a proper name and the other referred to as an ‘educated German,’ the judge will simply dismiss the case, throw both parties in dispute and the lawyers out of the court.

The condition of Spain before Muslim rule was a miserable one, especially for the Jews. They were forcefully baptized, prohibited from conducting business with the Christians, ordered not to abstain from eating Pork, and if they were found to have practiced rites of their religion, orders were given to behead, burn or stone them to death. When oppression reached its peak, Jews and the Christian ruler of Ceuta, Count Julian,[71] amid a civil war sought help from the Muslims in Africa. In 711 CE, Muslims reached Spain. Finally, after less than 300 years of brutal Visigoths rule, oppression was lifted from the land. This newly acquired freedom “brought advantages to many elements of society.”[72] In the annals of history, it is known as the ‘Golden Age’ for Spanish Jews.[73]

When Muslims arrived in Spain, they were in Europe. Their rule turned lifeless cities into glamorous metropolises. Justice and peace established a tolerant climate where people of diverse faiths lived side by side. Students from other parts of Europe came to study philosophy, science and medicine from Jewish, Christian and Muslims scholars. Physical manifestation of esthetic beauty, imagination, art, poetry, architecture, agriculture, commerce, and many other achievements were everywhere.[74] The force that made them spread their wings of intellectual renaissance was none other than faith and reason. When their rule ended, they were given the choice of either convert to Roman Catholicism or leave Spain.[75] In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI appears on the stage, and proclaims that ‘Christianity is based on reason’, and Islam is not.

In the interest and well-being of humanity, it is about time that the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI and his team of Jesuits examine the condition of their hearts based on the teachings of Jesus Christ present in numerous New Testament passages. They must also correct their clouded view of Muhammad, Qur’an and Islam. Reading and quoting texts written by those hostile to Islam, is not a sensible approach in developing mutual understanding and respect between Is...


Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

Sept. 17, 2006

Let the faithful of Islam hear my warning words, before it is too late for us to prevent a terrible consequence for all humanity!

The founder of Christianity, Jesus Christ, was born during the reign of the evil Roman Emperor Augustus, and was murdered, through crucifixion, by the order of the Pontius Pilate who was the personal agent of the frankly satanic Emperor Tiberius, who was resident, with his retinue of Mithra-cultists, at his headquarters at the truly capriolic Isle of Capri. The chronicle of these events was supplied by the four accounts of the Christian Apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; a deeper insight into the chronicled events was supplied by the Apostle John. The deeper understanding of the Christian mission, as I share presently relevant elements of this knowledge, was supplied, to the present day, by the Testament and Letters of the Apostle John and the Letters of the Apostle Paul.

The writings of the Apostles John and Paul represent the Classical Greek science which was the highest form of scientific and related knowledge of that time, in opposition to the pro-Satanic legacy of the worship of the Olympian Zeus and other pro-reductionist excretions of that wicked Pythian cult of the Delphi Apollo from which the evil of imperial Rome had sprung in that time.

So, the Apostles Peter and Paul, among legions of other Apostles and ordinary Christians, were murdered in their martyrdom by a Roman Empire which has been intrinsically evil from the time of its conception to its present incarnation in such forms as British intelligence's agent Bernard Lewis' view of the goals of the British Empire today.

So, when Rome's prolonged policy of mass murder of Christians failed to destroy Christianity, the evil Emperor Diocletian gave up the tactic of mass-murder, not because he was humane, but because he was a smart and infinitely corrupt tyrant who was shrewd enough to abandon what had been proven to be a hopeless quest. Nonetheless, despite that lesson from Roman history, a similar mass-murder against Jews was done by the German heir of the Roman Empire's tradition, Adolf Hitler. Thus, when all earlier efforts by the Roman Emperors to exterminate Christianity by Hitler-like methods had failed, Diocletian's faithful follower Constantine sought to accomplish, by corruption, what Rome had failed to effect by mass-murderous, overtly repressive force. Indeed, the current reality is that neither Christianity, nor Islam, could be extinguished from this planet, except by the destruction of the planet itself.

Thus, a would-be new Roman Empire, the heritage of Lord Shelburne's British Empire, reacted to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's victory over Lord Palmerston's puppet, the slaveowner's Confederacy. Britain reacted to the defeat of its Confederacy puppet, by reliance on corruption deployed within, through the New York financial center's leading tools of British financier interests within the U.S.A. Where mere force had failed, Constantine's strategy for destroying Christianity was by corruption, by legalizing it as a cult of the heathen Roman Imperial Pantheon. The corruption was expressed through Constantine's effort to control the selection of the bishops of an imperially legalized church. A similar, implicitly treasonous factor within London-linked U.S. financier circles has been used, repeatedly, in the use of corruption, as against the Franklin Roosevelt tradition by President Harry Truman, as a weapon to destroy the U.S.A., by corruption, from within.

Alexander the Great and his counselors of the Platonic Academy, defeated the design for such an oligarchical "world empire" at that time; but, with the close of the Second Punic War, and the fall of Syracuse and the deaths of Eratosthenes and his collaborator Archimedes, the emergence of the Roman Empire of the Mediterranean and adjoining regions was merely a matter of time.

Since that time, the tradition of the Roman Empire has persisted in various guises, as an earlier Rome was superseded by Diocletian's adoption of what had been the post-Peloponnesian War, Babylonian design for intended oligarchical world-rule: this time, by dividing the Roman Empire between its failing Western branch, Rome, and its Eastern branch, Byzantium.

So, the decline of Byzantium was exploited by Venice's financier oligarchy, to create the medieval system of Europe, in partnership with the brutish Norman chivalry.

So, the rise of modern European civilization was corrupted and nearly destroyed by the replacement of the failed Norman chivalry by the bestiality of the religious warfare launched by that satanic figure, Grand Inquisitor Tomàs de Torquemada, who sparked a 1492-1648 wave of Venice-steered religious warfare against modern European civilization.

This was the Torquemada who was the model chosen for crafting the synthetic personality of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, by the leader of Martinist freemasonary, Count Joseph de Maistre. This same model of Torquemada as "The Executioner," which de Maistre crafted directly for the creation of the personality of Napoleon as Emperor, was that copied for the creation of the same type of personality in the morally putrid flesh of Adolf Hitler.

The mass murder of Jews by Hitler, was and is the legacy of Torquemada and his nominally Christian, synarchist and kindred followers of Europe and throughout the Americas to the present day.

The legacy of the Norman and Torquemada's crusades, is the root of the present-day Anglo-Dutch Liberal system's intentions to stage a global religious warfare against Islam, the religious warfare which the British Arab Bureau's Bernard Lewis has done so much to foment today.

Why the Press Fraud Against the Pope
Jesus Christ was born a Jew, and was murdered as what Rome viewed as a threat of reestablishment of a Jewish state. Christ's principal Apostles were Jews, as this is typified by the close association of the Apostle Peter with the great Jewish teacher Philo of Alexandria. The exemplary relation of Jew and Christian, alike, to Islam, is that typified by the collaboration of Christian, Muslim, and Jew which was expressed in the collaboration between Charlemagne and the Baghdad Caliphate. It should have been always, as the great theologian of Europe's Fifteenth-Century Renaissance, Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa presented this fact in his De Pace Fidei.

However, ever since Charlemagne's leadership in ecumenicism among Christian, Jew, and Islam, the legacy of the imperial Rome which perpetrated the judicial murder of Jesus Christ and masses of Christians, has repeatedly sought to reaffirm the oligarchical system of imperial reign, through putting Christians, Jews, and Muslims against one another's throats, as we see in the press orchestration of today's widespread, fraudulent representation of the implications of an excerpt from Pope Benedict's address. The history of the British Empire, to the present day of the British Arab Bureau's Bernard Lewis, is exemplary of this use of religious warfare as an instrument of attempted global imperial reign by Venetian-style financier-oligarchy, the same attempt expressed today by the use of "globalization" to eradicate the institution of the sovereign nation-state.

The corrupt action of the international press, in this matter, has the ominous character of an effort to arrange the assassination of a Pope Benedict not much liked among Lynne Cheney's friends in Liz Symons' London, and have the Islamic world blamed for the attempt.

Indeed, the widespread, fraudulent representation of the recent address on the subject of ecumenicism, by Pope Benedict, can not be competently understood, except as a fresh expression of the malicious propaganda-effort of the British Arab Bureau's Bernard Lewis (the assigned controller of Harvard-trained British agents Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Samuel P. Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations"). So, as the Roman Empire sought to destroy Charlemagne's ecumenical collaboration among Christians, Jews, and Islam, through the Venetian-directed Norman Crusaders, the contemporary Anglo-Dutch-Liberal faction of today's imperial finance has created and deployed Bernard Lewis's pro-satanic dogma of "Clash of Civilizations," using not only corrupt U.S. creatures such as Kissinger, Huntington, and their ilk, but also Bush-loving fanatics whose adopted beliefs are close to the essentials of a Satanic cult.

Meanwhile, elements in the ranks of nominal Moslems who have been traditionally assets spun out of London's puppet Al-Afghani, are used by Anglo-Dutch Liberal intelligence organizations, as creatures from a drama written and directed by Bernard Lewis, to seek, thus, to bring Islam to self-destruction of its peoples from within.

Witness those abysmally immoral degenerates, the fanatical backers of a lunatic President George W. Bush, Jr., whose very presence in office defiles the name of Christianity. Witness nominal Catholics who continue the tradition of the Habsburgs and Coudenhove-Kalergi in frankly fascist guise still today, the continuing tradition of the religious warfare of 1492-1648. See the fraudulent mass-media treatment of Benedict's proffer of a dialogue of religions, as being a part of the preparations for Vice-President Dick Cheney's intended launching of a probably nuclear-armed attack on Iran at some moment of orchestrated opportunity prior to the November U.S. mid-term elections.

Such an attack on Iran would be the detonator of an unquenchable global holocaust which would not end until it had burned out the combustible material of our planet as a whole. Such an attack on Iran is the goal of those behind the fraudulent operation against Pope Benedict run on Vice-President Cheney's behalf, through a complicit European and other corrupt, and usually lying mass media, on whose rotten moral character I have remarkably expert personal experience.

Any political leader of any nation, who is not a fool, will quickly see this matter as I do. Anyone foolish enough to play into the game which an orchestrated press has played through the fraudulent treatment of an excerpt taken from the Pope's remarks, will be guilty of any Hell on Earth which continued promotion of the press-hoax is clearly intended to facilitate.

1. What Must You Believe?
The common conception of the nature of man and woman, shared among Jew, Christian, and Muslim, is that distinction emphasized in the conclusion of the first Chapter of the Book of Genesis. I can attest to the absolute, scientific validity of those verses from my personal knowledge. I can attest, to a related subject, to the absolute validity of that denunciation which was presented by Philo of Alexandria against the philosophically reductionist misconception of Creation. This is what we, all three, should believe.

The Creator of the universe must be recognized as a living personality, whose nature, as distinguished from that of all of the beasts, is reflected in the essential nature of the immortal essence of the creative powers, absent among the beasts, but which is the essential distinction of the human personality. On that account, the lives of all human individuals are sacred under the natural law of this eternal universe. So, we must see the relationship among Christian, Jew, and Muslim as Nicholas of Cusa portrays this principle in his famous dialogue De Pace Fidei. In this configuration of the social process, the individual's belief must be primarily accountable to this specific kind of personal relationship, as emphasized by Cusa, to the living Creator existing as the actively willful power within a finite, but boundlessly self-bounded universe.

So, as nations must be sovereign in their lawmaking, the community of sovereign peoples must seek constantly to come to a less imperfect common understanding of the natural law implicit in the Creator's governance of that universe. We must never overestimate the perfection of what we might consider to be our established belief. We shall always have much which is essential yet to discover, and a task of which we had not dreamed to do.

However, this needed understanding, by any person, or by any nation, or any body of religious belief, is necessarily imperfect in two ways. Firstly, we know the universe as it exists until now only imperfectly, as the Apostle Paul insists in his I Corinthians 13. Secondly, as Philo warns the Aristoteleans of his time, God the Creator never surrendered His power to change the universe which He had created. Philo's argument implies the question: Would any sane person pray to a Creator which they believed to be impotent? A wise Jewish Rabbi would say, therefore, and some whom I have known, have done, that the Messiah will not return according to some time-table, but only when the Creator chooses.

On the matter of the higher implications of the Creator's nature: the best evidence of scientific knowledge is, that as the Solar planetary system was generated, as a higher form of existence, by a young, fast-spinning Sun, God's universe is not fixed, is never entropic, but always anti-entropic, always working to develop and expand into higher states of existence. Mankind's essential mission is to act in the likeness of the Creator, and companion of that Creator, in this way.

Accordingly, we must approach the management of the affairs of the universe in a manner which is governed by a careful blending of certainties and humilities.

An Example: Modern European Science
Modern European science emerged out of the influence of the history of ancient Egypt, as in the form of what the ancient Classical Greeks, such as the Pythagoreans and Plato, knew as the scientific method of Sphaerics. Although this knowledge, as typified by the circles of Plato, was sustained by the Platonic Academy until about B.C. 212, until the deaths of Eratosthenes and Archimedes, it was largely suppressed by the influence of the Delphi Apollo cult on the ideology of ancient Rome, both before and after the imperial phase. Much of the knowledge was kept on record, in Greek, under Byzantium, and was echoed in the collected work of the Baghdad Caliphate, but this knowledge was not revived as a leading, active feature of culture until the Venetian-Norman ultramontane system of tyranny had collapsed, and the subsequent rise of the influence of the great ecumenical Council of Florence.

Modern science, and its beneficial effects on shaping mankind's conception of itself, was founded as experimental physical science by Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa, beginning with his De Docta Ignorantia. All of the valid currents of modern science are traced from that point through such students of Cusa as Luca Pacioli and Leonardo da Vinci. However, a systematic view of physical science as a whole was first established by Cusa follower Johannes Kepler's uniquely original discovery of universal gravitation. From that point on, science progressed along the lines marked chiefly by Fermat, Leibniz, Gauss, and Riemann, in opposition to the reductionists typified by such house-lackeys and followers of Venice's Paolo Sarpi as the scurrilous Galileo Galilei, the wicked Rene Descartes, the morally perverted John Locke, and the Eighteenth-Century radical reductionists de Moivre, d'Alembert, Euler, Lagrange, and the Nineteenth-Century followers of Laplace, Cauchy, Kelvin, Helmholtz, et al.

The relevant point to be emphasized here, is that the differences between the two, principally opposing currents in modern European physical science, between the followers of Cusa and Kepler, and the reductionist schools of empiricism, positivism, and existentialism, are essentially theological, that in the specific sense that the science of the followers of Cusa, Kepler, Leibniz, and Riemann, is emphatically a Christian view of the universe consistent with the referenced identification of man and woman in Genesis 1, whereas the reductionist schools in science find their roots in the tradition of the implicitly pro-Satanic school of the Delphi Apollo and Roman imperial Pantheon.

These same issues, which appear in such forms in the domain of European physical science since ancient Classical Greece, are related to the ugly fact that organized Christianity itself is dying in North America and western and central Europe, this as a result of the induced cultural paradigm-shift which was launched by such frankly Satanic cults as the Congress for Cultural Freedom led by such deceased and still living creatures of the U.S.A. as the late Professor Sidney Hook and currently active John Train.

This decadence spread within the Christian churches, including the Catholic Church, is typified by the accelerated shrinking of the clergy, through the combined effects of aging and death of the older ranks, and the lack of renewal of those ranks from younger volunteers. This decadence is also expressed, in appropriate forms, by the wild-eyed lunatic cults associated with the political base of increasingly demented U.S. President George W. Bush, Jr. Fewer and fewer serve, because fewer and fewer believe, a fault which lies not in the belief, but in the believer.

The most important, common, practical issue of religion and science, is the issue of truth. In both cases, the issue is essentially the same. No living person has ever seen a universal physical principle with the human senses, nor has he seen the Creator. Both objects exist, but since each encompasses the entire universe, neither is an object of sense-perception. Sense-perception perceives no more than the footprints of each. So, just as we are enabled, as Cusa, Kepler, and Leibniz were, to discover universal physical principles, we are enabled, by the same quality unique to the human mind, to recognize the proof of the existence of the Creator.

The problem behind this phenomenon of decadence today, is that the alternative to truth is what is often called "democracy," but is better recognized as Sophistry. The standard here is the same which Plato's dialogues present as the evidence against the Sophistry through which a formerly triumphant Athens destroyed itself through the adoption of that Sophistry associated with that Democratic Party of Athens which perpetrated the judicial murder of the saintly Socrates.

The characteristic of Sophistry is the substitution of belief in popular opinion of some group in society for scientific evidence, just as the idea of "democracy" associated with the Athens of Pericles induced Athens to destroy itself in the Peloponnesian War. The decline and fall of European civilization now, especially since the time of the official cover-up of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and the earlier replacement of the policies of President Franklin Roosevelt by the corruption embodied in the Harry Truman administration, has led into the virtual bankruptcy of the U.S.A, and western and central Europe today.

Powerful cultures are never destroyed except as global civilization is being destroyed today, by the decadence spreading from the USA and Europe, the decadence typified by the role of pro-British U.S. President Harry Truman and the rise of the so-called "68ers" of Europe and the Americas today.

The problem now is that advocacy of what is induced as widely accepted mass opinion, is used as a substitute for, and even a vicious opponent of truth. That is what the term "Sophistry" means. That is what the terms "rhetoric," or "spin," mean. "You can't go against popular opinion," is the sound of the death-rattle of whole civilizations.

2. Truth Is Love of All Mankind
Do you love mankind? Is love of all mankind your highest priority in all matters, including religious belief?

Take the case of the Netherlands today. One of the ugliest problems of moral corruption seen anywhere on this planet today, is the notorious Dutch policy toward persons past the age of seventy years. Euthanasia is cheaper than Nazi death-camps as a way of ridding a nation of an unwanted population. A nation which tolerates such practice of so-called "euthanasia" should be regarded as an outlaw nation until such time as it might mend its ways.

Of course, this policy of mass murder in the name of "euthanasia," was begun by my wealthy enemies inside the U.S.A., not Nazi Germany. The Dutch gave us the Elm disease; the U.S.A. gave Hitler and today's Dutch government the euthanasia disease.

This illustrates the point, that the worst crimes against humanity are those practiced in the name of adopted policies of governments, or, simply, the spread of a certain strain of popular opinion. Thus, the greatest of all crimes is lack of a primary emphasis on love for all mankind. Religious and racial hatred, such as anti-Semitism, or hatred against Islam, or, hatred of Christians, is, on record of known history, the most evil expression of criminality to be seen on the planet today.

Return attention to Nicholas of Cusa's De Pace Fidei on this account. If you love the Creator, you must view all branches of the human family in that light, as Cusa presents that argument there. This was the stroke of genius expressed by the role of Cardinal Mazarin, in bringing the warring people of Europe to the commitment to "love one another," in the 1648 Peace of Westphalia. The great danger to all humanity today, is the attempts, on the one side, of pitiably deranged minds like that of President George W. Bush, Jr., or the brutishly pro-Satanic Vice-President Dick Cheney, to launch a war against Islam, and the danger that forces within Islam would tend to react in kind. In either case, especially in the case of such responses from both sides, civilization throughout this planet would be doomed to effects to be suffered for generations yet to come.

The same forces behind the fraudulent campaigns of a corrupt international press, in using a willfully lying fallacy of composition to stir up Islamic hatreds against a Pope Benedict, are the forces behind the intention of having Vice-President Cheney launch a terrible aerial attack of about a month's duration against Iran and other targets. If you wish a session in Hell for yourself and also your descendants, if any actually live, continue the kind of pattern of action and reaction which the widespread press-hoax against Pope Benedict unleashed during this past week.



Michael Carmichael
Planetary Movement

Unexpectedly, it came upon the vernal equinox, and it was a strategic masterstroke.

Dennis Kucinich’s arrival in London crept up on the global peace movement like a fog settling over the ancient city that resulted in high voltage blasts of white-hot political thunderbolts.

Married to a British woman in 2005, Dennis Kucinich visited his new British family in the quiet surroundings of Upminister and then travelled across London to Parliament Square where he addressed an august assembly of top-ranking peace veterans convened by the Stop the War Coalition, the same people who had assembled one million marchers in Hyde Park on February 15, 2003.

After two striking appearances on the BBC, Kucinich entered Central Hall in doughty Parliament Square situated directly across from the Palace of Westminster, the seat of Parliament and Britain’s ancient democracy.

Under the huge dome of Central Hall, the grand master of British politics, Tony Benn, welcomed the throng of one thousand enthusiastic peace activists. Reminding the crowd that the United Nations had held some of its very first meetings in the same room in 1946, Benn introduced Dennis Kucinich as the shining new star in the global campaign for peace and the undisputed head of the burgeoning American peace movement.

Kucinich was awarded star billing in all the advance publicity for the event titled, “The Peoples Assembly – The Debate Parliament won’t have.” With the limelight shining directly on him as the first speaker in a star-studded line-up that included over fifty members of Parliament, Kucinich delivered a stunning series of statements that pleased, energized and eventually electrified the crowd assembled in Westminster.

Beginning with warm personal remarks, Kucinich introduced his wife, Elizabeth, herself a highly respected global campaigner for human rights. With his newly acquired British cultural credentials firmly established, Kucinich launched into an attack on the propriety, the legality and the morality of the Bush-Blair war in Iraq. Throughout his systematic deconstruction of the legal and moral foundations of the Iraq war, Kucinich delivered a devastating demolition of the neoconservative paradigm and everything it stands for.

Kucinich proclaimed, “We must seek to replace the law of force with the force of law.”

Citing international law, Kucinich went much further than even the eager audience anticipated in his critique of contemporary international relations. Criticizing George Bush, Tony Blair and his rivals: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards who are vying with him for the Democratic nomination for president, Kucinich pointed out that threatening Iran with military aggression was a direct violation of Article 6 of the UN charter, a document that had been debated from the same platform he was standing upon that very day.

The crowd went wild with enthusiasm and broke into his speech with thunderous torrents of applause. Kucinich was hailed as the man the world had been waiting for – an American politician with the courage of his convictions who adheres to the canon of international law who would install peace in place of war in the most powerful nation on earth.

Warming to his audience, Kucinich moved into his visionary agenda to restore America, a nation that is known to be lagging far behind so many others in providing the basics to its citizens. Kucinich proposed to “break the shackles of fear” encumbering America and a swift return to constitutional democracy via the immediate repeal of the notorious “Patriot Act.” His presidential prescription included a constellation of universally recognized elements: environmental protection; universal health care; free education from kindergarten through college; withdrawal from NAFTA and the WTO; the displacement of war and the imposition of peace as an official department of the federal government.

Hurrying to catch his plane to Washington, Kucinich was besieged by a trailing wake of admirers and the international press corps. On his way down an exit corridor he was button-holed by television crews from Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

In one fell stroke, Dennis Kucinich emerged from London town with the olive branch and the laurel crown – the shining hope of billions and the only American presidential candidate with any peace credentials worth having.

Peace insurgencies have been very successful in past Democratic presidential campaigns. RFK, Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart even Paul Tsongas and Bill Clinton could be deemed to have been representatives of peace insurgencies in their days. Howard Dean surged as the anti-war candidate in 2003. In 2007, Kucinich is now poised and perfectly positioned for a surge forward in the American presidential contest.

Kucinich’s strategic positioning comes at a time when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are bashing one another over the war issue. Every scintilla of momentum stripped from those campaigns will accrue to Kucinich’s building head of steam for a potential surge of political momentum.

With the latest tragic developments striking the campaign of John Edwards and the SEIU healthcare forum in Nevada this weekend, this campaign is finally on the brink of becoming interesting.



During the Ottoman period, in fact, long before struggles for the creation of a single sovereign national state in this territory, a multiplicity of institutional arrangements governed servicing and representation in the city, and they operated in ways that led to relatively peaceful co-existence among the city's Jews, Muslims and Catholics, say Diane Davis, Leila Farsakh and Tali Hatuka.

BOSTON - It is often said that the future of Jerusalem depends in large part on the future of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. While this is undoubtedly true, change and improvement in Jerusalem can be achieved independently of any final peace agreement. In fact, transformation in Jerusalem may actually aid the resolution of the larger conflict. For this reason, it is important to think about ways to make the city of Jerusalem a more liveable, just and humane place. If citizens in this contested locale had more opportunities to share a commitment to the same city, so as to increase the likelihood of living together in peace and harmony, then some progress on the larger nationalist conflict just might accrue. This realization is behind a new project that we have developed at MIT, called Just Jerusalem: Vision for a Place of Peace. Our aim is to generate new ideas and discussions about Jerusalem as it might be in the future - a just city shared in peace by its residents, whether Muslim, Christian or Jewish, Palestinian or Israeli. What would it take to make a city claimed by two nations and central to three religions "merely" a city, a place of difference and diversity in which contending ideas and citizenries can co-exist in benign yet creative ways?

The genesis of this project emerges, in part, from a sense that it may be time to try a new approach to Jerusalem, one that entails envisioning this city as transcending the constraints imposed by nation-states. If the superimposition of nationalist projects and aspirations on ethnically- or religiously-diverse urban locales like Jerusalem has fanned the flames of aggression and violent conflict, could concerted efforts to think about what social, political, economic or spatial practices would "emancipate" this city from nationalist blueprints possibly serve as the solution, or, at minimum, help lay a partial foundation for greater tolerance and perhaps even peace?

Why at this time in history would we want to think about a new vision for Jerusalem as a city that is institutionally autonomous from competing nation-states while at the same time capable of collectively embracing all the distinctive religious or ethnic groups that people it? To embark on such a project, which calls for an analytical bypassing of nation-states and rethinking the concept of citizenship, will invite controversy and opposition both within and outside the Middle East, primarily because it entails working against the grain of prevailing approaches to conflict resolution proposed by peacemaking specialists for the Middle East and most other regions of the world.

One commanding reason it is worth proposing that the city serve as the analytic entry point for producing peace is the fact that conditions change, and with historical change we see new opportunities that may have been foreclosed in the past. Now we are facing a world in which the powers and responsibilities of the nation-state are being transformed by globalisation, when the asserted value of the state as the primordial agent of domestic politics is under question on a variety of fronts and when cities themselves are becoming actors in the global scene.

Jerusalem's long and complex history not only shows us how destructive were early twentieth-century efforts to impose a nation-state logic on this religiously and ethnically diverse city, which for centuries had functioned relatively well without a single sovereign nation. It also offers some clues as to how and why efforts to imagine a city belonging to no nation-state(s) might bring it one step closer to peace. During the Ottoman period, in fact, long before struggles for the creation of a single sovereign national state in this territory, a multiplicity of institutional arrangements governed servicing and representation in the city, and they operated in ways that led to relatively peaceful co-existence among the city's Jews, Muslims and Catholics. By no means are we proposing an uncritical return to a period of imperialism. However, in this early period the binary - or even tripartite - understanding of space and identity that now generates so much controversy was almost completely absent. This suggests that the linking of land, people, and nationality - which now serves as the unquestioned basis for almost all negotiations - is just one of the many possible ways the city could and has been organized. Such observations suggest the importance of thinking about alternative models for organizing and managing the city, including those that disappeared when competing nation-states hijacked the discourses and practices of urban organization.

Just Jerusalem: Vision for a Place of Peace is a project determined to generate new ideas and discussions about Jerusalem as it might be in the future. As an international competition it calls for visions of Jerusalem that transcend nationalist discourses and instead focus on the questions of daily life and the "right to the city" for all its inhabitants today as much as in the future. All entries to the competition will be expected to describe what it would take to create this type of urban arena by the year 2050. The year 2050 is not an arbitrary point in time so much as a metaphor for a future far enough from the present conflict to allow some freedom to imagine a different situation, but near enough to generate serious deliberation.

The competition addresses the belief that the nature of the city, and the way out of its conflicts, cannot be reduced to a single, negotiated view. In the case of Jerusalem, such consensus-building strategies are often part of the problem, leading to conflict over the terms and outcomes - not to mention perceived betrayals - of negotiation. The process of negotiation pretends that all parties are brought to the table as equal partners; yet this is rarely, if ever, the case. We seek to bypass the standard route of negotiation between "representative" peoples and turn instead to the liberating and regenerative potential of individual imagination and vision.

Just Jerusalem: Vision for a Place of Peace is an interdisciplinary initiative led by MIT's Center for International Studies (CIS) and Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).

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Diane Davis is associate dean of the School of Architecture and Planning and political sociology professor of urban studies and planning at MIT. Leila Farsakh is assistant professor in political science at the University of Massachusetts Boston and research affiliate at the Center for International Studies at MIT. Tali Hatuka, is an architect, urban designer and research fellow in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning. This article is distributed by the Common Ground News Service and can be accessed at GCNews.
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