Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The person who showed the video on Muslim demographics in Europe was an African.
The Vatican has distanced itself from a row over Muslim immigrants in Europe triggered by the showing at a synod of a video that claims "Europe as we know it will cease to exist."

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the president of the Vatican's council for justice and peace – and seen as a possible future pope – played the disputed video in a discussion period on Saturday during a synod attended by 262 bishops from across the world.

Entitled Muslim Demographics, and viewed more than 13m times on YouTube since its release in 2009, the seven-minute long video claims Muslim immigration and higher birth rates means France will become "an Islamic republic" within 39 years.

But many of the statistics used have been shown to be false or unproven, including a claim that French Muslim families have 8.1 children on average, and that 25% of Belgians are Muslims – the true figure is 6%. A German government official is falsely quoted as saying Germany will be a Muslim state by 2050.

On Tuesday, a Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, sought to distance the holy see from the video, saying: "This video does not express the view of the synod or the Vatican. Turkson has said he is sorry if the video was wrongly interpreted since he did not intend it to be anti-Muslim, merely a comment on the nihilism in western society."

Bishops who watched the video were reportedly shocked by its content.

"I think it would be fair to say that several in the room questioned the veracity of the facts followed by, 'who can this be attributed to?' and 'who actually wanted this film to be shown?'" said Father Thomas Rosica during a press briefing on the synod.

Vatican radio was more critical, calling the video "fear mongering", adding: "Why one of the curial cardinals chose to show this piece of anti-Islamic propaganda is quite unclear."

Pope Benedict has stressed the importance of defending Europe's Christian identity, but he has also promoted dialogue with Muslims, most recently during his visit to Lebanon last month. Last week he read out a greeting in Arabic for the first time during his weekly general audience in a bid to ease religious tensions.

Turkson, who is from Ghana, has said over the years that theological dialogue with Muslims is impossible. Known for his strong views, the cardinal also proposed the creation of a global bank after the global economic crisis began in 2008.

One bishop at the synod asked about the spurious video shown was less critical, telling the National Catholic Reporter: "At least it got us talking about something more important than what order confirmation and first communion ought to be in."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

OT
The Map, 2083, CZ

A quick look at The Map(...) takes us in many ways back in time and history. Anything to do with the new beginnings in 1783?

The Paris Peace Treaty
"General Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown on October 19, 1783. This would be the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.
"
"When he saw the British troops leaving the Colonies under General Sir Guy Carleton, who had taken over for Sir Henry Clinton as commanding officer in America, General Washington became more sure that the long war was finally over."

" The Continental Congress became the Constitutional Congress and the members started drafting the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights."

Anonymous said...

Of course the Vatican disassociates itself from the video. Like most Western authorities, they're inept cowards who hope that the Muslim problem will magically go away by itself if they keep their heads buried in the sand.

The longer we wait to remove Muslims and their "culture" from our nations, the harder and bloodier the inevitable war will be. Our descendants will curse us for our cowardice.

Anonymous said...

Incidentally, George Washington and his compatriots would have been horrified to know that we are essentially inviting millions of Muslims to enter our country and rule over us. Cornwallis too, for that matter.

Anonymous said...

Of course the Vatican disassociates itself from the video. Like most Western authorities, they're inept cowards who hope that the Muslim problem will magically go away by itself if they keep their heads buried in the sand.

The longer we wait to remove Muslims and their "culture" from our nations, the harder and bloodier the inevitable war will be. Our descendants will curse us for our cowardice.

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