ROME (AFP) – A Vatican official criticised Tuesday Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's reported call for Islam to become the religion of all of Europe, labelling it disrespectful to the Pope and Catholic Italy. [That's a good way to put it. Muslims always would use the same term as being "disrespected". Will this same attitude be tolerated, let's say, the pope or a bishop saying that Saudi Arabia must become Catholic? Oh, the minions of Satan would be frothing in the mouth and shouting their lungs out till their jugular veins burst!]
"To speak of the European continent converting to Islam makes no sense because it is the people alone who decide consciously to be Christian, Muslim or to follow other religions," Archbishop Robert Sarah told the La Repubblica daily. [Now that is what religious liberty is! And that is forbidden in Islam. Either convert or die! But do international organizations take notice of this? Noooo...]
Kadhafi made his controversial comments on Sunday in front of 500 women paid to attend his lecture. [The women were paid to sit and listen to this mad man. How excruciating that may have been. Like listening to Obama talk about change!]
He was on an official visit to Rome to mark the second anniversary of a friendship treaty with its former coloniser Italy.
According to one of the women present, the firebrand leader had said "Islam should become the religion of all of Europe" and that "Islam is the last religion and if we are to have a single faith then it has to be in Mohammed."
Sarah, the Vatican's secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, said he was not particularly concerned by Kadhafi's remarks, labelling them "a non-solicited provocation lacking seriousness." [Hey! Don't take this looney lightly!]
He said the "true danger for Europeans is relativism, the lack of attention to faith, the weakness of religion, indifference to the sacred." [The reason why atheism and Islam is thriving well in Western countries! And why is the Catholic faith in particular being affected by relativism? Hmmm... Save the Liturgy, Save the World ring a bell?]
These, he said, are "true enemies for our faith which could create a fertile ground for the eventual future penetration of Islam in all of Europe."
Sarah, who is in charge of the congregation's overseas Catholic missions, also lamented a lack of "reciprocity between Muslim countries and the West" and problems linked to "religious freedom in Muslim areas." [Now we're talking! When will we see this happen? Not while the Muslims hold most of the world's oil wells! But I digress.]
However, "in many countries like Mali, Guinea and in North Africa, the relationship between Christians and those of other religions are excellent," he said. [Where there are not so much fanatics who cry out for blood at the slightest hint of their faith being "insulted".]
"This is why Pope (Benedict XVI) tirelessly continues to promote interreligious dialogue," he added.
Kadhafi ignited further controversy on Monday when he said that the EU should pay Libya at least five billion euros (6.3 billion dollars) a year to stop illegal immigration and prevent a "black Europe." [Where's Bugs Bunny when you need him?]
EU Commission spokesman on immigration issues, Matthew Newman, would not comment on the statement Tuesday but said the EU was trying to improve dialogue with Libyan authorities to prevent "irregular migration flows from Africa". [Dialogue with Kadhafi? Why not just watch paint dry? At least you'll get the result you expect.]
The threat of radical Islam is no joke. The religion of peace does not sleep until it fulfills its dream of world domination!