Anti-Pope Rhetoric And Those Who Refuse To Face The Enemy
Besides the violent Muslim reaction (is there any other kind?) against Pope Benedict's comments on Islam, is the criticism of him by people of the West. Why are so many people who have condemned the Pope's openness on the subject of violence in the name of religion (not being heard by its practitioners in any meaningful way) the same people who protest the West's attempts to defend itself from the Islamic fanaticism?
Dennis Prager discusses why those who have criticized pope Pius for his inaction against Nazi genocide in the Holocaust now criticize Benedict for facing the lead-up to a new Holocaust.
He provides 2 examples of the hypocrisy:
Take The New York Times editorial page, for example. It is written by people who condemn Pius for his alleged silence and now condemn Benedict for not being quiet. According to the Times, Benedict will only create more anti-Western Muslim violence. But that was exactly the excuse defenders of Pius XII so often offered for why Pius XII did not speak out more forcefully -- that he was afraid it would only engender more Nazi violence. Yet Pius's critics have (correctly) dismissed that excuse out of hand.
Another example is Karen Armstrong, the widely read ex-nun scholar of religion. She has written of Pius XII that his "apparent failure to condemn the Nazis has become a notorious scandal." Moral and logical consistency suggest that she would welcome a pope who did confront today's greatest evil. But she has joined those condemning Pope Benedict. She wrote (putting these arguments in the mouths of affronted Muslims with whom she sympathizes): "the Catholic Church is ill-placed to condemn violent jihad when it has itself . . . under Pope Pius XII, tacitly condoned the Nazi Holocaust."
The argument is so illogical that only those who attended graduate school or Catholicism-bashers could find it persuasive.
There has been a strong current of avoidance by the liberal Left in its refusal to face the Islamic terrorism of the past few decades. The acts have been regular for the past 15 years and their destructive force has been escalating. However, their efforts are pointed towards defeating our defense measures rather than defeating the intolerable. The same strategy was used by them during the latter part of the Cold War after JFK died. Maybe there is satisfaction in making the best theoretical argument but their self-congratulations will be short if the Islamists make further in-roads. Those of us in the practical world will have to work harder for our survival.