A little David Pryce-Jones this Good Friday. His subject is the unsurprising fact that Islam can not coexist in peace with other faiths. He provides his insights in the context of a visit this week to Israel, to walk in the footsteps of Jesus on the Via Dolorosa.
That said, and he cites the precipitous drop in the population of Christians in the region, we’re going to win:
Muslim fanaticism and intolerance is not going to succeed even in the medium term. Thanks to the humanity of its founder, Christianity thrives and acquires strength when it is persecuted. Everyone can tell the difference between a martyr unjustly killed for his faith, and a martyr who kills himself and others for his faith.
Meanwhile the newspapers publish photographs of Mikhail Gorbachev flanked by Franciscan friars on their way to the church of Saint Francis of Assisi. The former general secretary of the Soviet Communist party, a party dedicated to stamping out religion as “the opium of the people” in the famous sneer of Karl Marx! Gorbachev a self-declared devout Christian! What an example of Christianity’s power of regeneration, and in the end, it seems to me, that is what the imams and the mullahs and bin Ladens are really afraid of.
Gorbachev, the last Head-of-Evil-Empire, a Christian. Who would’ve thunk it? That truly passes our mortal understanding. Or, as we often hear in church, “the peace that passes all understanding.” The peace of Jesus Christ.