The Pope and the ‘everybody does it’ fallacy

At The Guardian Pope Francis says it is ‘not right’ to identify Islam with violence — “Leader of the Catholic church says all religions have a ‘small fundamentalist group’ and that faith was not the only cause of terrorism.”

Pope Francis has said it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism.

“I think it is not right to identity Islam with violence,” he told reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome after a five-day trip to Poland. “This is not right and this is not true.”

The Guardian view on Pope Francis in Kraków: what religions are really about
Editorial: The pontiff shares some traits with John Paul II, but has a very different agenda
Read more
The pope was responding to a question about the killing on 26 July of an 85-year-old Roman Catholic priest during a church service in western France. The attackers forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat. The killing was claimed by Islamic State.

“I think that in nearly all religions there is a always a small fundamentalist group,” he said, adding “We have them,” referring to Catholicism.

Picking out money as the bogeyman despite plain evidence to the contrary is bad enough. Ignoring the teachings of the Koran raises things to a whole new level. A reasonable person might conclude that this is bearing false witness but the Pope is supposed to be above that. Confusing the sin in human nature with the teachings of false prophets is dangerous territory for any religious leader. Rather than bemoaning the evil of others concerning greed and money, perhaps some introspection about one’s own ‘wanting nice things’ is in order, especially when those nice things are for a reflection of humanity that does not exist and that your faith warns you about.

Comments are closed.