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Catholic Scholar: Violence is Intrinsic in Islam

Noted Catholic Scholar Calls for Westerners to Wake Up to Islam’s Violent Nature

A man holding a placard reading 'I am afraid but I am here' during a gathering on Place de la Republique (Republic square) on January 10, 2016 in Paris, as the city marks a year since 1.6 million people thronged the French capital in a show of unity after attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a Jewish supermarket.

by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 21 Apr 2016

In a sobering reflection on the history and character of Islam, a celebrated Catholic scholar is calling on the world to open its eyes to the reality of Muslim violence as intrinsic to the nature of Islam itself, rather than its abuse.

Known as an “old-school Jesuit,” Father James V. Schall taught Political Philosophy in the Department of Government at Georgetown University for many years and has written more than two dozen books on a variety of topics, both popular and academic. In his new essay, “Realism and Islam,” Schall insists that the Muslim religion must be evaluated on its own terms rather than through the lens of the Judeo-Christian West.

Islam’s consistent advocacy of violence, which has been practiced “from its seventh century beginning,” has a purpose, Schall proposes. “This purpose is, ultimately, religious and pious.”

Whereas the so-called “moderate” Muslims who claim they can read their religious texts as if they did not advocate and justify violence “may be applauded for trying to mitigate the historic record,” Schall writes, “the fact is that those who see this violence as essential to the religion have the better side of the argument and are the better witnesses to what historic Islam stands for.”

Schall suggests that readers recall “recent events from ‘9/11,’ the bombings in Spain, England, Mumbai, Bali, Fort Hood, San Bernardino, twice in Paris, Lahore, and Brussels, not to mention the persecutions and beheadings in Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Nigeria, Libya, Somalia, Chad, Syria, and the Sunni/Shiite inner-Muslim battles.”

What is the most plausible way to judge such continuing violence and its origins? Schall asks. “To make this assessment, we have to acknowledge that Islam, in principle, is actually and potentially violent throughout its entire history.” Moreover, he writes, the basic reason for this method “is obedience to the Law of Allah.”

“What we see now is little different from what has been seen throughout the centuries wherever Islam is found,” he says.

Westerners mistakenly assume that while some Muslims may be violent, Islam itself is not, Schall declares, because many assume that all religions must be peaceful by their nature. Yet just because Islam is a “religion,” Schall insists, does not mean that it is therefore not “violent.”

Father Schall is also quick to assure readers that these things are said “not to promote counter violence against Muslims or to justify Muslim violence against others,” but simply to take an honest look at Islam itself, to understand the religious phenomenon we are dealing with.

“And while it may be politically incorrect to state these things, they need to be stated and are in fact the truth—things that both Muslims and non-Muslims need to hear and consider,” he adds.

“The designated and determined goal of the conquest of the world for Allah has been reinvigorated again and again in world history from the time of Mohammed in the seventh century,” Schall states. “These revivals and expansions, which have only been temporarily halted by superior counterforce, have roots in the Qur’an itself and in its commentaries.”

Schall says that the Western tendency to simply call Muslim violence “terrorism” is demeaning and insulting to believing Muslims who “see themselves carrying out the will of Allah, even sometimes to their own death in doing so.” Rather than terrorism, he insists, Muslims see their violence as “a religious endeavor to conquer the world,” which they understand to be “an act of piety.”

A straightforward reading of the Qur’an, Father Schall proposes, reveals a deity who can command contradictory things, because according to the Muslim understanding, Allah is “pure will, not bound by Logos or reason.” Therefore, “Allah is not limited by any distinction of good and evil,” he writes.

Unfortunately, both in Europe and America, decades of students have been given a “sanitized education” that systematically excludes an honest portrayal of the history and theology of Islam, Schall says, which limits their ability to assess what is going on in the world.

Because of this gaping lacuna, “most citizens are simply not equipped to face the forces now reappearing in the world,” he adds.

In his essay, Schall also asserts that the loss of Christian faith in the West and the rise of Islam are connected. The expansion of Islam was justified in part by its charge of moral decadence against the West, with its declining birth rates and civil undermining of the family.

In his argument for political, historical and theological realism regarding Islam, Father Schall joins a growing band of scholars and observers calling for a more honest evaluation of Muslim violence.

If their thesis is correct, a new conversation may be needed about the reality of Islam and its relationship with violent jihad. If the catalyst to terror is not Muslim “extremism” but Islamic belief itself, the West must face the fact that Islam is simply not a “religion of peace.”




18 thoughts on “Catholic Scholar: Violence is Intrinsic in Islam

  1. There is no such thing as a benign Islam.

    The worm of jihad to achieve supremacy is already in the fruit of their “philosophy”, rendering impotent any attempt at vetting. Just watch what these Bronze Age troglodytes, following the cookie cutter pattern set by the founding pirates centuries ago, do to the gullible Canadians.

    The Jesuit is completely correct, as was Belloc.

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  2. Muhammad was a pedophile, slave master, brutal mass murderer, liar, rapist and demagogue. He was certainly not a man of peace. When this man is a mentor for Muslims how can this religion ever be a religion of peace.

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  3. Westerners mistakenly assume that while some Muslims may be violent, Islam itself is not, Schall declares, because many assume that all religions must be peaceful by their nature. Yet just because Islam is a “religion,” Schall insists, does not mean that it is therefore not “violent.”

    – end of quote

    It’s the other way round Mr Schall. All religions are peaceful. And because Islam is very obviously not peaceful, it is not a religion. In fact,it’s a far right political ideology.

    (Why far right, you might ask. Well, left is about equality between humans. And Islam is all hierarchy: Allah above men, man above woman, adult above child, moslim above non-members of islam)


    • Wonderful proof Islam is in fact a far right ideology thus not a religion. I will be spreading your words in this form: “…All religions are peaceful. And BECAUSE Islam is very OBVIOUSLY not peaceful, it is not a religion. In fact, IT’S A FAR RIGHT POLITICAL IDEOLOGY.

      (Why far right, you might ask. Well, LEFT IS ABOUT EQUALITY BETWEEN HUMANS. And Islam is all hierarchy: Allah above men, man above woman, adult above child, moslim above non-members of islam)” Your God has given us this powerful inspiration. We need never sit idly by when anyone wishes to honor Islam. This quote will silence all critics.

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  4. May I just say how glad I am to be among fellow commentators who are aware of the barbaric philosophy of Islam. Pity we are not in government, today’s immigration crisis would have been limited to Christian and non-Islamic immigrants only!

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    • It would additionally be limited in general.

      In the 70’s 1 out of 24 people were an immigrant in America. Today that number is 1 in 7, and the only thing that’s really happening to immigration is that its speeding up.


    • Also I don’t think that 1 in 7 number even includes the 300,000-400,000 anchor babies a year.

      It might include their entire extended families that later enter the country by using ‘family reunification’ policies. Then they can all use welfare!


    • Paul Erhlick advised America to halt immigration from high-birth rate cultures a half-century ago. I’ve been ranting against alien species importation for longer, Today we have snake-heads, walking catfish, Burmese pythons, and Muslims. Maybe Florida should bring in hippopotami to clean the water hyacinth from the canals. Just turn the whole fucking state into a bio-diversity theme park.


  5. It’s a very good article, but I found ‘simply call Muslim violence “terrorism” is demeaning and insulting to believing Muslims’ really funny.

    I guess even while saying ‘LOOK AT THE SOURCE MATERIAL PEOPLE!’
    he still has to be very careful to not be offensive, or even to point out that people saying ‘ISIS isn’t real Islam’ are themselves being offensive.


  6. For the end of the term paper in Political Science class, way back when I was only 20 years old, I did a thesis called “The Great Religions of the World”. I thoroughly studied all great religions, including Islam. I found Islam the most difficult to study because there were three books in the Sunnah and the Koran had three interpretations. After careful study of the Sunnah I came to the conclusion that Islam is not a great religion but a political, social and religious guide for Muslims to live by as well as being a violent guide for conquest of non-believers through jihad. I reported this at the end of my thesis.
    I have believed this ever since. I am now 62 years of age and I am seeing what I predicted would happen in the coming years. That is truly frightening.

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  7. One cannot but agree entirely with the above article. Hope more and more Christian leaders will wake up and see what Islam really stands for.


    • Many of them are no longer ‘Christian’ but they still need to wake up. Islamic violence is aimed at everyone who is not following what ever strain of this detestable religion is being promoted by murder at the time.


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