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Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Church to blame for spread of Islam in Europe claims convert
The Egyptian-Italian MEP, Magdi Cristiano Allam criticized yesterday an article published in the Italian daily newspaper Il Giornale, the Islamization of Europe. As "clear evidence", he cited the citizens of European countries, who convert to Islam. "Did you know that in Italy there are already 70,000 Muslim citizens?" (Cathcon- think he means the number of converts) Allam asks in his article. The total number of Muslims currently living in Italy comes to, according to the Interior Ministry, to more than 1,583,000. "Did you know that on average every four days in Italy a new Islamic place of worship is established?"
The Catholic Church has been partly responsible for this development, “not taking seriously enough” and "representing" and "defending".of "insufficiently" their own faith and the culture of Europe Many Catholic priests are too anxious to appear "Islamically correct" according to Allam.
The trigger for Allam's opinion was a declaration by Ezzedine Elzir, the chairman of the Union of Islamic Communities and Associations in Italy. Elzir stated that in Italy there are "70,000 people who have returned to Islam." According to Elzir, Muslims prefer not to speak of converts, but of "returnees", because it is a matter of a "rediscovery of the true faith".
Magdi Cristiano Allam gave this opinion. Instead of proclaiming Christ to the Muslims, Europe responds to the phenomenon of Islam which takes religion seriously, with a "reinforced religious relativism" says Allam. This is a "defensive position" which contained "the seeds of a declaration of bankruptcy".
The church should have listened to Pope Benedict XVI and " read and take seriously his writing". Benedict XVI has several times identified the "dictatorship of relativism" as the "ultimate evil of the times" and that it needs to be "fought" .This "dictatorship requires reason to gather dust in the attic," said Allam “ to be able to proclaim that all religions and cultures, regardless of their content are the same”.
"The eloquent creed of religious relativism is found in the litany of the 'three great monotheistic, Abrahamic religions of revelation, who all worship the same God," said Allam. This "mistake" was reflected in the behaviour of not a few Catholics as well as Catholic priests who have the "fancy" of "loving Muslims as people who would accept them and their religion unconditionally, and who legitimise Islam, regardless of the fact that it is incompatible with the non-negotiable values of the sanctity of life, the same human dignity for men and women as well as religious freedom of every person, "said Allam.
"Wake us up!" cied out the Member of the European Parliament. "Islam is already in our homes. If we liberate ourselves from the dictatorship of relativism, and we will stop the Islamic invasion! We must rediscover our soul and regain the use of reason. "
Magdi Allam was born in 1952 in Egypt, the son of Muslim parents. He received an education in Catholic educational institutions in Egypt. He completed his degree in sociology in Italy and decided to stay in Europe. As a journalist, he worked for major Italian newspapers, most recently as deputy editor of Corriere della Sera in Milan. In 2006, he was won the one million dollar Den David Prize for Understanding and Tolerance. He converted to Catholicism and was baptised by the Pope at the Easter Vigil 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI and received the Catholic Church. Through the television broadcast of the Easter liturgy, the event became known worldwide and led to some angry reactions in the Islamic world. Since 2009, he has been a member of the European Parliament. He was elected on the list of the Italian Christian Democrats. Due to their cooperation with the party of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, Allam founded his own party. In the European Parliament, he is a member of the national-conservative, Eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group.