Pope Francis gave a passionate speech on Friday in which he denied that Islamic terrorism existed while insisting that “the ecological crises is real.”
“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said while speaking to a world meeting of populist movements.
What he really meant is that not everyone who is Muslim is a terrorist or not all Christians are terrorists, but his wording implied that there was no form of Islamic terrorism in the world, which is in contradiction to the facts.
“No people is criminal or drug-trafficking or violent,” Francis said, while also suggesting that the main reason for terrorism is a result of economic inequalities, not religious beliefs. “The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and will eventually explode.”
“There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions—and with intolerant generalizations they become stronger because they feed on hate and xenophobia,” he said.
Although Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, he had no problem supporting global warming, insisting that “the ecological crises is real.”
We are aware of “what happens when we deny science and disregard the voice of Nature,” the Pope said. “Let us not fall into denial. Time is running out. Let us act. I ask you again—all of you, people of all backgrounds including native people, pastors, political leaders—to defend Creation.”