Ever the apologist, critics say Pope Francis has now gone off the deep end after he cited a work of fiction to argue that Christianity is as violent as Islam.
Jihad Watch reports that Francis quoted from The Song of Roland, an 11th-century fictitious poem, to prove Christians have tried to convert Muslims by the sword just like Muslims have done to Christians for centuries.
“A scene from The Song of Roland comes to me as a symbol, when the Christians defeat the Muslims and line them up in front of the baptismal font, with one holding a sword,” the pope recently told an Argentinean inter-religious dialogue group, a Vatican document shows.
“And the Muslims had to choose between baptism or the sword. That is what we Christians did,” he declared.
What Francis failed to mention is that Islam explicitly calls for aggression, and its followers are called by religious texts to conquer the world and force the Muslim faith on unbelievers. Anyone who chooses to leave the faith is killed, and that’s been the case from the beginning of Islam.
Nowhere in the New Testament or words of Jesus Christ can such a commandment to conquer be found. But this Islamic law has been followed for the past 1,400 years.
Jihad Watch notes Christians also defended themselves against expansionary Islamic marauders from the 7th Century onward as the latter rampaged through the Middle East and Africa, murdering far more Christians than Christians killed Muslims in all the Crusades combined.