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He will demonstrate that the commands of Jesus Christ to love our enemies and pray for those who hate us, are not just empty platitudes. He will ask God: “Turn to Your way of love, those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred.”
THERE ARE THOSE who feel these words will — if possible — further inflame the world of radical Islam. Just this week, Hamas MP and cleric, Yunis Al-Astal, declared: “Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesized by our Prophet Muhammad…This capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe.”
Yet while Islamist hopes of stabling their horses in St. Peter’s Basilica persist, last month at the Easter Vigil there, the pope personally baptized Magdi Allam, an outspoken critic of both Muslim extremism and Islam itself, and welcomed him into the Catholic Church; much to the dismay of Islamists everywhere. Agree or disagree with President Bush on his military approach to the War on Terror, but this is a Pope who is truly battling evil with the “armor of God.”
Pope Benedict’s first encyclical was entitled, “God is Love,” while his second was “Saved By Hope.” Taken together and lived out in faith, can there be a better message to a nation where many are drowning in materialism, moral uncertainty and despair?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?