Update: the reason why apostates of Islam are seen as traitors who must be killed before they spill the beans:
The ex-Muslim journalist baptised by Pope Benedict XVI this year has warned the pontiff that Catholic dialogue with Muslims is based on naive misconceptions about the “peaceful” nature of Islam.
Magdi Allam, whom Benedict baptised in St Peter’s this Easter,Â has told the PopeÂ that Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican’s head of inter-religious dialogue, was wrong to claim this year that Islam “promotes peace” and that Islamist extremists betray their faith.
Allam – an Egyptian with a long record of attacking his former faith – writes on his website: “The objective reality, I tell you with all sincerity and animated by a constructive intent, is exactly the opposite of what Cardinal Tauran imagines. Islamic extremism and terrorism are the mature fruit of following the sayings of the Koran and the thought and action of Mohammed.”
I’m not sure I’d put it quite like that. But will anyone dare discuss the hate-filled rhetoric ofÂ mainstreamÂ Islam when the Vatican hosts its first Catholic-Muslim Forum next week? Or will both sides maintain the doctrine – promulgated by every public institution in Britain – that the jihadist and anti-semitic sentiments encouraged by Arab governments and Muslim community leaders are a distortion of Islam?