Vatican: Pope babtizes Magdi Allam, prominent Italian Muslim

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer


VATICAN CITY – Italy’s most prominent Muslim, an iconoclastic writer who condemned Islamic extremism and defended Israel, converted to Catholicism Saturday in a baptism by the pope at a Vatican Easter service.

* Comment by Hugh Fitzgerald:

Tariq Ramadan, of course, will claim — as he has tried to before — that Magdi Allam was never a Muslim, was always a Christian (presumably a Copt). It’s nonsense, but it is the only way Muslims will have to deal with his scathing, unanswerable criticism of Islam and of many Muslims, including his special scorn for the meretricious Tariq Ramadan (see the “Lettera Aperta a Tariq Ramadan” appended to Allam’s penultimate book) and with his conversion to Christianity, since they cannot deal with either the way they would dearly like to, if they could only get their hands on him. Their only recourse is to pretend he was a Christian “all along” and the “Pope of the Vatican” engineered the whole thing, pretending to convert someone who was already Christian, because the Pope is “an agent of the Zionists.” Etcetera etcetera.

Just watch and see if I turn out to be right.


Bin Laden knew all along that the Pope is to blame for this new ‘Crusade’ on Islam:


“Your publications of these drawings — part of a new crusade in which the Pope of the Vatican had a significant role –– is a confirmation from you that the war continues,” said the Saudi-born militant leader, addressing “those who are wise at the European Union”.

You are “testing Muslims … the answer will be what you shall see and not what you hear.”

Bin Laden said the publication of the cartoons was a graver offence than the “bombing of modest villages that collapsed over our women children”, in reference to U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan with European participation. “This is the bigger catastrophe … for which the punishment is graver.”

* Vatican rejects bin Laden’s “new crusade” charges

* Hugh Fitzgerald: the phony declaration of the  ‘Islamic Communities in Italy’


2 thoughts on “Vatican: Pope babtizes Magdi Allam, prominent Italian Muslim”

  1. Hello!
    I considerer myself a progressist and respectful person, but after reading the Koran I agree with the dutch film Fitna.
    No one will ever know will actually wrote the Koran. Muhammad was a man eager for power. It is clearly seen through the Koran that he uses fear as a way to command obedience. His cruel descriptions of hell are characteristic of a sadistic person who wants total control over people’s lives and obtain political power (4:56, 22:19). All he does is copy Jewish mythology and add certain local details. In the end he managed to unite the Arabian peninsula and create an empire after his death. It’s more politics than anything else.
    The status of women in the Koran is humiliating. Women can be beaten and “Muhammad can have as many women he wants”, among others (4:34, 33:50). He had 20 wifes and 64 captives. But what strikes me the most is that he was a warrior who raided, enslaved, killed, instead of a man of peace. His constant calls for war makes the Koran the most violent religious book. Islam spread through warfare.
    I’d like to add that the first and the last who participated in African slave trade were the Arab muslins.
    True, Christians too participated in wars, killings, and slavery, but the difference is that in the gospels there isn’t the slightest authorization to take the sword, to make war. There was no written justification to do it, at least in the Christian scriptures. The gospels teach an absolute message of peace. Love is the main command. It is a fact, even if I don’t believe in it and I consider myself a deist.
    The message of the Koran is simple: make war until Islam rules the earth. Kill the infidels otherwise you’ll suffer the torment of hell. It is reapeated all over, so as the concept of Jihad.
    Just read a few verses of the Koran and you’ll see the violence expressed by the “prophet”:
    Suras: 2:191, 2:216, 4:89, 4:91, 4:95, 8:17, 9:5, 9:29, 9:39, 9:123, 47:4, 47:35

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