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How not to defend yourself against an accusation of promoting violence

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | May 29, 2012

It’s not the first time this has happened, and regrettably won’t be the last time, but today’s CWN headline story from Pakistan raises a question about the logic of militant Islam. If someone accuses you of a tendency toward violence, do you really think you can dispel that notion by threatening to kill him?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 30, 2012 1:07 PM ET USA

    But they had better not be able to "use 'our Church'" to destroy "our Church..." (Please refer to the "Commonweal" article (a supposedly "catholic" magazine) which states the our Bishops should have included condemning "anti-Sharia Law" efforts as part of their "Religious liberty" platform. JP

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - May. 29, 2012 9:31 PM ET USA

    Islam is not a logical religion and violence as a means of spreading it's message is woven into the dark tapestry of the unholy koran itself and been a normative Islamic practice since the time of Mohammed himself up to the present. And besides that, do you really think the Western media is actually willing to criticise Islam? They are terrified it and think that by burying their heads in the sand it will go away. As one terrorist once said "we will use your democracy to destroy your democracy".