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Want to be known as the 'religion of peace?' Act the part.

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jun 11, 2013

A spokesman for Egypt’s Al Azhar University says that Pope Francis should proclaim Islam as a religion of peace. I wonder if he would accept this suggestion as a friendly amendment: First, Islam should become a religion of peace. Then the Pope should proclaim it so.

No deal, I'm sure.

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: Cornelius - Jun. 13, 2013 2:14 PM ET USA

    Islam has the same problem Protestantism has: lack of a single authority that can define what Islam is. As long as this is lacking, the Muslim on your left hand can be a paragon of peace, while the Muslim on your right hand is trying to slit your throat.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 11, 2013 8:58 PM ET USA

    Let's all pray the pope DOESN'T reward this evil ideology with any positive comments at all. Many Catholic prelates since Vatican II have been willing to join the "religion of peace" choir instead of bravely telling the truth, viz. Mohammed was a total fraud. Even use of the word 'holy' in the same paragraph with mention of the Koran is flirtation with deception. To paraphrase a famous leftist, every word of it is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'.

  • Posted by: bservaes4399 - Jun. 11, 2013 5:08 PM ET USA

    Touché!! It's like giving Obama the Nobel Peace prize. Saying it doesn't make it so!