Sunday 4 December 2016

This genocidal campaign against Christians is now close to home

Published 29/07/2016 | 02:30

Policemen stand guard in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris as people wait in line to pay tribute to murdered priest Fr Jacques Hamel. Photo: Getty
Policemen stand guard in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris as people wait in line to pay tribute to murdered priest Fr Jacques Hamel. Photo: Getty

The murder on Tuesday of Fr Jacques Hamel was an attempt to "set the French people against each other, (to) attack religion in order to start a war of religions". So said the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in the immediate aftermath of this terrorist atrocity.

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But how likely is it is to start "a war of religions"? The answer is highly unlikely. A clash of civilisations is more probable, but not a war of religions. Hundreds of years ago, it might have been a different matter, but today Christianity is an almost entirely pacifist religion.

This is quite unlike Islam.

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