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Realism, utopianism and diplomacy

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Delusion In the pluralist societies of the western world, there is an openness, understanding and respect for the freedom of each person to seek truth. This openness and interest in various religious traditions, has led to the studies of comparative religions in schools, and provides the valid base of interfaith groups. However, what is not clearly understood in interfaith groups, is the fact that people may vary greatly in their capacity for realistic assessment and may overlook the domineering, cult like features of a particular faith system. This can be compared to the western tendency in the 1930s to be in thrall to Communism and to overlook Stalin’s purges as necessary excesses along a road of progress.
 
Thus in Australia we have various interfaith groups , among whom are members who lack any sense of historic realism, in fact lack a knowledge of history and theology –and simply overlook Islam’s violence as simply ‘excesses’ on its road of development to a better state. Hence within major western faith traditions, such as Judaism, Catholicism and Protestant Christianty, there are widely varied abilities at realistic assessment of what the state of play is in Islam, which has been the driving force behind pan Islamic expansion. . Some people in each faith group express utopian ideas regarding Islam, and others express sober realistic appraisals of it. Within the Catholic world for example, Australia we have utopians at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne who naively set up a Chair of Islamic studies in their own university, without asking for a reciprocal one in a Muslim country.
 
Australian Catholic University (ACU National) has appointed Dr Ismail Albayrak as its inaugural Fethullah Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations. Dr Albayrak will be located within ACU National Asia-Pacific Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue (APCID) at the Melbourne Campus …The Fethullah Gulen Chair is a newly created position aimed at providing academic leadership in research, teaching and community engagement Albayrakin relation to the study of Islam. The Chair has been founded with full recognition of the plurality and diversity of Islam itself. The appointee to the Chair will conduct leading-edge, internationally competitive research, assist in developing academic programs, and work towards promoting greater mutual understanding between Muslims and Catholics both in Australia and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (source)

Then on the other hand you get realist Islamic scholars such as Father Paul Stenhouse, who saw the establishment of the chair as simply propaganda that will work in favour of Muslims –and who had already written of the dangers of da’wa in an article entitled Ignoring Signposts on the Road: Da‘wa—Jihad with a Velvet Glove”, in Quadrant June, 2007:
The shadow of da‘wa—the public face of the understated, more subtle promotion of Islamist ideology … hangs like a pall over much of the information about Islam disseminated in the West by fundamentalists and their gullible supporters…Lenin and subsequent Soviet governments talked up peace with capitalist nations, while at the same time encouraging workers of these countries, through organisations like the Communist International, to overthrow these same capitalist governments. Radical Islam has opened up a second Jihadist front. Through da‘wa it hopes to achieve by sleight of hand what will ultimately prove to be unattainable by brute force ...Some Western politicians, academics, clergy and media, oblivious of the currents surging through modern-day Islamist circles ... appear to be unfazed by the often reciprocal relationship between various Islamic da‘wist NGOs and terrorist organisations. Many others simply pretend nothing is happening or when confronted by irrefutable proof of links between Islamic da‘wist charities and suicide-bombers, terrorist cells, revolutionary agendas and the enlisting and training of mujahidun, rarely go beyond impotent gestures and wrist-slapping. In the case of some particularly ill-informed people—religious people among them—they go into denial mode and accuse critics of prejudice and worse.
However, the rosy eyed savants of the ACU proceeded to establish their chair to the applause of many in the  status quo. And the realists continue to attempt to couteract such idealism.

Meanwhile at a higher level, Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 in Regensburg, had called the bluff of Islam by suggesting in a roundabout way that Islam is a belief system advocating violence. (reference)
 
It was a master stroke in that the only response possible were outright denial, agreement, or a manifestation of rage which proved what the Pope had said. It was the manifestation of rage that eventuated and the whole world was witness to it.

No one would deny that there is a place for cordial diplomatic meetings – and such was the spirit in which the Pope set up the meeting with the Islamic scholars who had written to him after the manifestation of rage and sought to ‘explain’ things to him. The Pope, a sober realist, who has lived through the Nazi and Soviet eras said something along the lines ‘ Ok. Explain away – I’m listening’. But do not confuse his listening with weakness. It was not an admission of weakness, but a challenge for them to PUBLICLY state that they thought otherwise than the ‘jihad means war’ line. The result might be to put a wedge in the Islamic world or at best – even rattle some of the more human scholars into new lines of thought.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, who had the task of  organising these interfaith  meetings between Islamic and Catholic scholars did not have an enviable task but he  has publicly said things such as -  if Muslims could build mosques in Europe, Christians should have the same right in majority Muslim countries. There has not been much progress along these lines but at least the radical prejudice of Islamic countries is brought out into the open.

Smyrna Masacre
On September 9th 1922, as part of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides of 1915-1923, Turkish armies entered the pre-dominantly Christian populated and Greek Orthodox Christian city of Smyrna and began a wholesale massacre of men, women, the old and weak, and children. Starting with the Armenian quarter, the Turkish army set fires to homes and churches filled with people, and turned this legendary Christian city to ash. Who theycouldn’t kill in time, they pushed into the sea. Orthodox Christian refugees, Greek and Armenian, crowded the quay, in desperate flight from Turkey’s genocidal armies.

Despite the many Western press agents, numerous diplomatic reports, and the watchful eyes of a flotilla of some 27 Allied warships that are witnesses to the Smyrna Massacre—Muslim Turkey refuses to accept any responsibility for its crimes. To this day, Turkey not only denies its crimes, Turkey continues to degrade the victims , continues its aggression and contempt for human rights, Turkey remains one of the most anti-Christian, repressive, human rights abusing regimes in the world.


However, Tauran did try to be the diplomat and woo some of the Islamic scholars. But what he forgot was that ex-Muslims were watching his every move. Any attempt at lily gilding  - such as Tauran’s statement that Islam is intrinsically a religion of peace[which one suspects was simply a diplomatic statement] , has been stomped on by a recent convert to Catholicism from Islam, Magdi Allam, who was baptised in a very public ceremony in Rome this year. Allam has taken the name ‘Cristiano’ as a second name and has written a pro Jewish book entitled ‘Viva Israel’: As a recent report indicates, he is not backward about being forward with the Pope about how to handle Muslims:
The Muslim-born journalist baptized by Pope Benedict XVI at Easter asked the pope to tell his top aide for relations with Muslims that Islam is not an intrinsically good religion and that Islamic terrorism is not the result of a minority gone astray. As the Vatican was preparing to host the first meeting of the Catholic-Muslim Forum Nov. 4-6, Magdi Allam, a longtime critic of the Muslim faith of his parents, issued an open letter to Pope Benedict that included criticism of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. (source)
Allam goes on to say, in a spirit of fraternal correction:

The objective reality, I tell you with all sincerity and animated by a constructive intent, is exactly the opposite of what Cardinal Tauran imagines," Allam told the pope. "Islamic extremism and terrorism are the mature fruit" of following "the sayings of the Quran and the thought and action of Mohammed." (source)
 
Allam's Baptism
Magdi Allam: Islamic extremism and terrorism are the mature fruit" of following "the sayings of the Quran and the thought and action of Mohammed.
This comment by Allam has also received wide publicity and has had good consequences in bringing out into the open not only the differences between utopians and realists but also the questionable value of even stating the diplomatic view that Islam promotes peace, which many world leaders have engaged in from Bush to Sarkhozy. Of course Cardinal Tauran, knows the Qur’an advocates violence. However, the problem facing all attempts at valid cordial dialogue in a way that defuses bellicosity – is how to engage Muslims, without conceding one’s realistic appraisal of its core tenets. This may sound a futile task but it may not be –it is perhaps a way of using a Judeo-Christian form of da’wa back at the Muslims -  for such engagement may split the Islamic world. It may also encourage thought among western apologists for Islam who are open to persuasion that it is otherwise; and may also have the practical effect of saving some lives – some, not many. The engagement itself is not a negative thing if one retains one’s realism – in the way one engages a lunatic who is threatening to shoot a lot of innocent people and who may be distracted from doing so by talking to someone, and may even drop the gun. But the WAY to engage holders of irrational beliefs has always been very difficult and no one has a ready made solution as to HOW to do it. However, what can never be sacrificed, is a foundation of realism, before one begins to try.
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