An American cardinal, a prelate based in Rome, has gone on the record with his opinion that Islam is fundamentally different from other religions, in that it is “a form of government” that “wants to govern the world.”
Cardinal Raymond Burke made his remarks to the Religion News Service in the course of promoting his new book, Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ.
Burke was critical of Catholic leaders for assuming the posture that Islam is a religion like any other, saying, “That is simply not the case.”
“When they [Muslims) become a majority in any country then they have the religious obligation to govern that country. If that's what the citizens of a nation want, well, then, they should just allow this to go on. But if that's not what they want, then they have to find a way to deal with it.”
“This is the way things are to go... And if you do understand that and you are not at peace with the idea of being forcibly under an Islamic government, then you have reason to be afraid.”
When asked about how the West should answer the threat, Burke said, “I think the appropriate response is to be firm about the Christian origin of our own nation, and certainly in Europe, and the Christian foundations of the government, and to fortify those... We have to say no, our country is not free to become a Muslim state.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large