The King, the Pope, And the Sword
By YOUSSEF IBRAHIM
November 8, 2007
Saudi Arabia’s king visited the pope at the Vatican this week, and the leader of Catholicism expressed grief over the draconian discrimination experienced by Christian minorities in some Muslim lands.
During the unprecedented and historic encounter, Benedict XVI gave the Saudi monarch an old painting of the Vatican. The king’s gift to the pontiff: a sword.
As a gift from from a leading Islamic fundamentalist nation, a sword is about as clear a symbol of intolerance as there can be; and indeed, swords are used for public decapitations in Saudi Arabia on Fridays.
Me says, Indeed, non-verbal communication!
But Benedict is the first pope in the past century to draw a bright line between Islam on one hand and Judeo-Christian revealed religion on the other, and that may destine him “not to send peace, but a sword”, like his predecessor. This makes Benedict the most indispensable man of our times, and the Catholic Church, the founding institution of the West, its still-indispensable institution.
The distinction between Pope Benedict XVI and the secular west could not be brighter. B16 stands on uncompromising principle rooted in the idea that God is love and stands opposed to the capricious Allah, the God of Power. He has no interest in the sword but knows at some point the chips must fall where they may. He prays for peace but will not sacrifice His soul for this.
The secular west on the other hand stand on a principle that can be summed up rather crudely: no balls at all.
They are meek and malleable in the face of their enemy. And this has nothing to do with a willingness for violent means. They drop every principle and completely capitulate in the face of this mediocre, even pathetic threat.