Pope Francis is Right, Trump is Wrong: We Are Not at War with Islam

Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale has a new article at Time. He writes:

Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans seem to spend a lot of energy attacking President Obama and Hillary Clinton for not calling terrorism “radical Islam.” Trump even called for the President’s resignation over this issue. Now, Pope Francis has joined the fight.

Speaking aboard Shepherd One on his way to Rome earlier this week after a five-day trip to Poland, Pope Francis said: “I think it is not right to identify Islam with violence. It is not right and it is not true. I believe that in every religion there is always a little fundamentalist group.”…

Francis’s comments closely mirror George W. Bush, who famously argued after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that Islam was a “religion of peace“: “The terrorists do not speak for over a billion Muslims who reject their hateful ideology.”

Every religious tradition, including my own, has twisted histories of good and evil within it. But what Francis and Bush get, and what Trump fails to understand, is that to reduce Islam to a violent subgroup will fail to adequately destroy this evil ideology of terrorism that threatens everyone everywhere—without exception.

Our war isn’t against Islam. It’s against evil. If our shared faith traditions are true, we will win in the end. God-willing, the victory will come sooner rather than later.

You can read the full article here.