One of the rules of effective communication is not to say things when you’re angry.
But I can’t stop being angry.
Every day there is an endless parade of stupidity, malice, debauchery, and violence that assaults our senses and steals our peace.
This week, I’ve been helping an elderly family member with a move, and I have been away from my desk more often than not. The work has been hot, dirty, and tiring, but in a way, it’s a welcome relief. Because every time I get near a computer I don’t know what to say.
I’m sick to death with what is happening in the Church and the world. I’m overwhelmed with the feeling of futility in attempting to fight it. I see good people making the best efforts they can to do their part, and people — even people who agree with them — seek to trivialize their efforts, because “nobody is going to listen.”
We deal mostly in these pages with the attacks coming from within the Church. And believe me, I’m more than at my limit with theological terrorism – which is exactly what is being perpetrated by our pope and his cadre of destroyers.
But then this afternoon, as I was scrolling through stories trying to find something I could write about without wanting to just give up, the reports started coming in about the terrorist attack in Nice.
60 dead. 70 dead. People run over with a truck. Then I came across this:
It’s not the only photo I’ve seen. Others show bodies strewn in the streets, or the Eiffel Tower on fire. But the body of that little girl lying in the road has me at a breaking point.
I am nauseous as I write, my jaw clenched tightly to hold back the bile. I’m furious too, and I can feel the snarl on my face. And as I look at that little body, and like every parent, imagine what it would be like if it were one of my girls, I grieve.
Political correctness has wrought this. Progressivism, liberalism, and the irresponsible leadership of the Western world. American presidents, European prime ministers and chancellors, and yes, the pope.
Islam has not officially been blamed yet, but it never is. Not at first. Because again, political correctness. (Reports are already coming in that the Islamic State is claiming responsibility). Using vehicles to mow down crowds is a known jihadist tactic, and they continue to strike at France for reasons they have already explained. ISIS has made their intentions clear — a year ago — but how many have forgotten? How many realize that they see their fight as a war between the followers of the prophet and those of Christ?
Let France and those who walk in its path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State, and that the smell of death will never leave their noses as long as they lead the convoy of the Crusader campaign, and dare to curse our Prophet, Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, and are proud of fighting Islam in France and striking the Muslims in the land of the Caliphate with their planes, which did not help them at all in the streets of Paris and its rotten alleys. This attack is the first of the storm and a warning to those who wish to learn.
A year ago, after the first ISIS attacks in Paris, I said,
Tomorrow, the narrative that what happened in Paris has nothing to do with true Islam will be echoed by the global elites. Pope Francis will join them, failing, once again, to lead Catholics in the truth, and lending religious credibility to the great Islamic lie.
This will also help to ensure that those Parisians, Frenchmen, Europeans, and others throughout the world will not look to Catholicism as the answer to the Islamic threat, because it is feckless, dishonest, and pathetic. Which means that they will instead turn to political zealotry, to a new fascism, to dangerous ideologies, hatred, and indiscriminate violence. They will fight not like true crusaders, but like desperate men, and desperate men do awful things.
This could all have been prevented. Many have warned of what’s coming, myself among them. But self-delusion is an awful drug.
The leaders of the Brexit movement have rebuffed claims of “xenophobia”, instead claiming that it was economic in nature, a nation wishing to govern itself autonomously for a brighter future. The rise of the European right is pegged to similar causes. And they are about such things, at least in part.
But if you don’t think every Leave voter had the endless string of terror attacks — and the unchecked immigration that fuels them — in mind, you’re a fool. Europe is right to fear Islam. But Europe — and the rest of the West — is not spiritually equipped to fight Islam. And this is why fascism, or some other form of radical exclusivist and militant nationalism, is almost an inevitability. Evangelii Gaudium 253 — and by extension, the Catholic Church — is wrong about Islam. The crusader spirit was once a thoroughly Catholic impulse. If you don’t believe that, read what the saints had to say about Islam. We have abandoned this in favor of polite self-deception.
Islam is a supremacist ideology, and it hates you. Not because you’re free, but because you’re not a part of this death cult of barbarism. Islam will always seek to subjugate, kill, or convert any that do not subscribe to its horrifying beliefs. It will keep coming. It will not stop. It must be driven out of our nations, suppressed, and if possible, destroyed. Individual Muslims must be converted or rendered harmless. It is certainly possible to make the distinction between the adherents and the belief. The belief is toxic; the believers are intoxicated. One can only hope that through Our Lady of Fatima — Fatimah, the name of Mohammed’s favorite daughter — these people can find salvation in Jesus Christ and His Church. But they must first be liberated from their diabolical beliefs. Beliefs that allow them to do unspeakable things.
If we continue to ignore the reality that Islam presents, we deserve what is coming. Sadly, it often seems to be the case that the people who are most afraid of this reality bear the brunt of Islamic reprisals. The people who avert their eyes from Muslims in public, keep their heads down, never say a word about their fears, and deadbolt their doors at night. Meanwhile the leaders who have sold us down the river are protected; safe. They take our guns while surrounded by armed guards. They call us racists and Islamophobes and xenophobes to try to shame us into acquiescence, to make us completely vulnerable to unexpected death.
I’ve got news for you: it’s not a phobia if you’re afraid of a real threat. And if you’re not afraid of Islamic expansion, and all that comes with it, it’s time for you to wake up. Read what Islam actually is, what it actually teaches. Stop making excuses for it. It is not now, nor has it ever been, a religion of peace. It is a religion of dominance and subjugation, treating all outside its confines as less than human, subjects only of conquest.
Islam must be driven out, as it was out of Europe once before. Belloc warned us that it would return as the West at last gave up its Christian faith. He was right.
What are we going to do about it?
Steve Skojec is the Founding Publisher of OnePeterFive.com. He received his BA in Communications and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2001. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Crisis Magazine, EWTN, Huffington Post Live, The Fox News Channel, Foreign Policy, and the BBC. Steve and his wife Jamie have eight children. You can find more of his writing at his Substack, The Skojec File.