Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley: “It is very difficult to understand what was going on in the young men’s minds, what demons were operative, what ideologies or politics or the perversion of their religion”

It isn’t actually hard to understand at all. The Qur’an tells Muslims to fight against “the People of the Book” and subjugate them (9:29). It tells them to kill the polytheists (i.e., anyone who worships anything other than the Allah of the Qur’an) wherever they are found (9:5; cf. 2:191 and 4:89). These are not random, “cherry-picked” verses, but are part of the foundation of a developed doctrine, theology and legal system that mandates warfare against non-Muslims. A manual of Islamic law that was certified in 1991 by the clerics at Al-Azhar University, one of the leading authorities in the Islamic world, as “conforming to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni community,” stipulates about jihad that the Muslim community “makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians…until they become Muslim or pay the non-Muslim poll tax” (‘Umdat al-Salik, o9.8).

If this is a “perversion” of Islam, it has reached its highest levels, because that is what al-Azhar is. And there are so very many Muslim clerics worldwide who endorse the idea that Muslims must wage war against non-Muslims, as we have documented regularly here at Jihad Watch for the past ten and a half years. How is it that so many Muslim clerics endorse what O’Malley would call a perversion of the Islamic religion?

The Cardinal rightly says that no one should indulge in “hatred” or “revenge” or “prejudice against Muslims.” That is absolutely true. It is unlikely that he is aware, however, that Islamic supremacist groups in the U.S. such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) consistently characterize any and every attempt to explore the roots of jihad terrorism in Islamic texts and teachings, and the ways in which jihadis use those texts and teachings to justify violence and supremacism, as a manifestation of “hatred” and “prejudice against Muslims.” This needs to be clarified: that resistance against jihad and Islamic supremacism do not constitute such hatred or prejudice — it would be refreshing to see a prominent Catholic churchman affirm that. I am not holding my breath.

“O”Malley: Don’t focus on hatred, revenge,” by Christine McConville for the Boston Herald, April 22 (thanks to Kamala):

Don’t succumb to the hate that killed, maimed and traumatized so many people in Boston last week, a resolute Cardinal Sean P. O”Malley told terror-weary parishioners and public officials yesterday at a crowded Mass inside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

“We must be a people of reconciliation, not revenge,” O”Malley urged the 1,800 Mass celebrants, a group that included U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis and Boston police Superintendents William Evans and Kevin Buckley.

“The crimes of the two young men must not be the justification for prejudice against Muslims and against immigrants,” he said….

Days later, Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer Sean Collier, 26, was gunned down in his cruiser allegedly by brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Chechen immigrants and Muslims who authorities say are responsible for the marathon bombings.

Hours after Collier was killed, Transit Police officer Richard Donohue, 33, was shot in a gun battle, during which Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured late Friday.

O”Malley reminded people that the brothers” vicious hate triggered so much goodness.

“It is very difficult to understand what was going on in the young men’s minds, what demons were operative, what ideologies or politics or the perversion of their religion. It was amazing to witness, however, how much goodness and generosity were evidenced in our community as a result of the tragic events they perpetrated,” he said.

“The individualism and alienation of our age has spawned a culture of death. Over a million abortions a year is one indication of how human life has been devalued. Violent entertainment, films and video games have coarsened us and made us more insensitive to the pain and suffering of others. The inability of the Congress to enact laws that control access to automatic weapons is emblematic of the pathology of our violent culture,” O”Malley said. “I hope that the events of this past week have taught us how high the stakes are. We must build a civilization of love, or there will be no civilization at all.”

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  1. says

    I have only one beef with my church: the treatment of islam. I fully agree with what O’Malley has to say about Muslims, but we need to make clear once and for all that Jews and Catholics (and all other Christians for that matter) believe in a totally different God than allah. Robert, I keep telling my Egyptian Christian friends that they have been brainwashed into used the “allah” in their Arabic-language Bibles. Arabic has another name for gods and that is illah. allah is the name for the islamic god. They will die as dhimmies and I am not sure that is better than dying with their pride intact. I guess I am too far away from the Bible: the meek shall inherit the Earth.

  2. says

    Hey! Cardinal! What do you suppose got into the mind of all the Muslims persecuting Christians around the globe? Here are monthly reports. Have you bothered to look at them? Or is the shepherd falling asleep while his flock gets eaten by ravening wolves?

    January, 2013

    December, 2012

    November, 2012

    October, 2012

    September, 2012

    August, 2012

    July, 2012

    June, 2012

    May, 2012

    April, 2012

    March, 2012

    February, 2012

    January, 2012

    December, 2011

    November, 2011

    October, 2011

    September, 2011

    August, 2011

  3. says


    Every American should befriend a poorly assimilated Moslem youth. And to ensure that he won’t turn jihadist this is what you must do: Hug him tightly and don’t let go until you squeeze all the hatred out of him. Of course if you hug him long enough you might crush him to death which would also work in preventing him from turning jihadist.

  4. says

    “Don’t succumb to the hate that killed, maimed and traumatized so many people in Boston last week…”

    No worries, good Cardinal. I have no intentions of converting to the vile ideology of Islam anytime in the forseeable future.

  5. says

    We must build a civilization of love, or there will be no civilization at all.”

    Sounds great…How are you going to get Allah to go along with it?

  6. says

    April 22, 2013

    His Eminence
    Sean P. O’Malley
    Cardinal of Boston

    Most Eminent Cardinal,

    With all due obsequious respect: Shut your pie-hole.

    Warmest regards,

    John Q. Public

  7. says

    I have never been enamoured with any church (including atheism), mainly due to the antics of televangelists, hard left hypocrites, trendy churches that lick PC boots, and the screaming louts of any ‘faith’. Don’t I sound bitter today??

    I have often wondered which form of prostitute does the most damage to a culture, and weaken its chances for survival the most:

    The poor souls selling their bodies and killing their minds on any street?

    Pius bootlickers and fools in church pulpits?

    Or the lowest of politicians, selling everything and everyone out to maintain their undeserved positions and power?….

    Yes, I do sound bitter today.

    Tempted to join his church, to have the pleasure of quitting and telling him where to put his ignorance and cowardice.

    Yup, sounding bitter today.

  8. says

    Message to Cardinal O’Malley: There was no perversion of their Islamic faith. Grasp this, Cardinal, and everything else will start to fall into place. Don’t grasp this and you will continue abysmally ignorant about Islam.

  9. says

    Delusional, uninformed, kumbayaah infidel dogs like the ecumenically-shallow Cardinal will be wondering in the future why that American city was vaporized and how a tiny little verse from the Koran like 9:29 could have been the motivating factor.

    Maybe the red hatted clod should read the Playbook of Sanctified Terror (Al Qur’an) before he babbles his pseudo-soothing simperings.

  10. says

    The Cardinal forgot that there two other words that occur over and over in the TaNaKh and in the Christian Scriptures, and that have nothing to do with ‘hate’ or vindictiveness.


    He should have taken his sermon on that day from Deuteronomy 16: 18-20, and from Romans 13: 1-4, focusing on Romans 13: 3-4.

    “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he [that is, the ruler, the appointed officer of the law, the judge and the policeman, he who bears the ‘sword’ of temporal power – dda] is the minister of God to thee for good.

    “But if thou (like the fiendish death-cultists the Muslim Brothers Tsarnaev – dda) do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”

    The folks who celebrated in the streets of Boston when the news came through that the ground-level Forces of Law had prevailed: that one Bad Guy was stone-dead after attacking the Police, and that the other Bad Guy – riddled with holes – was under lock and key, being efficiently patched-up so that he could be grilled for information, and then suitably tried and sentenced, were not being hateful; they were, first, righteously angry about the sneak attack on innocent civilians, angry about ritual *murder* attempted on the grand scale; and they were, too, righteously pleased that the Enemy – an enemy of life and goodness – had been *stopped* from doing further harm.

    Justice, justice, justice.

    *That* could have been his theme; an honouring of the front-line police and other law enforcement people who defended the City of Boston against monstrous, murderous wickedness.

    He could have called forward those honoured guests – “Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis and Boston police Superintendents William Evans and Kevin Buckley” and thanked them, and prayed for them, and honoured the young policeman who was ambushed and killed in the line of duty, and the other policeman who was also attacked by the jihadis, and who is fighting for his life.

    *That* should have been the focus. The people who were harmed, and the people who – as a matter of their public duty, their secular vocation – defended the City from further harm and executed – and will execute – Justice on behalf of the dead and the maimed.

    One might then, only then, after all that, pray for the Enemy; and the correct prayer is that the now captive Muslim murderer while languishing in hospital – unable even to croak a word – might be granted grace to *repent* of the gross evil he intended and committed, accept full responsibility for his actions, submit to justice and…apostasise from Islam. NO excuses should be made for him; one must pray that he may be, so to speak, exorcised; that he might be able to wake up from his Islamic trance/ possessed state and recognise that he is in deep, deep, deep spiritual sh*t.

  11. says

    Curious, is the the same cardinal who so shamefully failed to rip teddy kennedy a new one, to use a blunt but well deserved and appropriate phrase??? If so…. no reason for surprise.