“Philip Jenkins informs me that he’s in the Cassandra business. His forthcoming book about the future of Europe, ‘God’s Continent,’ certainly bears that out. [. . .] The most incendiary premonition [. . .] is that ‘unless political circumstances change radically, there will soon be a major attack on an iconic symbol of European Christianity.’
“The political circumstances that Jenkins refers to are the ongoing conflicts between Muslim immigrants and old stock Europeans. There have already been well-publicized attacks by the former on the latter, such as the gruesome murder of provocateur and filmmaker Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam in November 2004. But most of the European victims so far have been secular, or, at the very least, not singled out for their Christian beliefs. Jenkins [. . .] figures it’s only a matter of time before something really horrible happens.
“Jenkins points to the pope as one likely target. [. . .]
“After Benedict XVI delivered a controversial address in Regensburg, Germany, in September of last year [. . .] death threats poured in. [. . .]
“Protests and riots broke out from Cairo to Paris. Two churches in Palestine [. . .] were firebombed in protest. An Italian nun working at a children’s hospital in Mogadishu was gunned down.”
Jeremy Lott, writing on “Be Afraid, Be Somewhat Afraid,” May 18 in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org