Pa­pal tar­get?

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“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.spec­ta­

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