In a shocking display that does not bode well for the Catholic Church and its stance on defending the multitudes of Christians currently being persecuted in Islamic countries, Magdi Christiano Allam, a prominent covert from Islam to Christianity, has left the Catholicism. He reasoned that he could not abide the church's "weakness" and policy of appeasement towards Islam.
The Egyptian-born Allam, who publicly converted in St. Peter's Basilica on Easter 2008 with the oversight of Pope Benedict XVI himself, renounced his Catholicism because, in his view, the church legitimizes a religion that is "inherently violent" to people of all walks, including fellow Muslims.
Ever-outspoken, Allam assures that he will remain a Christian, but roundly criticized the Catholic Church for also fostering an environment in which the Islamization of Europe will, in his mind, most assuredly take place.
Translated from the Italian news outlet, Corriere, Allam clarified that his mind had been made up before the new pope was chosen and that the driving factor to leave the church is its of Islam's place among the monotheistic religions.
"I am convinced," Allam stated, "that Islam is an ideology inherently violent as it has been historically conflictual inside and warlike outside."
"I am even more convinced that Europe will eventually be submitted to Islam, as has already happened since the seventh century."
Allam also criticized the church for not having "the vision and the courage to denounce the incompatibility of Islam with our civilization and fundamental rights of the person."
"I will continue to believe in Jesus," he continued. "I have always loved and proudly identify with Christianity as the civilization that more than others brings man closer to God who chose to become man.:
Allam had been vocal in his views on Islam while praising the former pope’s moral courage, but this new turn of events is bound to cause waves in Vatican, which has come under fire before for turning a blind eye to the plight of Christians in Muslim countries.
Ashraf Ramelah, director of the Christian human rights group, Voice of the Copts, told TheBlaze that he agrees with Magdi's decision and assessment of the church's take on Islam "100 percent."
"Islamization is causing a part of the problem," Ramelah said. "I believe the church thinks that if they are nice, they might be able to convert them [Islamists] to Christianity. But history has shown this not to be the case."
Ramelah said he has no problem with Pope Francis' desire to open a dialogue with Islam, but cautioned that such sentiments have a way of being twisted in the Islamic world to mean that Christians are "submitting to them."
"Why must we always submit to them," asked Ramelah. "This is the question that has to be asked. If I want to have a relationship with someone, both parties have to have an interest. So, from our side, we start [the dialogue], but then Muslims laugh in our face. I don't have problem with dialogue, but they take it to mean submission."
In full support of his friend Allam, Ramelah said that the church needs to be "a little more mature in how it manifests its ideology" and said that he believes in democracy only "with people who respect democracy. "
(H/T: Dr. Andrew Bostom)