Pope Benedict XVI will strive during his tenure to re-Christianize Europe by making the way for greater religious freedom on the continent and then converting millions of the Muslims who now populate the area, asserts geopolitical analyst Jack Wheeler.
In a column on his intelligence website, To the Point, Wheeler uses a comedy scene from the classic film “Princess Bride” to show the kind of task the pope has on his plate.
“One of my favorite scenes is when the hero, Westley (played by Cary Elwes), is wounded and his friends drag his limp body to a Yiddish Wizard named Miracle Max (played by Billy Crystal) in hopes of saving him,” writes Wheeler. “But it’s too late. He’s dead, they tell Max.
“‘Look who knows so much,’ Max replies after examining Westley. ‘It just so happens that your friend here is only mostly dead. There is a very big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there’s usually only one thing you can do.’
“‘What’s that?’ his friends ask. Max answers, ‘Go through his clothes and look for loose change.'”
Wheeler explains that by electing Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the cardinals were bringing a mostly dead European Christianity to the new pope for reviving.
And the pope is more than up for the challenge, Wheeler asserts.
“It takes both heroic optimism and heroic faith to attempt a revival of Europe now at death’s door,” he writes. “For many astute observers, Europe is doomed by a ‘perfect storm’ of inescapably negative demographics, welfare-state bankruptcy and the creeping seizure of its cities by Muslim immigrants. Yet the cause of all three is Europeans’ willful abandonment of their cultural souls. Restore that to them and all three of the clouds creating this perfect storm start to clear.
“Such restoration can only be done with and cannot be done without Christianity – and not some wishy-washy, apologize-for-the-Crusades, can’t-we-all-get-along, multicultural-diversity-transgendered theological goulash, but a straight-talk, look-you-in-the-eye Christianity of muscular moral certainty with no excuses and no apologies.”
Wheeler says the high birth rate among Muslims in Europe influences how the pope will accomplish his job.
Writes Wheeler: “While native Europeans simply refuse to have children and are committing demographic suicide, Muslim immigrants are breeding like bunnies. Right now, in many European cities, 30 to 40 percent of all the children are Muslim. It seems all but inevitable that Europe will become Eurabia with a majority Muslim population in most metropolitan areas within a generation.
“There are only two ways to prevent this: eviction or conversion. Either evict those illegal Muslim immigrants out of Europe and back to their country of origin – or convert them to Christianity. Benedict XVI will advocate the latter path. The obstacle in this path is that Islamic law or Sharia views apostasy or irtidad as a crime punishable by death. The murtadd or apostate, by ‘turning his back on Allah’ deserves to be killed.”
Wheeler says Benedict XVI will publicly demand that Muslims be free of any punishment should they choose to convert to Christianity, citing Article 18 of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“You can further expect him to promote efforts by Christians to evangelize Muslims,” he writes, “making positive efforts to persuade them to convert to Christianity. First in Europe – and then in Islamic countries around the world.”
Comparing Benedict to Ronald Reagan, Wheeler says: “This new pope is a conservative revolutionary aiming to overthrow the entrenched modern orthodoxies of secularism and relativism, and rescue Western Civilization from a massive alien threat.
“May he live long enough to accomplish his goal.”