By: Frank H. Tryon, Jr. (Captain, U.S. Navy, retired). Anthony J. Sacco, JD contributed to this blog.
5/22/18 – CHEYENNE, WY:
In December 2003 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published an article written by John Borelli, who earned a Doctorate in History of Religions and Theology from Fordham University in 1976. The article is entitled Christian-Muslim Relations in the United States.
The article, a longish piece sub-titled Reflections for the Future After Two Decades of Experience, begins with these sentences from Nostra Aetate 3) 1: “Over the centuries many quarrels and dissensions have arisen between Christians and Muslims. The Sacred Council now pleads with all to forget the past, and urges that a sincere effort be made to achieve mutual understanding for the benefit of all men; let them together preserve and promote peace, liberty, social justice and moral values.”
In the article Mr. Borelli makes several statements which raise questions in my mind and which I am going to explore in these few paragraphs.
To start with, that first sentence is a gross understatement which ignores the Muslim goal of conquest of the entire world for Allah. It may qualify for the number one position on a list of the gross understatements of all-time.
Then Borelli says this about Christians and Muslims in the United States “. . . we fundamentally agree on the nature of peace and justice and the essential need of all to work for peace and justice.” Based on my fundamental knowledge of Islam I think that the above statement is probably true as long as we are agreeing with the Muslim concepts of peace and justice. But the Muslim concept of justice comes from Sharia law, while our concept of justice comes from Natural Law and is explicitly expressed by the ideas of our Founding Fathers in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, and our legal system as developed for centuries by the British Common Law.
Another point: Mr. Borelli says “we will offer our criticisms of one another when we believe there is a violation of integrity of faith in God.” While I don’t know what that means, I do know that the two Muslim organizations the Bishops are dialoguing with are very closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s stated goal in the United States is . . . “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” To me this is a “violation of integrity of faith in God”. Since we are a nation founded on God’s “Natural Law,” any movement with a stated goal of destroying the United States from within (and thus God’s Natural Law) must come from a place where there is no “. . . faith in God.” And thus “no integrity of faith in God.”
But wait. If there is not a faith in God, can there be a violation of integrity of faith in God? Hmm.
Mr. Borelli goes on to say that the points of consensus he enumerates earlier in his article, “. . . suggest some steps for the future in relations between Christians and Muslims, but also express a sentiment or spirit for building a culture of dialogue between Christians and Muslims. “ OK, but he does not explain how we do this in a spirit of love and trust with a people whose stated goal is “destroying Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions?”
Borelli does not explain this obvious problem. I guess he and the Bishops should be warned against “mirror imaging,” that is, viewing their dialogue partners as they view themselves. Also, maybe he and the bishops need to consider the Muslim concept of “taqiyya;” that is, lying to an enemy in order to advance the Islamic ideal. It seems to me that both concepts apply here.
 Borelli, John, Christian-Muslim Relations In The United States, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, p. 2. available at http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/ecumenical-and-interreligious/interreli.
 Ibid, p. 2.
 Center for Security Policy: Muslim Brotherhood’s 1991 Explanatory Memorandum, The General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America: “Unlike in the Middle East, where HAMAS’ Gaza operation confronts Israel kinetically and constantly, inside the U.S., the preferred method thus far has been “civilization jihad” – the stealthy, subversive use of infiltration, subversion and deception to pursue the destruction of the pillars of American society ‘from within.’ By posing as ‘moderate’ Islamic alternatives to the vicious violence of the likes of al Qaeda, the Islamic State or Taliban, the U.S. Brotherhood front groups have enjoyed remarkable success in advancing this agenda.”
 Borelli, op cit., p. 2
 Center For Security Policy. Op Cit.