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Cardinal Causes Uproar with ‘Muslim scare’ Video at Vatican

The laughable “Muslim Demographics” scare video that purports to show “empirical evidence” of Muslims demographically taking over Europe was debunked by the BBC and other sites back in 2009. For some reason Cardinal Peter Turkson thought it was a good idea to screen it at an international gathering of bishops on Monday.:

Cardinal causes uproar with ‘Muslim scare’ video at Vatican

A Roman Catholic cardinal has caused an uproar at the Vatican by screening a spurious YouTube video that makes alarmist predictions about the growth of Islam in Europe.

The seven-minute clip, called “Muslim Demographics,” was the talk of an international gathering of bishops on Monday, two days after Cardinal Peter Turkson screened it during a free discussion period.

Turkson, a Ghanaian who is based in the Vatican and is president of its Council for Justice and Peace, sparked consternation among his fellow bishops over the clip.

“As we were arriving this morning I was asked several times ‘Who planned it? Whose was it? Who is behind it?” Father Thomas Rosica said at a briefing for journalists, who are not allowed to attend the synod sessions, the first since the screening.

He said the clip had sparked “the most animated” discussion so far at the three-week conference, and one bishop said he would rebut Turkson by presenting a report with contrary data. The clip has brought Islam to the top of the agenda at the synod, attended by 262 bishops. “Islam is the buzzword,” Rosica said.

Turkson could not be reached for comment on why he chose to screen the video during the Vatican meeting, where the bishops are discussing ways of winning back lapsed Roman Catholics in developed countries.

The clip, which has been viewed over 13 million times on YouTube since it was uploaded by an anonymous user in 2009, combines dramatic music with skewed population statistics to make claims about various European countries such as “In just 39 years France will be an Islamic republic.”

Critics have pointed out that the fertility figures used in the video, which claim French women have an average of 1.8 children while French Muslim women have 8.1 children, cannot be genuine as France does not collect statistics by religion.

Reuters, 15 October 2012

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  • Géji

    I’ve meet Cardinal Peter Turkson at a press conference on his Catholic Canadian tour, at the time he seemed advocating genuine thoughts, sad to learn he spewed nonsense elsewhere.

  • Ilisha

    @JSB

    Agreed. I’m also just clarifying. :)

  • Just Stopping By

    @Ilisha: To clarify, when I said that attacking any group should not be accepted, I was not saying that the comment should not be accepted for publication, but that those views should not be accepted by readers. I am fine with the moderation policy, as long as we all understand that accepting a comment for publication does not mean that Loonwatch or its readers necessarily accept the view in that comment.

  • Ilisha

    We just had a comment this morning ranting and raving “censorship,” which I put on the trash.

    This is a site opposed to bigotry with a focus on Islamophobia, yet we allow some comments bashing even Muslims. Why would we have an absolute policy of deleting comments about other groups? I don’t see a reason to single out certain groups for special treatment.

    Why shouldn’t some of these comments be subjected to open debate? I think such comments sometimes generate important discussions.

    In any case, one thing is certain: We can’t please everyone.

  • Jack

    Xithurel; if you actually take the time to read the article above, you’ll notice the screening of this youtube-clip caused a lot of consternation among and opposition from Catholic bishops present.

    Apparently, Turkson is a minorty and most bishops are smart enough to understand this youtube-clip is fearmongering tripe.

  • Just Stopping By

    @Carolingian: This site allows offensive comments rather than screening them all out. That said, I agree with you that the Catholic-bashing is unacceptable (as is the same poster’s bashing of former Soviet Jews as not actual Jews in another post this morning). Attacking any religious, ethnic, or national group should not be accepted here.

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32)

    Carolingian

    Xithurel does not need to smear or bash catholics when they are doing such a great job themselves without any help from muslims or anyone else .

    Sir David
    Angers

  • Carolingian

    Re the comments of “Xithurel”: I see. It is not acceptable to smear Muslims on this forum, but it is OK to smear and bash Catholics.

  • Xithurel

    ^^^ the quote was made up FYI

  • Xithurel

    There they go; those patholical Nazi pope loving Catholics at the Vatican again. As a Jew, I am finding this utterly HILARIOUS – and marking the date down. Won’t be long until we start seeing their likes talking about sterilizing Muslims women…they’re just missing their Fuhrer.

    “-He promised us to rid the world of all the Mus(Jews)lims by total extermination! But he was savagely murdered before he could accomplish his goal!-”

    Not one of them thinks this is wrong BTW; you don’t hold a conference like that without getting a brief before hand. They knew what it was about they just didn’t count on people getting wind of it.

    Now you have to wonder what else they ‘discuss’ behind those blood stained walls.

  • http://www.krapuul.nl Al Bakrastani

    Since he is Ghaneese he has no idea that this is an echo of the worry about Catholic “breeding ” in the countries where THEY where a minority about 100 years ago ….

  • Heinz Catsup

    Thankfully, Coughlan debunked this tomfoolery almost 2 years ago.

  • mindy1

    What does such a video even have to do with the Catholic faith?? Shouldn’t they be more concerned with their own flock?

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