Prince Charles, heir to the British crown and the United Kingdom, was not so long ago declared to be a “defender of faith” for his staunch defense of Christianity and opposition to the creeping Islamization of Europe and the increasingly radical Islamists spreading their warped beliefs by the sword (or gun, or bomb).
That title could very well be stripped away from him now though, following remarks the prince made ahead of Christmas for BBC Radio 4’s “Thought for the Day” segment.
According to The U.K. Telegraph, the Prince of Wales urged Christians to think of the Prophet Mohammad during the holiday season and consider the plight of Muslim refugees, as well as to decry the rise of “increasingly aggressive” populist movements around the world, comparing them to the Nazi scourge that terrorized Europe in the 1930s.
“Normally at Christmas we think of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ,” said Charles. “I wonder though if this year we might remember how the story of the Nativity unfolds, with the fleeing of the Holy Family to escape violent persecution.”
“And we might also remember that when the Prophet Mohammed migrated from Mecca to Medina, he did so because he too was seeking the freedom for himself and his followers to worship,” he continued. “Whichever religious path we follow, the destination is the same: to value and respect the other person, accepting their right to live out their peaceful response to the love of God.”
According to CNS News, Charles added, “That’s what I saw when attending the consecration of the Syriac Orthodox Cathedral in London recently. Here were a people persecuted for their religion in their own country, but finding refuge in another land and freedom to practice their faith according to their conscience. It is an example to inspire us all this Christmastime.”
Charles did address the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, as well as other religious minorities, but that message seemed watered down by lumping their plight together with that of the Muslim refugees, some of whom have themselves engaged in the persecution of religious minorities and are attempting to assert the dominance of their own beliefs in the predominantly Christian nations graciously hosting them.
You can watch his remarks right here:
Biz Pac Review noted that there were more than a few outraged responses to Prince Charles’ message, pointing out that while the Muslim refugees in Europe were free to worship Allah as they please, the same cannot be said for the Christians, Jews and other religious minorities faced with a “convert or die” ultimatum in the predominantly Muslim Middle East.
Many were astonished by Charle’s plea for Christians to think of Muslims and Mohammad at Christmastime, with one woman tweeting that she would not do so, but would focus on the true reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ.
— Eileen (@rayann2320) December 23, 2016
Another seemingly questioned the prince’s sanity, perhaps due to the meandering and seemingly clinically schizophrenic nature of his remarks.
— Alisande 🇺🇸 (@Alisand3) December 23, 2016
While the prince of course has the right to ask his fellow Christians to consider the plight of Muslim refugees and show mercy and respect for those less fortunate than themselves, he would likely have received a warmer response if he had picked virtually any other time of year to offer up such a suggestion than one of the two most sacred holidays held dear by Christianity.
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