One of the most vocally conservative Catholic leaders in the U.S. appeared on CNN this Tuesday, and agreed with the notion that Christian terrorists of past and present are the moral equivalent of the Islamic State.
Comments by President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year caused a swell of partisan debate when he chided Christians for getting on their “high horse” while denouncing Islamic terrorism, since Christianity was used to justify slavery, lynchings in the South, and the Crusades.
“These extremist do not represent genuine Islamic thought,” Dolan told CNN host Chris Cuomo. “Even the majority of temperate, peace-loving Muslims would say, ‘I’m afraid they have a particular strand of erroneous Islam.’ But I do think they are — they are distorting it.”
“You know the parallel I’ve drawn? And enough people have been kind enough to tell me they think the analogy is accurate. Remember 30-35 years ago with the IRA in Ireland? The IRA claimed to be Catholic. And they were baptized, they had a Catholic identity. What they were doing was a perversion of everything the church stood for,” he continued.
“These are not real Muslims,” Dolan concluded.
Watch the exchange in the video below, via The Raw Story: