The ancient domain of knights-monks was, for centuries, a powerful obstacle to the Crescent’s advance into southern Europe.
On November 23, Luiz Sérgio Solimeo presented his book, Islam and the Suicide of the West: The Origin, Doctrine, and Goals of Islam on the island of Malta. The book is a publication of The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP).
The book’s launching was timely for two reasons. The first is the spread of Islam throughout Europe. The second reason is the great symbolic value of the place: the ancient domain of the Order of the Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem (better known as the Knights of Malta) was for centuries a powerful obstacle to the Crescent’s advance into southern Europe.
“The Shield of Christendom”
Malta is a unique country made up of three small limestone islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino. It is situated in the Mediterranean Sea, between two continents, being south of Sicily and north of Tunisia in Northern Africa.
What makes Malta important is neither its size nor economy. It is its geographical location, which controls the passage between the east and west of the ancient Roman Mare Nostrum. Indeed, its strategic value was recognized by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans; later by the Arabs, Normans and Spaniards, successive masters of the island.
In 1530 Emperor Charles V gave the archipelago as a fief to the Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem (known thereafter as the Knights of Malta). Their presence protected Europe’s southern flank from the continuous onslaughts of Islam and made of Malta the shield of Christendom.
This history makes the launching of a book about Islam on the island particularly symbolic.
A Pro Malta Christiana Initiative
The Maltese Society for Christian Civilization – Pro Malta Christiana (see box) sponsored the book launching. The organization’s directors thought the book and subject to be opportune considering the rapid and seemingly inexorable Islamization of Europe and Malta.
The event was held at the Lecture Center of the University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq, Msida. Members and supporters of Pro Malta Christiana attended as well as professors, students and local people. The session was chaired by Prof. Philip M. Beattie, founder and president of Pro Malta Christiana and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy of the same university.
There were three speakers at the event. The first speaker, Stephen Florian, is a former lecturer for the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Malta. He briefly spoke about the importance of the book’s subject in the context of world politics.
Father David Muscat, pastor of the Assumption of Our Lady parish, then spoke about some relevant aspects of the new book. The learned priest emphasized how the book corrected a distorted view that Islam has many points in common with the Catholic religion. He pointed out how the book shows very well that these points are nonexistent and, therefore, cannot support Catholic-Muslim dialogue. Father Muscat is a well-known pro-family and pro-life activist. He concluded by highlighting how the European “demographic winter aggravates the Islamic threat.” While waves of “migrants” arrive from the Middle East and Africa with their large families, Europeans have no children.
Introducing the Author
Prof. Beattie introduced the book’s author, Luiz Sérgio Solimeo, as a scholar, researcher and educator who has written numerous books, articles and essays on the effects of religion on culture. The learned native of Brazil teaches philosophy and history at the American TFP’s Sedes Sapientiae Institute.
After presenting a brief summary of his book, Mr. Solimeo explained the anti-Trinitarian Koranic doctrine, which shows the complete incompatibility that exists between Islam and Christianity.
“In fact,” he remarked, “if anything is clear in the confusing Koran, it is its anti-Trinitarian stance: a book aiming to combat the Christian dogma of the Holy Trinity.
“The Koran denies God as One and Triune, i.e., in three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and interprets belief in the Holy Trinity as polytheism.
“Now, according to the Koran, polytheism and idolatry are the most grievous sins, for which there is no forgiveness. Therefore, Islam insistently fights against those who it accuses of being polytheists who associate other gods with Allah.
“This denial of the Holy Trinity is not a purely academic issue,” he pointed out: “its practical consequences are reflected in its history of persecuting Christianity and in today’s Islamic terrorism.”
Mr. Solimeo concluded: “Here one understands well that the radicalism of ISIS and other Islamic terrorist movements are not the result of spurious deviations but originated from the book considered sacred by every Muslin, radicals and moderates.”
After the book launch event, the author experienced the warmth of traditional Maltese hospitality. The Pro Malta Christiana directors offered the author and guests a typical dinner at an excellent Maltese restaurant, which defended well the just reputation of the island’s fine cuisine…