A Benedictine baptism

Posted by Lex, on March 23rd, 2008

A prominent Italian journalist was baptized this weekend by Pope Benedictine XVI. What gives the story its kicker is the fact that the journalist was a non-practicing Muslim and a controversial critic of Islam:

Italy’s most prominent Muslim, an iconoclastic writer who condemned Islamic extremism and defended Israel, converted to Catholicism Saturday in a baptism by the pope at a Vatican Easter service.

An Egyptian-born, non-practicing Muslim who is married to a Catholic, Magdi Allam infuriated some Muslims with his books and columns in the newspaper Corriere della Sera newspaper, where he is a deputy editor. He titled one book “Long Live Israel.”

Christians believe that Jesus died for our sins and that the resurrection we celebrate today offers us the hope of eternal life. Which is a good thing for Allam, since Islam’s founder taught that apostates should be killed.

In between those two sentiments lies a universe of difference.

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