People attend a Mass at the Sacre Coeur basilica in Marseille in tribute to the priest Jacques Hamel, killed on July 26 in a church of Saint Etienne du Rouvray during a hostage-taking claimed by Islamic State group. AFP / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT
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Column inches and social media posts in the hours since the attack in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray have painted it, and the many other recent instances of terrorist violence in Europe, as an attack on Christianity.Enter Pope Francis, whose timely intervention has poured cold water on those bogus theories of a clash of religions, saying that although the world is at war, faith has nothing to do with it.So when commentators and figures such as the fear-mongering U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump promote the idea that Muslims, all 1.6 billion of them, are somehow diametrically opposed to Christianity and its values, they only play into the hands of Daesh (ISIS).
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