Friday, September 15, 2006
Muslim leaders got their panties in a bunch yesterday over comments made by Pope Benedict on his visit to Germany.
In his speech at the University of Regensburg on Tuesday, Benedict quoted criticism of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad by 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus, who wrote that everything Mohammad brought was evil and inhuman, "such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." Benedict, who used the terms "jihad" and "holy war," repeatedly quoted Manuel's argument that spreading the faith through violence is unreasonable, adding: "Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul."
14th Century, huh? So you mean violence by Muslims isn't a new thing?
All in all, the Pope sounds as if he made a few salient and valid points!
The head of the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood called for Islamic countries to break off relations with the Vatican unless the Pope withdrew his remarks.
*Gasp* Noooo... ANYTHING but that...
The Vatican tucked it's tail and quickly issued a statement to say that the Pope never meant offense to Islam. The Vatican press office said in a statement the pope had not intended to carry out an in-depth study of jihad (holy war) and Muslim thinking about it, "even less to offend the sensitivity of the Muslim faithful."
"It is clear that the Holy Father's intention is to cultivate a position of respect and dialogue toward other religions and cultures, and that clearly includes Islam," the statement by chief Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said.
It's a good thing he did acquiesce, 'cause just look at what happens to Priests that piss Islam off.
"This is the second time such an offence has been give before Ramadan," he said, referring to last year's publication of cartoons in a Danish newspaper that led to violent protests by Muslims around the world.
And we've all seen how much it takes to throw you guys into a violent frenzy, huh? NOT MUCH.
A top religious leader in Turkey advised that the Pope reconsider his visit to Turkey... And I have to wonder if that is a threat!
"I do not see any use in somebody visiting the Islamic world who thinks in this way about the holy prophet of Islam. He should first rid himself of feelings of hate," NTV's Web site quoted Bardakoglu as saying.
Sure, the Pope is full of hate... That's why he want Israel wiped off of the map. Oh, wait, that's not the Pope, is it? It's an Islamic leader!
Bardakoglu, whose directorate controls all imams in Turkey and sends prayer leaders to Turkish communities abroad, recalled atrocities committed by Roman Catholic Crusaders during the Middle Ages in the name of their faith against Orthodox Christians and Jews as well as Muslims.
Could y'all get over the Crusades? It was in the Middle Ages, for crimeny's sake! Why is it that every time a Muslim so much as perceives insult by a Christian, they start in on the Crusades? When was the last time we had one? When was the last time Muslims killed a Christian for their religion? 'Nuff said! (And that's just a cursory look! The examples are innumerable!)
Benedict is due to visit Turkey, an avowedly secular state whose population is predominantly Muslim, in November at the invitation of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. In Qatar, prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi rejected the Pope's comments and said Islam was a religion of peace and reason.
Uh-huh. That's why you still treat your women as chattel, and stone and 'honor' rape and kill them, right?
"Muslims have the right to be angry and hurt by these comments from the highest cleric in Christianity," Qaradawi told Al Jazeera television. "We ask the pope to apologize to the Muslim nation for insulting its religion, its Prophet and its beliefs."
Really, you sack of horse crap? Where are the apologies when someone gets their head sawed off on video for Islam's sake? Where were the profusions of "forgive us" when 9-11 happened? (It IS the fifth anniversary this week!) Where, pray tell, are the "mea culpas" when Muslims shouted "Allahu Akbar", and danced in the streets while handing out cake and candy to their children? Where, for God's sake, are the protestations when we see photographs of those very kids wielding automatic weapons, and at the tender age of five tell news reporters about how they want to become Shaheed and kill the Zionists and the infidel? Where is the condemnation when death and violence are promised against the infidel from your very mosques?
That's what I thought.
So just ask yourself, "What Would Muhammad Do?" I think we all know the answer to that question. Feel free to speculate in the comments field!