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Friday, September 15, 2006

The Pope Deserves A Standing Ovation

Muslims are angry over a quote used by Pope Benedict in a speech in Germany this week. What did the Pope say to spark such controversy?

The pope quoted from a book recounting a conversation between 14th-century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and a Persian scholar on the truths of Christianity and Islam.

"The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war," Benedict said. "He said, I quote, 'Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.'"

Keep in mind that he was speaking about the religion that has turned its back on the repeated acts of terrorism committed in the name of Islam. The outrage from Muslims must be taken with a really large grain of salt. Consider the following statements of outrage at the Pope's remarks. (all pictures are from various anti-Pope rallies)

"We call on the holy pope to reconsider his statement and to stop offending the Islamic religion that has a billion and a half followers"

Never mind the offending acts committed by terrorists using Islam as a justification.

"Addressing the Friday congregation at the Jama Masjid, Bhukhari said, "The Pope's statement was a deliberate attempt to hurt the sentiments of Muslims around the world at a time when they are targeted in the name of terrorism."

And just WHO is targeting Muslims with terrorism - Muslims. Maybe the Imans should apologize for hurting the sentiments of the peaceful followers of Islam who are butchered by the Islamofascists.

"About 2,000 Palestinians angrily protested Friday night in Gaza City. Earlier, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, of the Islamic militant group Hamas, said the pope had offended Muslims everywhere."

Is there no end to the absolute hypocrisy here? A member of the "Islamic militant group" (aka terrorist organization) Hamas is offended? Well cry me a Euphrates River - I AM OFFENDED BY THE VERY EXISTENCE OF HAMAS.

And of course, CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) wants a dialogue...
"In the United States, a Muslim group, the Council for American-Islamic Relations, asked for a meeting with a Vatican representative and urged more efforts at improving understanding between Muslims and Catholics."

The only dialogue I want to hear out of CAIR is a denouncement of the terrorist acts committed in the name of Islam. When CAIR puts as much energy into a denouncement as they do to having radio talk show hosts censored for perceived slights against Islam, then CAIR can start talking about a dialogue with the Pope. (And can someone please explain the "Jihad is Hump of Islam" sign? That sounds worse than anything I've heard yet said about Islam)

I salute the Pope for not tiptoeing around political correctness. It is a true picture of Islam when acts of barbarity, torture and murder are tolerated if committed in the name of Mohammed. Those concerned about the world's perception of Islam need to start speaking out about crimes against humanity committed by their brethren. Then and only then will the Muslim leaders have a right to complain about another person's statements.

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