Ok, so I’m flabbergasted. The Pope quotes a thousand year old text about Muslims being violent. What? Muslims…violent? Muslims get offended by this misrepresentation of them, and they….riot. I can’t believe that someone like Benedict would be so insensitive as to point out that a group of peace loving people such as the followers of Islam are in any way linked with violent activities. Oops. I think I poked a hole in my cheek with my tongue there.
Here’s an AP quote to stir the logic circuits in your brain (story from 9/16/06, Benjamin Harvey, writer):
Benedict’s speech in Germany this week unleashed a torrent of rage among Muslims and stirred fears of violent anti-Western protests like those that followed the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
Hmm. This is like OJ Simpson saying, “Accuse me of being a murderer, and I’ll KILL you!” It makes absolutely no sense. Churches are hit by firebombs in protest. What exactly is Benedict supposed to do now? Apologize for saying that Muslims are violent? News flash: THEY ARE! How many of those men that flew planes into buildings and into the PA ground were Muslims? Here’s a hint: All of them.
It just torques me off that a group of people as a whole can be so unreasonable as to react this way. It proves the point. The article goes on…
Iraq’s main Sunni party warned that the pope’s comments could lead to violence between Muslims and Christians. The pope”should not be lured into returning to the Crusades,”the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party said in a statement.
“The world today needs all religious authorities to cooperate to curb the phenomenon of violence,”it said.”We urge all Christian religious authorities in both the Arab and Western world not to be involved in the confrontation against the Islamic world as it could lead to Muslim-Christian violence, God forbid.”
Hmmm. I wonder who would be starting the violence. Muslims or Christians? 5-4 and pick ’em.