I've never been one to praise the Catholic Church, but score one for the Pope. I'll call him Papa Ratzinger today and hope he doesn't apologize to the sons of Allah rampaging like lunatics. They're tolerant of no one. They dialogue with no one. And my-oh-my are they ever-so insecure.
What did the Pope say that was so bad? The imam of the biggest mosque in my state (imam Damra of the Islamic Center of Cleveland) used to shout that Jews are the "sons of pigs and monkeys," until he was arrested for funding foreign terror networks. Did I riot? No. Did I hear an apology? LOL!
I only skimmed the Pope's words since religion is not my bag and it was long, but I got some of the general points. Violence shouldn't be used to force religion on people. Belief systems have to win over people's souls through reason. Religions using the sword should reform themselves. Nothing hateful at all, unlike the constant and deranged rantings spewing out of the Muslim world every day.
So, Allah guys, what's da matta? Firebombing churches? Holding up threatening signs? Looking like barbaric, wild animals? You say you'll kill this Pope? Yeah, you tried to kill the last Pope, too.
Most of these beasts don't know what the Pope said nor do they care. One sentence from a long speech out of context is all they need when they're looking for pretexts for more violence. The message they're really sending is we cannot speak at all, except in submission.
Aw, poor babies, Muhammad's name was mentioned in a quotation from an emperor who lived in the 14th century.
Yup, it looks like the world has been plagued with jihad for quite some time. Nope, I don't think these allah guys were killing in the 14th century because of the West's foreign policies.
But some more reasonable sounding Muslims say the Pope got it wrong:
I'm glad the Pope got you to say that. Maybe you should back it up by protesting the weekly atrocities done in the name of Islam across the globe.The spiritual leader of Lebanon's Sunnis, the Grand Mufti Sheik Mohammed Rashid Kabbani, said the pope's remarks emanated either from "Ignorance and lack of knowledge or were deliberately intended to distort Islam."
"Reason is the substance of Islam and its teachings ... Islam prohibited violence in human life. Anyone who wants the truth (about Islam) must take it from Islam's holy book, the Koran, rather than from a dialogue or excerpts," he said.
For further (and not very encouraging) insights into Islam, check out Brian Lamb interviewing JihadWatch's Robert Spencer on C-Span from a few Sundays ago, which also includes some chilling clips from an ex-PLO terrorist who converted away from Islam.
The recent video from American al Qaeda Adam Gadahn called out Robert Spencer and warned him he'd better convert.
To which Spencer replied:
Thank you for the invitation, Adam, and for your thoughtfulness in extending to me in particular a personal call. But I'm afraid I must decline. While I appreciate that I would be your "brother in Islam" if I became a Muslim and turned my "sword against the enemies" of Allah, I cannot and will not give in to violent intimidation, come what may, and I do not want to live in a society that bows to such intimidation.
I believe that societies that respect the equality of rights before the law of all people, including women and religious minorities, as well as the freedom of conscience, are superior to those that do not. I hope that such societies will be able to summon the will to resist you and your "invitation" in all its implications before it is too late.
Meanwhile, Adam, I have a preliminary invitation of my own for you: I invite you to accept the Bill of Rights, and enter into the brotherhood of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. My invitation does not focus on my religion, although I invite you to that also, but rather on a framework within which people of differing faiths can live in peace, harmony, and mutual respect -- provided that none of the groups involved cherishes supremacist ambitions to subjugate the others.