Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Mandatory Pope Post

On Sunday, Benedict said he was "deeply sorry" over any hurt caused by his comments made in a speech last week, in which he quoted a medieval text characterizing some of the Prophet Muhammad's teachings as "evil and inhuman" and calling Islam a religion spread by the sword. [emphasis mine]
And effect:
Al-Qaida in Iraq and its allies said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as "the worshipper of the cross," saying "you and the West are doomed as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. ... We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose the 'jizya' tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (being killed by) the sword." [emphasis mine]
So the "insult" is that the Pope quoted a text saying Islam is spread by the sword, and some Muslims say that after they conquer the West, they will spread Islam by the sword? And others protest in Britain, assassinate nuns in Somalia, and burn Christian churches in Gaza, not to mention the protests elsewhere in the world? The West may not think we're in a Crusade or Holy War, but through the actions of extremists, there is such a conflict being forced upon us, whether we want it or not.
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