Monday, September 18, 2006

Muslims protest Pope's words with violence

You may have heard about an address that Pope Benedict XVI made at the University Regensburg late last week. Most likely you heard one sentence, which was a quote by Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus, made around 1391: "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." I urge you to read the full address, which tends to refute this statement. Regardless of the Pope's intent in his address, this one quote was all anyone heard.

Since then, so much of the Muslim protest has been quite sad. A 65-year old nun was shot in the back and killed by two Somali men. Churches have been bombed in Israel. Now, al-Qaeda has threatened jihad over the Pope's comment.

I have some humble advice. If someone calls you "violent" or "evil," I don't think the best way to refute these insults is to kill innocent people. Also, how many jihads can one organization declare?

2 Comments:

At 9/19/2006 12:15:00 PM, Blogger The Iconoclast said...

2 points:

1.) I hate terrorists.

2.) This war isn't a war on terror. It's a war on militant Islam.

 
At 9/20/2006 08:49:00 PM, Blogger Cannon said...

Agreed-- except, I would say that it's a war on peaceful non-muslims (that is, they started the war and we're only now beginning to defend ourselves).

 

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