Monday, September 18, 2006

More on the Pope and Islam (Updated)

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Even the Vatican appears scared of Muslim anger. The Pontiff issued a non-apology apology and it's not enough. Here's the latest:

ROME, Sept. 17 — Pope Benedict XVI sought Sunday to extinguish days of anger and protest among Muslims by issuing an extraordinary personal apology for having caused offense with a speech last week that cited a reference to Islam as “evil and inhuman.”

“I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address,” the pope told pilgrims at the summer papal palace of Castel Gandolfo, “which were considered offensive.’’

“These were in fact quotations from a medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought,” the pope, 79, said in Italian, according to the official English translation.

“The true meaning of my address,” he said, “in its totality was and is an invitation to frank and sincere dialogue, with great mutual respect.”

A learned man like the Pope knows full well that Muslims don't respect Christianity. Oh, they moth the words when needed, but they will never respect it. Here's an example of Muslim thinking:

The daily Jomhuri Islami said Israel and the United States -- the Islamic republic's two arch-enemies -- could have dictated the comments to distract attention from the resistance of the Shiite militant group Hezbollah to Israel's offensive on Lebanon.

"The reality is that if we do not consider Pope Benedict XVI to be ignorant of Islam, then his remarks against Islam are a dictat that the Zionists and the Americans have written (for him) and have submitted to him."

"The American and the Zionist aim is to undermine the glorious triumph of Islam's children of Lebanese Hezbollah, which annulled the undefeatable legend of the Israeli army and foiled the Satanic and colonialist American plot," it said.

Would you consider Muslims respecting Christians if they believe the most powerful Christian in the world can be swayed the Zionists and America?

We all knew how the ROP (TM) would react when they were called out for their violent tendencies, they'd enter into peaceful dialogue and try to make us understand Islam, right? Uh, wrong in so many ways:

MOGADISHU (AFP) - Gunmen shot and killed an elderly Italian nun at a children's hospital in the Islamist-controlled Somali capital amid outrage over Pope Benedict's comments about Islam, witnesses said.

Two attackers entered the Austrian-funded SOS Hospital in Mogadishu's Huriwa District on Sunday and opened fire, killing the nun and a Somali bodyguard before escaping in the ensuing confusion, witnesses and medical workers said.

"They came into the compound and shot the nun and then ran away," one medical worker told AFP. "We don't know who they were."

Captain Ed has more.

Update: This from the Times of London:

The question is whether the emperor is justified in what he said. His main thrust was at least partly justified. There is a real problem about the teaching of the Koran on violence against the infidel. That existed in the 14th century, and was demonstrated on 9/11, 2001. There is every reason to discuss it. I am more afraid of silence than offence.

Update 2: I sure hope the Italian government has got their anti-terrorism ducks in a row because the call for the Pope's death is everywhere.

Why did Pope Benedict even apologize to these vermin? Jihadi's need the slightest provocation and never, ever forgive or forget a real or perceived slight.

I ask you, could this be the wake-up call that Europe needs and Oriana Fallaci called for?

Update 3: The Greek Orthodox and Aussie leaders hang tough, the Pope is looking to get out this and the Archbishop of Canterbury embarrasses Episcopalians once again. Allah has the roundup.

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