Saturday, September 16, 2006

More Absurdity

Pope stops short of apology to Muslims

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI "sincerely regrets" offending Muslims with his reference to an obscure medieval text that characterizes some of the teachings of Islam's founder as "evil and inhuman," the Vatican said Saturday.

But the statement stopped short of the apology demanded by Islamic leaders around the globe, and anger among Muslims remained intense. Palestinians attacked five churches in the West Bank and Gaza over the pope's remarks Tuesday in a speech to university professors in his native Germany.

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I guess I wasn't paying attention....didn't someone say something about an "evil" and "inhuman" religion? But let's continue...

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An Iraqi insurgent group threatened the Vatican with a suicide attack over the pope's remarks on Islam, according to a statement posted Saturday on the Web.

"We swear to God to send you people who adore death as much as you adore life," said the message posted in the name of the Mujahedeen Army on a Web site frequently used by militant groups. The message's authenticity could not be independently verified. The statement was addressed to "you dog of Rome" and threatens to "shake your thrones and break your crosses in your home."

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Seriously...wasn't someone saying something about Islam being an "evil" and "inhuman" faith?

Getting no less serious but a little less sarcasticly ironic, it is ridiculous for BBC to be posting articles saying "Pope Praised for Apology" just like it was rather ridiculous, as Fr. Jim noted, for others to be posting facile and simplistic assesments such as "Pope Slams Islam". This was not an apology and anyone could see that. He said, through new Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone, that he regretted the offended reaction. For all they know that could mean that he had wished he could have said what he said without all this hissy-fitting.

I'll say that I certainly wish this wasn't the approach taken to the situation. A istuation where a Muslim for crying out loud is looking at the Church tsk-tsking and thinking "good start but not enough" is wrong and degrading.

I'll also mention that major props are due to Yahoo news for this article. They had the intillectual honesty to report on what the ironic and poorly chosen response of the Muslims has for the very most part been (especially when you consider what they're protesting!). And they also mentioned very flatly that the speech was, for cripes sake, on religious peace!

But then we have to remember that that is what a lot of the Muslims who are marching, shooting, and fire-bombing are objectiong to. The fact that the Pope quoted the emperor in the way he did was just more bitterness added atop the Pope condemning holy war. Look at the picture a couple of posts down and you'll see a sign that says "Jihad is our wa..." The last letter(s) is/are blocked by an enraged hand (it's either "our way" or "our war"). When I read that the Pope had condemned holy wars I thought "the people in the Mid-East won't like this" before I had heard a word about the Pope quoting the Byzantine Emperor. Quote or no quote, there would have been outrage. Some folks just gotta have 'em their morning religious persecutions.

Before you go, read this!!