Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Right on the Money

Cardinal Pell: Violent Muslim reaction justifies Pope's concerns

Sydney, Sep. 20, 2006 (CNA) - Cardinal George Pell of Sydney said the violent response to Pope Benedict’s comments about Islam last week justified the concern the Pope had been expressing about the lack of reason which can exist in faith and the use of religion to justify violence.

”The violent reactions ... showed the link for many Islamists between religion and violence, their refusal to respond to criticism with rational arguments, but only with demonstrations, threats, and actual violence," the cardinal-archbishop said in a statement.

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Yes!! Thank you, your excellency!! "...their refusal to respond to criticism with rational arguments..." That is exactly what I've been thinking more than anything. Even from the ranks of the moderate Muslims, I've heard the hurt feelings and the demnads for an apology, but I've not read even any attempts whatsoever to show that Emperor Manuel Paleologos' challenge to Islam was fundementally flawed.