'Pope Regretful Over Outrage'
Regretful, that is, for quoting an ancient manuscript.
In his speech Tuesday to university professors in Germany, Benedict cited an obscure Medieval text that characterizes some of the teachings of Islam's founder as "evil and inhuman" — comments some experts took as a signal that the Vatican was staking a more demanding stance for its dealings with the Muslim world.
No, blowing up buildings while crashing passenger-loaded planes (with children onboard) into them and hoping for a high bodycount isn't evil or inhumane - if you're a psycho.
Meanwhile, Mecca burns.
"We do not accept the apology through Vatican channels ... and ask him (Benedict) to offer a personal apology — not through his officials," Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanon's most senior Shiite cleric, told worshippers Friday in Beirut.
Two churches in the West Bank were hit by firebombs Saturday, and a group claiming responsibility said it was protesting Benedict's words.
In Iraq, the main Sunni party warned the pope's comments could lead to violence between Muslims and Christians. The pope "should not be lured into returning to the Crusades," the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party said in a statement.
"The world today needs all religious authorities to cooperate to curb the phenomenon of violence," it said. "We urge all Christian religious authorities in both the Arab and Western world not to be involved in the confrontation against the Islamic world as it could lead to Muslim-Christian violence, God forbid."
We should speak the truth in love to a world thirsty for living water. But our leaders must make no mistake that Islam has to face itself and "cooperate to curb the phenomenon of violence" that it has created, or be held accountable.
Only one world religion advocates the forceful subjugation of all people.
Sorry, Rosie, but the destructive and now-historical actions of a handful of militant wackos at abortion clinics doesn't compare:
O'Donnell: “Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America.”
We have not seen Christians flying planes into buildings. Or strapping on an explosive vest to blow up pizza parlors. Or driving explosive-laden cars into police stations. Or beheading bound prisoners. Or denying education to women.
We've legislated this 'activism' out of existence. Which proves a further difference: These so-called dangerous people live by the law, not their own desire for vengeance and world dominance.
The reaction to Pope Benedict's moderate criticism - delineating Christianity from Islam and its penchant for jihad - has given these fascists yet another excuse for a looting and murdering spree.
How much of this is the peaceful Christian and secular world going to sit still for?
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's remarks in the Fox article, for example, don't signal a lack of welcome for the Pope so much as they attempt to mask glee that his trip will be anything but peaceful.
I'd go in the bullet-proof glass helicopter if I were you, Benedictus. I think they'd like nothing better than to parade you down main street, or at least your head on a spike.
CP @ GMC.