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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Is this Disproving a Point???

Muslims worldwide have been angered by remarks the pope made in a lecture last week that they said portrayed Islam as a religion tainted by violence and irrationality.

Since that time, mobs of Muslims have taken to the street basically rioting over a remark (somewhat taken out of context) that the Pope made in a lecture. In Turkey Muslim workers are demanding the arrest of the Pope for the remark. Violence has flared and been threatened elsewhere over this same remark.

I'm glad these Muslims were able to disprove the Pope's remark . . . NOT!


John P said...

On the one hand, I can't find anywhere the full context of what the Pope said, why he said it, what he meant, etc. Nothing. On the other hand, killing a nun doesn't seem like a very smart response. Support for the Pope was slow, condemnation of the nun's killing almost non-existent.

Today Bush said, "my country desires peace." How regal. Isn't that how HM The Queen speaks when referring to England, e.g., "my country," "my parliament," etc. No wonder some think we are Imperialists. No wonder there is confusion out there about our true intentions.

These people honestly believe that they are in a fight to the death between themselves and those who want to destroy their culture, their religion, their way of life. What we are doing seems to support this hypothesis. And now the Pope.

What exactly did the Pope mean? He can apologize but what was his point? Or are we to understand that words were put in his hands to read because someone told him to do so? And if so, who/why?

rain said...

It isn't fair to judge an entire religion by the acts of some of its members. I wouldn't want to be judged by the actions of some Christians in the world. We haven't exactly had a peaceful, non-violent history either.

Nancy Kersey said...

Rain, I completely agree with you.

What I was getting at is that those rioting are not helping to disprove the Pope's remarks. This coming on top of the radicals push to convert everyone to Islam or die further supports the view of those biased people that indeed Islam is a violent religion. Of course it's not; some of its members are just as you rightfully pointed out are members of the Christian faith.

rain said...

Thank you for that. I tend to get a little sensitive on this issue, as I know many Muslims who simply aren't like that, and it bothers me to hear, over and over, so many generalizations about Muslims.

It is also easier, for those who are so inclined, to drop bombs on anyone they've described as "other" or "evil". If they thought of Muslims as being neighbours and friends it would be so much harder to kill them. The same can also be said for Catholics, or Jews, or anyone at all. This is one of the things that makes generalizations so dangerous.