The Pope's speech in Germany last week, in which he quoted a medieval ruler who said Muhammad's innovations were "evil and inhuman"
The Pope infers that Islam is evil and inhuman, then when his statements is challenged, he doesn't apologize for the statement, but only for the upset his statement has caused.
These in fact were a quotation from a medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought."
If they did not express his personal thought, why were they included in his comments without a clear denunciation of the tone of the quote. His initial statement, and the clarifications that follow make it appear that this Pope does subscribe to this point of view.
It is beyond argument that some Muslims are evil and inhuman. The same can be said about some members of any faith. The history of the Catholic church is awash in actions that have to be considered evil and inhuman. It is highly flawed to consider any faith by the action of the most objectionable of those of claim their action are driven by their beliefs.
Just as Christians don't want to be defined by Matthew Hale or Godfrey of Bouillon, defining Islam by Bin Laden or any number of other radical Muslims is a mistake that a Pope should be wise enough to avoid.
And when his wisdom fails him, he should then have the grace to offer a sincere apology that clearly separates him from the statements of the past.
The other religious wacks speak out.
"you and the West are doomed as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. ... We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword."
Islam forbids drinking alcohol and requires non-Muslims to pay a head tax to safeguard their lives if conquered by Muslims.
The Pope has sure done a great job of raising the dialog of the religious debate between Islam and Christianity, hasn't he.
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