Update below (9/16)
When I read reports like this I'd like to have an hour behind the woodshed with the editors and authors of such inflammatory reporting, which only aggrandizes the enemy of Western Civilization.
The headline editor ought to be fired for adding fuel to an already inflamed and ignorant response to this situation; the FoxNews.Com headline reads "Religious Leaders Across Mideast Rage Against Pope's Comments on Islam."
First, only Islamic religious leaders, and not just their religious leaders but civil and secular as well, are raging. The comments were from the Pope they were not his comments, he was quoting someone else's comments. And lastly, is the quote true and accurate historically?Turkey's ruling Islamic-rooted party joined a wave of criticism of Pope Benedict XVI on Friday, accusing him of trying to revive the spirit of the Crusades with remarks he made about the Muslim faith.How is it that the "wave" occurred prior to the tsunami that resulted from it? Because it was orchestrated by the Islamic press and Imams, that's why!
Now we all know this Pope, he's much like the last Pope in important ways. The man is aware, informed, and brilliant. Reading this story a rational and informed reader would know immediately this is all hype, but dangerous hype all the same!Muslim leaders elsewhere in the world also expressed dismay, with Pakistan's parliament unanimously condemning the pope and summoning the Vatican's ambassador to express regret over the comments.What? Did the reporter actually think they wouldn't? It's like being surprised that one side of the House of Representatives always votes unanimously in support of the president of their party.Benedict quoted from a book recounting a conversation between 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and a Persian scholar on the truths of Christianity and Islam.What difference is it that he didn't; the quote is historically accurate and he is free to make any sense of it he wants to. The problem is with Moslems who are hyper-intolerant in their hypocritical expressions of anger with the west."The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war," the pope said. "He said, I quote, 'Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."'Benedict did not explicitly agree with the statement nor repudiate it.
This enemy will not be defeated through diplomacy apart from capitulation which the path the Eu is racing down.Salih Kapusuz, a deputy leader of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party, said Benedict's remarks were either "the result of pitiful ignorance" about Islam and its prophet, or a deliberate distortion.Well! Look who is calling the black kettle black? The black pot! Hhhhmmmm, wonder what that tells us?
"He has a dark mentality that comes from the darkness of the Middle Ages. He is a poor thing that has not benefited from the spirit of reform in the Christian world," Kapusuz was quoted as saying by the state-owned Anatolia news agency. "It looks like an effort to revive the mentality of the Crusades."
"Benedict, the author of such unfortunate and insolent remarks, is going down in history for his words," he said. "He is going down in history in the same category as leaders such as (Adolf) [sic] Hitler and (Benito) Mussolini."
Even though I struggle to maintain my Christ-like response to the world, the flesh, and the devil ... this is one time I wish St. Peter's public relations representative would have given the Moslem critics the finger and canceled the Pope's plans to visit the Turkeys!The Vatican said the pope did not intend the remarks - made in Germany on Tuesday during an address at a university - to be offensive. [...]Yes, and so did this and the other garbage printed by the global MSM. But the sad thing is how kneejerk the Vatican is ... look we don't need to apologize for that which has not been done; it only confirms to these insaniacts that we are all wimps, rather than warriors for our beliefs.
The Vatican's envoy "regretted the hurt caused to Muslims and said that the media had totally misconstrued certain historical quotes that the Pope used in his lecture," the statement said.
The comments raised tensions ahead of his planned visit to Turkey in November - his first pilgrimage to a Muslim country.
I say stop this Western weakness of always reacting like, "Oh my, what have we done now?" This is a weak response and comes off defensive and defensive responses are virtual admissions of guilt.
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