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Muslims Too Mad At Pope To Kill Each Other

At least according to the terrorists at Al Jazeera:

Black-veiled Muslim women activists of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, or Daughters of the Community, take out a procession against the Pope in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006.

Pope’s Islamophobic remarks unite Iraq’s Sunnis, Shias


Setting aside their religious differences, Iraq's Shias and Sunni Arabs united Friday in anger over Islamophobic and highly offensive remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI against Islam and the holly message of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Religious leaders across the Muslim world have called on the Pope to retract his remarks and apologize.

Malaysian leader Abdullah Ahmad Badawi urged the pope to apologize and withdraw his controversial comments, The Associated Press reported.

"The pope must not take lightly the spread of outrage that has been created," the Bernama news agency quoted Abdullah as saying.

"The Vatican must now take full responsibility over the matter and carry out the necessary steps to rectify the mistake."

In Iraq, the Pope’s radical remarks united Iraqis from both communities, the Shias and Sunnis, with clerics from both parties, struggling to prevent an outbreak of civil war, condemning the pontiff's comments as an insult to Muslims and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

"We denounce this slander made by the pope on Islam and the figure of the Prophet Muhammad," The Associated Press quoted Sheikh Salah al-Ubaidi as saying during a sermon in the Shia Muslim-stronghold of Kufa, which was attended by about 5,000 people.

"It is the second assault made on Islam and the prophet. Last year, and in the same month, the Danish cartoon assaulted Islam," he said…

At the Abdul-Qadir al-Gilani mosque in central Baghdad, Sunni cleric Mahmoud al-Isawi's sermon denounced the Pope's inflammatory comments as a "Western aggressive attack" that was "clearly showing its hatred toward our Islamic religion."

Speaking at a sermon delivered at the offices of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Iraq's second-largest city, Basra, Shia cleric Sheikh Abdul-Kareem al-Ghazi said the pope's comments ran counter to the Christian faith.

"The pope and Vatican proved to be Zionists and that they are far from Christianity, which does not differ from Islam. Both religions call for forgiveness, love and brotherhood," he said, challenging Benedict or any other senior Vatican official to a debate

In a statement issued by the Organization of the Islamic Conference on Thursday, the Muslim body said it "regrets the quotations cited by the pope on the Life of the Honorable Prophet Muhammad, and what he referred to as 'spreading' Islam 'by the sword.'"

"The attribution of the spread of Islam around the world to the shedding of blood and violence, which is 'incompatible with the nature of God' is a complete distortion of the facts, which shows deep ignorance of Islam and Islamic history."

A closer look at one of the signs carried by the Dukhtaran-e-Milat (Daughters of Faith) in Srinagar during their protest against the Pope.

Al Jazeera claims that the Shiites and Sunnis were so angry at the Pope's remarks about Islam being violent that they stopped killing each other for the moment.

That probably isn't even slightly true. But if so, it would make a nice change if they have taken a day off from their endless butchery:

Bodies of 50 more torture victims found in Baghdad


BAGHDAD – The bound bodies of dozens more torture victims were found in Baghdad in the past day, officials said yesterday, fuelling anarchic sectarian anger that a US general said could lead to civil war.

In all, police retrieved 50 bodies in the 24 hours to yesterday morning, most shot in the head after being trussed and tortured, a senior interior ministry official said. That took the body count in the city for three days to at least 130…

Though even to claim such a pause in the internecine violence proves the Pope's point. And of course some have merely turned their endless rage elsewhere.

From Italy's Asia News:

Palestinians check the damage to the wall of a Greek Orthodox church hit by a firebomb in the West Bank city of Nablus, Saturday Sept. 16, 2006. Two West Bank churches were hit by firebombs early Saturday, and a group claiming responsibility said it was protesting what many Muslims view as disparaging remarks about Islam by Pope Benedict XVI.

Two churches struck in Nablus as Muslim countries criticize pope

16 September, 2006

Rome (AsiaNews) – As Muslims persist in heaping criticism on the pope’s speech in Regensburg, there have been elements of violence…

This morning, in Nablus (Palestine), two Christian Churches, one Anglican and the other Greek Catholic, were struck by Molotov bombs… A group called “The Lions of Monotheism” claimed responsibility for the attacks.

In Kuwait, an integralist MP, Daifallah Buramia, called on the government to stop giving permits for the construction of churches in the Emirate, judging the speech of Benedict XVI to be an “offence to Islam and its prophet”. In Kuwait, an Islamic country, a dozen or so churches have been set up for around 200 local Christians and more than 250,000 foreigners.

The Malaysian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, has joined in the chorus of criticism, demanding that Benedict XVI apologize to soothe the ruffled feelings of the Muslim world. Badawi, held to be a moderate Muslim, said: “ The pope must not take lightly the spread of outrage that has been created… His statement has down discord and will not encourage inter-faith dialogue.” …

The Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyad has demanded the pope’s personal apology for his phrases “full of prejudice towards Islam and the prophet Muhammad.” In a statement issued yesterday, it “deeply deplored” the pontiff’s words that “deliberately ignored” the principles of Islam in favour of “love and peace and not of violence and revenge.”

The New York Times has also requested an apology. In today’s editorial, the daily, referring to the pontiff, said “it is tragic and dangerous when one sows pain, either deliberately or carelessly. He needs to offer a deep and persuasive apology.”

In Algeria, the Association of Koranic Doctors called on all Muslim countries to withdraw their ambassadors from Vatican City because the pope “gives to understand that there is a bond between Islam, violence and a lack of reason ”…

How preposterous it would be for anyone to say that Islam is a religion of "violence and revenge." Anyone who would even suggest such a thing will be firebombed.

The "Daughters of Faith" have it right.

It is a war "of civilization."

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 16th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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