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The Pope’s Remarks Spark ‘Muslim Outrage’

A round-up of the latest spate of mindless outrage from the world’s touchiest people.

First from the UK’s Telegraph:

Members of Muslim League Jammu Kashmir (MLJK) shout slogans during a demonstration in Srinagar, India, Friday, Sept. 15, 2006. Police detained dozen of members of MLJK after they took out a protest demonstration against Pope Benedict XVI for making what it called ‘derogatory’ comments about Islam, and seeking an apology from him for hurting the sentiments of Muslims.

Pope’s speech sparks Muslim anger

By Damien McElroy
(Filed: 15/09/2006)

Angry protests against Pope Benedict XVI erupted in the Islamic world today as the Vatican struggled to explain a reference by the Pontiff to the Prophet Mohammad’s “evil and inhuman” contribution to religion.

The Vatican has tried to defend the Pope after comments he made about Islam and jihad prompted anger in the Muslim world.

Muslim clerics from Cairo to Kashmir declared the Pope had revived the spirit of the medieval crusades and the official sermon for Friday prayers in Teheran condemned the Pope as “rude and weak-minded.”

In a speech on Tuesday at Regensburg University in his native Germany Pope Benedict analysed a conversation between Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus and a Persian scholar after the siege of Constantinople in 1391.

He quoted the emperor as saying: “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.”

Pope Benedict went on to question as “unreasonable” Muslim adherence to Jihad, a holy war to propagate the faith

The controversial Gulf-based cleric, Sheikh Youssef al-Qardawi today called on Muslims to protest, saying: “ Muslims have the right to be angry and hurt by these comments from the highest cleric in Christianity.”

Turkey’s ruling AKP party joined the criticism. Its deputy leader likened Pope Benedict to Hitler…

The head of the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood appealed to Islamic countries to threaten to break off relations with the Vatican unless the Pontiff withdrew his remarks.

The Vatican has so far refused to apologise. A statement by chief Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said: “What is in the Holy Father’s heart is a clear and radical rejection of religious motives for violence.”

The Rochdale-based Ramadan Foundation immediately rejected the Vatican’s explanation. “ If the Pope wanted to attack Islam and the Prophet Mohammed’s teachings, he could have been brave enough to say it personally without quoting a 14th-century Byzantine Christian emperor,” it said.

Yeah, the Muslims never hide behind quotes.

Next this from France’s AFP:

Pakistani Muslims hold rally to condemn the Pope’s remarks, Friday, Sept 15, 2006 in Multan, Pakistan. Pakistan’s parliament unanimously adopted a resolution condemning Pope Benedict XVI for making what it called ‘derogatory’ comments about Islam during his visit to Germany, and seeking an apology from him for hurting the sentiments of Muslims.

India seizes papers with pope’s Islam criticism

Thu Sep 14, 5:27 AM ET

SRINAGAR, India (AFP) – Police in Indian Kashmir seized newspapers carrying Pope Benedict XVI’s strong criticisms of Islam and jihad, fearing a Muslim backlash in the flashpoint area.

"We’ve seized copies of (Indian) newspapers carrying the pope’s remarks. It has been done to prevent any tension here," a police officer said.

Copies of the Indian dailies were impounded at Srinagar’s high-security airport when they arrived from New Delhi, he said on Thursday…

The Muslim league, a Kashmiri separatist group, called for a protest Friday over the pope’s comments.

"Whatever has been said against our Prophet is unbearable," the group’s chief Masarat Alam said. "It should be condemned by all."

Indian Kashmir is in the grip of a Muslim insurgency against New Delhi’s rule that has left more than 44,000 people dead since 1989.

And then this from Ireland’s Breaking News:

Muslim students burn an effigy of Pope Benedict XVI at a protest rally in Allahabad, India, Friday, Sept. 15, 2006. A growing chorus of Muslim leaders has called on the Pope to apologize for the alleged derogatory comments made by him about Islam.

Pope compared to Hitler and Mussolini over Islam remarks

15/09/2006 – 10:55:22

Turkey’s ruling Islamic-rooted party joined a wave of criticism of Pope Benedict XVI today, saying he would go down in history in the same league as leaders like Hitler and Mussolini for remarks he made on Islam…

The Pope made his remarks on Islam in a speech in which he quoted from a book recounting a conversation between 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and an educated Persian on the truths of Christianity and Islam.

“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,”’ he quoted the emperor as saying.

Benedict added, “I quote,” twice before pronouncing the phrases on Islam and described them as “brusque,” while neither explicitly agreeing with nor repudiating them.

Kapusuz told the state-owned Anatolia news agency that Benedict’s remarks looked “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. However … he is going down in history in the same category as leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini,he said

Earlier today, Pakistan’s parliament unanimously adopted a resolution condemning Pope Benedict XVI for making what it called “derogatory” comments about Islam.

Pakistani Muslims hold rally after evening prayers at a local mosque to condemn Pope’s remarks, Friday, Sept. 15, 2006 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan’s Parliament unanimously adopts a resolution condemning Pope Benedict XVI for making what it called ‘derogatory’ comments about Islam and seeking apology from him for hurting the sentiments of Muslims.

Notice how these "expressions of outrage" always just happen to be whipped up on Friday after the Muslims’ weekly "evening prayers."

And what, pray tell, do you think their sign maker is trying to say here:

Pakistani Muslims hold placards to condemn Pope Benedict XVI for making what they regard ‘derogatory’ comments about Islam, during a rally in Multan September 15, 2006. Muslims deplored on Friday remarks on Islam by Pope Benedict and many of them said the Catholic leader should apologise in person to dispel the impression that he had joined a campaign against their religion.

But my favorite line is:

Muslims have the right to be angry and hurt by these comments from the highest cleric in Christianity.

Do they ever do anything else besides threaten and then play the victim?

As the Byzantine emperor rightly adduced:

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.

Well? Exactly what good has Islam qua Islamever done?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 15th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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