An Iraqi insurgent group threatened the Vatican with a suicide attack over the Pope's remarks on Islam, said a statement posted yesterday on the web.If an unbelieving white woman such as myself were to threaten authors, cartoonists, film makers, presidents and popes with violence because I found their words and images offensive, I'd justifiably be confined to an insane asylum and forced to undergo anger management sessions. Not so if you are a radical believer in the religion of peace. Your threats will be responded to with an apology.
In a broader talk rejecting any religious motivation for violence, Benedict cited the words of a Byzantine emperor who characterized some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as "evil and inhuman," particularly "his command to spread by the sword the faith."This morning, it came from the horse's mouth:
He said, in what many described as a craven climbdown and public mea culpa unheard of by a pontiff in living memory, that "at this time I wish also to add that I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims".Don't expect the pope to ask for an apology from those that threatened to kill him for his speech. Just so long as you shut up, and turn away from Mecca when you pee, they will leave you alone.
Crossposted at Dust my Broom
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Posted by Lisa Turner on Sunday, September 17, 2006