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ROME, Sept. 14 — As Pope Benedict XVI arrived back home from Germany, Muslim leaders strongly criticized a speech he gave on his trip that used unflattering language about Islam.
Some of the strongest words came from Turkey, possibly putting in jeopardy Benedict’s scheduled visit there in November.
“I do not think any good will come from the visit to the Muslim world of a person who has such ideas about Islam’s prophet” Ali Bardakoglu, a cleric who is head of the Turkish government’s directorate of religious affairs, said in a television interview there. “He should first of all replace the grudge in his heart with moral values and respect for the other.”
Muslim leaders in Pakistan, Morocco and Kuwait, in addition to some in Germany and France, also criticized the pope’s remarks, with many demanding an apology or clarification. The extent of any anger about the speech may become clearer on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer in which grievances are often vented publicly.
If these so-called “Muslim leaders” and other followers of Islam spent half the time condemning the brutal routine actions of Islamofascists rather than wasting time and energy expressing “outrage” over factual comments made by world leaders and influential figures like the President, Tony Blair, and the Pope, then maybe they wouldn’t have to issue statements and make speeches on the brutality that is radical Islam today.
If moderate Islamists are tired of hearing speeches and statements that rightly note the pure evil that has engulfed radical worshippers of their religion, then their priorities are WARPED because what they need to focus on is not those speeches, but what CAUSES those speeches and statements to be made in the first place. Muslim “leaders” who make it job one to only condemn “the west” for responding to the threat from Islamofascists need to stop being a part of the problem, and learn how to be part of the solution.
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