Muslim outrage over the Pope’s remarks on Islam

Posted by: ST on September 15, 2006 at 9:41 am

Memeorandum has a link roundup of news stories and blogposts on the latest instance of Muslims taking offense at someone criticicizing Islam, this time, the Pope. The NYT reports:

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.

Will he be targeted for assassination? Will the Vatican be threatened and targeted by angry Islamofascists like newspapers who published the ‘offensive’ Mohammed cartoons were?

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.

Related: RIP to the brave and outspoken Oriana Fallaci.

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    1. camojack says:

      I’m no fan of Catholicism, being one of Marty Luther’s boys an’ all…and I’ve been reading a lot of things by Muslims condemning terrorism lately. Like THIS, for example.

      But just what did the Pope say?

    2. Lorica says:

      The quote the Pope used:

      I was reminded of all this recently, when I read… of part of the dialogue carried on – perhaps in 1391 in the winter barracks near Ankara – by the erudite Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus and an educated Persian on the subject of Christianity and Islam, and the truth of both.

      In the seventh conversation…the emperor touches on the theme of the holy war. Without descending to details, such as the difference in treatment accorded to those who have the “Book” and the “infidels”, he addresses his interlocutor with a startling brusqueness on the central question about the relationship between religion and violence in general, saying: “Show me just what Muhammad 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.”

      The emperor, after having expressed himself so forcefully, goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. “God,” he says, “is not pleased by blood – and not acting reasonably is contrary to God’s nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats.”

      Reasonable people agree to disagree when it comes to matters of faith. Some people are much less reasonable than others. – Lorica

    3. Great White Rat says:

      Farewell, Orianna. I didn’t always agree with her, but no one can deny that she had a backbone of steel matched by a sharp understanding of islamofascism, right to the end. Wish she could donate that heart and that nerve to some of our politicos who need a transplant badly.

    4. benning says:

      Let ’em complain. Benedict will speak his mind and we will still look at cartoons of Mohammed!

    5. Drewsmom says:

      From what I heard and thanks Lorica for the exact quote, he read the statement made by someone else hoping to open a diagloge with muslims but someone needs to clue the new Pope in, you can’t talk to these people, they are too inflamed as I saw in their insane demonstations. These people are not RIGHT in the head and I fear that the Pope is now on their hit list.
      May God protect him.

    6. stackja says:

      Imams urged correct false use of Koran link Australia’s Islamic clerics have been urged to help correct the false use of the Koran by terrorists to justify their evil acts. The Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Andrew Robb called on some 100 Australian imams attending a government-sponsored conference to denounce the extremists’ misrepresentation of Islam. “The fact that I needed to have my address translated into several languages very clearly highlights my concern,” Mr Robb said.

    7. Drewsmom says:

      Wonderful tht the Aussie’s did this but it won’t help, as we all know, there has been no outcry from what moderate muslims. To me, a real demonstration from the moderates, if they truly exist, is a a mass demonstration in the streets like we see our illegals have and the ones the thugs have that we see on a regular basis. When I see thousands in the streets here, protesting what the murderous muslims do, maybe then I’ll believe they care.

    8. When are people going to realize the issue is bigger than they want to admit. The Islamic Movement is not about a separate state for the Palestinian people. The Islamic Movement is about domination. Google the word “dhimmi” and “jizyah”. You will begin to understand. Jerusalem and all of Israel has no place in the Islamic world view. They are occupiers. Interlopers.

      50,000 Muslims in attendance at the Islamic Movement’s 11th Annual Rally. It is one obscure Islamic rally. A key speaker states that Jerusalem will be the center of the coming Islamic Caliphate. I find it amusing that people across the world see and hear the Islamist people of the world reacting to various events with immense fervour. Many times with outright death and mayhem threats to the non-muslim world. Liberals say that the West should abandon Israel and all will be well. Really? Liberals say that extremists in the Islamic world are small in number. Really? Liberals claim that extremist Islamists are no real threat. Hmmm? Box Cutters and a vision proved this theory wrong. Imagine Ahmadinejad with nuclear weapons. Peace and Justice Mr. Ahmadinejad?

      These views, hopes, and aspirations are shared throughout the entire Islamic world. If you doubt, research the mindset of “Joe Islamist”. It is there for you to see. As a worldwide community, they are very open regarding their beliefs and desires. When confronted on blogs or in conversation, Islamists will obfuscate immediately. Remember the Wizard of Oz scene, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”? Look up the term, al-Taqiyya.

      The west is being conquered slowly. We are submitting out of ignorance and fear. Read the following articles: describes five year old UK girl’s passport photo being banned because it might offend Muslims, descibes the Islamification of Europe, NPR has no clue what we are up against, and article by Dr. Muqtedar Khan regarding religion, life and politics are irrevocably intertwined.

      Remember: Peace can only follow Victory.

      Bubba’s Pravda

    9. Bill Adair says:

      My respect for the Pope has increased immeasurably, since he refused to apologize to the protesters for his quoted remarks (not even his own words) on Islam).

      It is the violent and savage reaction of the Muslim world to his remarks, that reflects the true spirit of the Muslim world. Where was the outrage after 9/11, the mass murders in Iraq, and the public beheading of captives?

      We all know that most Islamic ruled countries enforce Islam by law (or worse), so why doesn’t the Muslim world react to this real threat to Islam?

      Pardon me, but when Muslims around the world burn Bin Ladin in effigy, I might believe they care about the civilized world.


    10. karl says:

      It greatly saddens (but does not surprise) me that Muslims around the world would be offended by the Pope’s remarks. It seems to me that their ‘outrage’ just serves to make the Pope’s point — That Islam leaves *open* the interpretion that violence is acceptable against non-believers.
      You go, Benedict.