It is proven again that Islam deserves the title of "Religion of Perpetual Outrage."
I am not Catholic...but I wholeheartedly support the Pope's comments...and his refusal to apologize for them.
What did the Pope say to garner the rage of the Islamic world? Here it is, as the Pope quotes from a centuries old book recounting a conversation between 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and a Persian scholar on the truths of Christianity and Islam:
"The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war. 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."
That was it. The Pope was speaking for tolerance - for accepting one another's faith. He correctly observed that the teaching of Mohammad is the opposite - no tolerance - in fact it is a teaching that good Muslims must force others to the Islamic religion by the sword - by force - by the consequence of Dhimmitude or death.
And once again Muslims - as shown by their rage at the Pope's words - are proving themselves to be the most INtolerant group of people on the face of the planet. At the same time, many of us in the US and Europe feel we have to cringe and apologize on behalf of the Pope when he speaks the truth. Why do we feel we need to be silent and submissive out of fear of the perpetual outrage of Muslims? Is this attitude because we just don't care - that we have so little faith and belief in anything anymore ourselves - so little that our easiest course is to be silent about the practices of a world religion seeking to dominate nations and individuals through terror and intimidation? If this be the case, woe to the next generation - they have little hope of sustained freedom. Woe to this nation - she has little hope in salvaging her heritage.
The Pope has it right. And its about time someone of his stature spoke out.
Michelle Malkin honored Oriana Fallaci, an outspoken critic of Islam, upon her death by quoting her here http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005934.htm Her writings demonstrate her passion and her fears of the worlds response to Islam's fanatical aggression. She is worth reading and understanding and sharing with others.