16 september 2006

The Christians did it again (Brigant)

The Pope and the Muslims.

The Pope has enraged the Muslim world because he qouted a Byzantine 14th century Emperor which ought to have proven that Religion & Violence do not go hand in hand.

The VRT (Belgian Flemish Public TV) seem to forget mentioning the latter part, unlike the Francopone counterpart RTBF. This is the part that seems to be deliberately forgotten (quoted from bbc website): "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.""

Muslims seem to interpret the words as if the Pope said that Islam is a religion of violence, which he didn't...he was talking about how religion and violence do not mix and quoted Manuel II Paleologus.

Personally, Islam for me is a violent religion and the Muslim reactions to the Papal words just provides me with further proof. The Beep has some pictures of the Muslim reaction as well as quotes. You can also find some quotes from the papal speech as well as this PDF file with the speech.

Some Muslims reacted by outing the 'Christian hypocrisy' referring to the Iberian Peninsula's Jews & Muslims as well as the Crusades. Hypocrites, that's exactly the word they shouldn't be thinking of using. The Crusades started after a growing Muslim Empire attacked the Byzantine empire, the latter calling for military assistance. The Iberian peninsula saw an invasion of Muslims who ravaged the region, there was no 'multicultural & peaceful' Islamic civilisation in Spain. Jews & Christians were less worthy than dogs. Let us not forget the Jihad's into Eastern Europe, the gates of Vienna, the slaughters not only there but also in the mediterrean.

How about the Slave Raids into deep Africa which lasted at least into the 19th century. Let us talk about who's keeping up Slavery these days. Islam has no lessons to give us in tolerence, democracy, freedom of speech, human rights and a lot more. I see this as further proof that we're in a 'clash of civilisations', open up your eyes it's not only 'Al Qaeda'...unless Al Qaeda controls States. The pope will probably say he's sorry and that they're misinterpreting his words. Personally, I would go televised and pull a Bart Simpson...(as in against the Australians) and show my bottoms whilst wearing a boxer short stating EAT MY SHORTS (well I have to clean up the act). I wonder if the Pope's Turkish tour will proceed as planned. Recently there was some concern about a book, called Papa'ya suikast,which described a murder plot against the Pope in Istanbul.

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