September 16, 2006

Pope Offers Non-Apology, Muslims Seethe, Whine, Kill

Reason number 2,084 to respect Pope Benedict XVI:

In a speech Tuesday, Pope Benedict quoted Byzantine emperor Manuel II:

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.
And true to form, adherents of the Religion of Peace™ around the world reacted with veiled threats that they may respond with violence. How predictable can they be?

Demands that the Pope apologize followed, and I was dismayed at this morning's headlines that suggested that the Pope capitulated. But read these stories closely, as they all essentially report the same thing:

Pope Benedict XVI "sincerely regrets that certain passages of his address could have sounded offensive to the sensitivities of the Muslim faithful ..."
Note that the Pontiff did not recant any of his words, he merely is sorry that Muslims are offended at their truth. Also note that none of these hysterically angry Muslims even bother to deny Benedict's remarks -- they simply say that they insult Islam, not that their meaning is inaccurate.

Given Pope John Paul II's propensity to chastise America over any use of its power while saying nothing to the totalitarian leaders of the East (and later Middle East), Benedict's remarks and his apparent resolve are quite refreshing.

SHOCKING UPDATE:

AP: Five Churches Attacked

Palestinians wielding guns and firebombs attacked five churches in the West Bank and Gaza on Saturday, following remarks by Pope Benedict that angered many Muslims.
Used without permission from Professor Chaos who posted it here, but who had originally offered to write it for the Jawa but then didn't. Which sort of pissed me off because how does my linking his story help me get any crazy blog money? He sort of gave me permission to post it here, but with the caveat that I change the word pope every time it appeared to porn. Which I didn't, because we don't need any more trolls looking for "pope porn" around here.

In any event when The Jawa Report had just two readers, Chaos was one of them--only he went by the name Leopold Stotch back then I think. The other one was Bill Dauterieve who recently became a Jawa author. But not Stotch. Noooo, Stotch thinks he's too good for that.

I got news for you Stotch, you're right down here in the sewer with the rest of us. If you won't write for us, then we'll just steal your schtick and post it.

You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:23 PM | Comments |