Thursday, September 14, 2006

Pope in trouble

So the Pope is in trouble for making some remarks "against Islam." Setting aside the fact that these camel jockeys still don't seem to get the fact that we have freedom of speech in the West (for now) and there's not a damn thing they can do about it, let's take a look at what exactly the Pope said. "Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul." "Benedict quoted criticism of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad by 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus, who wrote that everything Mohammad brought was evil and inhuman, 'such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.'"

First, I'd be interested in reading a transcript of what the Pope actually said, because what I get from that quote is that the writer of the news report decided to insert the fact that the Byzantine Emperor wrote that everything Mohammad (GFAP) did was evil, not that the Pope actually said it since it is not a direct quote. And that would be interesting, since it is inserted in a way that leads one to believe that the Pope said that all Mohammad (GFAP) did was evil. (Not saying I don't agree, just that the Pope saying that would be a bit extreme. Islam, as it is practiced in a large part of the world, is a blight on humanity. But that's a debate for a different day.)

Anyway, the real point is that more than a few Muslims (including the Brotherhood) is upset over someone making a statement that "Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul" and that commanding to spread faith by the sword is evil and inhuman.

Yeah. There are some days that I really don't like having to deal with these people. There are some days where I just want drop a nuke on the whole region. Regardless, they're freaking out because someone said that it is wrong to spread faith by the sword.