Friday, September 15, 2006

More level-headed thinking from the rational ones

Many others have already weighed in on the "Outrage" by the Muslim world over a portion of Pope Benedict's speech where he quoted Emperor Manuel II.
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.
Dom at Bettnet considers that the Pope and Emperor Manuel II were right.  The Curt Jester finds the Muslim reaction a bit thin-skinned and hypocritical.
Stop saying we are violent or we will beat you up or kill you.
To me, the reactions are more outrageous than any perceived insult.  Like a spoiled child that grows into a spoiled teenager, they temper tantrums are just bigger and get more violent.
Take this comments from the Yahoo article.
And in Turkey, the ruling party likened the pontiff to Hitler and Mussolini and accused him of reviving the mentality of the Crusades.
Kind of an end game their by some rules.  Anytime someone resorts to calling the other person a Hitler, the argument has already been lost.

This one is my fabulous.  Actually admitting how childish the Cartoon Riots were.
"The declarations from the pope are more dangerous than the cartoons, because they come from the most important Christian authority in the world — the cartoons just came from an artist," said Diaa Rashwan, an analyst in Cairo, Egypt, who studies Islamic militancy. [emphasis added]
And perhaps my favorite (so far)
"He has a dark mentality that comes from the darkness of the Middle Ages. He is a poor thing that has not benefited from the spirit of reform in the Christian world," Kapusuz told Turkish state media. "It looks like an effort to revive the mentality of the Crusades."
Talk about the kettle calling the pot black!  That is priceless.

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