As reported by MSNBC.com, the Pope met with Muslim diplomats earlier today to mend relations after his remarks about Islam during a September 12 speech at Regensburg University. This is the 4th time that the Pope has tried to defuse the situation.
The remarks that got the Islamic clerics & “others” upset were the words of a Byzantine emperor who characterized some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as “evil and inhuman,” particularly “his command to spread by the sword the faith.” Pope Benedict XVI has since said that the comments were taken out of context, and he regretted that Muslims were offended. The reaction by the aforementioned offended Muslims has included protests, violence, and murder. The most publicized of these was the execution of a nun in Somolia who forgave her attackers as she was dying.
This is absolutely incredible to me! As stated in the “Points to Ponder” scroller to the right, Why must I tolerate your intolerance? Why is it that if there is the slightest criticism of Islam, these people go ballistic and start running amok? Worse yet, why must these people be excused from their actions? Why does the world as a whole put up with these idiots?
It can’t be on account of it’s a criticism of a religion. Christians and Jews certainly don’t get a pass on this – I think of all the criticism offered in the media of these religions (cartoons and other items bordering on the obscene), and what the Mohammed cartoons showed was extremely mild. Israel certainly didn’t get a pass on their little war with Hezbollah.
Actually, it might be a little more sinister than what one might think. I am starting to believe that the world, through the Useless Nations, would rather see the civilized West (Europe and the US) bear the brunt of the Islamic terror attacks. Many of the countries in the UN are third-world dictatorships that really don’t want their people to have any freedoms at all. If the Islamic terrorists keeps the West busy chasing them, then maybe the West will leave them alone. What they don’t realize is that if the West falls, or enacts an isolationist-type policy, then they just might find these jokers in their respective laps.
And yet no one really seems to understand the danger that this type of radical Islam puts the world into. I remember a World History class some 30 years ago in High School. The topic was Islam and how it shaped the Middle East. The teacher stated the following:
Islam is a religion of conquest – it was spread by subjugation. The soldiers would ride into a village and wipe out any resistance. Afterward, they would gather up all the villagers, and separated the leaders. The Imam riding with the soldiers would then ask them one by one if they would accept Islam as their religion and Allah as their god. If not, the leader would be forced to kneel, and he was beheaded in front of the assembled villagers. This process usually didn’t last very long as the village saw which way this was going, so they would take vows to accept this new religion. Afterward, they would ride to the next village and repeat the “conversion” of the infidels.
This is the radical Islamic mindset – convert or die! This is their mantra – this is their mission. And with the radical Iranian president hell-bent on nukes, I really wonder if the world hasn’t gone mad in ignoring this threat.
Where is this all headed? Well, I can certainly state that it shouldn’t begin with apologies for statements that are historical in nature. I stand by the following statement made in a previous post:
People who apologize for, make excuses for, or otherwise try & appease these nut cases are only making things worse. Firm, decisive action will eventually need to be taken against these promoters of violence. The question is, who’s going to do it? The moderate Islamic sects, or the rest of the world. The first is preferable, the second is not.
Indeed, who is going to rein in these purveyors of the “religion of peace”? I certainly hope that the US doesn’t get sucked into this alone.