lChocoholic wrote:I dont' care if I get flamed for this, I'm going to say it anyway! It was not the Pope's opinion, he was quoting from another text, rightly or wrongly. However the reaction from the Islamic world is once angain nothing more than ridiculous, with threats to kill the Pope, down with the Vatican etc etc etc.
Do you ever see Westerners or Christians reacting in such a way over fanatical Islamic 'clerics' calls for the killing and destruction of the western world - NO!!!!
Get over it!
My apologies, but i must disagree and argue on this one.
A) if it was not the Popes opinion, he has thus far had plenty of opportunities to say so. He said he made a quote in an acedemic environment, but he still hasnt said that he didnt agree to it - which is what the people want to hear, muslims and non muslims.
B) Is there such thing as a WORLD ISLAMIC BODY which voices the Opinions of all 1 Billion+ muslims? NO! so how can you pick up on a few angry statements made by an absolute fraction and state the above about killing the pope? In the aftermatch of Terror attacks on the Twin towers, numerous Americans live on TV said "Nuke Em" when asked how they thought their goverment should react. That was just the ordinary public. That was the feelings of few random idiots of a nation. The pope has offended a quarter of the entire globe. there are bound to be overreaction by others.
C) I remember the world in uproar when the outgoing Malaysian Prime minister accused the jews of ruling the world by Proxy - and ALL western leaders demanded, yes Demanded an apology, THREATENING to cut trade, and impose sanctions on the nation.
D)I am no apologist for the The Iranian leader (i truely think he is bad for the region) but when he accused the Jews as overstating the Holocaust for political gains, And invited a discussion on this topic. Western leaders were up in arms and Demanded an apology as it hurt the feelings of those who lost loved ones during the genocide. Yet, the Pope has just offended a billion + people, in regasrds to their Holy Prophet...yet this is over reaction?
E) Have we forgotten that the US president has a LARGE religious backing? the Same group who insist on the existance of Israel even if it means illegally. Those groups who encouraged the Iraq, Afghan and are pushing for the Iranian war? If thats not calling for Killing...what is?
The media always neglects the moderate islamic voices. They always promote the extreme to sell their agenda. Your comment to "Get over it " is very disrespecfull. I have many Muslim friends, and your characterisation of them is completely innaccurate.