Saturday, September 16, 2006

Why is Religion Good Again?

Oh, splendid.

Pope Benedict XVI, by citing some ancient, medievel text that describes Islam as "evel and inhuman," has spurred the latest Muslim outburst of folly and violence. They're dancing in the streets and destroying things, and if the past is any indication, it could very well get worse before it gets better. Yet again, religion proves to be more touble than it's worth.

NABLUS, West Bank - Two West Bank Christian churches were hit by firebombs early Saturday, and a group claiming responsibility said it was protesting Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks about Islam.

Pakistan’s legislature unanimously condemned Pope Benedict XVI. Lebanon’s top Shiite cleric demanded an apology. And in Turkey, the ruling party likened the pontiff to Hitler and Mussolini and accused him of reviving the mentality of the Crusades.

Across the Islamic world Friday, Benedict’s remarks on Islam and jihad in a speech in Germany unleashed a torrent of rage that many fear could burst into violent protests like those that followed publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

By citing an obscure medieval text that characterizes some of the teachings of Islam’s founder as “evil and inhuman,” Benedict inflamed Muslim passions and aggravated fears of a new outbreak of anti-Western
protests
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How dumb is the Pope (if I may be so blasphemous)? Why cite such a thing? Why even look it up? The whole world knows how too many Muslims will react. Like children. We all now this. It's all very predicatble. We've all grown wearily accustomed to their neverending violence. So why even mention it? Why push buttons? Dumb. I don't care if the Pope says he was misunderstood or quoted out of context. Why shake the cage and rile up the animal unecessarily? And no, I'm not calling Muslims animals. I'm simply making an analogy. The Pope has rattled the cage and we all know what that does.

And why half ass it? If the Pope was going to be a funny guy then he should have held up one of the cartoons that caused so much trouble a few months ago. Now that would have been funny. Something like this...

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