It is the leaders of Islam whoare in denial as is evident from the angry reactions from Britain to Iraq to Indonesia. The New York Times, among other media outlets, is bent out of shape, too, saying that Benedict was "sewing pain." Yes, the truth hurts.
What is it that Muslim leaders don't get?
I know of no other religion today where its most fanatical adherents are on a holy crusade to kill you and I and our children.For the record, the offending words came at the outset of a scholarly address on reason and faith in which Benedict recounted a conversation on the truths of Christianity and Islam that took place between Manuel II Paleologus, a 14th-century Byzantine Christian emperor, and a Persian scholar.
I know of no other religion today whose holy book sanctions violence in the advancement of its own faith.
I know of no other religion today where adherents who choose to renounce their faith are subject to officially sanctioned death.
These issues needs to be addressed, but it is so much easier -- and utterly mindless -- to turn the historically accurate remarks of a man who had no intention of insulting his Muslim brothers and sisters into another Danish cartoon incident.
This is what the pope said:
“The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war. He said, I quote, ‘Show me just what Muhammad 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.’ ”
Benedict also briefly discussed the Islamic concept of jihad, which he defined as “holy war,” and said that violence in the name of religion is contrary to God’s nature and to reason.
How can a truly peace-loving person disagree with that?