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Friday, September 15, 2006

What did the Pope say was wrong?

Pope Benedict XVI created much furor within the Muslim community with his speech quoting the Byzantine Christian emperor Manuel II Palaiologos in which he said;
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.
Muhammad was a shrewd leader. His new religion is extensively taken from Judaism which preceded Christianity – the religion which was prevalent and dominating during that time, and conveniently recognizing (read using) Jesus Christ as a true prophet so that the Christians can be swayed to believe him. Then the prophet’s Koran came into being – a slick, well-composed book with modern (w.r.t. the times then) thoughts, laws and a few new things thrown in, not to mention incorporation of verses justifying violent campaigns in the name of safeguarding faith in the name of god.

Muhammad was more of a political and military leader than a religious one. He used religion to instill the fear of wrath of god and using the fear of god, he projected himself as his last and final prophet whose words were god’s own words. It was the mind of a genius that eventually fulfilled most of his political and military ambitions.

Muhammad indeed brought in some fresh thoughts, some of which are relevant even now in the 21st Century. He was a progressive thinker. However, a major chunk of whatever Muhammad brought was borrowed from existing practices (remember how Moses and Jesus remained prophets in the Koran). Therefore, Manuel, though not entirely correct, was indeed correct on most counts that he wanted to say then, and now what the Pope quoted.

Ironically, the fatwas and the reactions that followed in the Islamic countries and within the Muslim communities worldwide actually second what Manuel said. They are live proofs that in Islam today we can only find things only evil and inhuman. And, I am not talking about things like this, this, this, this, this and…


Blogger Christopher Trottier said...

You speak the truth. But watch as the West again apologizes for offending Muslims. This is the Danish cartoon controversy over and over again -- and we in the West need to stop pandering to Muslims.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every religion gets insulted everyday knowingly or unknowingly whether by means of a local force, (such as a friend who may be ignorant) or by a head force. (i.e- the pope).
What I dont understand is what is the point of becoming angry? the more anger you show, the worse you look.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the pope is really wrong and stupid. muslims are not bad and he should stop talking about islam if he knows whats good for him.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well that is a muslim for you!

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont you think that there is good and bad in all peoples of the world but we must let the good shine through.

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is good and bad in all peoples of the world we must let the good shine and change the minds of the bad and violent

1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You speak no truth my friend. I'd suggest to verify those "facts" before posting them. Insulting Islam became a fashion these days; the Pope discredeted himself by joining the chorus

4:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course not all Muslims can be put into this category but some of the fundemental sides of Islam are certainly nothing but evil and these certainly fit into the bracket he was talking about, the response to his comments (a nun murdered/churches set on fire) surely just reinforces this doesnt it? I am no Christian or catholic but if push comes to shove i know whos side I Am on

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely with what has happend, churches set on fire and a nun being killed it just reinforces his statements doesnt it?

The world is going if not gone mad!

5:34 AM  
Blogger Beau Peep said...

>>You speak no truth my friend...

Just like sporting a skull-cap, shouting slogans of jihad against all other faiths, moving towards radicalism, suicide bombings and all things evil and barbaric have become a fashion for the Muslims these days. Right?

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry, but I can not understand why some Islamic people react so strongly on some misunderstood speech from the pope, when they at the same time apparently do not mind terrorism, killings, public executions, disrespect for women, burnings of embassies all in the name of Allah (just to mention a few things) - or what about Al-quaidas use of the unislamic media TV, I somehow thought it was against their version of Islam to make pictures of people!? Talking about a bad case of double standards..
My thoughts go out to all the “normal” Muslim people who certainly do not deserve to be categorized with people of this kind. It is sad that such a great religion is being hijacked by violent jerks.

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fundamental Muslims are all Mother-Fuckers... Bloody Sons of Guns...

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ISLAM IS NOT EVIL!!! every person on earth believes islam is bad because of sadam hussain and osama bin ladin but islam is not evil there are just a few bad eggs in there than make musliums look bad !!! how can u guys base an opinion on somethin u dont even know everythin abt ?? have u ever read the quran ?? have u ever tried to talk to a muslium ?? i m sure the answer would be NO because u guys think they will blow u away !! y do u always have to pick somethin bad abt islam ? islam is the most peaceful religion of all and people like osama bin ladin r makin it look bad !! WELL I HAVE NEW FOR U guys THEY R NOT MUSILIMS !!! THEY R NOT DOIN RITE AND THERE FORE THEY R NOT WORTHY ENOUGH TO BE CALLED MUSLIMS!!!! they r not human wht they did was bad but dont go blamin it on all the islamic countries !!!! at the end of the day any 1 who blames islam for stuff they didnt do is just low !! muslims never said tht jesus was wrong or jesus copied stuff from other reiglion and if some 1 did u guys would leave the muslims WAYYY behind !!!

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a civilization, when are we going to realize that religion divides? Think it doesnt, then how do you explain whats going on now? Peoples of all religions believe equally that theirs is true, what needs to be realized is that Life is what you believe. Just because weve believed something since childhood or not, doesnt make us right or wrong. We need to realize there are many different type of prophets. The goal of any religion should not be war and killing. While this may seem obvious, often times the tenets of religion are forgotten or bastardized to say what one wants. Ever notice how history can use the bible, koran, or other sources to simply say what the "leader" wants it to say or how they interpret it? Religion divides. We ned to move forward and find a way to unite all people, and quick

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't the Muslims that are reacting in such a violent manner only confirming the words the Pope spoke?

3:22 PM  
Anonymous nicene said...

The Pope is the Pope because he is a man who believes in GOD in Jesus. Therefore he does not believe in anyone else and should not have to. Do muslim/moslems go around preaching words they do not believe in why should the Pope.
No Islam we do not have to follow your commands. Heaven is for the sweet and rightous not the swift of sword. And by the way GOD loves the Jews and you do too. You just won't admit it for some reason. Abraham..jew, Sarah..jew, Moses...jew, job...jew. Mecca was a place for jews until Islam kicked them out. You will not share with your predecessors that which GOD gave the jews. You must not keep people from GOD but help them on the journey to GOD.
Last and most importantly, Jesus opened heaven to the earth. If muhammad saw Jesus on the way to heaven that means muhammad must have worshiped Jesus the messiah!!
Jesus said "no one get to the Lord except through me"
I pray you all will lay down your arms and spread the love and joy of GOD.
The wrath of GOD is up to GOD to think it's your job is blasphemy

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think it is a lot of rot

2:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anybody compare the number of muslims killed by christians to the number of christians killed by muslims over any period you choose? the ratio will probably be not more than 1:1000. Get real people

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so called ISLAM is fake all they try to do is get into peoples minds .. making them convert to there bull shit religion . dont convert then they get on the news . cnn ,fox news every were and they try to sound like there so smart and better then every better and every 1 else is stupid fuck them mother fuckers islam is gay * dont convert* be a christain or stay what u are islam is false false false

7:48 AM  
Anonymous shazna said...

It is absoultely ridiculous why we muslim shoudl always be forced to apoligise for what a certain sect of muslim do, do not make the mistake of judging a car by its driver, in this case dont judge islam by the muslims, find out bout islam, not muslim who let us down, think before you speak. islam is a religion of peace i feel like a parrot when i say dat, cos i repeat to every anti-islam person, plz if u wish to contact to know more bout this faith do contact me wiv ur views, be respectful because respect is da way forward-

11:23 AM  

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