Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Pope

The timing of the Pope's remarks has me scratching my head. The boldness of his statements has me crediting that Nazi. Who would have thought?

In truth, all the Pope did was use a quote from the Koran to depict a reality that exists within our globe. Now he is paying the price.

The Pope quoted a 14th century Christian emperor, who said everything Prophet Mohammad brought was evil and inhuman, "such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached".

Now, Muslims are not the only ones who take their holy books literally. The Jews and the Christians have always been guilty of this act. They still are. However, for the most part, the Judeo-Christian principles "preached" through the old and new testament, is deemed positive for the sake of humanity. The introduction of the 10 commandments is a good example of the initial ethic base linked to Judaism and Christianity.

I have studied the Koran through several Middle East history classes. The fact that there are certain questionable quotes within the Koran should not overtake the fact that modern Islam is extremely tolerant, and that the Koran is overall another guide to the love and fear of God. On the same token, certain "hi-jackers" adopt the language into literal terms, even in today's somewhat modernized world, causing much concern amongst Western populations. The Pope, as influential as he is, thought it was right to attempt to expose a certain truth unfolding beneath our very eyes.

It's ironic that a Nazi and the German chancellor think it was the right thing to do. Perhaps they learned from their mistakes and are trying to prevent another World War?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended Pope Benedict XVI over controversial remarks he made regarding Islam earlier this week.

Ms Merkel says critics have misunderstood the aim of his speech.
The remarks have drawn angry reactions from around the Muslim world, with the heads of several nations demanding the pontiff make a personal apology.

German newspaper Bild quotes Ms Merkel as saying: "It was an invitation to dialogue between religions and the Pope expressly spoke in favour of this dialogue, which is something I also support and consider urgent and necessary".

"What Benedict XVI emphasised was a decisive and uncompromising renunciation of all forms of violence in the name of religion," she said.

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