Friday, September 15, 2006

GOOD FOR THE POPE!

Now they are after the Pope! Muslims around the world are protesting the Pope and his comments. From the wires;

"The pope quoted from a book recounting a conversation between 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and a Persian scholar on the truths of Christianity and Islam.
"The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war," the pope said.
"He said, I quote, 'Show me just what Mohammed 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,"' he quoted the emperor as saying. He did not explicitly agree with them nor repudiate them"

The reaction among the Muslim community is to equate the pope with people like Hitler! Now I am no fan of the Pope as far as the office, but what did he do that was so abhorrent? He simply quoted from a leader from the fourteenth century as to his view of the tension between Islam and other faiths. What is needed is for people to look through the reactions of Muslims and consider the truth of the quote. What this actually shows was that centuries ago it was clear that Islam was a belief system that promoted violence and spreading of the faith "by the sword".

What was clear to so many centuries ago has become blurred by the passing of time. Today people want to advocate for the teachings of Mohammed as peaceful and respectful. But the closer you get to the source of those teachings the clearer the picture, and it is a picture of hate, violence and spreading their belief at any cost. What did the Pope do wrong? He had the nerve to actually speak truth in a world that worships the trinity of political correctness, unity and tolerance. The interesting thing now will be to watch and see if the Vatican backtracks from the statements.

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pastor tom
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