Is the pope (with semi-deniability) declaring religious war?
You’re probably heard about Pope Benedict’s controversial remarks about Islam in a speech in Germany. Here is the way the AP reports it:
Citing historic Christian commentary on holy war and forced conversion, the pontiff quoted from a 14th-century Byzantine emperor, Manuel II Paleologos.Now all kinds of Muslim spokesmen are hopping mad, and the Vatican spokesman has denied that the pope intended to “offend” anyone, blah blah. But, according to all accounts, the Pope quoted an extremely inflammatory statement that Islam is inherently evil and inhuman, and he did not criticize it or dissociate himself from it, other than indicating that it was a quote. You can never be sure with this pope, since he keeps going back and forth on the issue, but this sure sounds to me as if it could be the opening shot of a religious/civilizational confrontation with Islam, a thing devoutly to be wished, in place of the West’s current policy of holding its arms open to its age-old mortal enemy.
By the way, the Reuters news agency is completely outside the envelope. Eighty percent of their story consists of denunciations of the pope by a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, the matrix of Sunni jihadism (aka Islamic Fascism) in the modern world, and by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the famous Muslim scholar who is an explicit supporter of terror against Western civilians (see Bostom, see VFR). Next think you know, Reuters will be asking Al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn for his reaction to Bush’s latest speech, and shaping their story from Al Qaeda’s point of view.
Russell W. writes:
I suppose now Ralph Peters is required by the logic of his recent statements to claim the pope is a genocidal bigot seeking the murder of all Muslims.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 14, 2006 11:09 PM | Send