Tarry for the Nonce

September 19, 2006

Don’t Call Me Violent, Or I Will Kill You!

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 3:46 pm

So . . . if I understand this correctly . . . last week, in a speech about the complement of faith and reason, Pope Benedict XVI referenced a dead theologian:

The Pope had referred to criticism of the Prophet Mohammad by 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus, who said everything the Prophet brought was evil “such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

So, in response to the suggestion that any followers of Islam might have coerced others with violence, outraged Muslims have:

  • bombed churches and more churches
  • Palestinian gunmen fired shots and hurled fire-bombs at five Christian churches in the West Bank and Gaza Strip yesterday . . .

  • executed religious
  • Gunmen shot dead sister Leonella Sgorbati and her bodyguard on Sunday outside a children’s hospital in north Mogadishu where she had worked since 2002.

  • called for the execution of the Pope (even in London)
  • “Whoever insults the message of Mohammed is going to be subject to capital punishment.” [Anjem Choudary] added: “I am here have a peaceful demonstration. But there may be people in Italy or other parts of the world who would carry that out.

  • and declared war on Christianity
  • We shall break the cross and spill the wine … God will (help) Muslims to conquer Rome … (May) God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the mujahideen.”

Misha Voloshin makes a couple good points about the furor, including its portrayal in the press.



  1. I’m right there with you – I noticed this after the cartoon scandal. How can anyone say that you’re unfairly categorized as violent while flipping over a car and starting fires and expect to be taken seriously? And I thought I was the only one who saw the discrepancy here…

    Comment by Megan Houge — September 21, 2006 @ 4:45 pm

  2. I’m so confused, aren’t they members of the peace-loving religion of Islam?

    Bonus points if you can use “Islam” in a sentence. 🙂

    Comment by Michael — September 21, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

  3. Anyone else find it strange that Muslims seem to elevate Muhammed & the Koran to God-like status?! I mean, he was just a man, and it was just a book. You can’t blaspheme something that isn’t deified. If anything, the Christians, who worship Christ as the Son of God, should be outraged with this level of zeal because He actually claimed to be the Son of God.

    I find the Muslims reaction to criticisms like this very disturbing….is it just me?! Imagine the Jews getting pissed that someone dissed Moses… think they’d go and bomb churches?! I mean, if Muhammed was just a “prophet”, then why get so pissy about it?!

    Comment by Andrew P. — September 27, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

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