Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Pope's Comment Sparks Fury Among Muslims

The Pope has been in hot water for a comment he said about Islam lately. He quoted a conversation between a 14th-century Christian Byzantine Emperor, Manuel II, and an Islamic Persian, "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." Now effigies of the pope have been burned, along with Vatican and American flags. (Why is it always America's fault?) Now I'm no fan of Catholicism or the pope, but in this case I say go ahead and declare that comment infallible, as only a pope can do. The pope apologized, saying that he was sorry for the Muslims' reaction. Muslims have said that he didn't go far enough in his apology. I say he went too far by apologizing at all.

Why do I say he shouldn't have apologized? First of all, Muslims have proven that Islam is a violent, evil religion by reacting violently to the pope's comment calling it such. How can you expect an apology when you're burning down churches? If this is as the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, "the latest link" in the "chain of conspiracy to set off a crusade," then the Islamic world's reaction is the latest in a chain of events showing Islam's evilness. This is just like the incident of the cartoon in a Danish newspaper sparking a similar outbreak of violence. (And again, it was also directed against the US even though US newspapers didn't publish the stupid cartoon.) I don't know how much anti-Christian cartoons have been made, but you don't see Christians reacting violently like that. Clearly there is a clash between Christian and Islamic views, and theocratic and democratic views. The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremis groups in Iraq said "You infidels and despots, we will continue our jihad and never stop until God avails us to chop your necks and raise the fluttering banner of monotheism, when God's rule is established governing all people and nations." Where are the calls for an apology to that statement? And what they seek to establish is not God's rule, but their rule based on a perversion of truth.

Secondly, Islam is a false religion, a distortion of the truth. And before you go burning an effigy of me for my comments, if you disagree with me then you would think that my Christianity is false as well. (In that case we should burn effigies of each other, cheers.) Clearly, with truth everything that conflicts is wrong. This shouldn't surprise anybody. So if you believe in anything, you must necessarily believe that everything conflicting with those beliefs is wrong. The same is true whether you're Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or atheist if you truly believe what you say. Now we can agree to peacefully disagree, but we will necessarily disagree. This idea that we are all right is complete nonsense. You have the right to believe what you want, but that doesn't mean your beliefs are the truth. If we entertain for a moment that there is no God, then that would not mean that everyone can be right as some would claim is the case now, but that everyone who follows a religion or holds any morals is wrong.

Although I believe in Truth, I'm not for forcing people to convert to my beliefs, that would just be in vain. You can't force someone to believe something, only to say the believe it and to go through motions that don't do any good. That's why theocracy are bad. But apparently some Muslims do think they can force others to Islam, as that statement shows. I'm not sure we can have peace with people who say they will not stop their jihad until they've chopped off us infidels heads and have their banner flying over all nations. And if we are in a conflict with people who will not stop until their tyrannical views are forced onto everyone else, what choice do we have but to fight until they or us are defeated? And can democracy be established where small comments like the pope's spark massive outrage and violence? Where there is no free speech, not just because of the government, but because of the people themselves for whom that free speech is meant? Perhaps we need to consider this clash of civilizations.


Anonymous That one guy said...

Wow Mr. gregariousblog, you've outdone yourself this time. This is the best thing I've read in a long time. It was a different style this time, being all serious, but it was fantastic nonetheless. I agree, the Pope should not have entertained the true infidels, the Muslims, by apologizing to them. It would be like the police saying "murdering child rapists are murdering child rapists" and the murdering child rapists get upset and start murdering people and raping children, and burning the effigies of the police. "We apologize for calling murdering child rapists murdering child rapists." If these Islamic idiots can't see the truth when it's in front of them, they should be executed. I'm serious. All radical Muslims should be executed. I don't think we should start up a Nazi Crusade against all Muslims, there's a majority of them that are not radical, hate mongering, stupid infidels. But the 20 million or so that are, off with their heads. I have a final solution I'll get to in a minute. The funny thing with the radicals is that they kill each other more often than they kill us "infidels". Look at the "sectarian" violence. If you put two groups together, they'll probably kill each other. That's my final solution. To save the planet, we'll box all these crazies up, ship them to the Sun, and let them fight each other over who gets control of The Whole Universe. Then the great "allah" will reign supreme, having the center of the universe controlled by "his" (un)"holy" soldiers. Similar to your comment, the Christians that disagree don't kill each other. There's so many different denominations and cults out there, but no one is out shooting or stabbing or burning anyone because they have a slight (or major even) disagreement with them. I think Mormons, Jehovah's witness, Christian Scientists, etc are all cults, completely perverting The Truth. But I'm not out killing them, or calling for them to be killed. They are in need of the Truth, not the sword or gun or bullet. The crazy radical Muslims though, they also need the Truth, but I fear they won't listen. And I probably won't be able to tell them The Truth, for my throat will be cut because I am "the infidel".

Wed Oct 04, 07:24:00 PM EDT  

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