Sunday, September 17, 2006

Violence, Jihad, the Pope

The Pope does a speech reprimanding violence perpetrated in the name of religion.

The 'shocked' response from Islam around the world is... violence:

Thus far there has been effigy burning, church firebombing, threats of death to the enemies of Islam.

("How dare you say religious violence is bad... die!" *firebomb*)

And if, as a result of the outrage, some Catholics get killed or their churches burned down by offended scholars and textual exegesists it might be thought that Manuel's original point had rather been made.

Quoting Stephen Bates of The Guardian, article here.

Doesn't this all seem a little bit unusual/ironic/hypocritical to you?