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September 15, 2006

Welcome To The Next "Cartoon" Riots

I predict we're seeing the beginning of the next round of worldwide riots by the "religion of peace." This time over the Pope's remarks at the University of Regensburg.


In case you had any doubt whether the mainstream media would act to pour fuel on the fire or remain objective, here's how Reuters (via CNN) misquoted the Holy Father:

In his speech at the University of Regensburg on Tuesday, Benedict quoted criticism of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad by 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus, who wrote that everything Mohammad brought was evil and inhuman, "such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
Note the subtle and unnecessary use of paraphrasing. What Benedict actually said was this:
The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war. He said, I quote, 'Show me just what Muhammad 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.'
Reuters continues,
The head of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Mahdi Akef, whose organization is one of the oldest, largest and most influential in the Arab world, said the pope 'aroused the anger of the whole Islamic world and strengthened the argument of those who say that the West is hostile to everything Islamic.' [emphasis mine]
Hold it! Stop right there! As Peter Pumpkin would say, whut the fuk??

The Muslim Brotherhood is "one of the oldest, largest and most influential" organizations in the Arab World? Is it older than say.... the Catholic Church!? I don't get Reuters' point. Never mind the blatant editorialization of the statement (Reuters didn't even try to mask it by turning it into a quote by some supposed expert), am I supposed to give greater weight to Mr. Akef's objections because he's the "leader" of a religious organization that's been around a long time? If so, then I gotta go with the Pope, because they've been around a bit longer.

But that's neither here nor there. Because the organization in question, the Muslim Brotherhood, is in fact an evil organization. And I noticed also that Reuters/CNN neglected to mention that important point.

Catholic author Gary Dale Cearley:

The Muslim Brotherhood? Isn’t that the group whose last part of their motto says ‘death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations’? Aren’t they the ones who assassinated Anwar Al-Sadat, the leader of Egypt and made several attempts on the life of Ghamal Al-Nasser? Wasn’t Ayman Al-Zawahiri a long-time member of this group before joining Islamic Jihad and uniting it with Al-Qaeda? Isn’t the Muslim Brotherhood outlawed in its ‘normal’ form in several Arab countries today? Isn’t the Muslim Brotherhood one of the largest supporters and benefactors of Hamas? Isn’t the Muslim Brotherhood’s stated goal to unite the entire world as one nation under Islam? Why should we be alarmed that the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader, Mohamed Mahdi Akef, said the Pope ‘aroused the anger of the whole Islamic world and strengthened the argument of those who say that the West is hostile to everything Islamic’? The Pope was simply quoting a man, Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus, who was one of the last Byzantine rulers who was very often being attacked by the Muslim Ottomans. Manuel II had seen what Islam was doing to his nation.
Here are some more perfectly ironic statements:

Indonesian protest organizer Heri Budianto:

Of course as we know the meaning of jihad can only be understood by Muslims . . . Only Muslims can understand what jihad is. It is impossible that jihad can be linked with violence, we Muslims have no violent character."
That is priceless!

From Iraq's Sheik Salah al-Ubaidi:

In Iraq's Shiite Muslim-stronghold of Kufa, Sheik Salah al-Ubaidi criticized the pope during Friday prayers, saying his remarks were a second assault on Islam.

'Last year and in the same month the Danish cartoon assaulted Islam,' he said, referring to a Danish newspaper's publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, which triggered outrage in the Muslim world.

And we all know what happened then.

In Britain, Muhammad Abdul Bari of the Muslim Council said:

One would expect a religious leader such as the pope to act and speak with responsibility and repudiate the Byzantine emperor's views in the interests of truth and harmonious relations between the followers of Islam and Catholicism.
Riiiight. Like Muslim leaders have been so very quick to repudiate the views of their most vocal representatives, Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Al Zawahiri, Hassan Nasrallah, et al.


The Pope's invitation to visit Turkey (the home of Mehmet Ali Ağca, lest we forget) is now in jeopardy.

In Turkey, . . . Ali Bardakoglu, the head of Ankara's Directorate General for Religious Affairs, . . . describ[ed] the pope's words as 'extremely regrettable.'

'I do not see any use in somebody visiting the Islamic world who thinks in this way about the holy prophet of Islam. He should first rid himself of feelings of hate,' NTV's Web site quoted Bardakoglu as saying.

Look who's talking about hate.
Bardakoglu . . . recalled atrocities committed by Roman Catholic Crusaders during the Middle Ages in the name of their faith against Orthodox Christians and Jews as well as Muslims.
Atrocities? Again, the muslims show how long their memory is. But it's a selective memory, as author Cearly points out:
I believe that Benedict touched a nerve with these people and that nerve has direct historical roots the Muslims are refusing to consider. Where does the Muslim responsibility to rid themselves of these feelings and reign themselves in begin and end? Constantly falling back on harkening to the Crusades is for their audience, which is an audience that forgets, or refuses to remember, that the Arabs forced scores of people from many nations and religions in conquered territories to convert over the centuries. In many countries these periods of forced conversion were the most bloody chapters of their history. And even more important, these Muslim leaders ignore the fact that at varying times the Muslims took their own ‘Crusades’ to Europe, pushing their way to Austria and to the Pyrenees mountains at different points in history. These pushes into Europe both pre-date the Crusades to the Holy Land by several centuries and they continued after the Crusades to the Holy Land, again for several centuries. Standing eye to eye and toe to toe, Islam has more to answer for in the West than the West has to answer for to Islam but you will never hear this from a Muslim ‘spokesperson’.
I am not one of those who thinks that publishing of the Mohammed Cartoons was "regrettable," "unfortunate," or whatever other weasely word you want to use. What Jyllands-Posten did probably needed doing, and it certainly clued a lot of formerly clueless people in to what radical Islam is all about.

That said, I do think Pope Benedict might have been better off leaving that one particular quote from Manuel II out of his speech. But what's done is done. The bell can't be unrung. What's next is for us to see once more how tolerant the "religion of peace" is towards any type of criticism. Especially in this case, when the Pope's speech was not meant as criticism.

Update: Here's another laughably ironic comment from a muslim writing in London's al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper. First he says that "there is no difference between" the Holy Father, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Regarding the Pope's speech, he goes on to say:

These are ignorant comments previously made by Adolf Hitler, who spoke of a supreme white race against all the other races, especially the African race.
(Ummm, and the Jews? Interesting that he didn't say the Jews.)

Michelle Malkin has a roundup of the unsurprising violence now beginning in the muslim world. These idiots are lashing out at anything and everything non-muslim. They're confusing Anglican and Greek Orthodox churches with Catholic ones, and they're calling the anti-war Pope a part of the Zionist American conspiracy.

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Speaking of ironic quotes:

"Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said.


Posted by: Tuning Spork on Sep. 15, 2006

Nice post Annie!

Posted by: Scof on Sep. 15, 2006


I read the Pope's remarks over lunch today and nearly spit my sausage and eggs into my assistants soup.

While all that you say about the nature of these Islamists and all the sorted history that has transpired over the last millenium and a half, it was a really, really wrong headed quotation to include in Benny's remarks.

What were they thinking? It would just float by as a piece of historical fluff? Like Condi thought the "determined to attack" memo was?

These people are seriously looking all the time for anything that is a slight of Mr. M. and they are NEVER looking to have their understanding of Islam and Mr. M's deeds upgraded especially by the pope!

And BTW, if a Muslim leader ever spoke such nastiness about your lord JC and his efforts to convert and the violence and destruction it inspired, you would be pretty pissed off. I am sure, however,that you would not be burning trash in the street since it would make your cloths reek and get soot and stuff in your hair.

Posted by: Strawman on Sep. 15, 2006

Jesus didn't make a 10-year "ceasefire" deal with infidels and break it after 2.


Posted by: reagan80 on Sep. 15, 2006

Strawman, what are you doing eating sausage? don't you know what goes into that stuff?

Posted by: annika on Sep. 16, 2006

Pope John did the world a great favor by pointing out the evils of Communism. It created a fault line in the love affair of the Western left and the media with the brutal regimes in the Soviet Union.

That love of Communist brutality has now been transferred to the brutality of Islamic Fascists. The Pope can render the world a great service by continuing to speak out against that Fascist brutality. Maybe the Fascist collaborators in the media and the left will wake up.

Posted by: Jake on Sep. 16, 2006

Congrats Straw. You've now achieved the exact intellectual status of Rosie O'Donnell. A step up for you.

I stand with the Pope.

Posted by: gcotharn on Sep. 16, 2006

Gotta hand it to ya, Straw, you're absolutely consistent and dependable.

Posted by: Blu on Sep. 16, 2006

Ya know Blu, when the empty lot at my corner has two nutty and aggressive pit bulls tied to a stump I don't think it take an act of courage to stand in front of them dangling a small child by it's heels to demonstrate how savage they are. It is dangerous. I am NOT defending the sensibilities of those offended just trying to point out careless behavior that seems like throwing gasoline on the bonfire.

Please tell me what was insightfull, neccessary or courages about Bennies comments? As if the world needed to be told that some 14 century intelect thought Muhammad was not the nicest fellow pitching a tent in the desert. Why didn't the Pope open his own mouth and tell the world what he thinks of Muhammad's CURRENT apostles?

Posted by: Strawman on Sep. 16, 2006

Shit annie, you had me there for a minute. I thought that first pic was from Columbus after the win last Saturday.

Posted by: Casca on Sep. 16, 2006

Strawman, what are you doing eating sausage? don't you know what goes into that stuff?

Posted by annika on Sep. 16, 2006

"Those who love the law and sausage should watch neither being made."

Otto von Bismark

Posted by: shelly on Sep. 16, 2006

BTW, the Mainsteam Media are not Fascist Collaborators; they are simply, as the former Vladimir Ilyich Ulanov put it, "Useful Idiots".

Posted by: shelly on Sep. 17, 2006

"And BTW, if a Muslim leader ever spoke such nastiness about your lord JC and his efforts to convert and the violence and destruction it inspired, you would be pretty pissed off."

Muslims don't generally say nastiness about Jesus, but instead about Christianity, since they regard Jesus as a Muslim prophet, and often treat Western secular disregard for Jesus as blasphemy against Islam, deranged as that may be.

"Those who love the law and sausage should watch neither being made."

Even for one who worked in the sausage-factory of a state legislature, that quote never get old.

Posted by: Dave J on Sep. 17, 2006

Dave J.

I stand corrected. Things christian and most things theological tend to allude me. Personally, being a jewish carpenter myself JC is a hero of sorts.

Otto V B was correct no doubt. I don't know if Annie's comment was about sausage in general or that it probably contains pork and was a thinnly veiled threat that she was going to rat me out to the Rabbi.

Posted by: Strawman on Sep. 17, 2006

"Why didn't the Pope open his own mouth and tell the world what he thinks of Muhammad's CURRENT apostles?"

Fair question and challenge. I hope the Catholic Church begins to get more vocal in regard to these barbarians.

Posted by: Blu on Sep. 17, 2006