Pope, Islam, Violence

September 20, 2006

I haven’t done as much digging yet as I should into this story. However it looks like Sparkplug 9 has done a pretty good job:

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Recent history:1. Pope says Islam is violent

2. Islamics react with violence

3. Pope apologizes

Perhaps now is a good time to reflect on some of Benedict’s other words when speaking about Islam :

Past experience teaches us that, unfortunately, relations between Christians and Muslims have not always been marked by mutual respect and understanding. How many pages of history record battles and wars that have been waged, with both sides invoking the Name of God, as if fighting and killing, the enemy could be pleasing to him. The recollection of these sad events should fill us with shame, for we know only too well what atrocities have been committed in the name of religion.

The lessons of the past must help us to avoid repeating the same mistakes. We must seek paths of reconciliation and learn to live with respect for each other’s identity. The defence of religious freedom, in this sense, is a permanent imperative, and respect for minorities is a clear sign of true civilization.