Monday, September 18, 2006

This threatening of the Pope has Catholics' knickers in a twist

From Girl on the Right
"We want a personal apology (from the Pope). We feel that he has committed a grave error against us and that this mistake will only be removed through a personal apology," Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Leader Mohammed Habib told Reuters.
Yeah? And we're still waiting for an apology for the World Trade Center attacks - both of them! And the USS Cole. And the Pentagon. And Pennsylvania. And Madrid. And Bali. And the Embassy. And London. And... I'm sure I'm missing quite a few, but I just woke up from a nap, so please excuse my foggy memory. If you're waiting for an apology from the Pope, you waited too long. Pope John Paul II was the official apology guy, and he's dead. Meet the new boss... NOT the same as the old boss.

Always liked that Girl.

You know, initially, I didn't think of the Pope's comments as that important - it seemed to be a relatively small part of a longer speech. That probably just shows my naivete - of course an educated and politically savvy man like B16 wouldn't have tossed off such a potentially inflammatory remark without being aware how it might be received.

The real question is, what now? Is the world going to stand by, AS THEY HAVE BEEN, watching and twiddling their thumbs while priests, nuns, and other dedicated Christians are murdered for their faith? This isn't the first time that part of the world slaughtered Christians - the New Testament abounds with stories about the persecution of the Apostles and their followers.

Every Sunday, Christians sing songs that swear they would die rather than give up their religion. It's an easy avowal - nobody's gunning for them.

But, there are people in this world who ARE gunning for Christians. The real question is, what are we going to do about it?

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