Monday, April 21, 2008

Muslim Whining About The Pope

U.S. Muslims perceive slights, from the April 20, 2008 edition of the Washington Post:
...[M]any Muslims in America remain wary, saying the pope has created the impression that he is insensitive to their faith.


Some Muslim leaders invited to meet the pope in Washington declined, citing the controversies over the Regensburg lecture and conversion. "I didn't attend," said Salam al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, who was invited to the interfaith meeting. "The invitation was to be involved in the ceremonies and the pageantry, but not in authentic, in-depth discussions on issues affecting Catholic-Muslim relations today."

There was no exchange in the meeting, according to participants, with Benedict delivering an address to the 200 leaders representing five faiths.

"It was not very interactive. It was not a two-way street," said Nihad Awad, a co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who attended.
Pope Benedict didn't play the dhimmi to CAIR? Good! Besides, Pope Benedict's visit to the United States wasn't all about pleasing Muslims in the first place, nor was the visit about interfaithing.

So what is the Pope's position on interfaithing? According to the Washington Post article,
"[Pope Benedict is] very much in favor of interreligious dialogue," [Georgetown University theologian] Reese said. But, he added, the pope's "great fear is relativism. . . . I think his biggest fear is that Catholics will misinterpret interreligious dialogue as meaning all religions are the same."
Of course, not all religions are the same! And Pope Benedict is wise to be wary of interfaithing, which Muslims have a way of turning to Islam's advantage.


Damien said...

If Muslims keep whining about things like the Pope, and keep threatening him over things like Muslims converting to Catholicism, we should tell them to pound sand. No one has any business demanding of others what they will not do themselves. If they want us to respect their beliefs, they must respect ours.

Anonymous said...

So in other words the Muslim leaders are sulking because the Pope didn't invite them to the party? I wonder how long it will take for them to wake up and realize what they are saying, lol...

Benedict continues to deliver the zingers with subtlety and impact. It's probably just about the only thing I agree with him about, but I have to admire his style.

I was just over at LGF and they are racking up a 1000 comment thread hacking away at each other over evolution. Sometimes I despair of enough of us being able to keep our eyes on the ball long enough to defeat the Islamists without killing each other.

Pastorius said...

Who is Nihad Awad to ask for a "two-way street" with the Pope?

Nihad Awad is a allah-be-damned p.r. pussy. He is not a scholar.

What's he going to do, argue the fine points of the Cathechism with the Pope? I'm betting he can't even argue the fine points of the Koran.

Fuck him.

Always On Watch said...

Who is Nihad Awad to ask for a "two-way street" with the Pope?

Awad is so arrogant as to think the universe revolves around him.

CAIR shouldn't even be here in the United States!

Damien said...

Always On Watch,

You said, "CAIR shouldn't even be here in the United States!"

In an ideal world.