Those peace-loving Islamist’s are at it again:
“We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword." -The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups posted on their web site. Reaction in the Moslem world over a speech that really had little to nothing to do with Islam has been completely over the top, not to mention a gift to the Bush administration who has been laboring with great resolve to get Congress to legalize torture and thus sink into the gutter along side the rest of the world’s religious extremists.
Although one can argue that the Pope should have vetted his speech through his ministers to remove language likely to be misconstrued, my personal belief is that once we start self-censoring our speech to avoid offending the religious nut jobs we have already lost the battle. Someone should come out say what we’re all thinking: burning papal effigies and threatening to kill Christians who don’t convert to Islam only makes you look like the violent extremists you claim have no place in Islam. Your position is inconsistent. The moderate mullahs should come out and demand that the people stop the wanton destruction of property and cease issuing threats directed at the Pope or anyone else.