A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Funny Thing Happened To Me On The Way To The Holy Land

Sometimes, it's hard to believe your eyes:

The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan has boycotted the Pope's visit because he has yet to formally apologize for comments he made three years ago, in which he quoted a Medieval text that suggested the Prophet Muhammad's teachings were "evil and inhuman."

Jordan's top religious adviser commended the Pope for expressing his "regret" after that speech, but many Muslims want a full apology.
Contrast that with this

In Iraq, many Christians fled sectarian violence that broke out after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Christians faced rape and kidnapping, and many were killed, while churches were bombed...Benedict has said that the goal of his trip is to foster improved relations between...Christians and Muslims...

So what I want to know is, where's my apology? A few (accurate) remarks taken out of context means that the Pope should get down on one knee and apologize to those who routinely call for the genocide of all Israeli men, women and children - but a systematic campaign of murder, bombings and rape is a-okay? 

This is the problem I have with the Catholic Church's middle east policy - I keep hearing about "dialogue" from the pulpit, but how do you open a dialogue with a group of homicidal religious fanatics who won't even meet with you unless you apologize for hurting their (easily aggrieved) feelings?

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