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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Cardinal Pell Dares to Tell It Like It Is

The whole controversy over Pope Benedict XVI and Islam bothers me greatly, because the response by offended Muslims is so ironically idiotic: someone points out that there are strands of violent behavior connected with Muslims, and offended Muslims respond with even more violent behavior. Absolutely ridiculous. (I was similarly disgusted by the absurd reaction to the Danish Mohammed cartoons a few months ago.)

I think that we need to have more people from all beliefs (Christians, atheists, moderate Muslims) pointing out this absurdity, and not trying to make excuses for the violence. There is no possible justification for being so offended that you feel like killing innocent people.

Well, one brave cardinal has spoken out in defense of the Pope: Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia (and friend of AMSOL). I think Cardinal Pell has the clearest and most direct critique I've seen so far:

"The violent reactions in many parts of the Islamic world justified one of Pope Benedict's main fears," Cardinal Pell said in a statement.
"They showed the link for many Islamists between religion and violence, their refusal to respond to criticism with rational arguments, but only with demonstrations, threats and actual violence."
. . .
But he said the responses of Australia's mufti, Sheik Taj Aldin Alhilali, and of Dr Ameer Ali, of the prime minister's Muslim reference group, were "unfortunately typical and unhelpful."

"It is always someone else's fault and issues touching on the nature of Islam are ignored. Sheik Alhilali often responds to criticism by questioning the intelligence and competence of the questioner or critic."

Keep it up, Your Eminence!

Update: More people are speaking up. There is a great editorial in today's Boston Globe by Jeff Jacoby. Here's an excerpt, but go read the whole article.

If it weren't so sickening, it would be farcical: A line in the pope's speech suggests that Islam has a dark history of violence, and offended Muslims vent their displeasure by howling for his death, firebombing churches, and attacking innocent Christians. One of the points Benedict made in his speech at the University of Regensburg was that religious faith untethered by reason can lead to savagery. The mobs denouncing him could hardly have done a better job of proving him right.

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