Earlier this week the Pope said some things that angered Muslims such as hen he quoted Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus who said: “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
A few days later, after Muslims have caused a fuss, the Pope is now apologizing. Now the initial comments were troubling to me, because they were not based in fact, I am even more angered by this false apology. There may be noting that irks me more than this phony apologized made for the sake of political correctness and this is what Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have done in the past. If you mean something then stick by your words and I will respect you; but if you say something and then cannot take the heat I lose my respect.
The fact of the matter is that Islam partially spread by the sword; but the spread of Islam by the sword is minimal compared to the spread of Christianity by force under the Roman Empire. There are large parts of the Muslim Ummah were the sword never touched and the largest part of the Ummah, Indonesia, Malays and the area, never came into contact with any military conquest.
The apology came after pressure; but this comes after a period where Pope John Paul II (a man I admired greatly for his speaking on against the Culture of Death in the West and his defense of the poor), led a period of dialogue between Muslims and Christians. However, this may have blurred the lines; I do not expect Catholics or Muslims to hold the other as theologically correct, and both should publicly proclaim what they believe privately and that is the exclusivity of the correctness of their faith. This is what both believe in private; why not say it in public?
From Bill Maher Last Night;Bill had two good points last night; Muslims are paying more attention to the Pope than Catholics? Bill also said that he favors Latino immigration because he likes Latin chicks, I agree, so maybe we should have unlimited immigration of women from Latin America and restrict male immigration.