The Pope quoted Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus. At the time of the original quote, Islam had fought and killed its way across eastern Europe, Africa and into Spain. The quote “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”.
Was the emperor wrong? Was it inaccurate? Was the Pope’s restatement inaccurate? Is this pertinent today?
This is from an AP story that the Bellingham Herald didn’t pick up.
Al-Qaida in Iraq and its allies said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as “the worshipper of the cross,” saying “you and the West are doomed as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. … We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose the ‘jizya’ tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (being killed by) the sword.”The State 09192006 Muslim anger greets apology
“You infidels and despots, we will continue our jihad (holy war) and never stop until God avails us to chop your necks and raise the fluttering banner of monotheism, when God’s rule is established governing all people and nations,” said the statement by the Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups in Iraq.The State 09192006 Muslim anger greets apology
In his day, Emperor Manuel II Paleologus had 3 choices when dealing with the “new” religious ideas of Islam that faced his nation; convert to Islam, subjugate to Islam and pay taxes to support the spread of Islam, or fight and potentially die by the sword of Islam. Tell me these choices are not “evil and inhuman.”
Now reread the 2 excerpts above and tell me what has changed. Oh, and FYI, the Sunni are the most mainstream faction of Islam in the Middle East. Most Islamic nations are Sunni.
Again, these type of Muslims responses to the Popes comment have convinced me that Islam is truly a religion of peace.