Muslims demand pope convert to Islam

TROUBLESPEAK
Muslims
demand pope convert to Islam

‘Religion
of peace’ threatens destruction otherwise


Posted: September 19, 2006
9:46 p.m. Eastern

By
Bob Unruh

© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com


Christian
churches in the Middle East are vandalized, a Catholic nun in Africa is
killed and Muslims have demanded that the pope convert to Islam – all
because he read a quote from a medieval text that described Islam as
"evil and inhuman."

The
pope has issued an apology for even referencing the historic text,
emphasized that those views are not his, but still many in the Islamic
world are demanding blood.

A
new group called "The sword of Islam" contacted reporters and said it
had fired gunshots at a Christian church in the Middle East during a
demonstration over the comments.

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continues below)

"We
want to make it clear that if the pope does not appear on TV and
apologize for his comments, we will blow up all of Gaza’s churches,"
the group said in a report.

The
controversy arose a few days ago while Pope Benedict XVI was speaking
in Germany, and he referred to the conclusions of Byzantine emperor
Manuel II Paleologus, in which he made the reference to Islam being
violent.

The
pope, according to a Vatican
statement,

was simply reflecting on the "theme of the relationship between
religion and violence in general, and to conclude with a clear and
radical rejection of the religious motivation for violence, from
whatever side it may come."

But
Muslims reacted to what they apparently perceived as an attack on their
religion, and started vandalizing Middle East Christian churches, with
seven so far sustaining varying levels of destruction.

In
Africa, a nun was shot and killed, with indications the attack may have
been a reaction to the statements.

And
now, a report in the Jerusalem Post said that Muslim religious leaders
in the Gaza Strip are warning the pope that he must "accept" Islam if
he wanted to live in peace.

One
Muslim cleric, Imad Hamto, said the pope must "repent and ask for
forgiveness" and Hamto referred to a phrase taken from letters sent by
the founder of Islam to the chiefs of tribes in his times – when he
reportedly urged them to convert to Islam in order to keep their lives.

While
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, who himself has publicly called
for the destruction of Israel and has denied the Holocaust without
significant reaction, suggested that the pope has satisfactorily
"modified" his remarks, others said they did not agree.

"Either
apologize or don’t come," read banners at a protest in Turkey, where
the pope is scheduled to visit in November. And in Libya, a son of Col.
Muammar el-Qaddafi said the pope needs to change.

"If
this person were really someone reasonable, he would not agree to
remain at his post one minute but would convert to Islam immediately,"
the son, Mohammad Qaddafi, said.

The New
York Times

reported that the pope had issued condolences to the family of Sister
Leonella Sgorbati, who was shot and killed in Somalia with her
bodyguard.

"In
repeating a firm condemnation of all forms of violence, his holiness
the pope hopes that the blood shed by a such a faithful follower of the
Gospel will become a seed of hope to build an authentic brotherhood
between peoples," said a Vatican statement.

The Muslim American Society’s Freedom
Foundation
said it plans a joint statement later with Catholic
organizations over the pope’s statements.

In the
blog world, the "catholiclondoner"
posted a number of photographs indicating that Muslims in the United
Kingdom perhaps are not ready to move past the comments.

"Thought
I’d refrain from posting anything substantial about his uproar …" he
wrote. "Unfortunately after Mass today at Westminster Cathedral it was
shoved in my face."

He
said about 100 Islamists were chanting slogans in front of the church,
including "Pope Benedict go to Hell," and "Pope Benedict you will pay,
the Muja Hadeen are coming your way."

"It was
a pretty nasty demonstration," he said.

"You
have also given a witness to the hypocrisy of those Muslims who
complain about being insulted on the one hand while giving grievous
offence on the other. Well done," said one comment from "dunadan" on
the Londoner’s blog

"As
a British citizen, I really hope that our government will now do
something about the threat from Islam and Islamism – not just in words,
but in deeds," said another.

"God
Bless you brother in the Lord and friend for being a true witness to
your faith. I am not surprised that there is protest. The pope simply
cited the historic record. The Muslims have to face up to their
history, they cannot forever live in deniel (sic)," said bigcatlady.

"You
have helped expose the hatred and hypocrisy rotting beneath the
polished ‘Religion of Peace’ façade," said emlin. "They feel free to
curse and insult the Pope – but if you speak the truth about their
beloved war-mongering Mohammed, well then a little jihad should help
you feel the real peace of islam."

Pakistan’s
Parliament also approved a resolution criticizing the pope for his
"derogatory" remarks. And Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said
the comments were "ugly."

The
words that the pope quoted were: "Show me just what Muhammad 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
report at LifeSiteNews.com
said it traced the development of the furor and found a series of media
reports contributing to the situation.

The
report said the day after the speech, there was almost no reaction. A
day later, however, there was a headline, "Pope’s speech stirs Muslim
anger."

As that
headline spread through the Muslim world, the report said, the furor
became real.

"On
Sunday, Toronto-based columnist, David Warren, wrote in the Ottawa
Citizen on the media-instigated uproar that has led to retaliatory
attacks in Israel against Christian churches and clergy and the murder
of a nun in Somalia," the report said.

"By
manipulating the event, Warren says, the BBC was ‘having a little
mischief. The kind of mischief that is likely to end with Catholic
priests and faithful butchered around the Muslim world.’"

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