Friday, September 15, 2006

Islam takes the high road


I am so happy that Islam has taken the high road and has become so outspoken over people saying offensive things and calling for a culture of tolerance. The event that has brought this to light was Pope Benedict XVI recent address at a German university. The pope was speaking on the nature of religion and violence and quoted the 14th century Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II. It is the 14th century quote that has unified the world wide Muslim community and has caused them to demand an apology from the pontiff for such derogatory remarks.

As we all know the Islamic world has always been a promoter of tolerance as seen in such demonstrative acts like the burning of US flags, the taking and beheading of western hostages, and how can we forget the Muslim on Muslim violence in Iraq. The Pakistani parliament has condemned Pope Benedict's comments and are demanding an apology. They called the comments derogatory. Pakistan of course is also a beacon of tolerance in the dark world of intolerance unless of course they are dealing with the Hindus in India. Historically Islam has been tolerant as well. We can point to the peaceful co-existence of the Ottoman Turks with the Christian Byzantine empire especially when in 1453 Constantinople (the capital of the Christian eastern empire) was conquered by the Ottomans, the name of the city changed, and one of the oldest churches in Christendom turned into a mosque. All the tolerance is just warming my usually cold heart.

So thank you Muslim leaders of the world for teaching me how to accept my neighbor who may be different.

3 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

And not attacking our abortion clinics.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006 9:56:00 PM  
Blogger Erasmus said...

Dave, thanks for taking this discourse to another level even if it is in error.

Violence that has been carried out by "Christians" e.g. attacking abortion clinics are done by a handful of individuals. They are typically loners and not endorsed by any of the mainline Churches. Nor has it been carried out globally. This stands in contrast to Islam that while a decentralized religion seems to follow certain patterns both in history and in the present where ever it is found. That pattern is violent and irrational.

Thursday, September 21, 2006 8:32:00 AM  
Anonymous USpace said...

Well put, you are so correct, Islam is the religion of peace and forgiveness, Bush said so...

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/


absurd thought-
God of the Universe hates
peaceful religions...
.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 10:36:00 AM  

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