Wednesday, September 20, 2006

American Politicians Defend the Pope

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006 9:20 p.m. EDT

Newt Gingrich, Hillary Clinton Defend Pope

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, longtime foes in American politics, forcefully defended Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday against a wave of Muslim criticism over a speech last week.

When asked about the controversy prior to her speech at an American Cancer Society event, Clinton, D-N.Y., said the pope's follow-up statement should have been enough to settle the matter.

"It's just outrageous and offensive that people would be threatening violence against him based on what he said, especially when there is so much they should be working on together," Clinton said.
The former first lady has a huge lead in her Senate re-election bid this year. Her opponent, Republican John Spencer, had criticized her Tuesday for not speaking out in the pope's defense.

After appearing onstage with Clinton at the cancer event, Gingrich was even more outspoken about the religious tension.
"I think what he said in his entire speech . . . is that Islam has to come to grips with having a genuine dialogue of mutual respect," said Gingrich, a Georgia Republican when he was in the House. "Everything you've seen of the viciousness and the evil that has been said since then by fanatics reinforces the pope's speech."

I have been quite upset that western leaders beside Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, have not defended the Pope. Finally some American politicians have defende the Pope. As well the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Pell
has vigourously defended the Pontiff:
Archbishop of Sydney has drawn a link between Islamists and violence, a strident attempt to defend the Pope just as the pontiff tries to hose down Muslim anger around the world.
Cardinal George Pell says "the violent reactions in many parts of the Islamic world" to a speech by Pope Benedict justified one of the main fears expressed by the world's Catholic leader.

"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," Cardinal Pell said in a statement yesterday.

He also described as "unfortunately typical and unhelpful" attacks on the Pope's comments by two prominent local Muslims, Taj al-Din al-Hilali, the Mufti of Australia, and Ameer Ali, of the Government's Muslim advisory committee.

Security was increased around the Pope yesterday, despite his apology for the offence taken by Muslims for his using of a medieval quotation that linked Mohammad to violence.

Cardinal Pell began his statement by saying it was a sign of hope that no organised violence has flared in Australia after Pope Benedict's recent comments.

"No one compared the Pope to Hitler or Mussolini (as in Turkey) or called for his murder, as Sheikh Malin did in Somalia," he said.

"No group like the League of Jihadists in Iraq promised 'that the soldiers of Mohammad will come sooner or later to shake your throne and the foundations of your state'. Our major priority must be to maintain peace and harmony within the Australian community, but no lasting achievements can be grounded in fantasies and evasions."

Cardinal Pell then detailed his criticisms of Sheikh al-Hilali and Dr Ali.

"It is always someone else's fault, and issues touching on the nature of Islam are ignored," he said.

"Sheikh al-Hilali often responds to criticism by questioning the intelligence and competence of the questioner or critic. So, too, with the Pope, whose speech he claimed was not what was expected of a holy person, and, indeed 'the church needs to re-examine its thoughts about someone who doesn't have the qualities or good grasp of Christian character or knowledge'."

Cardinal Pell criticised Dr Ali for misunderstanding the Pope's speech.

"Dr Ameer Ali's published reply was more surprising as it called on Pope Benedict to be more like Pope John Paul II than Pope Urban II, who called the First Crusade," he said. "In fact, the Pope's long speech was more about the weaknesses of the Western world, its irreligion and disdain for religion.

It is time for other western leaders to speak out aginst the insane reaction of some in the Muslim world. These extremists must not silence us , as is their intention!


Seven Star Hand said...

Hello Dr Roy and all,

The straw that breaks the camel's back always follows the results of earlier deeds.

The Pope's choice of words was brain dead, in my humble opinion, if he was seeking to spread peace. He could have appealed for cooler heads and humility from all sides using any other words, but instead he chose to quote Crusade era hypocrisy that was clearly designed to inflame Muslims. Now we see the backtracking and spinning that always follows the gaffes of those afraid of simply telling the truth.

More proof that religion is the opposite of truth, wisdom, and justice

The "infallible" Grand Inquisitor (the pot) sought to lecture Islam (the kettle) about spreading religion through dark deeds by quoting a Dark Ages text while the USA and Europe are in the midst of the Neo-Crusades. The irony and absurdity in this situation is amazing, to say the least. It evidences both the fallacy and fallibility of those who vainly and arrogantly pretend to serve the Creator.

Dear Pope, ever heard of Karma or the golden rule? Ever stop to remember how the Vatican and western nations became so rich and powerful over the centuries? Ever consider giving up your blood drenched wealth and earthly power to end the blatant hypocrisy of your vain, materialistic, and duplicitous empire? Ever think of forgoing your peacock's robes to walk the walk instead of simply talking the talk? Remember the "eye of the needle" and "log and mote in the eye" parables? Is this a demonstration of your infallibility, wisdom, or utter blindness? As another wise one once said; What goes around comes around!

The West has killed far more Muslims (and other dark skins) than they have killed westerners, yet our leaders and many in the press can only see Muslim and "third world" desperation in the face of western military and economic dominance and oppression, (in the name of God and country, by the way), as sources of evil in this world. Never forget that there would not be a war in Iraq nor the Bush administration's many blatant evils without the unwavering support of such a large percentage of Judeo-Christians.

Guess what guys and girls, war, violence, and injustice are evil, no matter what the excuse or cause or who is doing it to whom. Anyone who thinks the Creator would judge religion, war, or any other profiteering at the expense of others as wise or acceptable activities has a very big surprise in store.

Here is Wisdom!!
...and here
...and here too...

Anonymous said...

American politicians must be admired for their guts and courage.

The Pope said what needed to be said - obviously, considering the reaction from Muslims.

Burying our heads in the sand and dreaming about dialogues we might have with rational people representing Islamic terrorists hasn't done a damn thing to stop people from being blown up.

The Pope's words are another small step towards making civilized people realize the dangers of Islamic fascism.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I'm glad the Pope didn't grovel. He simply stated that he was sorry they took offense. Even some Western Muslims have said that is enough.

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