posted on Sep, 15 2006 @ 12:25 PM
Even as a Judeau-Christian, I found what he said as offensive. First of all, I have read the Torah, Holy Bible, and even the Quaran (not all of it,
but quite a bit). All three texts teach of love for one's neighbour.
In the 14th Century, there were crusaders slaying people, and people of other sects of Christianity throughout history were tortured and beaten
because they didn't condone to the then philosophy/theology of the period.
I felt the Pope was standing in judgement of Islam and it's people. I have Muslim friends, although I don't practice Islam. I have taken the time to
understand the theology, which what is what I thought the Pope would have done before coming out with that qoute.
His predecessor, John Paul was a truly remarkable man that pulled all people of all religions to him. He never passed judgement on any other religion
or people; hence, that was why his passing was so sad for so many.
Then I often wonder, who writes the speech for the Popes. Surely, he has a writer much like the presidents and other world leaders to put together
what he says. I can't believe that a man of his standing would stand in judgement of another religion.
I can imagine how people of the Islamic community must have felt to know what he said. I feel that rather than bringing understanding between Muslims,
Jews and Christians, his speech will create a wider divide and segregation. Those of us of different religious beliefs will have to support each
other and accept each other regardless of our theological preferences. We can't allow his speech to divide us from one another even more.
I am also concerned with what he has said that some people will use that as an excuse to attack Muslim families, whose only intention is to live in
peace amongst us. I live in the UK where there is an abundance of different theologies; I would hate to see a Muslim woman and her children attacked
or her husband killed due to a speech that may, or may not have even been written by the Pope, himself.
Coming from a Jewish-Christian lineage; my family through the centuries faced religious persecution at every corner. Religious persecution is
religious persecution regardless if you are Jewish, Christian, or Muslim. (None should persecute the other, nor should any of them be persecuted).
You have extremists in every religious sect of society the world over. You can't tar the many for the sake of a few. Every human being is entitled,
or should be entitled to religious freedom without fear of persecution.