Friday, September 15, 2006

Is the Pope an Islamophobe???

A gripping bout of ‘my imaginary friend’s bigger than yours’ has broken out, with the drearily eager ‘offence’-taking and hasty ‘clarifications’ of ‘respectful’ intent.

As I believe either Thomas Aquinas or Avicenna said, “Cos I gotta have faith...”


Matt M said...

The Pope dislikes Islam? Who would have thunk it?

The rush by Vatican press officers and various religious figures in the papers to assure people that the head of the Catholic church doesn't have a problem with Islam borders on the surreal for me.

Mind you - have you read the entire speech? Christianity is better than other religions, because it's more rational!?! Although reason - apparently - needs to be freed from the shackles of empirical evidence.

Personally, I'm offended by such remarks. Where's my pressure group?

Dave Hill said...

Hello Matt.

Perhaps this is what you're looking for!

Tom Freeman said...

What gets me is the implication that moral guidance can only come from religion:

"While we rejoice in the new possibilities open to humanity, we also see the dangers arising from these possibilities and we must ask ourselves how we can overcome them. We will succeed in doing so only if reason and faith come together in a new way"

I'm 'offended'! Fetch me my effigy...