In the midst of proving how violent and unstable their mindset and actions can be, it is clear to me that not one of those rioting Muslims probably read the Pope’s entire speech – or if they did read it, they didn’t understand what they were reading.
When is the civilized world going to quit enabling this kind of behavior by making excuses for it? Is it going to take yet another unthinkable and cataclysmic event to make the self-appointed cognoscenti understand what we are all up against?
The ever remarkable Brent Bozell says it best:
This mind-numbing double standard was set perfectly (and ridiculously) by the New York Times editorial page on a sleepy Saturday, which lamented the Pope’s desire for a “uniform Catholic identity,” which is “not exactly the best jumping-off point for tolerance or interfaith dialogue.” These people seem to have no clue that the Holy Father’s first duty is to maintain a Catholic Church that is united and true to its historical roots. His first duty is to defend an ancient deposit of faith and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. This, to the sages of the New York Times editorial board, is an inherently offensive mission – exclusive, intolerant, conservative.I find it offensive and ridiculous that the Pope should be expected to apologize to a bunch of lunatics he didn’t insult in the first place, and who are proving his point in the second place. Or is murdering an elderly Italian nun just a mere blip on the leftist liberals’ radar? Is threatening the life of the man who is the spiritual leader of a church whose membership as of the end of 2004 was 1,098,366,000. That is well over 1 BILLION members.
But the next paragraph was worse, demanding that Benedict confess his offense to the secular and Islamic worlds: "The world listens carefully to the words of any pope. And it is tragic and dangerous when one sows pain, either deliberately or carelessly. He needs to offer a deep and persuasive apology, demonstrating that words can also heal."
This is rich from the New York Times, whose editor, Bill Keller, has deliberately and carelessly handed out the “pain” to reverent Roman Catholics in a 2002 column by comparing John Paul the Great to a communist despot. Deep apologies did not follow. Hypocrite, heal thyself.
I think it is long past time that the mainstream media and all world leaders and RELIGIOUS leaders start holding Islam to the same standards to which every other legitimate religion is held in the civilized world. That is, that rioting in the streets is no longer acceptable, the beheading of people who do not share your beliefs is no longer acceptable, and that murder, torture, bombings and the commission of general mayhem against any other human being is NO LONGER an acceptable way to behave and it is time for the mullahs and imans to have it made clear to them that if they wish to be considered "the religion of peace", they'd damned well better start acting like peaceful and civilized people instead of thin-skinned hysterical lunatics.