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September 16, 2006

Insult the Islamists Weekend - Corollary [AnalogKid]

So unnecessary ... The Islamist's rage is just weird, given the intent of the Pope's speech. But I've got to say that Beth at VRWC is on to something. These people deserve to be laughed at, as does a Religion that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion.

What kind of idiots get bent out of shape by comments given to a University from one of the West's Religious leaders?

But perhaps, in their mission, they are right to be concerned. A Western Leader has made a deliberately provocative speech that was startling in its clarity and in its implications. The Pope is laying the groundwork to be one of the only clear-talking, right-thinking, rational leaders in this war. His discussion of Reason and Religion did two things brilliantly: it paints a clear historical line between Islam and the radicalizing of Islam, and it clearly ascribes the West's current inability to distinguish between the two as central to its endangerment. And in so doing, he is positioning himself as one of the clearest thinkers on the roots of the GWOT and as a leader of the West.

Radical Islam is right to be worried.


Is this intentional? My opinion is that it certainly is, if for no other reason than that there is a void. Our Western leaders are failing us exactly to the extent that they cannot refute the Left's assertions that the enemy in the current war is Fundamentalist Christianity and not Radical Islam, that there is no difference between the ROP® and the Religions of the West, that moral equivalency is a rational product of an objective worldview. The Pope spoke with clarity, conviction, and with presence. Everything that the leaders of Radical Islam do not have.

As with the Cartoon Jihad, this latest effort at engendering global outrage (outrage!) is trumped up and engineered. And of course, the West's journalists who don't get Pope's point and who have the knee jerk habit of pointing fingers at the West are part and parcel. Here is the biggest sound bite from the Pope's speech:

A reason which is deaf to the divine and which relegates religion into the realm of subcultures is incapable of entering into the dialogue of cultures.

From the BBC broadcast I heard, and from the NY Times apologia for the speech, we get that line delivered as if the Pontiff was pointing a finger at the West in our understanding of Islam. Of course, he was clearly pointing at the West in its understanding of Reason and Chirstianity. Why? He was laying the groundwork for a decisive West winning the war, and a Moderate Islam vomiting the remnants of its radical cancer.

So it is no mistake that Radical Leaders for Radical Islam are focusing on this speech.

In Kuwait, the leader of the Islamic Nation Party, Haken al-Mutairi, demanded an apology for what he called “unaccustomed and unprecedented” remarks.

“I call on all Arab and Islamic states to recall their ambassadors from the Vatican and expel those from the Vatican until the pope says he is sorry for the wrong done to the prophet and to Islam, which preaches peace, tolerance, justice and equality,” Mr. Mutairi told Agence France-Presse.

In Pakistan, Muslim leaders and scholars said that Benedict’s words widened the gap between Islam and Christianity, and risked what one official called greater “disharmony.”

...

In Morocco, the newspaper Aujourd’hui questioned whether Benedict’s call for a real dialogue between religions was made in good faith.

“Pope Benedict XVI has a strange approach to the dialogue between religions,” the paper wrote in an editorial. “He is being provocative.”

The paper also drew a comparison between the pope’s remarks and the outcry in the Muslim world over unflattering cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published around Europe beginning last year.

“The global outcry over the calamitous cartoons have only just died down and now the pontiff, in all his holiness, is launching an attack against Islam,” the newspaper wrote.

Just can't let those cartoons go, can we?

We are asking that moderate Muslims come forward - the Pope gives a Religious foundation for moderate Muslims to save their religion. We are asking for our Western leaders to decisively and completely remove the threat that Radical Islam represents to the West. The Pope's speech lays out a fairly clear path for using Reason to distinguish between evil and good.

If he is doing nothing else, the Pope is drawing the philosphical lines in the sand that our multi-cultural malaise has not allowed the West to draw. It's about time.

But like Malkin, I support the Pope, though I am not Catholic. I'm waiting for the West's leaders to denounce the vile personal and Religious attacks, to stand up for the West and its Religions. In other words, to accept that the Pope was speaking with clarity and insight, that he was right. The West must accept that Reason and Religion can co-exist, and that religions that do not accept that premise with the intent to compel conversion must be considered the enemy in our current Global War.

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