"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

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Monday, September 18, 2006

A Kinder, Gentler Islam

The Pope got himself in trouble recently by quoting from a book recounting a conversation involving a 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor--Manuel Paleologos II. He said, according to the book, "'Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.'"

To show their disagreement with the "evil and inhuman" comment, a few Muslims responded by torching churches in the West Bank and killing a nun, her bodyguard and a hospital worker in Somalia. Or perhaps this was unrelated and just training for the next zanjeer zani session (see: ritual, Ashurah; or just view the above photo).


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