What am I missing?

The following was taken from an AP artical "Iraq al-Qaida says pope, West are doomed"

The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups that includes al-Qaida in Iraq, issued a statement on a Web forum vowing to continue its holy war against the West. The authenticity of the statement could not be independently verified.

The group said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as "the worshipper of the cross" saying "you and the West are doomed as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. ... We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword."

I could be wrong, but if you ask me it seems more and more as if the pope spoke truth.

No, I don't fully understand Islam. And I won't pretend to. But if you are going to protest against someone who describes your religion as violent, reacting with violence might not be the wisest way to do so. If you don't like the pope saying that your religion is spread by the sword and you want to prove him wrong, you probably shouldn't threaten the use of the sword.

Now, don't get me wrong. Not every anti-vatican protest has been violent or threatening in nature. 200 Muslims participated in a sit in organized in Damascus. That is how it should be done. If Islamic protesters wanted to rid themselves of their violent image they should look for more peaceful methods of protest. Continued violence, threats, and hateful messages does nothing but fuel the steotype that most westerners believe as true.


  1. So, you mean they might want to read the Bible and practice the part where Christ states, "If someone takes your cloak, give your tunic as well." Funny, I always thought we could skip the parts of the Bible we don't like. Now, go research how many Nobel Prizes Mid East Islamic country folks have won compared to "Western" civilization. Or, just compare Iraq, Iran and Lebanon with Isreal. That might make one wonder, "Are Islamic militants truly superior?"

  2. I do find it ironic whenever Islamic faith is attacked/ridiculed, a full turbulence of protest is registered claiming how wrong the issue is, and demand of full apology or else. Attack Christianity, ridicule it, ban it, outlaw it, and the world barely blinks. We get even by praying for our enemies. This also indicates that I am not strong enough to hold nor swing a big sword.