Pope Benedict visited the Al-Hussein mosque, the Jordanian capitals biggest place of worship Yesterday. From here he adressed the world with a speech calling for interfaith unity and dialogue. Part his speech reads as followed:
''My visit to Jordan gives me a welcome opportunity to speak of my deep respect for the Muslim commnity, and to pay tribute to the leadership shown by His Majesty the King in promoting a better understanding of the virtues proclaimed by Islam. Now that some years have passed since the publication of the Amman Message and the Amman Interfaith Message, we can say that these worthy initiatives have achieved much good in furthering an alliance of civilizations between the West and the Muslim world...Dear Friends, at the Seminar held in Rome last autumn by the Catholic-Muslim Forum, the participants examined the central role played in our respective religious traditions by the commandment of love. I hope very much that this visit, and indeed all the initiatives designed to foster good relations between Christians and Muslims, will help us to grow in love for the Almighty and Merciful God, and in fraternal love for one another.''
Virtues? the virtues of Islam? our horrible and violent religion that you made it out to be. And now he says he wants to grow ''fraternal love'' between us. Wonder where that fraternal love was two years ago, or a few centuries back in the crusades...
Has the Pope been taking speech lessons from Obama?
Here's a thought, the Pope says that Islam was spread by the sword, is he sure he isn't getting Islam mixed up with Christianity? Lets take a brief look at history:
The crusades - Christian Europe wages religious war against Muslims, Pagan Slavs and Jews, Possibly millions were killed. Pope Alexander II gave his blessings to the crusaders.
The slave Trade/''Marc of Cain'' Nonesense - Christian Europe claimed that a Biblical story about the curse of Cain explained dark skin, and used this to justify slavery. Most African slaves were forced by the gun to convert to Christianity.
''Manifest Destiny'' - Based on the belief that Europeans were ''destined'' to take the American continent, this involved making native Americans ''civilised''. End result - almost absolute genocide of the native American peoples - all in the name of Christianity.
Spanish inquisition - Harassment by catholics on those forced to convert to the faith, mainly Jews, Muslims and Protestants, with torture and death for rule breakers. I think it's time that Christians and others began looking at themselves before speaking about our religion.