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The Pope and the Koran

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Submitted by Ed Gordon (Israel), Jan 22, 2006 at 14:36

Pope Benedictus XVI and the rest of the Holy See are certainly interested in trying to deal with Islam, destined to become the leading religion by the end of this Century. The Catholic Church, in Europe and North America anyway, is losing members due to more and more Catholics practice birth control and even leaving the Church for Protestantism. Islam, on the other hand is experiencing a phneomenal growth with to births and conversion. Only in parts of Asia, Africa, and (especially) in Central and South America is the Church still holding it's own.

The Pope dosen't have much to worry about concerning an increase in members the Jewish faith because except in Israel (the religious segment) and small enclaves in England, W. Europe and North America, the number of Jews outside Israel are decreasing due to low birth rates and high rates of intermarriage.

So, it appears that Islam is getting the upper hand despite US President Bush's war on (Islamic) terror. Regarding the Quran, it is open to interpretation, as various Islamic groups appear to attest to. It's strictness, is made even stricter by the Saudis, with their Whahaabi version and like the Iranians with their version - and, of course their new leader, Mr. Ahmadinjad.
Redarding the former Taliban regime of Afghanistan, their "version" was perhaps the strictist of all, and could very well return there some day after the last American and other Coalition soldier finally departs.

Getting back to the Pope and his Cardinals, they should be concerned, and try to form a strong alliance with other Christian faiths, Jews, and other religions who are also apprehensive concerning the Spread of Islam. Trying to reach an agreement with Muslims just won't work - as history has so blatanley shown.

One bit of 'truce' with Muslims that might be worth trying for, and that's concerning Iran. Getting other Muslim countries to convince the Islamic Republic that it's nuclear nose snubbing (and beligerancy) is not a good idea would certainly be something that might help ease current tensions.

Maybe Muhamar Ghaddafi will help with this matter. He has a bit of 'experience' with this subject. He might even assist in interpreting the Quran to the Iranians......
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