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Pope Criticizes Islam

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Submitted by Ellyn (United States), Sep 19, 2006 at 18:18

This morning on the Diane Rheem show on NPR, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University, opined to the effect that because the Pope's words were a form of violence, the violence in retaliation by the Muslim community was justified. Diane Rheem did not ask him whether he thought that perhaps verbal violence would have been the more proper and proportional form of retaliation, as opposed to, say, the murder of an innocent nun, or the bombing of Christian churches.

The Professor then went on to say that if equivalent comments had been made about the Jewish community, there would also have been retaliation, implying it would certainly have been violent. In truth, the Jewish community responds with reasoned verbal objections -- not murder and firebombings. Diane Rheem did not call him on that one, either.

Perhaps the Pope set a trap, and the Muslims fell right in.

Ellyn

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