Proving Manuel II Palaeologus Right
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United States Muslim leaders in New York demanded that the Pope apologise for what he said.
"He is declaring war by his words," Imam Kadhim Mohamad said at the Ahlul Bayt Mosque. "He should either apologise or at least prove to the people that what he says is true."
- The Sunday Mail, September 17th, 2006
To quote Hilary, he really doesn't need to prove it is true. I think that's being covered:
On 15 September, a Greek Orthodox and an Anglican church in Nablus were firebombed. The Lions of Monotheism claimed responsibility for the attacks and said they were carried out to protest the pope's speech.
Moslem Palestinians bombed and engaged in shootings against five churches in the West Bank and Gaza.
A cleric of the Supreme Islamic Courts Council, Sheikh Abubukar Hassan Malin, of Somalia has called for the Pope's assasination, urging Moslems to "hunt down the Pope for his barbaric statements".
On 17 September, two Somali gunmen entered a children's hospital in Mogadishu and murdered an elderly nun and a Somali bodyguard.
The Iraqi militia Jaish al-Mujahedin (Holy Warriors' Army) announced its intention to "destroy their cross in the heart of Rome... and to hit the Vatican".
A Baghdad-based group, Kataab Asbal Al Islam Al Salafi (Islamic Salafist Boy Scout Battalions) threatened to kill all Christians in Iraq if the Pope does not apologise to Mahomet in 3 days in front of the whole world.
And those are only the events that took place LAST week. Let's delve further into history to cement the claims:
2006, March: Amer Cheema, a Pakistani student was overwhelmed by police in Berlin as he entered the office building of Die Welt newspaper, armed with a large knife. He admitted to attempting to murder editor Roger Köppel for reprinting the Danish Muhammad cartoons in the newspaper.
2005, February: Moslem militants attack the Christian community in Demsa, Nigeria, killing 36 people, destroying property and displacing 3000 people.
2004, September: 344 civillians, including 186 children, are murdered by Chechen terrorists in the Beslan school hostage crisis.
2004, May: 4 simultaneous attacks carried out by the Salafaia Jihadia in Casablanca leave 33 civillians dead (Casablanca Attacks).
1996, June: Hezbollah guerillas explode a fuel truck in a housing complex, killing 19 US servicemen and 1 Saudi citizen (the Khobar Towers bombing).
1991, November: Islamic gunmen attack tourists in Luxor, Egypt, killing 71 people, mostly European and Japanese vacationers.
1955, September: A pogrom (Istanbul Pogrom) was directed by the Turkish government primarily at the Greek minority in Constantinople (Istanbul to some of you). Jews and Armenians were also targeted. Over 16 Greeks and at least 1 Armenian were killed. Dozens of Greek women were raped and a number of men were forcibly circumcised.
1916-1919: Over 300,000 Pontian Greeks are systematically murdered by the Turks (Pontian Greek Genocide).
1915-1917: Hundreds of thousands, possibly more than a million, of Armenians are murdered by the Turks in a forced mass evacuation (Armenian Genocide).
Remind yourself that the Mahometan faith is one of peace.
If the historical facts aren't convincing enough, take a look at some pictures:
Moslem Albanian terrorists have destroyed more than a hundred Orthodox churches in Kosovo since the end of the civil war. Many of these were built in the Middle Ages and belong to the World Heritage, protected by UNESCO.
The Holy Trinity Cathedral in Djakovica was vandalized and set on fire. Precious mosaics were smashed into peaces. The cathedral was completely destroyed by explosive on July 24, 1999.
The Church of the Presentation of the Virgin, Dolac was built in 1620. It was vandalized, set on fire and its altar smashed to pieces. By 1999, the church was completely demolished.
The tomb of St Joankijie is desecrated.
Fethullah Gulen, a prominent Turkish Islamic scholar, claimed that a "real Muslim", who "understood Islam in every aspect" could not be a terrorist. Well then, not many Moslems understand their faith very well then.
If it isn't obvious enough already:
Why doesn't the Times, or anyone, point out that riots and threats are not a constructive way to demonstrate that Islam is actually peaceful?
Why doesn't the Times, or anyone, invite Muslims to bring us, and live out, teachings of Muhammad that are not "evil and inhuman"?
Why doesn't the Times, or anyone, take any serious note of the ongoing persecution of Christians by Muslims, as examples of Muslims "fomenting discord" with Christians not just with words, but with lethal deeds?
- Robert Spencer
Coming only weeks after the forced conversion of the two Fox News personnel show that not much has changed since the 14th century when Emperor Manuel Paleologos II said those words. Progress in this case was that instead of a sword they used a gun instead, though they will still fall back on tradition and use a dull sword to lop off a head or two for old times sake.
- Jeff Miller
Here's a clue: stop flying airplanes into buildings, stop shooting nuns in the back, stop setting fires every time your itty bitty wittle feewings are hurt over the slightest of slights - and we'll stop with the "demonising", m'kay?
- Relapsed Catholic