As if they really needed an excuse. Puh-leeze. Methinks these folks live to be offended and will seek any reason whatsoever to riot. They certainly do not give a good impression to non-Muslims with such prima donna behavior.
From the New York Times:
Some of the strongest words came from Turkey, possibly putting in jeopardy Benedict’s scheduled visit there in November.
“I do not think any good will come from the visit to the Muslim world of a person who has such ideas about Islam’s prophet,” Ali Bardakoglu, a cleric who is head of the Turkish government’s directorate of religious affairs, said in a television interview there. “He should first of all replace the grudge in his heart with moral values and respect for the other.”
Muslim leaders in Pakistan, Morocco and Kuwait, in addition to some in Germany and France, also criticized the pope’s remarks, with many demanding an apology or clarification. The extent of any anger about the speech may become clearer on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer in which grievances are often vented publicly.
Yeah, okay. Try being a Christian living in Turkey and you’ll quickly see just what kind of “moral values and respect for the other” they receive from Muslims. Perhaps Mr. Bardakoglu should learn something from Someone his faith at least acknowledges as a prophet:
“Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.” (Luke 5:41-42 NAB)
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit