The Pope vs. Islam

by | Sep 28, 2006 | Religion

The Muslim world is storming in violent outrage against the Pope’s recent quoting of a 14th Century emperor of the Byzantine Empire. A NY Times editorial says: “The pope quoted the emperor saying, ‘Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his […]

The Muslim world is storming in violent outrage against the Pope’s recent quoting of a 14th Century emperor of the Byzantine Empire. A NY Times editorial says:

“The pope quoted the emperor saying, ‘Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.'”

Well, isn’t that true?

But truth is irrelevant to the Times, which called for the Pope to apologize. (The Pope has since repeatedly tap-danced away from his statement.)

The Times editorializes further:

“Muslim leaders the world over have demanded apologies and threatened to recall their ambassadors from the Vatican, warning that the pope’s words dangerously reinforce a false and biased view of Islam. For many Muslims, holy war–jihad– is a spiritual struggle, and not a call to violence. And they denounce its perversion by extremists, who use jihad to justify murder and terrorism.”

Oh really? And the names of those Muslims who denounce Muslim murder and terrorism would be . . . ? No, I don’t know any either. There must be an Al-Something somewhere who does denounce Muslim murder and terrorism, but let’s just say he doesn’t get much media time.

Any Muslims in the Middle East or Europe(!) who might consider engaging in such denunciations know that they would be targeted for murder. But, still, their lack of courage is notable. And where are the American Muslim “moderates”?

What impresses me is the double standard: daily, Muslims say far worse things about Christianity, Judaism, and every other Muslim sect. But that is, apparently, something that needs no apology. It is certainly beneath the notice of the NY Times.

Dr. Binswanger, a longtime associate of Ayn Rand, is an professor of philosophy at the Objectivist Academic Center of the Ayn Rand Institute. He is the author of How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation and is the creator of The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z. Dr. Binswanger blogs at HBLetter.com (HBL)--an email list for Objectivists for discussing philosophic and cultural issues. A free trial is available at: HBLetter.com.

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