September 29, 2006

Sept. 29, 2006: Quote History

Warning: Quote History at Your Own Risk -- The Pope’s Remark Revisited, by Raymond Ibrahim, September 27, 2006

The Pope is under attack. Once again, riots, demonstrations, and “retaliations” have sparked throughout the Muslim world. Major Muslim figures — political and religious — have condemned the Pope. The “Muslim Street” is burning his effigy. [Are they the same as a rent-a-mob?]

What great crime did the Pope commit, exactly? He quoted history. [....]

Twice the Pope clarified that he was quoting. [....]

It is definitely time for a pertinent cartoon: Suicide bomber via starboardside

Recycling Terrorists , Investor's Business Daily, Sept. 27, 06, via newsbeat1

[....] As part of his "peace agreement" with tribal militants sheltering al-Qaida and Taliban remnants, Pervez Musharraf has been quietly releasing hundreds of foreign terrorists in the hopes they'll return to their home countries.

In his chats this week with the Washington media, Musharraf has left out that little detail. But according to the British press, Pakistani lawyers acting for the militants have freed 2,500 foreigners who were originally held on suspicion of having links to al-Qaida or the Taliban over the past four years. [....]

Search: Abdullah Mahsud , Slimane Hadj Abderahmane , Abdul Ghaffar , former Gitmo detainees

The critique of unreason , Lee Harris at the Weekly Standard, via Belmont Club, September 25, 2006

[....] goes through Benedict XVI's defense of reason and I think most Belmont Club readers will find it rewarding.

[....] For Scotus and those who followed him, the ultimate and only reason behind the universe is God's free and unrestrained will. But as Ratzinger asks, How can such a view of God avoid leading "to the image of a capricious God, who is not even bound to truth and goodness?" The answer is, it cannot.

The Emperor Manuel II Paleologus pondered this question in his debate with the learned Persian. How can a god who commands conversion by the sword be the same god as the emperor's god--a god who wished to gain converts only through the use of words and reason? If Allah is happy to accept converts who are trembling in fear for their lives, with a sword hovering over their necks, then he may well be a god worth fearing, but not a god worth revering. He may represent an imaginary construction of god suitable to slaves, but he will not be an image of god worthy of being worshiped by a Socrates--or by any reasonable man.

Benedict's questions were not directed against Islam any more than they were directed against the modern West. But they were intended to challenge a thread in both Islam and Western culture. One that places itself above any standard; and for whom all is permitted.

The Twilight of Freedom of Speech , Onkar Ghate, February 8, 2006

The West's current failure to staunchly defend our freedom to speak and criticize is explained by the injunction to love our enemies.

To fathom our government's contemptible treatment of a handful of unbowed journalists, you must see the roots of that treatment in the moral ideal Christianity bequeathed the West.

Here endeth the lesson. Amen.

Well, maybe a few last words ...

"Muslim Opinion" Be Damned -- "America's attempts to appease "Muslim opinion" are depraved and suicidal." , Alex Epstein, February 6, 2006

Videos: Virgins of Paradise, By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, Palestinian Media Watch, September 25, 2006


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