Islam = Peace?
What did the Pope say?
Benedict had quoted from a book recounting a conversation between 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and an educated Persian on the truths of Christianity and Islam.
“The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war,” the pope said.
“He said, I quote, ‘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,”‘ he quoted the emperor as saying.
The pope did not explicitly agree with nor repudiate the comment.
And how have the non violent, peace loving Muslims reacted?
NABLUS, West Bank — Palestinians wielding guns and firebombs attacked five churches in the West Bank and Gaza on Saturday, following remarks by Pope Benedict XVI that angered many Muslims.
A protest organizer, whose opinions are largely shared by the Muslim comunity said, “Of course as we know the meaning of jihad can only be understood by Muslims,” Budianto told the crowd. “Only Muslims can understand what jihad is. It is impossible that jihad can be linked with violence, we Muslims have no violent character.”
The Organization of the Islamic Conference, in a statement released Thursday, said it “regrets the quotations cited by the pope on the Life of the Honorable Prophet Mohammed, and what he referred to as ‘spreading’ Islam ‘by the sword.'”
“The attribution of the spread of Islam around the world to the shedding of blood and violence, which is ‘incompatible with the nature of God’ is a complete distortion of the facts, which shows deep ignorance of Islam and Islamic history.” (emphasis my own)
Saying there was blood and violence attached to the spread of Islam shows ignorance of Islamic history? Really?
Let’s look at some highlights from Muhammad’s life (taken from the Wikipedia article on Muhammed)
|622||Emigrates to Medina (Hijra)|
|624||Battle of Badr Muslims defeat Meccans|
|624||Expulsion of Banu Qaynuqa|
|625||Battle of Uhud Meccans defeat Muslims|
|625||Expulsion of Banu Nadir|
|626||Attack on Dumat al-Jandal: Syria|
|627||Battle of the Trench|
|627||Destruction of Banu Qurayza|
|627||Bani Kalb subjugation: Dumat al-Jandal|
|628||Treaty of Hudaybiyya|
|c. 628||Gains access to Mecca shrine Kaaba|
|628||Conquest of the Khaybar oasis|
|629||First hajj pilgrimage|
|629||Attack on Byzantine empire fails: Battle of Mu’tah|
|630||Attacks and bloodlessly captures Mecca|
|c. 630||Battle of Hunayn|
|c. 630||Siege of Taif|
|630||Establishes theocracy: Conquest of Mecca|
|c. 631||Subjugates most of the Arabian peninsula|
Look at all this as well as the last 50 years… the Munich Olympics, plane hijacking, missile launching into unarmed cities, suicide bombers, the 2002 Bali bombing, 9/11, Madrid train bombing, London subway bombings… despite the consistent unrelenting adminition that Islam is about peace, does anyone really believe this is a religion of peace anymore?