Pope Benedict is the second religious leader of international stature to really call Islam to account. Franklin Graham did it a while back and was beaten up by the press for months. Well, the Pope is now going to suffer the same fate. The New York Times in a Saturday morning editorial blamed the Pope, and no mention was made of Muslim violence.
This controversy underscores the unpleasant truth that Islamic violence is deeply rooted in both the religious and cultural fabric of the Muslim world. It is time for the West to face that painful truth and to buckle down for what will be a long struggle. Thankfully, Pope Benedict is making us do that.
For Further Reading and Information
Today’s BreakPoint offer: Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? by Dr. Timothy George compares and contrasts the differences between Christianity and Islam.
Read the text of Pope Benedict XVI’s speech, “Faith, Reason and the University.”
“The Pope’s Words,” New York Times, 16 September 2006.
“Militants Vow War after Pope Comments,” MSNBC, 18 September 2006.
Sahal Abdulle and Guled Mohamed, “Italian Nun Slain in Somalia, Pope Link Speculation,” Reuters, 17 September 2006.