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05 October 2006

Pope Drafts "Final" Version of Anti-Islam Lecture

By Adel Abdel-Halim, IOL Correspondent


CAIRO — Pope Benedict XVI is working on a "final" version of his last month's controversial lecture about Islam, the papal nuncio in Cairo has told Al-Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Mohamed Sayyed Tantawi.

During a meeting late Wednesday, October 4, Michael Fitzgerald told Sheikh Tantawi the final text would include footnotes to comment on anti-Islam remarks in the lecture, a well-kept source familiar with the meeting told IslamOnline.net on Thursday, October 5.

Fitzgerald told Tantawi the final text would include footnotes to comment on anti-Islam remarks in the lecture.

Pope Benedict has triggered global storm of criticism after quoting criticism of Islam and Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) by 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus that everything Muhammad brought was evil and inhuman, "such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

Coming short of a clear apology, Benedict said the Muslim reaction to his lecture was the result of "unfortunate misunderstanding" and that the quotes did not reflect his personal opinion.

Dissatisfied with the pontiff's response to the crisis, fifty six Muslim foreign ministers asked the Vatican on Tuesday, September 26, for a retraction.

Fitzgerald said the Vatican official in charge of foreign relations will visit Cairo soon to meet with Al-Azhar officials on ways to defuse the crisis.

The influential Dublin-based International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), which brings together prominent Sunni and Shiite scholars from across the world, has halted inter-faith dialogue with the Vatican and cancelled an Islamic-Christian summit slated for November or December in protest.

It insists hat the pontiff should make a clear apology and retract the controversial quotes from his lecture, should is considered a Vatican document.

Apology First

The papal nuncio called on Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in the Sunni Muslim world, to refute the Byzantine emperor's argument.

He proposed that Sheikh Tantawi delivers a lecture at a Catholic Church university to highlight the true image of Islam.

But Al-Azhar grand imam insisted any such move is pending an apology from the pontiff.

"The Pope must retract his statements," Sheikh Tantawi said.

He stressed that Muslims were ready to engage in dialogue with the pontiff only after he apologizes for his offensive remarks.

"We don't mind engaging in dialogue with the Vatican."

Al-Azhar has earlier snubbed a papal invitation to visit the Vatican as well as a proposal to invite the Pope to deliver a lecture on Islam, insisting on a clear-cut apology.

Father Youhana Qilta, the deputy patriarch of Egypt's Catholics on Saturday, September 16, blamed the Pope anti-Islam jibe on his poor knowledge of Islam, warning that the "surprising" remarks could play into the hands of extremists.

Theologians and scholars agree that Pope Benedict's remarks on Islam dealt a blow to the dialogue between the Muslim world and the Roman Catholic Church that his predecessor John Paul II did much to encourage.


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why they have to kill kids and woman
that does not seems to me right,why why why
why they have to butn the christian churches why
we the christians do not birn their mosque
if we did we gave them a reason
we do not preach kill all of them like they do
i pray lord have mercy on them when judgment day come
they need our prayers real bad
lets all of us pray for them so they can see the light
stop it is not worth destroying all the churches what they did to you same on all of you
it is show how unducadied you are
and you do that time and time again

Posted by: eula kotta | 10 October 2006

Persecution of Muslims
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Muslims have experienced persecution throughout the history of Islam. This can occur in the form of arrest, imprisonment, beating, torture, and execution of Muslims. It may also refer to the confiscation or destruction of property....


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Images of a Genocide: Muslims Massacred by Indian Hindu Extremists
The real face of secular, democratic India ... Hindu crowds thirsting for the blood of Muslims. (PakNews.com)
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Posted by: Images of a Genocide: Muslims Massacred by Indian Hindu Extremists | 10 October 2006

NEW TESTAMENT Terrorism!!!!

...these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence. (Luke 19:26-27)

Posted by: Luke 19:26-27 | 10 October 2006

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