There are many sensible Muslims in the world today, but none carry the needed influence to talk sense into the much larger number of Muslims that think violence solves everything.
I guess I should just be glad that the majority of these so called “senseless” Muslims live on the other side of the world where I don’t have to deal with them. But they are still a thorn in the side of the world.
A few days ago, Pope Benedict said that Islamic holy war was against God’s nature and invited Muslims to join in a peaceful cultural dialogue.
The Pope went on to quote 14th-century Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus:
Show me just what Mohammed 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.
The Pope further said:
The emperor goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. The emperor certainly knew that Sura 2, 256, reads: ‘No force in matters of faith’. It is one of the early suras, from a time — as experts say — in which Mohammed himself was still powerless and threatened.
But Mohammed himself grew quite a lust for blood as his influence and power increased. Funny how that happens huh? Thus Mohammed spent a large part of his career as prophet in violence raiding caravans, beheading non-believers, and coercing conversion by the sword.
It’s no wonder Islam has grown up to be what it is today.
So how did Muslims (the crazy ones) react to the Pope’s call for a peaceful dialog between Islam and Christianity, and a stop to coerced conversion through violence?
Just imagine yourself sitting there and hearing the Pope call on Islam to stop the violence. “Hey, I have a great idea, let’s prove to the world that we really are a bunch stark mad raving lunatics with nothing but violence on our minds!”
As one Vatican spokesman said, “It’s a bit sad and ironic that the reaction to the Pope’s call for a stop to violence… is violence!”
Thus, influential Muslims have come back to essentially threaten to kill all non-Muslims until there is no one but Muslims left. Gee, what a shock. Seriously, that’s the last thing I expected… no really, seriously.
But what will they do when there is no one left to kill? Ever see the episode of Tom & Jerry where Jerry finally gets rid of Tom? At first he’s happy. But after some time, he realizes that his life has no purpose.
Well crazy psychotic Muslims (by that, I mean to leave out the sensible Muslims), have fun suicide bombing your way to victory. And when you get to heaven, where your Earthly wives inherit the great heavenly glory of watching you deflower 72 virgin women and 28 young boys, leave out a bowl of raisins for the rest of us would ya?
Will the world ever stop pretending that Islam is a peaceful religion?
I’ll try to keep hope alive that another Saladin, who will be honorable and merciful, will rise up to lead Islam and work together with Christianity for peace.
Christianity had their share of violence and terrorist acts. Perhaps Islam too will outgrow this (albeit very long lasting) “phase”.