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Papa Ratzi steps in it over Islam


Pope graphic by Mike Tidmus

“He has a dark mentality that comes from the darkness of the Middle Ages. It looks like an effort to revive the mentality of the Crusades.”
— Salih Kapusuz, deputy leader of Turkey’s governing party on Ratzi’s remarks citing a Medieval text that characterized some teachings of Mohammed as “evil and inhuman.”

Hoo boy, he’s riled up the homos, and now the Muslims. By the time this guy goes belly up, will he have offended just about everyone on the planet? (NYT):

Pope Benedict XVI drew rising anger on Friday over comments he made Tuesday about Islam, as Muslim leaders around the world accused him of dividing religions and demanded an apology.

…In Britain, Gaza, Iraq, Syria and Indonesia, Muslim leaders registered their protest. The Parliament in Pakistan passed a resolution against the pope’s statements, and the government later summoned the Vatican envoy to express official displeasure. In Lebanon, Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, the most senior Shiite cleric, demanded “a personal apology — not through his envoys.”

And emotion spilled over in Turkey, which Benedict is scheduled to visit in November, as a top official in the Islamic-rooted ruling party said that the pope was “going down in history in the same category as leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini.”

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