Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Archbishop Pell speaks out on Islam again

Sydney's Archibishop Pell is not making many friends among Muslims these days. He is not afraid to speak his mind and I admire him for that. No doubt he'll get thoroughly rubbished as it seems to be becoming more and more politically incorrect to say anything even slightly negative about Islam, especially if you're not a Muslim. It's interesting how Christianity and Judaism can get totally rubbished by the Muslims but woe betide any Christian or Jew who even "slightly" criticises Islam...

This seems like more than just a hint of insecurity...

What I've noticed in life is that the more secure a person is in who they are the less defensive they need to be about anything. Maybe some inner healing would help the Muslims who are so hot under the collar about everything.

Pell steps up war of words on Islam - National - smh.com.au

THE country's most influential Catholic has offended Islamic leaders for the second time in a month by declaring Islam more warlike than Christianity.

Australia had not been much changed by the rising Islamic threat after September 11, 2001, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, said. But this could change depending "on how many terrorist attacks" Islamic extremists could "bring off successfully".

"The million-dollar question" was whether intolerance was a modern distortion of Islam or arose out of internal logic.

"It's difficult to find periods of tolerance in Islam. I'm not saying they're not there, but a good deal of what is asserted is mythical."

Dr Pell's comments came in an interview in Rome with John L. Allen, a well-regarded correspondent of National Catholic Reporter. Allen suggested that under the new Pope, Benedict XVI, a more hawkish climate has developed and Islam is being directly challenged on issues of terrorism and religious freedom.

Only last month Dr Pell stirred controversy when he asserted that the Koran was riddled with "invocations to violence", and Islam was not a tolerant religion.

Keysar Trad of the Islamic Friendship Association said Dr Pell's statement showed he had no understanding of Islam.

Linda Morris

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