Bloomberg reported that the 79 year old Pope Benedict began his address in Regensburg by quoting from a 14th-century dialogue between the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus and an educated Persian. Then he said that it doesn’t represent his views. If it doesn’t represent your view, then why start your speech with it unless you’re trying to make a statement, since you wrote the piece yourself!
It’s unfortunate that after Benedict infered that Islam is “evil and inhuman“, five churches in Palestine and one in Iraq were torched. That action is contrary to Islamic teaching since even in a war, Muslim armies are forbidden among other things to destroy places of worships!
Let us flashback at past comments of Christian leaders on the Holy Prophet (pbuh):
Jerry Vines, the former president of Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination with 15 million members, described the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a “demon-possessed pedophile.”
Televangelist Jimmy Swaggard referred to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a “sex deviant”, “pervert” and “pedophile”.
Franklin Graham appeared on the NBC Nightly News, commenting on Islam he said: “we are not attacking Islam but Islam has attacked us. The God of Islam is not the same God. He is not the son of God of the Christians or Judeo-Christian faith. It is a different God, and I believe Islam is a very evil and wicked religion.”
Baptist Minister Jerry Falwell, during an interview conducted by CBS’s “60 Minutes”, told journalist Bob Simon he thought the Prophet Muhammad was “a terrorist.”
The Rev. Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son and successor, called Islam a “very evil and wicked religion.” Christian Coalition founder and television evangelist Pat Robertson called the prophet Muhammad “an absolute wild-eyed fanatic . . . a robber and brigand . . . a killer.”
As one writer in UK Telegraph suggested in addition to dishing out criticism, they must learn how to take it, are the above said criticism good for a healthy dialogue between Muslims and Christians.