Monday, September 18, 2006

Today's Cartoon: Pope Benedict Apologizes for Offending Muslims

Pope Benedict XVI delivered a speech during his trip to Bavaria last week, in which he quoted a 14th century Christian Emperor who claimed that (among other things) everything the Prophet Muhammad brought to the world was "evil". As a result, the Muslim world condemned the Pope's comments and demanded that he apologize, which he did... sort of.

You see, the "apology" was not for his decision to use the quote, but rather for the Muslim backlash to it. Pope Benedict insists that his use of the quote was misinterpreted, by being taken out of context in regards to the rest of his speech; meanwhile, Muslims are still upset because the Pope only chose to apologize for THEIR reaction and not for HIS comments.

So, while it doesn't seem like there is going to be any resolution to this religious stand off anytime soon, I guess we should feel fortunate that the situation is not as bad as it could have been. After all, it's not like the Pope accused Muslims for "starting all the wars in the world" or used "visual aids" during his speech.

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