Thursday, November 30, 2006

Today's Cartoon: Pope Benedict Visits Turkey

Thanks to his controversial comments linking Islam to violence, Pope Benedict's historic visit to Turkey has been received with about as much fan fare among Turkish Muslims as you would find in the audience of Harlem's Apollo Theater, if Michael Richards were performing ;)

During his visit the Pope has called for dialogue between Christians and Muslims, which sounds like a great idea... except for the fact that the tension which exists between these two religions is not caused by one another, but instead is created from deep within them self.

The way I see it, if Pope Benedict wants "authentic dialogue" between Islam and Christianity, then he first needs to work towards creating an authentic environment for that reconciliation to take place. In order for that to be achieved, Christian and Muslim leaders need to look within their own religion and deal with the extremists, who prevent such attempts from ever being successful.

Of course, this is easier said than done because nobody, not even a fundamentalist, ever considers them self to be an "extremist".

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