So I was kind of wondering to myself, you know just as another Muslim trying to survive in this mad world, can you get away with saying something by saying someone else said it?
The Pope isn’t saying the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) is “evil and inhumane” or what he preached and how he spread it was “evil and inhumane” he’s just saying that Emperor Manual II Paleologos said it. And really, who better to quote as an authority on Islam, Jihad or the Prophet pbuh? The Pope also made certain to say “…and I quote”, possibly while bending two fingers on both hands to form air quotes during his speech.
I’m not really concerned with the Pope’s comments to be honest. I can understand why some in the Muslim world have grown angry with him considering his position of global influence, but right now I’m thinking to myself two things: “what else is new?” and “I hope this won’t lead to boycotting the Vatican; we have a lot of holy water to export”.
And while I don’t agree with the context in which the Pope was seeking to form his point, I do essentially agree with the point that religion cannot be spread through violence, which is why Islam teaches us not to in the clearest way possible but perhaps Emperor Manual II Paleologos is just a more quotable fella.
All that aside what really interested me in this incident and hence the point of this entire post was a segment from last night’s Daily Show that got me thinking: in these highly sensitive times can our redemption lie in the clever use of punctuation? Can this be the way to effectively communicate a message while guaranteeing some cover from the blame? Air quotes and questions marks?