Just when what little of my sanity was begining to return to me post-danish-cartoons, another wave of stupidity in the name of Islam has begun to take shape in response to the pope’s recent misguided comments on the religion…
GAZA CITY (AFP) – Four devices blew up near the oldest church in Gaza City, causing damage to a nearby building, a church worker has said, three days after the pope made comments deemed insulting to Islam. No casualties were reported in any of the incidents.
Early Friday morning, a home-made grenade exploded outside a Christian youth association building in the same compound as the Greek Orthodox church in downtown Gaza City, causing minor damage, police said.
A church worker said three small home-made bomb devices also blew up later in the day, one targeting the same youth association, one exploding inside the church compound and the fourth targeting the outer wall of the compound. [source]
…and really, what better way to protest someone who just accused your religion of being violent than by being violent? And Gaza of all places, as if it didn’t have enough problems on its hands already.
here’s a brighter idea for once…
A Sharia professor at Qatar University has invited Pope Benedict XVI to participate in a public debate to challenge his recent comments about Islam. Muhammad Ayash al-Kubaisi sent a letter on Thursday to the pope asking him to participate in a public debate to discuss the issues he had raised during his six-day visit to Germany.
Pope Benedict XVI caused controversy during a visit to his native Bavaria when he criticised the Islamic concept of jihad [holy war]. The letter which was sent to Aljazeera.net said that such statements would cause cultural and religious clashes between the East and West.
It described the Pope’s statements as evidence of ignorance of Islamic teachings, labelling the act a free gift to the current US administration which would use those critical remarks to justify the aggression on Muslim territories such as Afghanistan and Iraq. [source]
…it’s Christmas morning for Bin Laden too.