Former Archbishop also backs the pope
THE former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey of Clifton has issued his own challenge to “violent” Islam in a lecture in which he defends the Pope’s “extraordinarily effective and lucid” speech.That's certainly amazing that the criminal who tried to commit such a vile crime in the early 80s would now say something sensible. And, it's good that the current pope is getting more support from various other Christian representatives.
Lord Carey said that Muslims must address “with great urgency” their religion’s association with violence. He made it clear that he believed the “clash of civilisations” endangering the world was not between Islamist extremists and the West, but with Islam as a whole.
“We are living in dangerous and potentially cataclysmic times,” he said. “There will be no significant material and economic progress [in Muslim communities] until the Muslim mind is allowed to challenge the status quo of Muslim conventions and even their most cherished shibboleths.”
Lord Carey’s address came as the man who shot and wounded the last Pope wrote to Pope Benedict XVI to warn him that he was in danger. Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to murder John Paul II in 1981 and is now in prison in Turkey, urged the Pope not to visit the country in November.
“I write as one who knows about these matters very well,” Agca said. “Your life is in danger. Don’t come to Turkey — absolutely not!”
Unfortunately, on my side of the spectrum, I am embarrassed to say that there is a rabbi, of all people, who seems unimpressed at the pope's courage. Rabbi Shlomo Amar (via Dhimmi Watch), sadly enough, does not share the same feelings:
In an official statement presented to Muslim leaders over the weekend, Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar expressed sorrow over Pope Benedict XVI's condemnation of Islam.With all due respect, Amar: please. cut. it. out.
"I am very sorry about the deprecating things said against Islam," said Amar, in a letter that seemed to put the blame for the turmoil between Muslims and Christians on the shoulders of the Pope.
"Our way is to respect all religions, nations and peoples according to their customs," continued Amar. "As the prophet [Micah] said: 'For let all people walk everyone in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.
"And even when there is a struggle between peoples it is wrong to make it a religious struggle. Love truth and peace.'"
Amar does not speak for me, nor does another rabbi by the name of Menahem Fruman, who helped him write the statement.
Rabbi Amar, please, retire.
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