Seen one riot, seen em all.

Friday, September 15, 2006
“the West does live in fear. People are afraid to speak against the Islamic world. Afraid to offend, and to be punished for offending, the sons of Allah. You can insult the Christians, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the Jews. You can slander the Catholics, you can spit on the Madonna and Jesus Christ. But, woe betide the citizen who pronounces a word against the Islamic religion.”
- Oriana Fallaci, A Sermon for the West (H/T Fausta)

The Anchoress:

I am not especially saddened to see the brouhaha that is gaining strength over Benedict’s speech. Whether he is “media savvy” or not, Benedict has managed - in his very scholarly fashion - to apply a very hot drawing poultice to the enormous and festing boils of both radical Islamism and rampant secularism. At the very least, it will cause some Muslims to insist that distinctions be made between them and their more extreme co-religionists, and it may rouse the West to examine how cavalierly it has tossed off the “shackles” of Christianity only to open itself up to the scimitar. Perhaps some will look at the spires of their great cathedrals and wonder if they really want to see them replaced with minarets.

Well another day, another violent protest. It seems the Pope upset some folks. The interesting thing is that not so long ago there was a plot on the part of Islamic fanatics to kill the previous Pope, but that's ok. No big thing. Just a little murder and mayhem.


David Thomson said...

My imagination is getting the better of me. I can hear it now:

“Muslims are all about love and forgiveness. Violent thoughts never enter our heads. Pacifism is inherently one of our core values. May God strike you dead if you disagree.”

loner said...

Wasn't that a Communist plot?

Skookumchuk said...

Somehow, I don't think the Beatitudes made much of an impression here. On the chap in the foreground especially.

Of course, Rosie O'Donnell thinks your average Southern Baptist is just as dangerous as this guy.

Skookumchuk said...

By the way, "The Force of Reason" is finally coming my way via Amazon and I'll post a review when I've read it, perhaps along with some of then Cardinal Ratzinger's stuff.

Fresh Air said...

That is one sorry-ass beard. Anyone for a caption contest?

A Free Man said...

Thank God for His Holiness Benedict XVI.

He has more courage than all of our elected representatives!

terrye said...

free man:

That might be because he is not elected.

Pastorius said...

Without Roots is a good Ratzinger book.

If you're religious The Spirit of the Liturgy is very good as well.

Pope Benedict is the man.

Peter UK said...

You have to understand,all that pent up testeronal energy and all they have is the guy with the unfortunate beard,have some pity!
Imagine,the only woman you have ever seen is your mother,and all she wants to do is strap on a semtex waistcoat she has been knitting for your birthday and go and meet 72 others who will probably want to do the same thing.
Code iqdqi, a message?

chuck said...

I wouldn't take that photo too seriously, though. Looks half posed to me and definitely framed to make a small group look like part of a larger crowd. I'm not calling it fauxtography, I'm calling it standard journalistic practice, the sort you have to discount everytime you open a paper.

terrye said...


Oh yeah, it is all staged. They go to Friday prayers and get the script and go out and look like barbarians. If the guy told them to jump off a building they would probably do that too.

who, me? said...

Interesting observation from Cartago Delenda Est: "The logic of what Benedict has done is a real masterstroke. Its effect
reminds me of an exorcist commanding a demon to state its true name."

Rick Ballard said...

Thanks for the link. He really did excellent work in that piece.