More Islamic Idiotcy

Two more headlines showing just how much idiotcy is prevailing in the Islamic religion these days.

Muslims want further apology from pope

ANKARA, Turkey – Muslims in Turkey, Iraq and the Palestinian territories demanded Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI make a clear apology for his remarks on Islam, instead of saying only that he was “deeply sorry” that Muslims had taken offense.
The prime minister of Malaysia, which chairs the world’s biggest Muslim bloc, said that Benedict’s expression of regret was acceptable.
In Turkey, protesters said Benedict must make full amends before a planned November trip that would be his papacy’s first visit to a Muslim nation.
“Either apologize, or do not come,” read a banner carried by a group of demonstrators from a religious workers’ union.
Iraq’s parliament also rejected Benedict’s explanation of his remarks, saying it was insufficiently clear.
The parliament “demands the pope take practical steps to restore respect to the Islamic world and its religion, and a clear-cut apology for what he said,” lawmakers said in a statement read at a press conference.
The top Muslim clergyman in the Palestinian territories similarly demanded that Benedict offer a “clear apology.”
The mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, urged Palestinians to halt attacks on churches in the territories, but held the pontiff responsible for the outpouring of anger.
“So far, we consider the apology of the Vatican Pope insufficient,” Hussein told reporters. “We firmly ask the Vatican Pope to offer a personal, public and clear apology to the 1.5 billion Muslims in this world.”

Human Rights Council asked to address Pope’s remarks

Islamic countries today asked the UN Human Rights Council to examine the question of religious tolerance, saying that Pope Benedict’s remarks on Islam threaten to alienate Muslims from the West.
Masood Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said Muslim countries were “reassured that the Pope has expressed regrets, distanced himself from the text that caused offence and renewed his invitation for a frank and sincere dialogue with mutual respect”.
However Khan, speaking on behalf of the 57-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference, said the speech was nevertheless a mistake – a sentiment echoing the response of many Muslims around the world to Benedict’s reading last week of a medieval text that characterised some of the teachings of Islam’s founder as “evil and inhuman” and referred to spreading Islam “by the sword”.
“The statement was regrettable as it showed lack of understanding, albeit inadvertent, about Islam and its prophet,” Khan told the 47-country council, the United Nations’ human rights watchdog.
“Such a tendency also threatens deeper alienation between the West and the world of Islam and hurts the ongoing efforts to promote dialogue and harmony amongst religions.”
He asked the council to set aside time during its session that opened today to address “religious tolerance and related issues”. The council is meeting until October 6.
“We hope that any attempts to revive medievalism would be replaced with the enlightened and reformed approach to forge strong relationships between Christianity and Islam,” Khan said.
“To associate Islam with violence is to negate the basic tenets of a faith practised for 15 centuries and which now has more than one billion followers – who are one-fifth of humanity.”

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