Monday, September 18, 2006
I Must Not Hate
Pictures like these are all over the internet. Some are saying Pope Benedict XVI made a grave mistake to make comments that would provoke such a violent response. I disagree. The Pope is not a politician. He is the Vicar of Christ. He is bound to speak the truth. If the truth causes turmoil, then so be it.
Also, most of those protesting have not read the full text of the Pope’s remarks. They are reacting to what someone told them the Pope said. In fact, I would be surprised if most of the Mainstream Media who are writing the reports have read the complete version of the Pope’s address. It is a very sophisticated scholarly address. One needs a working knowledge of European history to understand the references to the now infamous Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus. Of course, Pope Benedict was not speaking to a class of twelve-year-olds. He was speaking to a gathering of scholars in a university setting. His audience had the background necessary to appreciate the historical reference. The full remarks also carry a condemnation of the West for its exclusion of God from reasonable thought.
The whole idea that Islam is a religion of peace is a myth. There are peaceful Muslims. However, it seems they are peaceful in spite of not because of their faith. Read Drew’s post at Shrine of the Holy Whapping. He perfectly captures the difference between Allahu Akbhar (God is Great) and Deus Est Caritas (God is Love).
I am so weary of being asked to feel sympathy or empathy with Muslim outrage. All these angry Muslims remind me of frat boys in college. Remember those guys who used any excuse for a drunken party? The Islamic world seems to pounce on any excuse to justify hatred and violence.
Now the hard part. I feel anger. I feel frustration. I see the pure evil perpetrated in the name of Islam. Yet I must not let myself hate. I am really struggling with this. To allow myself to hate is to turn my back on the God of Love. That does not mean I am a pacifist. I will fight for and defend my Faith. I will fight for and defend my country. I will fight for and defend my loved ones. I just must not hate. Only with the Grace of God, our God of Love, is this possible.