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The French are outraged by Pope's views on Islam

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Another week, another papal interview. This time it is with the French newspaper La Croix. The main focus is the state of affairs in France and Europe, with remarks on Islam, religious freedom, and related matters. As usual, some of the Holy Father's remarks are a bit surprising. (Part of me would rather not even write about them, if only because doing so seems more and more like a lose-lose proposition. Oh well.) Although a relatively short interview, there is much that could be said.
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I think the Pope should always preach peace and togetherness and not get caught up in politics and pointing the finger. He is starting to look more and more like a politician than a religious leader. That can be said for most of our religious leaders I think.
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“I do not think any good will come from the visit to the Muslim world of a person who has such ideas about Islam’s prophet,” Ali Bardakoglu, a cleric who is head of the Turkish government’s directorate of religious affairs, said in a television interview there. “He should first of all replace the grudge in his heart with moral values and respect for the other.”
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France is now warning the Pope that the Muslims could kill him in his coming trip to the Central African Republic, which is a nation that is being occupied by French troops (its a former French colony). France affirmed that if the Pope does not heed to the warning, they will not provide Francis with any security. The Central African Republic is a hot spot for jihadism and many Christians have been butchered in this land.
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The last outpouring of Islamic anger at the West came in February over the prophet cartoons first published in a Danish newspaper. The drawings sparked protests — some of them deadly — in almost every Muslim nation in the world. Some experts said the perceived provocation by the spiritual leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics could leave even deeper scars.
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The French always have an issue when central figures don't agree with their sentiment. The post made his stance on Islam clear. Any person with common sense knows that the acts committed by people of a certain faith do not represent the group as a whole. I understand the French are sensitive given the recent attacks on Bastille Day. I think they should focus more on the people who committed the heinous act and not a religion.
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I find it refreshing that Francis admits that"the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam" because he has previously insisted that true Islam has nothing to do with violence. But, in fact, many people in the West are fearful of Islam, in part because they recognize that while the majority of Muslims are not terrorists, the vast majority of terrorists claim to be truly Muslim and—this is essential—there is no basis on which their claim can be denied.
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This is so sad. First thing I did when I heard was pray. Than came right here. I knew for sure this would be a front page story. It would be nice if the world media broke it down like it is here.
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Muslims around the world expressed outrage Friday over Pope Benedict XVI's comments on Islam, with Turkey's ruling party accusing him of trying to revive the spirit of the Crusades and scores taking to the streets in protest.
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