Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Dhimmi reaction roundup against the Pope.

World: The New York Times started us off yesterday, lets keep the list growing. AP:

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world's 200 million Orthodox Christians, issued a statement saying he was "deeply" saddened by the tensions sparked by the pope's comments. "We have to show the determination and care not to hurt one another and avoid situations where we may hurt each others' beliefs," the Istanbul-based Patriarchate said.
CAIRO—In the first reaction from a top Christian leader, the head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church said in remarks published Saturday that Pope Benedict XVI’s comments on Islam were “against the teachings of Christ.” Coptic Pope Shenouda III told the pro-government Al Ahram newspaper that he didn’t hear the pope’s exact words, but that “any remarks which offend Islam and Muslims are against the teachings of Christ.” “Christianity and Christ’s teachings instruct us not to hurt others, either in their convictions or their ideas, or any of their symbols—religious symbols,” Shenouda was quoted as saying.
Updated: khaleejtimes
Meanwhile, Isidore Battikha, the Greek Catholic Bishop of Homs in central Syria, said ‘that’s what we were expecting from the Pope as the teachings of Jesus call for tolerance and moderation.’ ‘We are pleased that he has corrected this mistake and we hope that hearts would remain open between Muslims and Christians and to go on with the process of coexistence,’ he added.
From J Post.
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. "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.'" Fruman passed on Amar's statement to Sheikh Abdala Nimer Darwish, head of the Israeli Islamic Movement's moderate wing who relayed it to Sheikh Yusef Darwish, a popular Muslim leader living in Qatar. In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Amar called on both Christians and Muslims to put their differences behind them. "These are two religions that have millions of followers," said Amar. "If they start quarreling who knows where it will lead. Both must stop the unnecessary talk and actions." Only after being questioned repeatedly was Amar willing to denounce Muslim violence against Churches in the Holy Land. "Our Muslim brothers would add respect to their religion if they outdid themselves and overcame the feelings of humiliation."

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