Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Walid says Pope's comments embolden "Clash of Civilizations" proponents


Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, Michigan chapter:

Pope Benedict XVI's comments are extremely disappointing. It appeared that he was affirming the negative and historically incorrect statements of the 14th century emperor concerning Prophet Muhammad.

The pope wields influence that is unequaled among world religious leaders; hence, he should be extremely sensitive that his comments not trigger his followers to distance themselves from Muslims in a unhealthy manner.

Sadly, those who wish to divide the Christian and Muslim worlds will use his comments in conjunction with the heinous, un-Islamic vandalism of churches in the West Bank and proclamations of terrorists in Iraq against the pope as fuel for their concept of the "clash of civilizations."

It is my hope Metro Detroit's Muslim community will be able to maintain its close relationship with the Archdiocese of Detroit and use this opportunity to increase dialogue and education.


Juan Escareño said...

What is a good history book to read on the life of Muhammad and history of the Islamic societies in past centuries? I will be the first to admit that I have only read Catholic sources in regards to the history of Islam.

The media has taken the popes speech out of context. The thesis of the speech is the consequences of not using faith and reason. The pope also makes remarks on the Reformation, liberal Christian theology in the 19th and 20th century and the current situation where reason and faith are being seperated in teachings at Catholic universities.

I agree that the pope could have used a better reference point to begin his speech but I see an opportunity here to begin a dialogue needed today in our society.

For an approved English translation of the popes speech go to http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=70993

Dawud Walid said...

Try reading the book entitled Muhammad by Yahyia Emerick or the book called Muhammad by Karen Armstrong. You can purchase either one on www.amazon.com or at Border's Bookstore.

As far as the pope's context, he would have been better served to have stuck to the churches own churches historical record.

Juan Escareño said...

Most Christians have forgotten about the Crusades and the sins committed by Christians and what Christedom was. So yes, maybe the pope should have remembered our own history.

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