So previously we couldn’t say or do anything to insult Islam or its prophet Mohammed. Now, one can’t even quote someone from the 14th century who does as such without instigating a global fatwa against the Pope and by extension those which follow Christianity.
What is intersting is that in the cartoon flap, that sort of pitted Europe’s notion of free speech against Islam. Islam won of course because most newspapers and media wouldn’t republish the cartoons. Europe essentially rolled over an played the dog and pony game of appease the fascist again. Now, I suspect that Benedict’s statement was not merely an accident (I mean, I know the man is brilliant but who really quotes 14th century Byzantine emperors concerning Islam without doing a bit of research??), but intended to bring to the fore the underlying conflict between Christianity and Islam.
Even though Europe has become heavily secular in practice, there is still a deep seated notion of Christian identity. What will be interesting to see is whether Europe gives up its identity as easily as it gave up its free speech.
On a related note, it appears that the Pope’s trip to Turkey is not being cancelled in light of the recent uproar. However, via Michelle Malkin I saw what was on the best-seller there: Papy’ya Suikast (“Attack on the Pope”), which just so happens to predict that he will be assassinated in Istanbul. How “moderate” indeed.