As I said, both are intolerant, vicious religions. Roman Catholicism is not Christian. In India, the head of the Minorities Commission said, “The language used by the pope
sounds like that of his 12th-century counterpart who ordered the Crusades.” And a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board said that “what he said was nothing but blasphemy”. In response to this worldwide anger, Benedict XVI said, “I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims. These in fact were a quotation from a medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought. I hope this serves to appease hearts and to clarify the true meaning of my address, which in its totality was and is an invitation to frank and sincere dialogue, with mutual respect.” Some Muslims were satisfied with his explanation, but others remained furious, especially as the pope did not actually retract his speech. The deputy leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Habib, initially said that it was “a sufficient apology”, but later said: “It does not rise to the level of a clear apology and… we’re calling on the Pope of the Vatican to issue a clear apology that will decisively end any confusion.”
Italian Roman Catholic bishops firmly defended the pope. “As Italian bishops we express our total closeness and solidarity to the pope and we intensify our prayers for him, for the Church, for religious liberty, for dialogue and friendship between religions and people,” a cardinal said, adding, “On the other hand, we deplore those interpretations which attribute to the Holy Father responsibilities that he absolutely does not have or errors that he has not committed and aim at attacking his person and his ministry.” The pope then met with Islamic envoys from some twenty Muslim countries, and at the meeting he said that “Christians” (i.e. Roman Catholics) and Muslims must reject violence, called for greater dialogue, and expressed his “esteem and profound respect” for Muslims. He then greeted each of the envoys personally. The great question is: why did Benedict say such things in his speech? And before proceeding, let me make myself clear: although true Christians will never cheer the Roman Antichrist on, or support anything he says or does; yet his words in this instance, taken in themselves, were not incorrect, and the fact that we do not support the pope of Rome should not be construed as meaning that we believe Islam should not be criticised. It should be! It must be!
Muslims love to scream about how the West (which, tragically, they equate with “Christianity”) is attacking them. They are doing their level best to portray themselves as victims. Yet they are not victims, not in any sense. Islam has declared jihad, “holy war”, against the West. Around the world, Muslims are committing most of the terrorist atrocities. They have bombed embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, murdered commuters on the London underground and on trains in Madrid, and flown planes into the World Trade Centre in New York. Yet when Western countries retaliate -as they must, in their own defence – the Muslim world screams foul. We can have no sympathy with radical Islam. It is a ruthless, bloodthirsty religion, that seeks the total annihilation of all that is un-Islamic. We are not to be cowed into silence by the fanatical, demonical, violent reactions of Muslims whenever their vile religion is shown up for what it is.