Charles Krauthammer, a columnist for The Washington Post, has written an op-ed piece on the Islamic response to Pope Benedict’s speech. Here’s an exerpt from the article:
“‘How dare you say Islam is a violent religion? I’ll kill you for it’ is not exactly the best way to go about refuting the charge.”
I cannot agree with him more. The main defense I’ve heard of the violent reactions to the Pope’s speech is that these people only represent a tiny minority of the Islamic community. Baloney! The vast majority of Muslims still allow the violence by not condemning it. If mainstream Islam truly opposed the activities of this “fringe minority”, the extremists would be arrested and charged with crimes—just as we do with “Christian” abortion activists who firebomb clinics and try to kill the doctors.
And the weirdest thing is that the Islamic community does not appear to see the inconsistency between their words and actions. That’s the irony of Islam.
UPDATE: Just to be fair, here is a differing opinion.