Muslims around the world have turned out en masse protesting Pope Benedict XVI's remarks about Islam. The Pope has said he was sorry Muslims were offended by his speech. In a statement released Saturday, the Pope said he respected Islam and hoped Muslims would understand the true sense of his words.
In a speech Tuesday, the Pope quoted a 14th-century Christian emperor who said Prophet Mohammed had brought the world only "evil and inhuman" things. Many political and religious leaders in Muslim countries criticised the remarks and called for the pontiff to make a personal apology.
I understand why Muslims may have been offended by the Pope's words. I also understand why they were upset by political cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. But if Muslims are offended by words and cartoons, why aren't they offended when their religion is hijacked by people like Osama bin Laden and his followers?
Those extremists commit terrorist acts and kill innocent people all over the world, claiming they are true believers and their inhuman behaviour is justified. So why hasn't the Muslim world protested en masse? Such terrorism and brutality is against every tenent of Islam and against every rule of Shari'a law.
The Koran does not condone violence or murder. Why aren't Muslims more vocal about those who dishonour the Muslim faith by committing these atrocities? The deadly acts of terrorists - who claim to be good Muslims - are far worse offenses than words and drawings. Why aren't the Muslims protesting Shi'as and Sunnis slaughtering each other in Iraq? Where is the outrage??!!