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As you may by now know, Muslims all over the world are protesting Pope Benedict XVI’s recent comments. See the post where I put it into context: these people are taking the issue way out of context. The key proof is that the words that have incensed the Muslims were not even the fruit of the Pope’s mind: he was quoting a Byzantine emperor.
However, in a way, this proves the Pope’s point. He was discussing how rationality is essential in religion, and that even God has to be rational. He wanted to provide a contrast to Christianity’s rational God and to do so chose an obscure quote by some Byzantine emperor hardly anyone would be familiar with. Thus, he contrasted Islam’s irrational God to Christianity’s rational God, and exposed how irrationality is dangerous and even self-defeating. (From his lecture: “Ibn Hazn went so far as to state that God is not bound even by his own word, and that nothing would oblige him to reveal the truth to us. Were it God’s will, we would even have to practise idolatry.”) Lo, and behold!, the Muslims act in a very irrational manner, underscoring the Pope’s point.
Muslims need to think, though, why they are so wont to protest when someone criticizes Islam. Can they not take criticism? Only weak people would react so violently and irrationally to words. Such reactions are resorted to, or so it is believed, when one has no arguments left with which to challenge criticism. Protests, burning effigies, and so on, are no way to present argument with which to challenge or answer criticism.
This is really all so ridiculous it’s not even funny anymore. They have such a hair-trigger, irrational, and easily manipulateable rage. It’s really become even embarassing for me to think I’m ethnically related to some of these people.
Orianna Fallaci, a feisty and fearless journalist and author, passed away (due to cancer) in Florence.
Just as September 11, 2001, affected us all, it affected her, prompting her to publish two books that have been scathing criticisms of militant Islam and spineless Westerners. They are The Rage and the Pride (Wikipedia’s article on this book) and The Force of Reason (Wikipedia’s article on the book).
Michael van der Galien wrote:
Although she now has died, her books / writings will live on. She has left a gigantic legacy, one that will continue to have an impact on millions and millions of individuals.
Quite true. I hope her example will prompt others to follow her example and be fearless in saying what must be said.
May she rest in eternal peace and may she live on eternally in our minds, through her works, and by her example.
I am very impressed by the tributes being paid to her on the dexteroblogosphere. To read some, here are what I could find:
- “Islam Critic Oriana Fallaci Dies Of Cancer” by Michael van der Galien of Liberty and Justice;
- “Oriana Fallaci, dead at 77″ by AllahPundit of Hot Air;
- “Oriana Fallaci, R.I.P., and the Religion of Perpetual Outrage” by Michelle Malkin of Michelle Malkin;
- “Oriana Fallaci, R.I.P.” by Jay of Stop The ACLU;
- “Oriana Fallaci Dies” by Ace of the Ace of Spades HQ;
- “Oriana Fallaci has died” by Robert (Spencer) of Jihad Watch;
- “RIP, Oriana Fallaci” by Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs (LGF);
- “Riposa in pace, Oriana Fallaci” by Beth of MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy;
- “Oriani Fallaci, anti-dhimmitude activist, RIP” by Dr. Rusty Shackleford of The Jawa Report;
- “ORIANA FALLACI” by Tim Blair of Tim Blair.