September 13, 2006, - 4:22 pm
The Pope quoted criticisms of the prophet Mohammed by a 14th century Byzantine Christian emperor, Manuel II, during a debate with a learned Persian.
“Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
The Pope went on to denounce the “pathologies and life-threatening diseases” associated with extremist Islam.
These words give us hope that this Pope is more enlightened on reality than his predecessor who knelt at Syria’s Al-Omayyad mosque, a church destroyed by Muslim crusaders and rebuilt as a mosque.
But while the Pope’s words are welcome and refreshing, his actions don’t jibe with his words. Recently, he met with Imam Hassan Qazwini, chief cleric of North America’s largest mosque–the Islamic Center of America.
But Qazwini is a leader in the jihad and an open supporter of terrorist groups HAMAS and Hezbollah. He is a supporter and associate of Hezbollah spiritual leader Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on the Treasure Department terrorist list.
When I went undercover to his mosque in 1998, he and others welcomed Nation of Islam chief racist Louis Farrakhan as “our dear brother” and “a freedom fighter.” Qazwini applauded Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic statements saying that Jews were the “forces of Satan” and that there needed to be a “jihad” on the American people.
If Pope Benedict is truly against jihad, why did he invite Imam Qazwini to the Vatican?
It reminds us of three trite-but-true sayings: You can tell a lot about a person by the company he keeps. Talk is cheap. And actions speak louder than words.
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