Wednesday, September 20, 2006

PM Abdullah listens to Bush, not Syed Hamid

Malaysia accepts pope's apology
New Straits Times / 20 Sep 2006

NEW YORK: The Prime Minister yesterday said Malaysia accepted Pope Benedict XVI’s apology for his remarks on Islam and violence but said that the pontiff should avoid future comments that could offend Muslims.

"I think we can accept it and we hope there are no more statements that can anger the Muslims," Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said after meeting US President George W. Bush on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Malaysia, which chairs the 57-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference, had demanded that the pope offer a full apology and retract what he said.

But Bush told Abdullah he believed the pope was sincere in apologising after the angry response of Muslims to his recent speech.

"When I touched on the matter during our discussions, I noted that it sparked intense reactions because the one who uttered it was the pope himself... The pope is not just any other person. That’s why there has been much anger," said Abdullah.

The pope has said he "sincerely regrets" offending Muslims with his reference in a speech last week in Germany to an obscure medieval text that characterises some of the teachings of Islam’s founder as "evil and inhuman".

He said last Sunday that he was "deeply sorry" over the angry reactions and the remarks came from a text that didn't reflect his own opinion.

Pope's apologies 'sincere': Bush tells PM
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/56968

Apology from Pope inadequate: Syed Hamid
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/56928

2 Comments:

Blogger Seven Star Hand said...

Hello James and all,

The straw that breaks the camel's back always follows the results of earlier deeds.

The Pope's choice of words was brain dead, in my humble opinion, if he was seeking to spread peace. He could have appealed for cooler heads and humility from all sides using any other words, but instead he chose to quote Crusade era hypocrisy that was guaranteed to inflame Muslims. Now we see the backtracking and spinning that always follows the gaffes of those afraid of simply telling the truth.

More proof that religion is the opposite of truth, wisdom, and justice

The "infallible" Grand Inquisitor (the pot) sought to lecture Islam (the kettle) about spreading religion through dark deeds by quoting a Dark Ages text while the USA and Europe are in the midst of the Neo-Crusades. The irony and absurdity in this situation is amazing, to say the least. It evidences both the fallacy and fallibility of those who vainly and arrogantly pretend to serve the Creator.

Dear Pope, ever heard of Karma or the golden rule? Ever stop to remember how the Vatican and western nations became so rich and powerful over the centuries? Ever consider giving up your blood drenched wealth and earthly power to end the blatant hypocrisy of your vain, materialistic, and duplicitous empire? Ever think of forgoing your peacock's robes to walk the walk instead of simply talking the talk? Remember the "eye of the needle" and "log and mote in the eye" parables? Is this a demonstration of your infallibility, wisdom, or utter blindness? As another wise one once said; What goes around comes around!

The West has killed far more Muslims (and other dark skins) than they have killed westerners, yet our press and leaders can only see Muslim and "third world" desperation in the face of western military and economic dominance and oppression, (in the name of God and country, by the way), as sources of evil in this world.

Guess what guys and girls, war, violence, and injustice are evil, no matter what the excuse or cause or who is doing it to whom. Anyone who thinks the Creator would judge religion, war, or any other profiteering at the expense of others as wise or acceptable activities has a very big surprise in store.

Here is Wisdom!!
...and here too...

8:15 PM  
Blogger malekz said...

I, myself, find nothing offensive about the Pope quoting the long gone Byzantine emperor. Haven't the Muslims themselves quoted so many offensive remarks about other religions, even here in Malaysia.

As for Syed Hamis, it shows his capability as Foreigh Minister - shooting from the hips. And with empty bullets too. Hasn't he forgotten his stupid remark about sending troops to Lebanon? Maybe he was attempting to fish for sympathy from the Malays - or trying to outIslamise others. pity for us to have a Minister whom even the Prime Minister, himself does not take seriously.

Syed Hamid, whose family originated from Sumatera should have emulated his Indonesian counterpart. With so huge a chasm between Muslims and Muslims here - and bigger still between Muslims and non-Muslims he should have calmed doan the situation instead of trying to become a 10-sen champion. That is the capability worth of our minister - 10 sen.

11:28 PM  

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