I don't typically post news commentary on BitterSweetLife, feeling as I do that the demand for newsblogs/political blogs has been pretty fully exploited. However, we at BitterSweetLife are big fans of irony in all its forms, and this means, pertaining to the newsblogging embargo, that there are exceptions.
This is to say that I am caving in to peer pressure and commenting on the recent Pope vs. Muslims fiasco. Here's a quick summary to get you up to speed.
Pope (at a recent media day/authoritative pronouncement): In this ancient document, a Muslim says that Islam promotes religious murder. Murder is morally wrong.
Muslims (in varied and sundry locations): Islam is not violent! How dare you invoke that stereotype?! Rise up, fellow Muslims, and kill the infidel dog!!
It strikes me that this is a very interesting way, on the Islamic side, of disproving a stereotype. I can only conclude that:
- Islam is not a religion that is familiar with irony.
- Up until this week, Muslims had been living under the assumption that the Pope prayed to Allah in his closet.
- Religion A and religion B can't "both" be your favorite when they dramatically disagree.
- All this Islamic shock and outrage stems from a belated introduction to reality 101. (See point 4.)
- The Pope's pseudo-apology (Um, I'm sorry you reacted that way) was as unnecessary as it was unconvincing. His original take was demonstrably right on.