Sounds like a broken record. The tune goes like this:
a) Christians get killed by Muslims
b) Christian leaders get upset
c) Muslims become offended at the notion that they have a violence problem
When will it ever end.
Like a good father, Pope Benedict is standing up for his persecuted children. On Monday, he made an address to the diplomatic corps in Rome, i.e. the diplomats from 178 countries with which the Vatican has diplomatic relations. In this address, among other things, the Holy Father expressed grave concern at violence against Christians in many countries. He named a few countries in particular, including Egypt, Iraq and Nigeria.
“In Egypt too, in Alexandria, terrorism brutally struck Christians as they prayed in church. This succession of attacks is yet another sign of the urgent need for the governments of the region to adopt, in spite of difficulties and dangers, effective measures for the protection of religious minorities,” the pope said. (Source)
He asked for Pakistan to repeal its blasphemy laws. He called for a greater respect of religious freedom and inter-religious dialogue throughout the world. Sounds reasonable to me.
Predictably, Muslims got offended. In fact, the government of Egypt was so ticked-off that they decided to recall their ambassador from the Vatican as a protest. According to a government official, the Pope’s words were “unacceptable” and constituted interference in Egypt’s domestic affairs.
But irony was working against them. You see, the Pope gave his speech on Monday. On Tuesday, Egypt announced its decision to pull its ambassador. Simultaneously, on Tuesday, an off-duty Muslim policeman opens fire on six Christians, killing one and wounding the other five.
Tragic irony. Who’s looking silly now?