Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Pope is right

I totally agree with the Pope with his statement on Islam and the Byzantine leader. The Vatican reiterates what the Pope stated in this AP article here:
"As the Pope affirmed, were reason to turn a deaf ear to the divine and relegate religion to the ambit of subcultures, it would automatically provoke violent reactions," Lajolo, who also serves as president of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, told the assembly.

"It falls to all interested parties - to civil society as well as to states - to promote religious freedom and a sane, social tolerance that will disarm extremists even before they can begin to corrupt others with their hatred of life and liberty," he said.

Lajolo referred to the story of the Tower of Babel, saying the "confusion of tongues" in the Biblical city was a symbol of fracturing and hostilities in the contemporary world.

"Human pride hampers the acknowledgment of one's neighbor and the recognition of his or her needs and even more makes people distrusting," he said.

"Today, that same negative fundamental attitude has given rise to a new barbarism that threatens world peace," the Vatican minister said.
(i.e. IRAN?)
Terrorists bent on "rejecting the best achievements of our civilization" are one example, Lajolo said.

Major powers, in their attempt to make the world more fair, may also occasionally slide into believing that this can only be achieved by force, he said.

"It can go so far as to regard the possession of nuclear weapons as an element of national pride," he said.

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