Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Changes Plans to Meet With Benedict XVI

Wheels within wheels, as the Moslem street seethes again… on cue, and on command for Pope Benedict’s visit, and now PM Erdogan now plans to meet with the Pope. Still hoping for membership in the EU, obviously, and hoping that the spectacle of protestors coming unglued isn’t giving the other EU member nations second, or even third thoughts.
I relish the irony, of earnest Moslem protesters, interviewed in the various media outlets whining on and on about plots against the Moslem world, and how the West is so anti-Islamic and anti-Moslem, and demanding apologies for grievous offences— such as pointing out that intellectuals in Europe are self-censoring themselves for fear of Moslem violence. Or that —ahem, faith should be based on reason and not violence.
Or even that visiting a building that was once a great cathedral is a provocation… being of course, that it was built by Christians for Christian worship.

For nothing has quite so alienated non-Moslems— of whatever other religion, nationality or background—- against Moslems, than the words and actions of radical Moslems themselves, and their constant demand for tender consideration paid to their beliefs, which is not reciprocated when the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak. It would disappoint the papal protesters to learn that there is actually no grand scheme afoot to denigrate and insult the Islamic world, to make them look hostile, petty, backward and vicious; they are managing to do that quite efficiently on their own.

“Sgt. Mom” is a freelance writer and retired Air Force NCO who blogs at, and lives in San Antonio.

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