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Explain this to me

How does it make sense to get upset over someone's (e.g. the pope's) remarks about your religion when the standard response from the most vocal elements of that religion invariably live up to the "offensive" comment?

It seems like anytime anyone says anything negative about Islam or Mohamed the standard response worldwide is to start off with riots/protests, move on to firebombings, and finally finish up with "extremist" organizations releasing statements like "We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword."

I really wish I could understand this logic. If someone accused me of being something I don't consider myself to be, my response wouldn't include the very thing that they're accusing me of doing/being.

Even though I am still ostensibly Catholic, I have some major problems with the church and the pope (but that's the subject of a different post) so I'm not defending what he said, I think it was pretty stupid on general principles and especially given the standard Vocal Wordlwide Islamic Response (tm), but it really bugs me to that this comes up so often lately (e.g. the Mohamed cartoons from last year) and invariably the response seems to be "How dare you say that we/Islam/Mohamed are/is/was violent! We'll KILL/DESTROY you for saying that!" Mind you I'm not saying the all Islamic people do that, but I don't hear enough Islamic people/groups speaking up loudly and saying "Islam is not a violent faith and we are upset that ____ has said otherwise, those who advocate violence in the name of Islam are bad/evil/sinners/whatever and we don't support them" I hear plenty of the first part of that, but not much of the distancing themselves from the violent Islamic people (it reminds me of the Eddie Izzard Executive Transvestite skit ;)


The problem I had with his comments was that they seemed (at least as I could understand them) to be commenting on long ago events in a negative light. It would be a lot like someone using the Spanish Inquisition to criticize modern Catholics/Christians and that seems a bit off.

I have no problem with the concept of people criticizing religions, but it seems like increasingly you see people who just can't stand to have their religion questioned or disagreed with. As the years go by it seems like there is less "We know the way to heaven, follow us" and more "disagree with us and die/suffer!" from many different groups (Christian, and Islamic).

Eh, it's strange. I remember doing a lot of reading on religions when I was young and going through a bit of a crisis of faith and one thing that always stuck out to me is how peace and good will towards others was a founding principle of a huge percentage of the mainstream faiths and yet now, everywhere I look it seems like people are seriously thinking about "defending" their faiths/cultures etc... and frighteningly they're not all talking philosophically, quite a few are actually talking about using guns and weapons to do it.