Thursday, March 24, 2005

Infantalizing demands for apology only seem to go one way

«Sheikh Zafzaf, President of the Interfaith Dialogue Committee of Al-Azhar, said during a press conference that his committee had sent a request to the Pope last February, demanding an official apology on Christian crusades against the Muslim world.

Should the Vatican proffer official apologies for Christian crusades against Muslims seven centuries ago, surely Al-Azhar should be ready to respond in kind.

The Christian European west narrowly escaped total destruction at the hands of the Muslims. There are the Moorish invasions of the Middle Ages; Muslim invasions went right up to the gates of Vienna. Then there is the 700 years of Moslem invasions leading to the conquest and rule of India...»

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