November 29, 2006

OOPS...HE JUST LOST ALL THE ISLAMOPHOBES AGAIN...:

From Foe to Friend in Turkey (Der Spiegel, 11/28/06)

It didn't take long for Pope Benedict XVI to transform himself from one of Turkey's worst enemies to one of the country's best friends. Already on Wednesday, the pope was being given praise for his attempts to bridge the gaps between Christians and Muslims -- and mend the fence that he crashed through in September with comments that many Muslims took to be insulting to the Prophet Muhammad. His comments on Tuesday saying that Islam was a religion of peace was well received.

But that wasn't all. The pope came bearing a surprise gift as well: support for Turkish membership in the European Union. "This trip is important for Turkey's EU membership," wrote the daily Milliyet. "This is a big warning for conservative politicians who think the EU is a Christian club."

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 29, 2006 2:06 PM
Comments

"a big warning for conservative politicians who think the EU is a Christian club"

Of course one hopes that Turkey ceases to be an exclusive Islamic Club before they are welcomed into the EU.

Posted by: h-man at November 29, 2006 3:20 PM

Um, I thought the EU was a humanist club.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at November 29, 2006 5:50 PM
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