In his speech in Bavaria about the logical insparability of reason from faith, the Pope illustrated his points about violence in Islam with an ancient quotation. Before reading it, the pontiff characterized the emperor’s quotation with the German word for “brusque.”
Most of the media predictably led with “Pope Angers Islam” or some similarly misleading three-word combination to reflexively activate any latent “groupthink” anti-Catholicism. Why give the Church any ink if you can’t suggest an ad hominem attack against the Pope? The Turkish demand for the pope to apologize for mentioning history they don’t like, juxtaposed with the Pope’s planned visit to Turkey in November is just the bow-tie on this media-built straw man.
But once the adrenalin from the shared anti-Catholic peak experience wears off, the results from the pope’s historical lesson actually puts the irreligion brigade – led by the likes of Rosie O’Donnell – firmly on the spot. Whatever is said or not said now about the Pope’s citation or its effect on the media and the public will draw an illustration more clear than any camera can show. Turkish politicians, Indian extremists, and the oh-so-clever media have already posed for their portraits, and many if not most will remain unaware of the recording they leave for posterity.
Since nobody can escape from this particular photo shoot, everybody say “cheese” !
Let’s gather and catalog the predictable bashing to come… And let’s see if any in the media are thoughtful enough to change their positions.
Rules: Don’t repeat the same bash, but repeat every basher’s source. Refer to bashes by post number.
And feel free to copy and paste from this post (pls attribute me) in any letters you may send. I don’t use a phony name.
I hope to see a litany of how the media bashes anti when it comes to Catholic. Then we can all print them out and take them before the Most Blessed Sacrament.