Of course everyone else has commented on the now-famous (or in some quarters, infamous) speech by Pope Benedict XVI. Yesterday NPR had a piece on it, with John Allen commenting. Mr. Allen noted repeatedly that the quote had to be taken in context-and in fact that the entire speech was more a criticism of the West than of Islam. (He mentioned in hindsight, like others, that perhaps a different illustrative quote would have been used to avoid the uproar).
I can't remember who represented the opposing view-some professor from some prestigious university-someone who should be able to read. But this expert on Islam essentially kept repeating the outrage at Pope Benedict for daring to say this about Islam (of course giving the impression that the statement was Benedict's own thought and/or view.)
I continually amazed by intellectual dishonesty, and/or intellectual sloppiness. People are either unwilling or unable to understand anything but the most simple statement-and in general don't want to look at something indepth. Therefore, everything is open to spin.
and from Morning Prayer for Wednesday Week IVwe pray:
Give us strength in temptation, endurance in trial and gratitude in prosperity
From Bethany, the small holding in Bethune...Oremus pro invicem!