"The Pope has again risked provoking the wrath of the Islamic world, by criticising its treatment of Christians.
Benedict XVI attacked Muslim nations where Christians are either persecuted or given the status of second-class citizens under the Shariah Islamic law.
He also defended the rights of Muslims to convert to Christianity, an act which warrants the death penalty in many Islamic countries."
In accordance with the Bukhari collection of Hadith (Hadith being collections of sayings and actions of Mohammed), the most authoritative hadith collection among all flavors of Islam, from Bukhari Vol. 9, Book 84, Num. 57 which says:
Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to 'Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn 'Abbas who said, "If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah's Apostle forbade it, saying, 'Do not punish anybody with Allah's punishment (fire).' I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changes his Islamic religion, then kill him.'"
This seems to contradict Quran Sura 2:256 which spokesmen for CAIR often quote, "there is no compulsion in religion" Going on:
"In a clear reference to Islam, he said: "The exercise of this freedom also includes the right to change religion, which should be guaranteed not only legally, but also in daily practice."
Addressing the problem of Islamic extremism, he added: "Terrorism is a serious problem whose perpetrators often claim to act in God's name and harbour an inexcusable contempt for human life."
The supposed contradiction is for them to figure out. I'd just like the sanctity of life, in accordance with the Natural Law, to be embraced by all people's everywhere. In Saudi Arabia this is especially poignant, where just bringing a bible into the country can land you in jail or worse.
There's also another interesting snippet from the article:
"His latest comments, however, come just days after one of the Church of England's-senior bishops warned that Muslim leaders here must speak out in defence of the right to change faith.
The Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, told Channel 4's Dispatches programme of his fears for the safety of the estimated 3,000 Muslims who have converted to other faiths in this country.
A poll earlier this year of more than 1,000 young adult British Muslims found that 36 per cent believe those who convert to another faith should be punished by death."
Excuse my language but "tiny minority of extremists" my ass.
I know I just went over how a person has no moral right to false worship. Call me an islamophobe, but isn't the death penalty a little steep for apostasy? I don't like it when people leave the Church but in no way do I desire their execution.
Just for the sake of argument, let's say this poll is somehow skewed and extremists account for only 1% of all muslims. 1% of the popular quote of 1.2 billion is still 12 million people. It only took 10 extremists to kill 3,000 people on 9/11.
All I wish is that the other 64% of muslims who actually believe there is no compulsion in religion stand up and publicly denounce such violations of human life. So far, their silence has been deafening.