Sunday, September 17, 2006

Somali cleric calls for pope's death

According to The Age, anyway:
"A HARDLINE cleric linked to Somalia's powerful Islamist movement has called for Muslims to "hunt down" and kill Pope Benedict XVI for his controversial comments about Islam.

Sheikh Abubukar Hassan Malin urged Muslims to find the pontiff and punish him for insulting the Prophet Mohammed and Allah in a speech that he said was as offensive as author Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses."
Bet he hasn't bothered to read that either. Is it just me or does calling for people to be killed strike anyone else as being a slightly eccentric way of protesting about having your religion associated with violence?

Anyway, the Pope wasn't available so a gunman improvised and shot an elderly nun instead.

So who's the victim here? Those on the receiving end of words, which they have interpreted as hurtful? Or the elderly nun who was on the receiving end of bullets to the back, which she interpreted as fatal?

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