Prime Minister John Howard doesn’t have any problem telling Muslims still in a fury about the Pope’s comments to get a hold of themselves and move on.
THE Islamic world’s angry reaction to comments by Pope Benedict was disproportionate, strange and disappointing, the Prime Minister, John Howard, said last night.
“We should take a deep breath on these things and all have a sense of proportion. We seem to be living in a world where people have no sense of proportion,” he told the ABC’s Lateline program. “OK, they don’t like what was said. I’m sure the Pope was not intending to attack Islam. He’s expressed his regrets, and I think we should really move on.”
An Aussie Cardinal also jumped into the fray:
SYDNEY (Reuters) – The head of Australia’s Catholic church said the violent reaction to the Pontiff’s comments on Islam in many parts of the Islamic world “justified one of Pope Benedict’s main fears”.
Cardinal George Pell, the conservative leader of Australia’s 5.1 million Roman Catholics, said he was pleased there had been no violence in Australia in reaction to Pope Benedict’s use of a mediaeval quotation on Islam and holy war.
But he criticised acts of violence elsewhere.
“The violent reaction in many parts of the Islamic world justified one of Pope Benedict’s main fears,” Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, said in a statement on Web sites of the Catholic Church of Australia.
“They showed the link for many Islamists between religion and violence, their refusal to respond to criticism with rational arguments, but only with demonstrations, threats and actual violence,” he said.
Some Australian Muslim leaders said the comments by both Pope Benedict and Pell should be condemned.
For what? Cardinal Pell simply acknowledged the obvious.
Michelle Malkin likes how Australia’s government officials have handled the situation so much, she’s thinking about moving there.