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the ante at the inter-faith dialogue table

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Sep 18, 2006

A Wall Street Journal Europe editorial hits the nail on the head regarding the Pope's Regensburg speech, the Muslim reaction, and the implications. The conclusion:

This is not an invitation to the usual feel-good interfaith round-tables. It is dialogue with one condition -- that everyone at the table reject the irrationality of religiously motivated violence. By their reaction to the Pope's speech, some Muslim leaders showed that they are not ready. The day Muslims condemn Islamic terror with the same vehemence they condemn those who criticize Islam, an attempt at dialogue -- and at improving relations between the Western and Islamic worlds -- can begin.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 19, 2006 10:51 AM ET USA

    That's Pope Benedict for you: demanding rationality. The nerve! It's a refreshing change from John Paul's Koran-kissing rationalization of Islam.

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Sep. 18, 2006 11:27 AM ET USA

    I hope we will not see any more Catholic prelates/popes kissing the Quran anytime soon. And that also goes for invoking St. John the Baptist's intercession for anything but their conversion.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Sep. 18, 2006 9:29 AM ET USA

    We must look to find the truth even when it said by a child of darkness. B. F. Skinner's theory of conditioning explains muslim behavior as well as the ACLU, the Anti-defamation league, many a younger sister. They get what they want by stomping their feet, throwing things etc. They are conditioned to act that way because that behavior has been rewarded, unwitingly, by those who give in to their demands. If we want to see rational conduct we must demand it. Reward it when it occurs and cont.