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By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 19, 2006

Pascal Couchepin, the Swiss interior minister: explains why he agreed with the thrust of the Pope's Regensburg address:

Whoever refuses to debate, reduces religion to emotions. And you'd then end up with a priest, an imam and a Buddhist monk sitting round a campfire singing songs together. That, at least for me, is not the point of religion.

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  • Posted by: Canismater - Sep. 21, 2006 5:43 AM ET USA

    Could God's Will be exercised through an imam? I never thought it possible, then came your example. Hhhmm...

  • Posted by: Italiana - Sep. 20, 2006 8:58 PM ET USA

    Sipping homemade moonshine bought from the local bootlegger (back in the 60's) made those off tune songs sung around the campfire sound real good. Give the priest, inman and monk some of that and they'd soon not see any differences at all.

  • Posted by: Charles134 - Sep. 20, 2006 3:57 PM ET USA

    Actually, you end up with a Buddhist monk conducting Buddhist ceremonies at the altar of a Catholic church while the priest looks on smiling in the background. Then the imam shoots them.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 20, 2006 2:39 AM ET USA

    The Pope did not count on the Muslims being so obtuse concerning literary criticism. Anyone who knows anything about how to read a quote knows that the person being quoted is responsible for the statement. The emperor is who said it not the Pope. Unfortunately, those who claim to be offended are from an academically deprived group. The whole reference was over their ability to grasp the intentions of the Pope. They have simply verified the original statement. It is a mistake to mollify them.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 19, 2006 11:43 AM ET USA

    Quick, someone appoint this guy as a Bishop!

  • Posted by: ladybird - Sep. 19, 2006 11:13 AM ET USA

    Nah, for sure it'd be Kumbaiyah. Anyway, here's a guy who has actually read the speech! Wow! Of course, if those three are sitting around the campfire, singing songs, in a swoon of fraternal emotional feelings tonight; tomorrow, one will have taken offense (feeling hurt); one will have given offense (unfeeling); and one will be left to choose between them (feeling conflicted) in the coming conflict!

  • Posted by: ladybird - Sep. 19, 2006 11:13 AM ET USA

    Nah, for sure it'd be Kumbaiyah. Anyway, here's a guy who has actually read the speech! Wow! Of course, if those three are sitting around the campfire, singing songs, in a swoon of fraternal emotional feelings tonight; tomorrow, one will have taken offense (feeling hurt); one will have given offense (unfeeling); and one will be left to choose between them (feeling conflicted) in the coming conflict!

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Sep. 19, 2006 10:22 AM ET USA

    Especially not if the St Louis Jesuits are writing the tunes. On Eagle's Wings in 3 part harmony. Yech.

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