True to form, the Czech president has declined to apologize for his words, giving a sound theological justification for his decision. Our Czech correspondent Gemini has translated the quote released in the Czech media, and includes this note:
There is only a brief response from MiloÅ¡ Zeman. The media quote only those two sentences; the rest of their reports consist of quotations of parts of his previous speech, the OIC’s response, etc.
The translated excerpt fromÂ idNES.cz:
President MiloÅ¡ Zeman is not going to apologise for his statements in which he linked Islamic ideology with violence. His words were conveyed by his spokesperson JiÅ™Ã OvÄÃ¡Äek: “President Zeman definitely does not intend to apologise. For the president would consider it blasphemy to apologise for the quotation of a sacred Islamic text.”
As far as I am aware, MiloÅ¡ Zeman is the first Western head of state ever to tell the OIC to go jump in a lake. So this is an historic occasion.