Hypocrisy, thy name is Islam. For 1400 years, Islamic clerics, Islamic authorities have been inciting resentment and hatred against unbelievers. But when the pope reminds Turkey about their bestialic genocide of the Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians and other minorities, the whole ummah goes apeshit.
Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, dismissed Francis’ comments as baseless. “It is not possible to accept the pope’s statement, which is far from any legal or historical reality,” he wrote. “Religious authorities are not the places to incite resentment and hatred with baseless allegations.”
In that case we should start with the mosques, Mr Cavusoglu. Perhaps we should hang all the Islamic clerics, because they do little else.
Why would jihad be “doubtful?”
Interior of a Mosque at Cordova/Edwin Lord Weeks
This work, set in the 8th-century Great Mosque of Cordova in Spain may have been begun in 1880 while Weeks was staying in that city. In Weeks’ estate sale catalogue, the scene was described as follows: Preaching the holy war against the Christians, the old Moor holds aloft the green flag of Mohammed while he curses the “dogs of Christians” with true religious fervor, and calls upon the followers of Mohammed to drive them out of Spain. Despite the painting’s illusion of reality, it is doubtful that such a jihad or holy war would have been called for in a mosque like this.