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(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Conrado de Quiros
SOME FRIENDS HAVE ASKED ME WHAT I think of the furor involving the Pope. There seems no escaping the subject after all.
Mona Siddiqui, the director of the Centre for the Study of Islam in Glasgow University offers some very good insights about it, which I share fully. He is not sparing in his criticism of fellow Muslims. As a Muslim I remain perplexed. Why are Muslims magnifying every incident to the level of a global conflict? Adulation and veneration of the Prophet may be laudable qualities but the ease with which marches are mobilized and threats directed are symptoms of a community not only feeling under siege but slightly reveling in their victim status.
But he is unsparing in his criticism of the Pope as well: Im sure that Pope Benedict did not deliberately intend …