The Israeli arch leftist Rapoport is desperate to prove that Islam is a religion of reason and peace, otherwise Israeli in particular and the West in general has no choice other than to engage in an all out war against Islam. Why does Rapoport say that Ratzinger's speech is an embarassment - because Ratzinger makes a factual mistake about the date of a sura regarding forced conversions which is entirely irrelevant, because Jewish children in Yemen in the first half of the 20th century still were subject to forced conversions. Secondly because 1000 years ago, the Church also engaged in "Holy Wars" - no different from today's Moslem Jihad. Despite Rapoports sophistry, the facts are that in our time, the only so-called "religion" which spreads itself by force, and openly advocates terrorism, and has made a world wide declaration of war against non-believers is Islam. Byzantine Emperor Manuel II's comments are just as relevant today as they were 1000 years ago.
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