POSTED: 2:58 p.m. EDT, September 15, 2006
(CNN) -- Pope Benedict XVI came under a hail of criticism from the Islamic world Friday for comments he made earlier in the week regarding the Prophet Mohammed and the Muslim faith, in some cities provoking street protests.
A growing chorus of Muslim leaders have called on the pope to apologize for the remarks he made in a speech in Germany on Tuesday when he used the terms "jihad" and "holy war."
Friday, Muslim protesters shouted slogans against the pontiff at a rally in Jammu, India. (Watch other Muslims burn the pope in effigy -- 1:41)
A Vatican statement said Benedict was not trying offend Muslims with his remarks.
"It was certainly not the intention of the Holy Father to ... offend the sensibilities of Muslim faithful," said Federico Lombardi, the Vatican press officer.
In response to the pope's speech, Pakistan's National Assembly -- parliament's lower house -- unanimously passed a resolution on Friday condemning his remarks. The Pakistan Foreign Office also called into question the pope's comments, calling them highly controversial, regrettable and against Islam.
Surprise, surprise. Seriously, when are muslims not pissed off about something and threatening people with holy war and crap? There are times I get the impression you must hear nothing but 'EIEIEIEIEIEIEI! Jihad! Jihad!' walking around any muslim country. Soccer team lost? Holy war. Overcharged for a pound of yak butter? Holy war. Holy war been canceled? Holy war.
So what exactly did the Pope say that so offended those Allah-crazed nutjobs? That "God is not pleased by blood -- and not acting reasonably is contrary to God's nature" when referring to jihad and conversions to Islam 'by the sword'. Sounds about right to me but then again I'm not riding around on a camel in some desert wasteland waving an AK-47.
And of course this entire fiasco wouldn't be complete without a soundbite from the head of the Hammas-led government.
In Gaza City, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya issued a condemnation, saying Benedict's remarks "are not true and defamed the essence of this holy religion and it defamed the history of the Islam."
The 'essence', according to Hamas, which consists of blowing up busloads of jewish civilians of course.
My favorite though is how some moderate muslims like to claim that Jihad isn't really about holy wars. It's a struggle. Thus, they describe situations where they might go on a diet and that struggle for weight loss is their Jihad. That might not be full of shit if I turned on CNN one of these days and saw some member of Islamic Jihad declairing a holy war against carbohydrates. EIEIEIEIEIEI! Say no to donuts!