Wednesday, February 22, 2006


A hint of common sense! Hark!

Cardinal Angelo Sodano (bio - news), speaking to reporters at a reception in Rome on Monday evening, avoided any specific reference to the Danish cartoons which have been a focal point of anger in the Islamic world. But the implications of his statements were evident.

Christians should not claim a "freedom to offend," the cardinal said. But others should not claim "the freedom to destroy us."

Cardinal Sodano said that governments have an important role to play in "defending the reciprocity" that should exist on questions of religious freedom. He suggested that the topic of religious liberty for minority groups should be brought up in negotiations with Islamic countries.

In other words, if people are going to burn down buildings when they get upset, they should figure that their buildings are going to get burned down when they kill people. Or something like that.

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