Saturday, October 29, 2005

Apostate, cowardly or both?

The Prince of Wales will try to persuade George W Bush and Americans of the merits of Islam this week because he thinks the United States has been too intolerant of the religion since September 11.

Prince Charles has done more than any other member of the Royal Family in history to understand Islam. He said in 1994 that when he became Supreme Governor of the Church of England, he would rather be "defender of faiths" than "defender of the faith".

A year earlier Prince Charles made a speech, acclaimed throughout the Arab world, on relations between Islam and the West. He urged the West to overcome its "unthinkable prejudices" about Islam and its customs and laws.

He spoke warmly of the West's debt to the culture of Islam and distanced moderate Muslims from misguided militants. "Extremism is no more the monopoly of Islam than it is the monopoly of other religions, including Christianity," he said.

Sure, your highness. Those maurading, murdering Presbyterians are a bitch.

Prince Charles proves beyond doubt that he not only does not understand his role as the leader of the Church of England, he doesn't understand the relationship between militant Islam and the political future of the world. Militant Islam is in the ascendancy, not only in the Middle East but in places like England and France where Islamic immigrants are changing population ratios and pushing for special legal recognition.

He also has to gloss over the London subway and bus bombings of earlier this year, as if they had not happened.

Sadly the president will probably listen to this pretender to royal greatness and say nothing offensive. If the Oklahomilist were the president (and you can thank the Christian God for small favors that he is not), we'd probably wind up kicking Charlie's royal butt.


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