As his schedule is drawing nearer, left wing and right wing movements by dissenters are trying their best to be heard. One website has been shutdown but the government (read here)which calls Britons to "disassociate the British government from the Pope's intolerant views ahead of the Papal visit to Britain in September 2010."
Before it was blocked, it gained 12,000 signatories. The newly elected Prime Minister confirmed that the Papal visit is an official State Visit by "invitation of the Queen" herself.
The said Papal Trip will be in September 16-19, 2010.
In his itinerary (see here), the Pope will beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman. The beatification rite will be held at Cofton Park in Birmingham. Another face intolerant and hateful Muslims opposing his visit posted a very threatening article in his website at The Islamic Standard. Do we have to believe that this is a real "STANDARD" (NORM) for all Muslims in the UK? I hope not.
The article says:
"A change of venue gives Birmingham Muslims a chance to tell the Pope just what they think of him after his insults against the Prophet Muhammad (saws) in 2006 in Regensburg when he said…
'Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.'
As well as this chance to challenge these evil words of this evil Pope [emphasis mine], over 80,000 Catholics from all over the UK are also expected to attend the open air ceremony in Cofton Park, Birmingham, after the venue was changed to here from the original plan of doing the pontifs final day at Coventry airport."
Did the Pope really insult their Prophet Muhammad? Was this quotes his own or he quoted someone.
To end this Muslim's misunderstanding of the "Regensburg Lecture" we need to help this Muslim realize that those quotations had been the words of a 14th Century Byzantium Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos who pronounced those words when he had experience violence done by Muslims. Had the violence changed from 14th Century to the 21st Century? I guess this is the reason why the Pope had to address the Muslim world of their love for violence in the name of Islam.
After the speech, series of violence erupted in the Muslim world which only strengthens the truthfulness of this quotation observed since the 14th Century.
Then followed by another round of insult for Catholic veneration of saints:
"We hope Muslims can be there to meet him as well and to also call people away from the shirk of worshipping the dead like the Catholics do [emphasis mine], calling out to them for help and intercession when Allah says in the Quran,
Nor call on any besides Allah, such can neither profit you, nor hurt you. If you do, then you will surely be one of the zalimun -Quran translation, 10:106
If this is the "standard" view of Muslims about the Pope and about Catholics, can the Pope criticize Muslims of traveling to Meccah just to kiss and venerate a piece of black stone? If he does, I am sure Muslims around the world would definitely stage a violent protest and killings too.
(Please do not perpetuate your ignorance on the Pope's speech.)
"We at the Islamic Standard hope the Muslims of Birmingham take this duel opportunity to give Da’wah to these 80,000 travelling disbelievers, whilst at the same time telling the Pope in no uncertain terms what Muslims think of his evil slanders against the last Prophet of God and his message."
Instead, let's ask the mercy of God for our brothers and sisters in the Islamic faith which we shared with Abraham our common father of the faith a mindset of tolerance that as they are enjoying our democratic tolerance while we are not free build and practice our faith FREELY in Muslim countries.
Let us all join our prayers together and fight in prayer those propagandists and extremists using religion as a ploy. Let's all PROTECT THE POPE!