Saturday, March 22, 2008

Pope to Baptize Prominent Muslim

Well, this is interesting.

So in the latest audiotape from Osama Bin Laden he claims that Pope Benedict XVI is leading a "new crusade" against Islam. The Pope dismissed the allegations.

However, The Pope will babtize a prominent Italian Muslim commentator:

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy's most prominent Muslim commentator is converting to Catholicism by being baptized by the pope at an Easter vigil, the Vatican announced Saturday.

An Egyptian-born, non-practicing Muslim, Magdi Allam has infuriated some fellow Muslims with his criticism of extremism and support for Israel.

The deputy editor of the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Allam often writes on Muslim and Arab affairs. He told the Il Giornale newspaper in a December interview that his criticism of Palestinian suicide bombing generated threats on his life in 2003, prompting the Italian government to provide him with a sizeable security detail.

Might want to increase that security detail, since under Islamic Sharia law the penalty for apostasy is death:

In most interpretations of Sharia, conversion by Muslims to other religions, is strictly forbidden and is termed apostasy. Muslim theology equates apostasy to treason, and in most interpretations of sharia, the penalty for apostasy is death.

Since Magdi Allam has already been condemned to death, it's not like he could be condemned to double secret death... but it does seem to make him think along less conventional lines ( compared to what one hears of Muslim opinion in the media ):

"Having been condemned to death, I have reflected a long time on the value of life. And I discovered that behind the origin of the ideology of hatred, violence and death is the discrimination against Israel. Everyone has the right to exist except for the Jewish state and its inhabitants," he said. "Today, Israel is the paradigm of the right to life."

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