Pope to Muslims: Sorry if you're offended Update: British Muslim papers threaten

It’s one of those non-apology apologies, like “sorry you’re too stupid to understand.”

Sorry you’re so sensitive and eager for pretexts to justify violence:

Pope Benedict XVI is “extremely upset” that Muslims have been offended by some of his words in a recent speech in Germany, the Vatican said on Saturday.

The new Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said that the Pope’s position on Islam is unmistakably in line with Vatican teaching that the Church “esteems Muslims, who adore the only God.”

Thus, the Pope is “extremely upset that some portions of his speech were able to sound offensive to the sensibilities of Muslim believers and have been interpreted in a way that does not at all correspond to his intentions,” Bertone said in a statement.

Aren’t we all.

Your quote of the day:

The Taliban statement said the pope had “shamelessly said the respected Prophet Mohammed brought nothing but violence”.

Five churches were attacked last night in the realm of Islam’s Chosen People.

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Meanwhile, one of our readers in the UK sends along this graphic from Sky News. Bear in mind that Sky is the British equivalent of Fox, so their viewers skew conservative. But not this conservative:

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The boss has a graphic of the Pope that’s being circulated in jihadist circles. Muslihoon was kind enough to translate it. Here’s what it says:

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الخنزير عابد الصلبان
The pig, worshiper of the crosses

يعبد قردا مسلوخا على صليب
He worships a slaughtered monkey on a cross

حاقد خبيث
Malicious, repulsive/evil

شيطان رجيم
An accursed devil

إذبحوه
Sacrifice him/Behead him

لعنة الله عليه
May the curse of God be upon him

سفاح مصاص للدماء
Spiller and sucker of blood

For your Saturday afternoon amusement. It’s hard out there for a human…

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Update: A must-read. It sounds unrelated but it isn’t.

Update: “You’re pushing us into waaarrrrr!!!”