I couldn’t care less but I know someone’s going to say it’s either a shocking example of dhimmitude or, if we’re really lucky, a de facto conversion to Islam. So let’s just toss it out there, get the conversation going.
He took off his shoes when he went in, too. Commence freakout:
After offending the Muslim world by linking their religion with violence, Pope Benedict XVI, in an exceptional gesture, turned towards Mecca in an attitude of Muslim prayer at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul today, Turkish state television showed…
The Pope’s spokesman, Federico Lombardi, was quick to point out to journalists afterwards that the Pope had not actually prayed but was “in meditation”.
He said a little more than that, according to Reuters:
Asked if the Pope had prayed, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi would only say: “The Pope paused in meditation and certainly addressed his thoughts toward God“.
That’s a prayer, dude. He prayed. He even admitted it:
Before the pope left, he thanked Cagrici “for this moment of prayer.”
Back to the Australian:
After explaining the basics of Muslim prayer to the pontiff during the early part of the tour, Cagrici said: “Let us turn toward the Kiblah” – the direction of Mecca, which all Muslims must face when they perform their five-time-a-day prayers.
The Pope complied.
The two men, clad in long white robes, stood side by side and immobile for about two minutes, their hands crossed on their stomachs in a classical Muslim prayer attitude known as “the posture of tranquillity”.
And so they did.
Exit question: does the Pope play any role in the North American Union conspiracy? I’m open to possibilities here. Dazzle me.