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Just in case you don’t recognize the charming man in this photo, it’s Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Ratzinger) the head of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. When he’s not busy sending thousands of Catholic operatives to Africa to teach against condom use (even between married couples where only one partner is infected) or condemning anybody whose not Catholic to eternal hellfire, he can be found inciting Muslims with his arrogance and poor judgement.

Today’s lesson is simple – just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should.

Magdi Allam is a well-known writer in Italy who also happens to be an Egyptian-born, non-practicing Muslim. Allam decided (for whatever reasons) that he wanted to be baptized a Christian and convert to Catholicism. Fine, that is his right and really isn’t that big of a deal. Enter Pope Benedict.

Religious tension around the world is so thick you could cut it with a crucifix. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists (yes, even them!), and the super-delusional Scientologists are all embattled in their own struggles brought about by their religious convictions. This tension can manifest itself violently in the blink of an eye. So, what does the Pope do? He personally baptizes Magdi Allam on Easter Sunday in Saint Peter’s Basilica to much fanfare. Why the show? I’m all for civil rights and free speech, but did he not consider that doing so could put a target on the back of every Catholic around the world? Couldn’t Allam have been baptized in his local parish like everyone else?

When Ratzinger became Benedict there was much talk about his extensive intellectual credentials. He speaks multiple languages with almost native fluency and has authored volumes on theology (i.e. historical fiction). But how could someone so smart do something so stupid? Arrogance, that’s how. He believes his own hype (that he was chosen by God) and is basically giving the finger to over 1,000,000,000 Muslims and, in the process, putting all Catholics in danger.

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The Muslim world needs to be engaged by the West. Not all nice and snuggly, but seriously engaged. They need to be educated them that our values like free speech, gender equality, and democracy are things we will never, ever give up. The message needs to be sent clearly that they don’t have to like our ways, but they’d better get used to them. Unfortunately, we won’t get to that kind of direct dialogue as long as high-profile religious zealots like the Pope continue to sabotage the way with unnecessary incitement. Baptizing a Muslim on Easter Sunday in Saint Peter’s Basilica?

That’s almost as bad a drawing a Mohammed cartoon.

Randall H. Miller is an American educator and blogger currently living in the Dominican Republic. He blogs daily at TheCandidacy.

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American educator and blogger currently residing in the Dominican Republic.

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Have you read the Koran, or studied how Islam came... by WML on Sunday, Apr 6, 2008 at 7:06:10 PM
Yes.... by RHM on Sunday, Apr 6, 2008 at 7:13:05 PM
What did Islam add to Christianity?  Did earl... by WML on Monday, Apr 7, 2008 at 8:16:29 AM
Is it just me, or does Ratzinger (gotta love that ... by John Haigh on Monday, Apr 7, 2008 at 6:28:59 AM
I definately agree with your last statement. Most ... by RHM on Monday, Apr 7, 2008 at 8:13:22 AM
Blaming the Pope for the actions of some of the mo... by Michael McCormick on Monday, Apr 7, 2008 at 8:14:38 AM
Nowhere did I make excuses for unacceptable behavi... by RHM on Monday, Apr 7, 2008 at 8:24:33 AM