Sunday, September 17, 2006

Swiss Interior Minister on the Pope's Speech

Those lucky Swiss. Their interior minister has managed to, in clear terms, describe how a speech confronting a controversial issue but an important one to debate, the place of rationality in religion and faith in science, became a confrontation thanks to the carelessness of a professor new to the scrutiny of being Pope. Couchepin has cut through a lot of the empty rhetoric surrounding the issue on both sides. The Pope committed no great evil, his speech did not deserve the fury it has been getting from the Islamic world, however, the example he chose was a mistake for someone in his position.

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