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ICC Note: Yet again, Muslims prove the point of the Popes quote about Islam. They are violent. They are threatening to slit the throats of anyone who is a Christian. Do they not see they are making people see the truth about Islam when they act with violence?

Al Qaeda threat to ‘slit throats of worshippers of the cross’

9/18/06 Islam ( Al Qaeda militants in Iraq vowed war on “worshippers of the cross” and protesters burned a papal effigy on Monday over Pope Benedict’s comments on Islam, while Western churchmen and statesmen tried to calm passions.

Iran ‘s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei joined a chorus of Muslim criticism of the head of the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics, calling the Pope’s remarks “the latest chain of the crusade against Islam started by America ‘s (George W.) Bush”.

The Pontiff said on Sunday he was deeply sorry Muslims had been offended by his use of a medieval quotation on Islam and holy war. But he stopped short of retracting a speech seen as portraying Islam as a religion tainted by violence.

While some Muslims were mollified by his explanation for the speech made in Germany last Tuesday, others remained furious.

“We tell the worshipper of the cross (the Pope) that you and the West will be defeated, as is the case in Iraq , Afghanistan , Chechnya ,” said a Web statement by the Mujahideen Shura Council, an umbrella group led by Iraq ‘s branch of al Qaeda.

“We shall break the cross and spill the wine … God will (help) Muslims to conquer Rome … (May) God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the mujahideen,” said the statement, posted on Sunday on an Internet site often used by al Qaeda and other militant groups.

In Iraq ‘s southern city of Basra , up to 150 demonstrators chanted slogans and burned a white effigy of the Pope.

“No to aggression!”, “We gagged the Pope!”, they chanted in front of the governor’s office in the Shi’ite city.

With some clerics calling it the start of a new Christian crusade against Islam, the Vatican has instructed its envoys in Muslim countries to explain Pope Benedict’s words on Islam.

The Pope had referred to criticism of the Prophet Mohammad by 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus, who said everything the Prophet brought, was evil “such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached”.

The head of the world’s Anglican church, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, defended Benedict.

Questions had been raised on whether a papal visit to Turkey in November could go ahead, but Ankara , while calling his remarks “ugly”, said there were no plans to call it off.

In Somalia , an Italian nun was killed on Sunday in an attack one Islamist source said could be linked to the dispute. The Vatican said it hoped the killing was “an isolated event”.

A senior Chinese Muslim expressed anger over the Pope’s comments, Xinhua news agency said. This was in contrast to Chinese reticence over last year’s publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a Danish paper that sparked violent Muslim protests elsewhere in the world.

Chen Guangyuan, president of the Islamic Association of China, was quoted as saying: “Benedict insulted both Islam and the Prophet Mohammad. This has gravely hurt the feelings of the Muslims across the world, including those from China .”

About 100 Indonesian Muslims protested peacefully over the Pope’s remarks outside the Vatican embassy in Jakarta .

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