That\'ll show \'em

What would be the proper response to a speech in which the speaker quoted a medieval text about the shortcomings of Islam, and also said he did not agree with the assessment? Here's a wrong answer:

CAIRO, Egypt -- An al-Qaida-linked extremist group warned Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he and the West were "doomed," as protesters returned to the streets across the Muslim world to demand more of an apology from the pontiff for his remarks about Islam and violence.

The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups that includes al-Qaida in Iraq, issued a statement on a Web forum vowing to continue its holy war against the West. The authenticity of the statement could not be independently verified.

The group said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as "the worshipper of the cross" saying "you and the West are doomed as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. ... We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword."

These groups couldn't validate the Pope's remarks better if they intended to. I know moderate Muslims don't make for good news copy, but it would be nice to hear someone urging, you know, a rational response to academic criticism, not good old-fashioned bomb-throwing as the comments indicated they'd do.

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