--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Irmeli Mattsson" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > I just cannot see the speech as offensive. The quotation becomes > offensive only, when it is taken out of the context of the whole speech. > The pope is quoting a Christian Byzantine Emperor, who is trying to > challenge an educated Persian by his claims and questions. > I have very difficult to imagine that the Christians would feel deeply > hurt and offended had the claim been made by a muslim about > Christianity.
It really depends who holds global power. Muslims feel under attack nowadays by Christians, so there is a strong tendency by Muslims to feel every slight, real or imagined, because it is the Christians who are in power. Those who would view this situation logically or dispassionately miss this point. There is a popular talk show host on TV in the USA, Dr. Phil McGraw, ("Dr. Phil") who speaks about 'psychological sunburn'- a phenomenon whereby a person or group feel so upset about the practices of another, that even expressions that are not offensive, but that remind the upset group of abuse, are only dealt with by outbursts of violence and anger. The situation isn't helped any by those in the West who then point to this logically misplaced anger and declare the angry group as extremists and madmen. To subscribe, send a message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Or go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ and click 'Join This Group!' Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/