Predictably, Muslims and dhimmi Leftists in Australia are enraged by Cardinal George Pell's truth-telling address in Florida, and -- again predictably -- labeling the entirely accurate information he presented about Islamic theology and history as a manifestation of his "ignorance" of Islam. But so far he is refusing to back down.
"Pell denies ignorance about Islam," from Australian ABC, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, says he is committed to maintaining a positive dialogue with Muslims.
Cardinal Pell has come under fire for comments on Islam he made to a group of Catholic businessmen in the United States earlier this year.
In the speech, Cardinal Pell urged Christians to read the Koran to better understand Islam.
But he said the sacred book repeatedly incited violence and that Islam was not tolerant of other religions.
Rahim Ghauri, from the Federation of Islamic Councils, says Cardinal Pell's comments are disappointing.
"I wish people of his calibre would give some positive statements so the world can come together," he said.
New South Wales Greens MP Lee Rhiannon says Cardinal Pell should resign.
"He is the leading Catholic he should be working for tolerance and respect."
'Open to dialogue'
However, Cardinal Pell has rejected suggestions he is uninformed about Islam.
"Isolated suggestions that I am uninformed on Islam are cliches, smokescreens to distract, to divert attention rather than address basic issues which need to be discussed," he said in a statement.
"Islamic terrorists are not a figment of anyone's imagination and the history of relations with Islam is full of conflict.
"I continue to be completely committed to dialogue with Muslims, to supporting moderate forces on all sides."
Cardinal Pell says people should read the Koran and his article in Quadrant and judge for themselves.
"We need a lot of continuing dialogue, based on truth, history and the current situation," he said.
Yes: read the Qur'an, and have a dialogue based on truth. How simple, how commonsensical, and how refreshing.