“Let’s hope now that relations return to normal.” Normal = don’t quote anyone who says anything negative about Muhammad, even if you emphasize that you aren’t endorsing the quote. Normal = don’t say anything about Muslim persecution of Christians. Let the Muslim mobs do their work without “interference.” Normal = shut up, dhimmi.
“Imam of Al-Azhar hopes papal relations can ‘normalise,’” from ANSA, March 13 (thanks to Insubria):
Imam of Al-Azhar hopes papal relations can ‘normalise’ (ANSA) – Cairo, March 13 – Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, hopes the election of Francis I as pope can normalise relations with the Islamic world, the diplomatic advisor to one of the most influential figures for Sunni Muslims said Wednesday.
Francis’s predecessor Benedict XVI angered the Islamic world when in 2006 he quoted a past emperor who called Islam ‘evil and inhuman’.
Benedict’s appeals on the behalf of Christian minorities suffering attacks in the Muslim world were also seem by some as interference.
“Let’s hope now that relations return to normal,” the advisor, Mahmud Abdel Gawad, told ANSA adding that el-Tayeb will send Francis a telegram on Thursday.