IN PAIR OF ESSAYS NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, GMU PROFESSOR COMMENT ON IRONY OF CRITICS OF PAPAL SPEECH

September 27, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In a pair of essays published today by TCS Daily and FrontPage, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Professor Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law comment on the dramatic irony of many of the critics of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent lecture to academics at the University of Regensburg.

Noting the widespread violence in both word and deed carried out by many of those protesting, one commentary remarks: “ All of this and more to protest the pope quoting a long dead monarch of a lost empire who had, in Benedict’s words, the ‘startling brusqueness’ to contend that Muslims of his time obeyed Muhammed’s ‘command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.’ Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.”

The TCS Daily op-ed can be accessed online by clicking here, while the longer article for FrontPage, online journal of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture directed by author and civil rights activist David Horowitz, can be accessed by clicking here.