A HARDLINE cleric linked to Somalia's powerful Islamist movement has called for Muslims to "hunt down" and kill Pope Benedict XVI for his controversial comments about Islam.
Sheikh Abubukar Hassan Malin urged Muslims to find the pontiff and punish him for insulting the Prophet Mohammed and Allah in a speech that he said was as offensive as author Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses.
"We urge you Muslims wherever you are to hunt down the Pope for his barbaric statements as you have pursued Salman Rushdie, the enemy of Allah who offended our religion," he said in Friday evening prayers....
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Let this serve as a word of wisdom to all Muslims. If this pope dies, or is harmed, by the hand of a Muslim at any time during his papacy, it will dash all hope of Islam ever being respected in the western world again. Every inch of progress Islam has made in the western world, will be lost in an instant, never to be recovered. This won't be the same as May 13, 1981, when Mehmet Ali Agca (a Muslim) tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II. Back then the violence seemed senseless and unexplainable, besides most people suspected Agca was nothing more than a Soviet patsy. (Those suspicions proved to be true as revealed by CWNews here.) This time, if anything happens, people will know it was the act of a Muslim directed by the religion of Islam. People will know the religion itself is responsible. People will never forget -- ever. It's just a word of wisdom folks, based on my understanding of human nature. If I were a Muslim, I would be praying to Allah five times a day that nothing ever happens to this pope.