Pope warns of misuse of religion
By BBC NEWS
Added: Sat, 09 May 2009 23:00:00 UTC
Thanks to Brian for the link.
N.B. This is not a tryout for a Monty Python sketch or similar parody - this is a "serious" speech from Herr Papst. I'm sure Bill Maher or Jon Stewart could have fun with this. Just the title of the BBC article is all that they need. /Mike
Speaking in the King Hussein Mosque in Amman, he argued that religion was a force for good, but its "manipulation" caused divisions and even violence.
The pontiff is also due to visit Israel and the West Bank on an eight-day tour.
Analysts say he is keen to improve ties with the Islamic world. A speech he made in 2006 offended many Muslims.
Some groups in Jordan had called for him to apologise for the speech, in which he quoted a medieval scholar who criticised the Prophet Muhammad.
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