Pope Benedict XVI is given a dove by Mustafa Sarigul, the mayor of the Sisli district in Istanbul, during a visit to Istanbul's Holy Spirit Cathedral December 1, 2006. Benedict's tour of Turkey winds up on Friday looking like an across-the-board success for his effort to repair battered relations with Turkey's Muslims. REUTERS/Stringer (TURKEY)I love surprises, so I got kinda excited when I read this sentence in Reuter's report about the Pope's visit to Turkey:
"The Pope's dreaded visit was concluded with a wonderful surprise," wrote daily Aksam on its front page.Yay! What was it? A stirring medley of show tunes? Flying Bicycles for everyone? A scantily-clad nun popping out of a cake? Sadly, no:
"In Sultan Ahmet Mosque, he turned towards Mecca and prayed like Muslims," popular daily Hurriyet said, using the building's official name.That's it? The wonderful surprise was just the Pope pivoting on his Prada loafers and praying in a certain direction? And then *poof* it's all like the Crusades never happened? Seriously?
OMG, religion is soooo totally stupid.