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Prelate's Commentary on the Mohammed Drawings

2/15/2006 - 5:15 AM PST

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"If the Other Really Became My Brother!"

RABAT, Morocco, FEB. 15, 2006 (Zenit) - Here is a translation of a commentary entitled "If the Other Really Became My Brother!", written by Archbishop Vincent Landel of Rabat, in response to the publication of cartoons on Mohammed in the Western press.

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If the other really became my brother!

Is not this the question one must ask given the debate in the media?

If the other really became my brother, could I question the faith that makes him live?

Could I ridicule his beliefs in one way or another?

If the other really became my brother, could I speak of freedom without living respect?

If the other really became my brother, could I reject him with violent acts against his person or properties?

If the other really became my brother, could I allow myself to speak negatively about him behind his back? Could I allow myself to destroy even his privacy?

If the other really became my brother, I could really meet him in truth; we could speak simply, even if we don't agree on everything.

If the other really became my brother, meeting with him would make me grow, and I am certain he would also grow.

If the other really became my brother, our gazes would meet and a real smile would illuminate our faces.

If the other really became my brother, what an exciting world we could build!

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Cartoon, Muslim, Royal, Martyrdom, Islam, Mohammed

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