While much has been made concerning the Pope's inflammatory comments concerning Islam, other points are being ignored that should cause just as much concern. Granted, few people disagree with these other things so it's little wonder that they're getting less coverage, but I thought to bring up a quote from his speech and see what people thought here.
In the Western world it is widely held that only positivistic reason and the forms of philosophy based on it are universally valid. Yet the world's profoundly religious cultures see this exclusion of the divine from the universality of reason as an attack on their most profound convictions. A reason which is deaf to the divine and which relegates religion into the realm of subcultures is incapable of entering into the dialogue of cultures.
Notice especially the last sentence. As we, atheists and agnostics, do not agree with the ideas of religion being rational, we are accused of being anti-cultural. Seems that several of the people recently who have been writing us about our supposed dismissal of religious beliefs have an ally in the Pope.
Every one of your relationships to man and to nature must be a definite expression of your real, individual life corresponding to the object of your will. -Erich Fromm