Osama Bin Laden’s latest message, delivered Thursday, included a warning to Pope Benedict XVI.
Washington Post notes that the Vatican kept it a secret, releasing the news only an hour before the liturgy began. Allam is a noted critic of Islamic terrorism and a supporter of Israel, and has been receiving police protection.
Update: Magdi Christian Allam has written about his conversion–and he hopes indeed that it will be seen as a provocation–and that Christians will cease being “prudent” about evangelism in Muslim countries, and will step up and defend converts from Islam.
Update: Some Muslim leaders are wondering who is advising the pope on these things.
By the way, the guy was hardly a “prominent Muslim.” He is a journalist with a flair for grabbing headlines, who never practiced Islam.