[Pope] Benedict, in a speech in his native Germany, quoted a medieval Christian emperor who said Islam had only brought the world "evil and inhuman" things," such as "the command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
Speaking on September 12 at Germany's Regensburg University, where he taught theology in the 1970s, the Bavarian-born pope chose to quote a written criticism of Islam by Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus. Manuel ruled the Orthodox Christian empire from what is now Istanbul in the 1300s.Benedict quoted a conversation that the emperor wrote about having with "an educated Persian."
The quote read: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."...Benedict then repeatedly quoted Manuel's argument that spreading the faith through violence is unreasonable, adding, "Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul.
Wow, the Pope has balls! What a "ChristoFascist" as liberals would say. Of course, Muslim leaders were quick to go hysterical, because spreading the Islamic faith by violence is central to Islam. Violence is hardly "unreasonable" to a Muslim; it's called "Jihad", which is the duty of every Muslim.
It is also the Muslims' duty to speak taqiyya and deny that violence is their mission just before they kill you shouting "Allah Akbar!".
This was indeed a very important event. True, reform of radical Islam must come from within, but it is up to the West to keep pressure on Muslims until they are shamed by their silence as their Islamist buddies routinely murder in the name of "Allah".
Instead, look for goofy Muslims to start rioting and killing innocent people in protest of the Pope's message that faith should not be spread by violence. Just be glad that the Pope did not draw a silly cartoon of Muhammad.