Last week in an address in Germany, Pope Benedict, apparently with approval, quoted a Byzantine emperor condeming the prophet Muhammad as “evil and inhuman” for his alleged command “to spread by the sword the faith.”Naturally, the Muslim world is outraged demanding a complete apology. Turkey is threatening to cancel the papal visit slated for November.
There are two possibilities here. Either Benedict spoke out of ignorance or out of malice. In either case he personally (not through some papal flunky in Rome) should give the world wide Muslim community a full-throated and clear apology.