Pope Benedict XVI strongly criticized Islam in a major document released Friday, saying it had led to some of the "greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice" ever known.
Sounds accurate. After what happened last year when the Pope quoted a 14th century text and all hell broke loose in the Muslim world, it's surprising he'd ever say anything negative about Islam again.
Well, he didn't. The above quote was edited by me. This is what the article really says:
Pope Benedict XVI strongly criticized atheism in a major document released Friday, saying it had led to some of the "greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice" ever known.
Run for cover! The atheists will surely riot, and protest, and kill, and maim, and mutilate! After all, the extremist element exists in all religions and groups, not just Islam. Right?
It's easy to pick on someone who doesn't fight back. Cowardly, but easy. Islam fought back, however inappropriately. But the Pope learned. Among cowards, the truth is irrelevant in the face danger.
For the record, this is the truth the Pope stated in his 2006 lecture at the University of Regensburg in Germany. It is a quote from "Dialogue Held With A Certain Persian, the Worthy Mouterizes, in Anakara of Galatia", written in 1391:
Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.