He's taking a beating today from Islamists who say he is "racist" and "fanning hatred." The dispute stems from his speech earlier today, in which he quoted a Byzantine Emperor who said, "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."
UPI reported that Benedict said "I quote" twice to stress the words were not his and added that violence was "incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul".
Rather than using the microphone the Pope gave them to join him in a dialge and to deplore the violence of Islamic extremists, the usual spokesmen for Islam simply rattled off the same old tired garbage about how misunderstood poor ol' Mohammad is.
Once again extremist Islam is revealed as a violent, enraged, obsolete and uncivilized perversion of this great religeon, while moderates reform adherents sit quietly on their hands, perhaps out of fear.