Last week Pope Benedict XVI quoted a Byzantine Emperor who stated that the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (or however you spell that this week) were “evil and inhuman.”
First, the Pope was quoting someone else’s words, and has made clear that they are not his own feelings.
Second, the original comments were made in the 14th century AD. As some of you may realize, the Byzantine Empire hasn’t existed for some time!
Still, the quote was immediately taken out of context, and a shit-storm naturally ensued. Protests and condemnation from around the Muslim world have been fast and furious.
In a possible act of retribution for the Pope’s words, Somali gunmen shot an unarmed Italian nun in the back, killing her at the hospital where she cared for women and children.
Let me repeat that: Somali gunmen shot an unarmed Italian nun in the back, killing her at the hospital where she cared for (their own) women and children.
That’s just fucked up, people.
Is anyone else getting the impression that a large part of the Muslim world has no humility, no self-restraint and no sense of humor? I’m sorry, but it’s getting hard not to draw those conclusions.