With two unfortunate words, “evil and inhuman”, applied to the prophet Muhammad, Pope Benedict XVI last week in the sleepy confines of a Bavarian university lecture room set back relations with Islam several eras.
The comment has called down the wrath of Muslim extremists and the shocked dismay of Islamic moderates. Threats have been issued not only to the papacy but the entire billion-strong community of Catholics. One popular jihadist website operated from Kuwait declared that Catholics “are doing everything in their power to extinguish the light of God” and called for violent retribution.
John Cornwall, Sunday Times, 9/24/2006
The sentiment in Cornwall's article is rot. But the comment about the website in Kuwait is gob-smacking.
The article itself is a revelation in the perversity of some kind of Western critics of the pope.