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Pope Sorry After ‘Evil’ Muhammad Quote

by Scott Ott · 61 Comments

(2006-09-15) — Pope Benedict XVI today apologized for using a quotation in a recent speech that has offended Muslim leaders by implying that the religion of Muhammad has brought little good to the world, and much evil.

Speaking at a German university this week, the Pontiff 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.”

However, upon his return to the Vatican a contrite Mr. XVI today said, “I’m sorry if I gave the wrong impression about what Muhammad has done for the world. I was just quoting the old emperor. But upon further reflection, I was reminded of the mighty civilizations that Islam has spawned, and I marveled at their profound contribution to humanity.”

The Pope listed some of the best known predominantly-Muslim nations — Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh.

“Reciting the names of these Muslim lands makes me even more sorry,” he added.

A leading Muslim cleric in Baghdad welcomed the apology as he declared a Fatwa calling for the brutal execution of the 79 year-old Pontiff whom he referred to as “an infidel puppet of the Zionist pig baboons.”

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61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ms RightWing, Ink // Sep 15, 2006 at 11:36 am

    That’s okay. The Vatican was in bed with the Nazi’s during WWII, but after too many other people crawled in bed with them the mattress got a little to lumpy. Why not take the old tick mattress to the cleaners and try to invite some more friends in again.

    Hey, one lump or two?

  • 2 Ms RightWing, Ink // Sep 15, 2006 at 11:37 am

    ahem, I did say something, what’s up

  • 3 upnorthlurkin // Sep 15, 2006 at 11:41 am

    Everyone is back at the previous thread, doing my math trying to figure out how old Mig is today!! Happy Birthday, Mig!!!

  • 4 upnorthlurkin // Sep 15, 2006 at 11:42 am

    Oops! :-)

  • 5 RedPepper // Sep 15, 2006 at 11:50 am

    Ah yes. The Religion of Peace.

    ‘The last day will not come until the Muslims confront the Jews and the Muslims destroy them. In that day Allah will give a voice to the rocks and the trees and they will cry out, “Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him!”‘ — Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith

  • 6 Redhand // Sep 15, 2006 at 11:50 am

    Too funny, Scott, but if you’re not careful the RoP may issue a Fatwa against you.

  • 7 RedPepper // Sep 15, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    “Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other,
    and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient.”
    — Q 4:34

    “Allah permits you to shut them in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely.” … “Treat women well for they are like domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves.” — Tabari 9:113

  • 8 RedPepper // Sep 15, 2006 at 12:10 pm

    “There is no fun in Islam.” — Ayatollah Khomeini

    Seems to lack a few other things, as well …

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  • 10 MF in FL // Sep 15, 2006 at 12:23 pm

    Yeah, those are great lands spawned by Islam. Have any of them caught up to the 18th Century?

  • 11 Shelly // Sep 15, 2006 at 12:32 pm

    Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are always praising these same nations, so the Pope finds himself in good company. I’m wondering though, why did he leave the UN off the list?

  • 12 Darthmeister // Sep 15, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    There is no “I” in Islam … er, actually there is.

    If you infidel disbelievers don’t quit making fun of the religion of peace, we will kill, mutilate, behead and torture you - and not necessarily in that order.

  • 13 Darthmeister // Sep 15, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    I sent this out in my email before Rush read it on the air. Check out this commentary by Richard Miniter titled “A Deadly Kindness.”

    Treating Islamofascists with kindness has had an opposite effect on detainees in American prisoners. These people are veritable murderous animals.

  • 14 Darthmeister // Sep 15, 2006 at 12:58 pm

    Given the laughable antics observed in Muslim fundamentalists acting out their inner child in juvenile street riots because of mere words uttered by a leader of a religion they don’t even believe in anyway, from now on the “religion of peace” will be known as “the religion of perpetual outrage.”

    Our threats of violence shows the world how serious we are about our “religion of peace.”

    Don’t you dare disrespect Muslims you infidel Christian dogs and Jewish pigs.

    Of course Muslims want an honest give-and-take discourse on how we can live in peace with one another without compromising our core values … you give and we take.

    Sure you infidels respect us today because we’ve cowed you into doing so, but we Muslims still have some scores to settle from a thousand years ago.

  • 15 camojack // Sep 15, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    “I want a second opinion.”

    OK, you’re ugly too

  • 16 camojack // Sep 15, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    But seriously, Islamic extremists (A.K.A. “Islamofascists”) are not representative of most Muslims.

    Try THIS on for size, if you dare…

  • 17 Maggie // Sep 15, 2006 at 1:25 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday Mig.To know you is to love you.
    Have a wonderful day!

    Those of us who know you off line, know that you have a wonderful testimony of how you left liberalisn and became a conservative.

  • 18 RedPepper // Sep 15, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    #16 camojack: All Muslims are not Islamofascists. Most Muslims are not Islamofascists. However, only a tiny fraction of Muslims are seriously resisting the Islamofascists. I fear that most Muslims are like most Westerners: they fear the Islamofascists, hope and wish they would just go away.

    Sadly, that is not going to happen.

  • 19 da Bunny // Sep 15, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    Well, this “domestic animal” is comforted to know that Allah says I should be beaten, “…but not severely,” while being “shut up” in a separate room. “Obedience” is the key to my survival…
    PLEASE, someone needs to provide me with a rational explanation as to WHY liberal feminazis are anti-war against people who consider women to be inferior domestic animals deserving of physical abuse!!!???!!! Among all the senselessness of the liberal mindset, this attitude is beyond comprehension!

  • 20 RedPepper // Sep 15, 2006 at 1:50 pm

    How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

    Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science - the science against which it had vainly struggled - the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.
    - Winston Churchill (1899)

  • 21 Darthmeister // Sep 15, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    da Bunny … Bingo! It is unfathomable. I guess it’s part of the anti-Bush Derangement Syndrome.

    camojack, the Malaysian Prime Minister, himself a Muslim, say’s there is no such thing as a “moderate” Muslim … and he’s absolutely right!

    I used to hold out hope there was, but Muslim fundamentalists of every stripe (which describes about 95% of the Islamic world) are not and cannot be “moderate”. This is the dirty little lie even our own government tells us. That’s not to say they are all active terrorists, but the average Muslim certainly has sympathies with the terrorists.

    A “moderate” Muslim is a Muslim who doesn’t really understand his/her Koran. Even the Bush Administration has been propping up this sham. I would have hoped “moderate” Muslims would have risen up and proven us wrong by now.

  • 22 upnorthlurkin // Sep 15, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    Camo, I visited your link and notice under the “what’s new” portion of the website, there’s nothing more recent than October of 2003. Wha’ happened?! I hope the “owners” of the site weren’t “silenced” in typical Pieceful Muslim manner….

  • 23 Tony’s Baloney // Sep 15, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    It is written:
    “Many Turks see Benedict as a Turkophobe”

  • 24 upnorthlurkin // Sep 15, 2006 at 3:08 pm

    Don’t know how I missed this but, be sure and visit IMAO.US and read Frank J’s; “In My World; Stains” and RightWingDuck’s; “Christian Extremists” both from yesterday! (make sure you have nothing in your mouth)

  • 25 Possumtrot // Sep 15, 2006 at 4:30 pm

    When is the world going to realize that you can’t reason with rabid animals?

    If one of my beloved critters started snarling, slavering and lunging at me, I wouldn’t try to negotiate with a doggie treat; I’d reluctantly fetch a firearm and administer some euthanasia for an incurable disease. Then, not only would I be safe, but the other dog would be grateful, too.

    Regarding The Vatican’s proud history of support for National Socialism, I believe Joe Stalin’s response to The Pope’s disapproval was: “How many [military] divisions does he have?”

    There have been some goings-on over at United Possums International, some of them even worth reading. You don’t need to read below the 9/11 commentary and its postscript; the rest is mostly blather.

    (I know how old Mig is, but my birthday present to her is that I’m not going to say! Hope you enjoyed the card, you young whippersnapper!)

    To the dismay of many, still live and well from Scorpion Hill…

  • 26 JamesonLewis3rd // Sep 15, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    I’m getting a itchy, unsightly rash from the people who keep sayingad nauseum that President Bush wants to CHANGE Article Three of the Geneva Convention.

  • 27 Just Ranting // Sep 15, 2006 at 4:48 pm

    Ms RW re:1

    I think if Israel can accept the Church’s and the Pope’s apology for its poor decisions and lack of decisiveness during WWII you should be able to get over it by now too.

    As Christians we ought to build each other up and rejoice in our differences. Each denomination has enough sinfullness to go around. If God can forgive and forget our trespasses, maybe we ought to as well.

  • 28 JamesonLewis3rd // Sep 15, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    It occurs to me that, in all likelihood, those berserk, rioting Muslims we’re seeing on the tube didn’t even hear or read what the Pope said-somebody else told them, leaving out the context.

    That’s an assumption on my part, I know, but it doesn’t make any sense otherwise.

  • 29 RedPepper // Sep 15, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    For those who have not heard this news yet:

    ROME (AP) — Oriana Fallaci, a veteran journalist and author who challenged world leaders in uncompromising interviews and recently drew criticism for her vehement attacks on Islam, has died at 76, officials said Friday.

    Requiscat in Pace

    Full article here:

  • 30 Tim Gallagher // Sep 15, 2006 at 5:21 pm

    Hi MsRightwing

    The Catholic Church made many mistakes durring the 1930’s but Pius XII was not Hitlers Pope

    Please see

    Historian Refutes Claims of “Hitler’s Pope”

  • 31 mig // Sep 15, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    Hey all, thanks for all the birthday greetings!! I recieved a pineapple for a gift! I can’t imagine a more creative way to link the birthday place with the birthday gift. So for today I am just another pineapple. Aloha!

  • 32 Darthmeister // Sep 15, 2006 at 5:59 pm

    Pope Sorry After ‘Evil’ Muhammad Quote

    I thought love meant never having to say you’re sorry.

  • 33 California Conservative » Pope Benedict XVI is Right: Radical Islam Preaches Hate and Violence // Sep 15, 2006 at 6:03 pm

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  • 34 nylecoj // Sep 15, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    Here is a transcript of the Pope’s lecture

  • 35 Godfrey // Sep 15, 2006 at 6:18 pm

    Perhaps we can calm the Islamic masses by sending them free spinach.

    I hear we have a surplus.

  • 36 The Great Santini // Sep 15, 2006 at 6:20 pm


    In the righteous and holy names of Anwar the Assassin, Suleiman the Salacious, Khalid the Camel Bugger, Ahmed the Anus, and Daoud the Diddler of Young Boys—

    I, Sheik Mohammed the Muzzler Mahdi—High Caliph and Intolerant Imam of the Mosque of Rama-dana-ummah-ummah-ding-dong in Dearbornistan, Michiganistan, United States of Jihadiland—issue the following fatwa against that certain insolent infidel..woman…[cut to image of Sheik Mohammed coughing up a hairball]…who goes by the pseudonym da Bunny!

    This NMIOIS (Non-Man Infidel of Inferior Status), is hereby convicted, in absentia and without trial or evidence in accord with the innately just principles of shar’ia law as prescribed by UN mandate, of the following crimes against Islam:
    • Thinking while Inferior
    • Speaking while Inferior
    • Speaking after Thinking, both while Inferior
    • Anti-Islamist Attitudes
    • Walking her dog in public without staying 2 paces behind it and 2 miles behind her infidel husband
    • Going to the beach without an IED, a rocket launcher, and Katyusha rockets
    • Serially disobeying the diktats of Ayatollah Ruhollah Cockamamie
    • Dissing the camel of Mohammed, Allah’s only Prophet

    It is decreed that this accursed infidel be sentenced for her crimes as follows:
    • 1,000 sessions of Burkha Belly-Dancing
    • 1,000 viewings of the Kevin Costner movie epic, “Dancing with Goats”
    • 1,000 viewings of Usama bin Laden’s biopic, “A Thousand Clowns”
    • 1,000 trips to Mecca, Medina, Yemen, and the Black Hole of Calcutta
    • 1,000 trips to Kalahari Dunes, where she will engage in the favorite recreational activity of Islamist women, Beach-Blanket Burkhas
    • 1,000 retraining lessons in Subservience and Slavery under the tutelage of Scheherazade, the Saudi Shar’ia Sizzler.
    • A date with Michael al-Moore, for a viewing of his “Fahrenheit 451 Pounds”, followed by his favorite meal, 1,000 Quarter Pounders with Cheese™
    • 1,001 readings of “Arabian Rights”, by enlightened Islamist proselyte Jimmy al-Carter

    Unless she abjectly and wholeheartedly surrenders to dhimmitude for her crimes, it is ordered and adjudged that her throat be slit, in accord with benevolent and civilized precepts of Islam, the Religion of Piece!



  • 37 da Bunny // Sep 15, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    Godfrey…muwahahahahaha!!! I heard about the “spinach” crisis on the news. I’m certain the “masses” could use the nutrition, not to mention the favor we’d be doing our troops!!! :evil:

  • 38 kajun // Sep 15, 2006 at 6:28 pm

    mig is younger than several of my kids!


  • 39 da Bunny // Sep 15, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    WOW, Santini!! You’ve got this little infidel quaking in her flip-flops!!! Guess I shouldn’t have “dissed” that camel, eh? Now you’ve given me an “Inferiority” complex, and I fear a “non-pieceful” demise!! :shock:

    [guess you got my email, huh?]

  • 40 Ms RightWing, Ink // Sep 15, 2006 at 6:58 pm

    I guess many will read my statement and consider me to be anti-Catholic. Well, it is not the first time some folks haves disagreed over my comments.

    The Catholic church is as true Catholic church is. History is as history is. Will we look back 40 years from now, if we still tarry on this earth, and say the Methodists and Episcopalians along with liberal sects of the Lutheran churches were wrong for allowing homosexual pastors? I would hope so. I never can change history, nor will I rewrite the past. I can only pray for our Christian spiritual leaders of today.

    Don’t throw rocks at the past

  • 41 Ms RightWing, Ink // Sep 15, 2006 at 7:03 pm

    Oh, and let me remind us all that we are a site of satire. We often get into a serious discussion about politics, which is good but then we have a hard time blending between serious and satire. #1 was mostly satire as a went back to re-read the comment.

  • 42 JamesonLewis3rd // Sep 15, 2006 at 7:03 pm

    RE: #34~~
    Thanks, nylecoj~~

    Now that I’ve read that transcript I would have to say that in this lecture the Pope said, basically, “Can we talk? Can we be reasonable?”

    Unfortunately, we see the response and, again unfortunately, it’s not likely to change any time soon.

    The rest of the paragraph, immediately following the sentence which has caused mass hysteria in the Muslim world:
    “The emperor, after having expressed himself so forcefully, goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. “God”, he says, “is not pleased by blood - and not acting reasonably is contrary to God’s nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats… To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death…”.” (emphasis mine)

  • 43 The Great Santini // Sep 15, 2006 at 7:05 pm

    da Bunny-

    Channeling Mongo (Alex Karas) in “Blazing Saddles”:

    “Sheik Mohammed only pawn in game of life”.

    [Yup. I got it.]


  • 44 Beerme // Sep 15, 2006 at 7:19 pm

    And here I thought Daud the Diddler was dead, PBUH (Purees Be Upon Him).
    Oh Muhammed the Muzzler Mahdi!
    You forgot the ultimate crime, naming herself after the exalted rabbit, famed as an attacker of the Infidel, former president, Jimmy Carter, though he has now seen the error of his ways and is supporting Jihadistan, Peas Be Upon Him.
    InSh’Allah, she will suffer the infestation of a thousand Dearbornistan party store owners for this crime, Pureed Peas Be Upon Them!

  • 45 JamesonLewis3rd // Sep 15, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    President Bush drew a line in the sand this morning and put the onus on those without a plan to act like Americans and come up with one-or else.
    I think he took quite a risk.
    I hope and pray this double-dare-ya strategy works.
    The “civilization” of which he spoke in his speech the other day may very well depend on it.

  • 46 Rock Slatestone // Sep 15, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    Ah, yes. How did I miss all the good things.

  • 47 RedPepper // Sep 15, 2006 at 7:53 pm

    mig, Happy Birthday! Sorry I’m late to the party!

    Eat your pineapple! (Normally, I’d have something positive to say for spinach; not 2nite tho …)

  • 48 nylecoj // Sep 15, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    JL3 re #42, my thoughts exactly, but what else can we expect, they only know what they are told.

  • 49 Ms RightWing, Ink // Sep 15, 2006 at 9:11 pm

    Is it to late to wish Mig a happy birthday?

  • 50 Darthmeister // Sep 15, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    #36 da Santini Man,


    That was truly Monty Python type material. It gives new meaning to the advertisement blurb, “I’d walk a mile for a Camel.”

    Khalid the camel bugger indeed!

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  • 52 RedPepper // Sep 15, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    The Yahoo! News headline reads, Turkish lawmaker compares Pope to Hitler.

    Rumors that Salih Kapusuz is being groomed by George Soros to run for the U.S. Senate in 2008 could not be verified.


  • 53 The Great Santini // Sep 15, 2006 at 11:10 pm

    First Amended FATWA

    Let the accursed name of infidel Beerme, Purveyor and Peparer of Polluted Pilsner, be added to the original fatwa. Consistent with Islamist holy writ, the Q’ran, all alcoholic beverages (except the blood of Zionists and infidels) are forbidden. As Ayatollah Cockamamie declared: “There is no fun in Islam.”

    May the Pees of Allah, mixed with goat dung, rain down upon infidel Beerme for his coarse jesting about Islamist proselyte Jimmy al-Carter, which insulted Allah the Beneficent, Peaceful, Magnanimous, and Flatulent!!!

    In the holy name of Allah and Mohammed his prophet—lineal ancestor of Daoud, Diddler of Young Boys and all-around Nice Guy—k-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ill!!!

    Allahu Akbar, and may all pees be upon Allah.

    By order ofSheik Mohammed, Imam of Ad Homs and Mullah of Muck


    Remember Ol’ Khalid’s motto, lifted from the Q’ran: “A jumped camel is a humped camel.” Insh’allah


  • 54 The Great Santini // Sep 15, 2006 at 11:13 pm

    Well, durn…forgot to add the “stop bold” command to # 53. Duh-wee. Oh, well…the Sheik is pretty overheated continuously.

  • 55 mig // Sep 16, 2006 at 7:22 am

    In reference to #53….

    You are one funny guy. May spinach rain down upon you and make you very strong.

    And Peta will demand that the Camel keeps his legs crossed.

    Thanks Red Pepper. Birthdays are great. The kids payed for a night on the town for thier ole mom.

  • 56 Mrs. Kajun // Sep 16, 2006 at 7:43 am

    Happy Belated B’day, Mig. Guess you and I are the only ones up so early on a Saturday morn. Good Morning!

  • 57 Right Mind : Pope Sorry After ‘Evil’ Muhammad Quote // Sep 16, 2006 at 1:36 pm

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  • 58 mig // Sep 16, 2006 at 3:31 pm

    Good afternoon now Mrs. Kajun!

  • 59 mig // Sep 17, 2006 at 5:27 pm
    “Whoever offends our Prophet Mohammed should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim,” …
    “We call on all Islamic communities across the world to take revenge on the baseless critic called the pope,” he said.

    She was a 70 year old religious sister. They shot and ran. Chicken hearts.

  • 60 » Blog Archive » Why the Pope Apologized // Sep 18, 2006 at 12:34 pm

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  • 61 mccain.blogging // Sep 18, 2006 at 12:44 pm

    Great post. See also:

    “Why the Pope Apologized”

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