‘The emperor’s words were, he (the pope) 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.”
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” (BBC website).
Islamists say that the Pope saying such things implies that Christains do not regard them as equal, and it has been condemned by the Pakistan Parliament setting off waves of protests.
Surely, the quotation publicised by the Pope is either true or false. If it is false, then there is no need to get upset. Simply show that it is false. If it is true, then it is true, and no amount of demonstrations will change it.
All the Pope said himself was that violence was incompatible with the nature of God. Is that really so bad? If Islamists believe that violence is compatible with the nature of God, then there is a difference of belief, which is important. Relations between the churches can only be maintained if they share fundamental beliefs.
Does Islam believe that violence is compatible with the nature of God? Yes or No.