The Byzantine Emperor that Pope Benedict XVI was quoting was Manuel II Paleologus, who said:
“Show me just what Mohammed 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.”
I think this about sums up the idiocy of not only Muslim radicals hellbent on war, but of reporters who are so blind that they actually write something as asinine as this:
One top Islamist source told Reuters there was “a very high possibility” the attack was linked to controversy over a recent speech by Pope Benedict which angered Muslims who thought it showed their religion to be innately violent.
So the message is that you shouldn’t defame Islam by saying that it is inherently violent, or else Muslims will murder you.