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By Raymond Ibrahim. The Stream, January 13, 2023

Raymond Ibrahim, author of Defenders of the West: The Christian Heroes Who Stood Against Islam and Sword and Scimitar, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Rosen Friedman Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute.


“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.”

In certain respects, this is the sentence that Pope Benedict XVI will be remembered for. And while those who cite it do so to disparage and dishonor his memory — to portray him as an “Islamophobe” — that notorious assertion is of profound significance.

An Assertion Based on Knowledge and Experience

Pope Benedict read the above assertion on Sept. 12, 2006, during his Regensburg address on faith and reason. He was quoting Eastern Roman (or “Byzantine”) Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos (b. 1350). An erudite and pious man, Manuel knew much about Islam, both abstractly and experientially. …

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