“It was definitely his remarks as well as the Byzentine emperor’s. I think he knows that Muslims can not ever touch him as Muslims can not protect their third holy mosque…”
2. Diaa Rashwan, an analyst in Cairo, Egypt, who studies Islamic militancy.
“The declarations from the pope are more dangerous than the cartoons, because they come from the most important Christian authority in the world — the cartoons just came from an artist.”
3. Pope Gets it Wrong on Islam by Prof. Juan Cole (Read more in http://www.juancole.com/2006/09/pope-gets-it-wrong-on-islam-pope.html)
“He (Pope Benedict) notes that the text he discusses, a polemic against Islam by a Byzantine emperor, cites Qur’an 2:256: “There is no compulsion in religion.” Benedict maintains that this is an early verse, when Muhammad was without power.
His allegation is incorrect. Surah 2 is a Medinan surah revealed when Muhammad was already established as the leader of the city of Yathrib (later known as Medina or “the city” of the Prophet). The pope imagines that a young Muhammad in Mecca before 622 (lacking power) permitted freedom of conscience, but later in life ordered that his religion be spread by the sword. But since Surah 2 is in fact from the Medina period when Muhammad was in power, that theory does not hold water.”