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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Words and deeds

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In a recent speech in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI touched off an uproar by quoting 14th-century Byzantine emperor 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.

In a letter to the editor today, David Brown of Newton takes the pope to task for his "stupid and hateful" comments about Islam, yet writes that the core problem is not what the non-Muslim world thinks and says about Islam, but how some in the Muslim world choose to react.

"The real problem is that far too many practitioners of this religion -- especially those living in the region we most identify with the religion -- choose to act in an uncivilized, barbaric manner," Brown writes. His opinion awaits yours in the Globe West Message Boards.

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