You may not always be infallible, but when you're right you're right
So Pope Benedict gives a dry, scholarly lecture defending the importance of reason in religion (a topic that should be dear to the heart of most UUs), in which he happens to quote a medieval Byzantine emperor who noted that there is a tendency toward violence within Islam, and that it is evil. An excerpt:
"In the seventh conversation edited by Professor Khoury, the emperor touches on the theme of the jihad (holy war). The emperor must have known that Sura 2, 256 reads: 'There is no compulsion in religion.' It is one of the suras of the early period, when Mohammed was still powerless and under threat.
"But naturally the emperor also knew the instructions, developed later and recorded in the Qur’an, concerning holy war. Without descending to details, such as the difference in treatment accorded to those who have the 'Book' and the 'infidels,' he turns to his interlocutor somewhat brusquely with the central question on the relationship between religion and violence in general, in these words:
"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.
"The emperor goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul:
"God is not pleased by blood, and not acting reasonably is contrary to God's nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats... To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death....
"The decisive statement in this argument against violent conversion is this: not to act in accordance with reason is contrary to God's nature...."
And some Muslims get so insulted that they start shooting nuns and burning churches, just to prove the Pope wrong.
Except that instead, they prove him right.