Instapundit has a good round-up of reactions the the Muslim Street’s latest hissyfit. I particularly like Jacob T. Levy’s contribution, drawing the distinction between a political leader, who of course shouldn’t be in the business of judging which religion is right, and a Pope, who absolutely must be in that business. The problem, of course, is that much of the Muslim world doesn’t accept this distinction. And note Levy’s footnote:
*(And therefore, in religious substance, the speech is a much more serious attack on various kinds of Protestantism, including the President’s, than it is on Islam; the status of reason and philosophy in Islam is complicated and contested, whereas in the personal-revelation brands of Protestantism it’s pretty much dismissed.)
And yet you don’t see too many Evangelical Christians burning Benedict in effigy on CNN, do you?