- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

AMMAN, JORDAN (AP) - Jordan’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood is urging Pope Benedict XVI to apologize ahead of his Mideast tour for his previous remarks about the Prophet Muhammad that many Muslims interpreted as insulting their faith.

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Jamil Abu-Bakr said Tuesday the pope must “clear the air” before visiting Jordan as part of a May 8-15 tour to the region.

In September 2006, Benedict quoted a Medieval text that characterized some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as “evil and inhuman.” The pope later said he was “deeply sorry” over the reaction to his remarks, and said the passages he quoted did not reflect his own opinion.

Abu-Bakr said the remark was insufficient and that a “clear apology” was required.

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