Truce in the God Wars
Bahrain To Get First Catholic Cathedral
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  • Honk

    Darn nice of the Bahrainis.

    • Andrew Allison

      Worth noting that Bahrain is one of the four-or-five Shia-majority Islamic countries in the world. Would that the Sunnis were as ecumenical!

      • Honk

        I don’t think it is a Sunni-Shia thing, I think it is a Bahrain thing. They have always been the Middle east’s Nevada.

        • Andrew Allison

          It’s nevertheless noteworthy that one of the four-or-five Shia-majority Islamic countries in the world (as opposed to, say, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf states) is so tolerant. It occurs to me that a violent reaction to so-called “apostasy” represents a lack of confidence in one’s own beliefs.

          • Honk

            It is odd. Of course, the Shia’s have Iran to balance things out.

          • Andrew Allison

            Maybe. But we should keep in mind (as the Shiites apparently have not) that Sunnis represent almost 90% of the world’s Muslim population.(

          • sunpapushi

            The UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman all have churches almost exclusively serving the large expatriate populations. From experience, I can tell you that the UAE has churches of many denominations.

  • Corlyss

    The betting pool is now open on whether the cathedral will be blown up before completion or after . . . I’m sure the Sunni Bahrain rulers are aware that this paints a big bull’s eye on their little pile of sand.

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