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  • solstice

    Professor Mead, your attempt to draw a moral equivalence between Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism by pointing to the recent treatment of Muslims in Burma and the Balkans is reprehensible. Christianity (in its current forms) does not consider apostasy, homosexuality, or blasphemy to be capital offenses, does not advocate armed warfare against and subjugation of unbelievers, does not advocate stoning for adultery or amputation for theft, and does provide divine sanction for taking women as sex slaves.

    Even as an atheist who despises Christianity, I can state unequivocally that Christianity (and pretty much every other religion) holds the clear moral high-ground over Islam. While atrocities have been committed against Muslims by non-Muslims in recent times, only in Islam does committing atrocities carry divine sanction in mainstream doctrine. All of the (mainstream) schools of Islamic jurisprudence agree on the barbaric punishments for apostasy, blasphemy, adultery, and theft. They also all agree on the necessity of waging armed jihad to spread Islam and the legitimacy of taking infidel women as concubines (the Qur’an refers to such women as “what the right hand possesses.”) The progenitor of Islam (Muhammad) is described in canonical Islamic texts as beheading all of the men of a Jewish tribe (Banu Qurayza), taking the women and children as slaves, and sleeping with a nine year-old child, and Islam is the only religion that promises an eternity of sexual pleasure for those who “kill and are killed” while waging warfare against unbelievers.

    You should be ashamed of yourself for denigrating people who rightly point out the moral depravity of Islam as “smug.”

    • Fat_Man

      Amen. I kept reading this expecting it to say that the violence was caused by Christians banging their faces into the fists of Muslims.

  • Disappeared4x

    Egypt’s tourism has been damaged more by the 2013 closure to the public of St. Catherine’s Monastery at the base of Mt. Sinai, near Sharm-el-Sheik. St. Catherine’s has an authentic letter of protection signed by Muhamed himself, apparently meaningless to the MB or ISIS Islamists.
    Jordan sustains a significant Christian minority since John the Baptist, and many Iraqi and Syrian Christians have sought refuge in Jordan. Despite decades of out-migration, Lebanon’s population is estimated to still be 40% Christian.

  • Angel Martin

    Any country with a significant moslem population is liable to have church attacks.

  • charlesrwilliams

    The issue with Islam is that its fundamental, authoritative texts encourage the subjugation of non-Islam communities. Islam foments communal violence. So while it is true that many Muslims are peaceful people and many Muslims have suffered violence from other religious communities, the tenets of Islam itself inspire violence against others as a religious duty.

    In the twentieth century Christian Arabs promoted Arab nationalism as an alternative to Muslim subjugation. It didn’t work.

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