Originally posted by ProfEmeritus
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Which of the many Christian churches throughout the Muslim world do you wish to go attend services at?
Proto- let me address this from my experience. Before traveling to Saudi Arabia as a consultant for the United States military, I was warned not to
bring any items such as a bible, a cross or even a religious medal, because I would be arrested. Once in Saudi Arabia, I was told that there were no
churches that I could attend. When I went on to Cairo, the most liberal of the Middle Eastern Islamic nations, the closest I could get to a Church was
a Coptic church. I have traveled extensively in the Islamic world, and Christianity is anathema to most of those nations.
Yes, when in Rome it's wise to do as the Romans do. Sadly I am one of the few people who realize the whole world is Rome now!
But embracing the same systems we abhore in others is not an answer in my opinion.
Striving for the lowest possible common denominator is easy, but it is not very progressive or quality oriented.
When seeking to dominate through a moral high ground, which is the basis for the justification of U.S. Military intervention in much of the world (The
real reason you were in Saudi Arabia) it's actually important to be on the moral high ground.
This is all theatre and manipulation and most of it is about exploiting superstitions and fears, which is what so many nations try to do through
exploiting religion and making religion and state the same.
The Divine Right of Kings.
Do you really want the U.S. Government to exercise that same kind of dictatorial process, and open the door to a precedent that might make you a
compulsory member of the laity of just one very specific state sponsored religion, where politics and religion become one in the same?
The easiest way to have that happen is to start persecuting people along religious grounds and eliminating religions that the majority doesn’t
Once that religion and those people are gone, then what will be the religion, or denomination the majority doesn’t want?
Keep in mind with each elimination that Majority will grow larger, and politically more powerful.
They will become more dictatorial as a result.
I don’t consider this an issue, because no one of any denomination is going to drag me off to any church, or force me to abide by any rule.
They will die or I will die trying.
Seems to me a lot of people are just going looking for trouble, even to the extent that they make the trouble.
Considering it’s all being orchestrated by the media, and the center of the controversy is an Imam with long standing ties to the U.S. State
Department and FBI you would think more people could perceive that they are being manipulated on a grand scale.
Trust me when I say the ultimate goal of that manipulation is nothing like the ultimate goal of the people emotionally reacting to this issue.
Give peace a chance, and the truth is that it’s a community outreach center and a mosque, with the community outreach center being an inter faith,
So why talk at your ‘enemies’ when you can talk with them and become friends?
Maybe that’s what is so frightening to people, having to abandon a one way dialogue for a two way one.
This isn’t Saudi Arabia, but it will end up as something far worse if people don’t relax and take a chill pill and start thinking with their minds
instead of their hearts.
Thanks my friend.