reply to post by dethduck
It is unusual, but not unique.
With the Jews at least one can convert through a process.
There are many forms of religion where you cannot arguable fully convert without some racial admixture from that group.
Some Rastafarians will not allow white converts (in SA at least), some of the Nordic pagan groups will not admit non-Germanics, and good luck waking
up feeling you want to be a Native American shaman, and you're not even American! You'll probably never get a passport based on your faith in other
Then they just call you a "wannabe"!
The current Western ideal of non-racism in the major religions is the exception rather than the traditional rule.
And even in religions that pay lip service to non-racism, there are still racial issues - have we seen a black pope?
In some other faiths you remain a semi-convert, always being questioned.
Even in ISKCON only devotees with "Indian bodies" may enter certain temple spaces in India.
In Judaism you can join, but if you're born with a Jewish mom, you are never considered a non-Jew, even if you follow another faith.
So in that sense it is a race from birth, but you can convert.
Discrimination against Jews has also never been clear on racial or religious definitions.
Even Jews who converted to Christianity during the reconquista could still be called before the Inquisition.
One has to consider the history of whatever one joins.
In Islamic countries apostasy once you are a Muslim is even a crime.
So the mixture of race, religion and nationality is not unusual.
In fact, even in nominally "Christian" countries the "correct" mixture is more likely to get you in as an immigrant.
Not unusual at all really.
In the US and other countries with religious freedom you can convert and begin the process.
There's nothing stopping you, and no conspiracy.
edit on 10-6-2011 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)