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Submitted by Frahad Navkhoda (United Kingdom), Jun 28, 2007 at 05:52

Dear Berry,

there was never a Christian Roman Empire. I think it incredulous that the glory of the Roman Empire can be claimed as Christian glory. Christianity had an impact on the Roman Empire during it's decline, when those living in desperate times were seeking new and frankly any answers. Christianity stifled the bohemian and create nature of Roman civilisation. Christians adopted the pagan festivals and practices during this period to secure new converts and to appeal to the masses. You are correct in claiming that marauding Northern Germanic tribes were responsible for finally destroying the Roman Empire, these were more likely to be the ancestors of most Americans then those that lived in the Roman Empire. Physically, you are unlikely to be the descendent of Romans.

...this so-called 'Judeo-Christian' society we live in is more a 'Neo-Judeo-Greco-Roman' civilisation. Everything we value today such as democracy, philosophy, science and love of learning is thanks to these three civilisation. The Renaissance ensured we returned to these values inspite of any inquisitions, decrees and declarations of heresy that the chuch issued at the time. Culturally therefore, you are a descendent of Greco-Roman culture.

If the Jews were treated so bad in Muslim Andalucia, why then did the Christian rulers Isabella and Ferdinand force them to either convert to Christianity or leave their children and wealth and leave the dominion. These same Jews were invited by the Ottoman Calipha to settle in his Empire. Your selective interpretation of historical events is at odds with acedemia and long established truths.

I don't think you cared to ask Jews how they perceive their time in Andalucua relative to their experience in Christian Europe, not sure why American Christians have appointed themselves spokepeople for the Jewish experience, i'm sure Jewish people are more than capable of conveying their own experience and probably better in explaining American history in general.

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