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Submitted by Don (Pakistan), Dec 29, 2007 at 01:52

It's untrue that people are not born Muslim. Christianity is a personal choice one makes at some point, regardless what his/her parents' faith is. My birth certificate, or any American's or Europeans, doesn't have a religion stramp on it, nor do any of my state or official documents. In Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Kuwait, and several Islamic countries a child's birth certificate is stamped with "Islam" as his or her religion, on the day the baby is born. This entitles this person to benefits others in the country without that stamp are not entitled to, like jobs when they reach adulthood, or affiliations with particular political parties, or even whether that child can attaend particular public schools, or, in the case of Pakistan, get a free education at all.

This stamp will also be on other documents as the person grows into adulthood. This separates Muslims from the infidels and keeps the infidels at a lower social class and in some cases requires extra taxes or some sort of service. I've lived for long periods of time in both Kuwait and Pakistan, and have spent a lot of other time in other Islamic states, and I have seen with my own yes my friends State ID cards and documents. I have myself been stamped "Christian," so Kuwaiti authorities knew that I was not a Muslim. And when these reports come out that "Islam is growing faster than any other religion," the real reason is because people ARE born Muslim and Muslim women average between 5-6 children just in Europe alone, much less Islamic states; it's not because people are converting to Islam more than they are Christianity.

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