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CO-EXISTENCE does not exist in Saudi Arabia, the Gaza strip, West Bank, Kenya, the Sudan, and in parts of India and Pakistan

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Submitted by DrRJP (United States), Feb 16, 2008 at 21:54

Brohi wonders:

I don't understand the logic and reason; why I would have a problem if some one wishes to practice his or her religion and live their lives according to their beliefs.

With all due respect, the problem is that you would be prevented from practicing your own religion and living according to your beliefs if you were part of the religious minority in any one of a hundred states that have a zero tolerance`policy towards other forms of worship and religious beliefs.

I think that CO-EXISTENCE is a great thing, but it will never happen in the Middle East where Jews are treated as animals being led out to slaughter, and Christians are not far behind.

If you cannot see this problem, then you must have lived, from the time of their birth, in a place totally isolated from the outside world, where the day-to-day realities of religious and ideological conflicts are too many and too destructive to ignore.

I cannot imagine any free-thinking Pakistani claiming that they "could not find a single state in the world which prohibits minorities from practicing their religion and implementing their religious dogmas on themselves"

Look in your own, back yard.

How could a Pakistani NOT KNOW about the religious and ideological wars fought between Pakistan and India for the past 90 years?

Have you any idea what would happen to you if you wanted to openly practice a non-Muslim religion, like Christianity, in the Muslim state of Saudi Arabia?

At the very least, you would receive about 100 lashes and be thrown in jail.

However, what's more likely is that you would be raped then killed by an angry mob before you even made it to the jail. Should you still be alive when you get there, you will be convicted of blasphemy, and you can kiss your head," Good-Bye," when the progressive Saudis order it chopped off.

The answer to your perplexed reaction is to realize that not every state is going to be as "benevolent"
as those you listed, and that many fundamentalist Muslim states around the world are extremely "intolerant , antagonistic and rude" towards non-Muslim minority religions.

The truth is just the opposite. Question: Excluding Iran, How many fundamentalist Muslim states in the Middle East exhibit a "live and let live" policy to Israeli citizens? How many fundamentalist Muslim states exhibit a "live and let live" policy to Jews?

If you answered, "Zero," you would still be too high.

What can I say, but that you would benefit a great deal from learning more about the religious and ideological conficts that are currently taking place around the world and in your part of the globe.

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