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Christianity vs. Islam, Christians vs. Muslim

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Apr 4, 2016 at 09:30

Dear Mohammed Waza Khiddif id'Ullah,

Two points.

Sunni vs. Shia is a conflict within Islam, no different in principle than that between Roman Catholics, and other Christians, such as the Orthodox churches, or the Protestant. But they are all agreeably Christians united on principle through their belief in the Divinity of Jesus. So any Christian is qualified to say whats Christian - and in fact we have seen quite a bit of reconciliation among the diverse Churches of Christianity in their relations to one another especially from the vantage point of the Vatican.

Regarding the 1,000 old Crusades. This was not a minor skirmish, as you suggest. That's why "Crusade" is still viewed as a horrible word among Muslims - the Europeans were the uncivilized, Barbarians at the time. Furthermore, my point was that this happened that long ago. Among all of the Abrahamic religions there was violence, and resistance to Progress and Modernity. However, all of the major religions have learned to be peaceful in relation to the "Other" - except for Islam and Muslims. In reality, Islamophobia is justified. Living among many Muslims, or a Muslim community, there exists the real danger that someone Muslim will show up with a Suicide Belt in a crowd and blow himself, or herself, up - and take you with them. But it's more likely that one would win the Lottery, or get hit by a care without a bomb if you live in the West; nevertheless, 9/11 did happened in Manhattan, but in 2001.

In brief, Islam is going through its own "Protestant" revolution today, whereas Christians had it 500 years ago.

Incidentally, regarding Progress, its somewhat enlightening that the Suicide Vest was Perfected (not Invented) by Muslim Palestinians in Israel and Palestine; before that Muslim Palestinians resorted to the tactic of Airplane Hy-jacking. But the Wall in Israel-Palestine was erected out of the Islamophobia that a Muslim Palestinian might show up to kill Jews in Israel. It was effective. But now we have a regression - Muslim Palestinians are resorting to their ancient weapon of the Dagger - but they no longer carry their curved beautiful weapon by their side, and now go for the hi9dden butcher knife instead, or sometimes use their car. This is all Islamic Martyrdom, and Jihad, among Palestinian Muslims. But it isn't condemned by the vast majority Muslims of the world. And even Jordan and Egypt, although the countries and leaders have made Peace, the peace is a cold one as far as the majority of the Muslim people are concerned. Could that be because the Koran does not say nice things about Jews?

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