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To preach is the duty of the believer of an idea and tectonic shift in attitude

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Submitted by Prashant, Jan 30, 2019 at 18:20

Dear Dr Pipes,

Conversion of people from one religion to another is always a sensitive topic. I know that both Islam and Christianity are big on converting people to their way of thinking and life. When religions try to convert others with a missionary zeal, many bad practices and attitudes creep into the process and that is why the idea of conversion is detested.

I have heard that Judaism is only barely or half-heartedly interested in winning converts (I might be misinformed). As a Hindu, I know that Hindus will just give away one of their principles or inventions to others for free than ask anyone explicitly to convert. Not one Hindu preacher --and there are dime a dozen even in the USA-- will ever ask you to become one. They take pride in saying that no one has to convert to Hinduism to be a good human.

I think that is the wrong policy. Both Hinduism and Judaism must be proselytizing religions. Ideas get better when they are discussed with others. Religions become better when they are presented to others with the intentions of winning others over (without using acrimony and force). Some times I wish that I should preach Judaism to others even without becoming a Jew!!

I read your article about tectonic shift in attitudes toward Israel in Arabic countries several times. I have also commented on this article in the past. It is good if people's attitude toward Israel is changing. But, unfortunately, there are just too few Jews in the world for the population to be sustainable. When they talk about the last synagogue in Mumbai, Cochin, Karachi, Baghdad or Kabul, it just hurts!

As an objective entertainer of ideas, I believe that no good idea should die. I have similar thoughts about Hinduism. But that topic for some other day. Luckily Hinduism is in no danger of becoming unsustainable in any short term.

I am not aware of the entire history but in the last one century, the contribution of Jews and Israel to the world's science/technology/arts has been disproportionately high (let us not even try to compare it with the contribution of the Islamic regimes). I just wish Israel was a thousand times bigger and there were more Jews doing more of the good thinking that they do.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

You are correct that Judaism is not a proselytizing religion.

Diaspora communities may be shutting down but Israel is in no danger of running out of Jews.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
2To preach is the duty of the believer of an idea and tectonic shift in attitude [385 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
PrashantJan 30, 2019 18:20247428
Conversion [431 words]Ali BabaFeb 4, 2019 23:25247428
1Our dear Ali Baba صلى الله عليه وسلم is free to leave Islam! [207 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 5, 2019 15:38247428
Our dear Ali Baba صلى الله عليه وسلم and Islam is the cultural imperialism of the Arabs [240 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 5, 2019 15:54247428
2The bottom line message for Ali Baba [129 words]PrashantFeb 5, 2019 23:29247428
Our dear Ali Baba صلى الله عليه وسلم is not aware that Allah also says that the Jews are polytheists! Which is a big fat lie! [592 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 6, 2019 06:34247428
1Our dear Ali Baba صلى الله عليه وسلم and science in the Qur'an Mashallah! [388 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 6, 2019 10:59247428
1Our dear Ali Baba صلى الله عليه وسلم and Muslim castes in India and Pakistan and so much for equality among "believers" in Islam! [212 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 6, 2019 13:32247428
1Our dear Ali Baba صلى الله عليه وسلم and his bogus history! [518 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 6, 2019 15:25247428
Our dear Ali Baba صلى الله عليه وسلم disagrees with his Allah! Why? The Qur'an is clearly against proselytization [347 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 7, 2019 06:06247428
5Our dear Ali Baba صلى الله عليه وسلم can you comment on the attack on the Ahmadi village in Bangladesh? [126 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 13, 2019 06:27247428
But Ahmadis are safe in the middle east, right? [29 words]JeffFeb 14, 2019 22:12247428
New attitudes to Israel [3 words]Jon PurizhanskyJan 29, 2019 19:59247415
Enemy of my enemy is my friend [323 words]AnonJan 12, 2019 15:25247113
What Zephaniah Said About Zion: Tectonic Shifting Comes Later [227 words]MToveyJan 7, 2019 17:12247027
1Are Arab-Muslims really warming to Israel? [335 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Raul MarksJan 1, 2019 17:00246931
Guiding the perplexed our dear Raul! [108 words]dhimmi no moreJan 5, 2019 09:05246931
Our dear Raul and the latest in the strange world of Indian and Pakistani Muslims [119 words]dhimmi no moreJan 5, 2019 11:33246931
Fact checking DNM regarding Q930 and Q931 [177 words]PrashantJan 7, 2019 22:38246931
1The author of the Qur'an claims that the Jews are polytheists! No I'm not kidding [283 words]dhimmi no moreJan 8, 2019 15:00246931
Christians are polytheists [67 words]Raul MarksJan 8, 2019 19:05246931
Guiding the perplexed our dear Raul! Part 2 [743 words]dhimmi no moreJan 9, 2019 15:50246931
4Guiding the perplexed our dear Raul and Muhammad converted to Judaism! I'm not kidding! What a disaster [316 words]dhimmi no moreJan 9, 2019 16:08246931
Dear readers: Our dear Raul tell us why is polytheism bad and why is monotheism bad! [35 words]dhimmi no moreJan 9, 2019 16:11246931
1I'm embarassing myself? [5 words]Raul MarksJan 9, 2019 22:58246931
Our dear Raul: Muslims are polytheists and pagan! [328 words]dhimmi no moreJan 10, 2019 06:02246931
Our dear Raul and Isiah 42! The top subject discussed by every tablighee and his cousin! [27 words]dhimmi no moreJan 10, 2019 06:58246931
1Our dear Raul is asking: "I'm embarassing (sic) myself"? Yes you are! [73 words]dhimmi no moreJan 10, 2019 16:11246931
1Our dear Raul al-tablighee your prophet needs help! His brand of monotheism was refuted by the Jews and the pagans with Mecca! What a disaster [106 words]dhimmi no moreJan 10, 2019 16:34246931
1Islamic arguments get lost in frivolity [520 words]PrashantJan 10, 2019 22:18246931
Touche [13 words]Raul MarksJan 11, 2019 00:04246931
Our dear Raul and argument from "yous" and "tho"! You need to stick to Urdu And the Islamic comedy goes on and on [140 words]dhimmi no moreJan 11, 2019 16:45246931
The genius Raul is quoting the Bible which means that he disagrees with his Allah astaghfirullah! [180 words]dhimmi no moreJan 11, 2019 17:00246931
Guiding the perplexed our dear Raul and Muhammad converted to Judaism! I'm not kidding! Part two [81 words]dhimmi no moreJan 11, 2019 17:22246931
Our dear Raul and the Quranic disaster that Jesus is the "word" and "spirit" of Allah [233 words]dhimmi no moreJan 12, 2019 08:10246931
Our dear Raul is not aware of Mark 12:29 and the God of the Christians is One! [97 words]dhimmi no moreJan 12, 2019 08:16246931
4Prashant: Sunan Abi Dawood is all Ahadith Sahiha! [214 words]dhimmi no moreJan 12, 2019 08:37246931
Our dear Raul and more Quranic disasters: Allah can have a son! What stops him? He does not have a girl friend! [224 words]dhimmi no moreJan 12, 2019 11:12246931
Our dear Raul wrote: "Christians are polytheists" His Allah says in Q5:17 that Christians are monotheists! What a disaster [121 words]dhimmi no moreJan 12, 2019 12:32246931
1Why can God be both alive and dead and at multiple places at the same time [66 words]PrashantJan 12, 2019 16:06246931
Our dear Raul repeats the same nonsense written in Tablighee web sites! And what is better than quoting a Kafir writer! [89 words]dhimmi no moreJan 13, 2019 09:55246931
Our dear Raul and the tablighee question: "Which one is the correct Bible"? [234 words]dhimmi no moreJan 14, 2019 17:18246931
Prashant: The Qur'an says that the OT is not corrupted! Attention: Our dear Raul and our dear Robert! [205 words]dhimmi no moreJan 15, 2019 12:07246931
1Our dear Raul: Every tablighee and his cousin are wondering: Which sect of Christianity is the correct Christianity? [94 words]dhimmi no moreJan 16, 2019 12:07246931
1Absurdity of Islamic theocracies [255 words]PrashantJan 16, 2019 19:52246931
1Our dear Raul and every tablighee and his cousin are lecturing kuffar about the fate of their native populations! [158 words]dhimmi no moreJan 19, 2019 07:06246931
Our dear Raul and our dear Robert and the bogus Quranic miracle of "Number 19"! [431 words]dhimmi no moreJan 19, 2019 10:06246931
Allah says that the Jews are polytheists! So do you disagree with Allah our dear Raul? [65 words]dhimmi no moreJan 19, 2019 10:12246931
Our dear Raul صلى الله عليه وسلم and more Quranic disaster! Allah wears a burqa? [214 words]dhimmi no moreJan 26, 2019 12:27246931
Clarification for Dr Pipes [329 words]Raul MarksFeb 4, 2019 17:27246931
Our dear Raul is back! I wonder why! [183 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 5, 2019 15:24246931
More gems from our dear Raul! Arabs v Non Arab converts to Islam! [230 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 8, 2019 06:02246931
Re: Dhimmi No More's psychoses [6 words]Raul MarksFeb 14, 2019 23:39246931
Our dear Raul and camel's urine! [44 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 15, 2019 16:20246931
Our dear Raul صلى الله عليه وسلم clearly has no answers! I wonder why? It must be that he was not aware that we kuffar don't buy his nonsense [74 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 15, 2019 16:29246931
Our dear Raul and " psychoses"? Seriously? [36 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 15, 2019 16:39246931
Not Brazil! [120 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Dan SchwartzDec 31, 2018 20:57246918
5Leftists in India are no different from leftists everywhere else [420 words]PrashantDec 28, 2018 17:06246839
Intersectionality seems to be a factor. [133 words]David HoffmanDec 28, 2018 13:14246830
Which comes first, intersectionality or anti-Semitism? [43 words]Paul RothbergJan 7, 2019 08:50246830
or eternally shifting sands? [69 words]Rea1ityCheckDec 27, 2018 22:49246808
1Muslims in Europe are keen on having Western countries turn against Israel [59 words]Anon.Dec 27, 2018 20:02246806
Two more reasons for for the tectonic shift of the left towards Israel [68 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
stan sujkaDec 27, 2018 08:37246794
1Social media may be what is causing the Left to get isolated [420 words]PrashantDec 27, 2018 20:27246794
First there was hatred of Israel, then came the Palestinians [88 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Andrew SchonbergerDec 27, 2018 00:15246785
1Two Muslim worlds - two attitudes towards Israel. [65 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Ephraim LiorDec 26, 2018 23:42246784

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