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Submitted by Saul Green (United Kingdom), Sep 20, 2006 at 11:29

Dear aThinker

Whilst you can certainly point to the Crusades and so on, is it not the case that the Christians have 'moved on', as indeed have the Jews? In the UK, a country with strong Christian influences although not particularly keen on observance, Muslims, as well as Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and others, such as atheists like myself, are not persecuted by the Christian majority. There are of course a tiny few real racists who do assault or even murder people from ethnic or religious minorities. These people are not even nominally Christian.

With respect to the Crusades it is of course also instructive to reflect on the fact that the Islamic Caliphate twice fought to the gates of Vienna in (from memory) the 16th and 17th century, as well as having conquered most of Spain.

It is often pointed out that Christians persecute other Christians. Certainly this was true in the past but the nearest to that in the 20th and 21st century has been cases like Northern Ireland where two groups of fascist terrorists had nominal affiliation to the Protestant and Catholic churches respectively.In practice few of these turned up to church except for their 'military' funerals.

The Christians have moved on. Perhaps too far as they seem to spend most of their time apologising for their own existence.

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