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Reciprocity is the backbone of civility

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Submitted by Dan Goorevitch (United States), Jan 2, 2007 at 14:23

Or the grandest church of Byzantium, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, for centuries a mosque and now a museum – it too should be made available for Christian services. The Vatican has made reciprocity the cornerstone of its relations with Muslims, and this looks like a simple place to start implementing that policy.

and don't forget, Dr. Pipes, that Jews are regularly removed by force by Israeli soldiers if they dare pray on the Temple Mount, on which the Haram al Sharif and its two mosques were much later built.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Not forgotten, but this denial of access is by the Israel government, and so not parallel to the other situations.

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