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Submitted by Bos (United Kingdom), Jul 17, 2007 at 09:41

There have traditionally been Christian communities in Muslim lands because they were christian lands when the Muslim armies invaded. There are now Muslim communities in western lands because they have been allowed to emigrate to these countries with full equality under the law and freedom of religion. (No Dhimmi style tax required)

As for the Muslim who wants to pray in Cordoba cathedral because it used to be a masjid, I think he should be allowed then he and the pope could attend mass at the ummayad Masjid in damascas, after all it was a church, then they could pick up the Chief Rabbi of spain and all pray together at haram al sharif, after all it used to be the jewish temple, then constantinople..........sorry I mean istanbul, for a good old pray in .........I dont need to list the whole itinerary, you get the message, but then the muslim the pope the Rabbi and the agnostic (with a sincere desire to find God) could all pray at the Kabba (after all it was originally built as a shrine to the one God without specific revelation, Bible, Quran or Torah)

Your suggestion that the persecution of christian communities is in some way an understandable reaction to the actions of another countries army is simply sickening nonsense and you would do well to remember it and feel shame next time you hear about an innocent muslim suffering a backlash because of terrorism or a sectarian riot.

The Australian Grand Mufiti is wrong, the strongest claim to Australia rests with the aboriginies, the only claim the immigrant muslim community has rests on a prior validation of the once colonial state that imposed itself in Australia and accepted them as immigrants, This presumably would be a validation on the basis that contempary Australia is peopled by descendents of the original invaders not the actual invaders and a return to europe would be an injustice as big as the original crimes of there ancestors. This would be the same logic that legitimises the assertion that Syria, Iraq, Morroco, Tunisia, Libya Egypt etc are the Arab world rather than occupied territories.

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