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Anne - your assertions don't stand the test of logic

Reader comment on item: Was Barack Obama a Muslim?
in response to reader comment: background

Submitted by Sully (United States), Jan 3, 2008 at 10:01

You wrote "mixing of races and religions eventually breeds tolerance"

Perhaps you should take a trip to the library and read up on Somalia, Nigeria, Bosnia, Kosovo, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Los Angeles along the dividing line between the Hispanic and African American gang territories, France during the Reformation, Spain during the original Conquest and then the Reconquista, the Middle East during the rise of Islam and then the Crusades, or any one of a hundred other places where religions and/or races have mixed, or rather come in contact, for they seldom actually mix very well - that's why there still are races.

It would be a lot more realistic to assert that mixing of races and religions eventually results in ethnic or religious cleansing, forced conversion and/or carnage on a large scale. There is, to be sure, some hope for eventual homogenization over the long term; but it's highly likely, on the historical record, that an ocean of blood will be spilled before that occurs.

And - prior to reading your preposterously over the top Notsi comment I had read both the article and all of the other comments on the thread. I think you need to make a major adjustment to your outrage filter.


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