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Submitted by trans-parere (Canada), Mar 27, 2008 at 11:08

Dear Bryan,

Good post. There is so much to be said for the premise of peaceful co-existence. However of both Christianity and Islam a singular tenet of these faiths stands implacably in the path of any peaceful co-existence. That is their stated 'right' to convert the unbeliever. To send out missionaries.The definite and decisive adoption of 'their' religion above all else. Their right to impose their interpretation of "Gods will" on believer and non-believers alike.

I'm afraid that for any true peaceful co-existence the practitioners of these three "Abrahamic" religions would have to make some foundational alterations that the "true believers" would not allow. The Jews would have to stop referring to themselves as "the chosen people". That whole thing got Christianity on the boil and of a matter of course their Messiah Jesus had to be the true Messiah. No chance of error there. So Christians would have to quit with the "one true God". And that got Muhammad wishing he had access to that kind of power over his fellow tribe members. And so Muslims would need to separate religion from their social and judicial systems.

These three religions have been culturally at each other throats since their conception and social power has always been the cornerstone underlying each "faith". The idea of "God/Allah" has been severely manipulated in the name of these systems of religion. And down the ages we have been conditioned to believe that God and religion are mutually inclusive. History has proven otherwise. Just as todays liberal social engineers in the democratic countries are promoting the inclusion of totalitarianism via Sharia. Believing that their socialism and their feminism and their liberalism can include Islamism.

We really need the principles of the freedom and rights of the individual to stand foremost and to be universally accepted and universally protected before any such peaceful co-existence can be attained. All these "isms" assume the right of the individual only to consume the individual. And that is the evil of all evils.

fare well fellow citizen

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