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Submitted by Erich Wieger (United States), Oct 26, 2010 at 15:05

I've read some of your comments Michael, about life for Copts in Egypt as I recall. Thanks for your response. One writer, perhaps it was Raymond Ibrahim, said that the fundamental idea of what a human being is in Islam is that he is a slave under a totally regulating Law of fear--a particularly Arabic Law. The fundamental idea of what a human being is within the Christian faith, is that he is a son, specially inhabited by the Spirit of the holy and loving God. Of course only a minority are devout in their faith, but these fundamental ideas of what humanity is, echo through the cultures dominated by these two contrasting faiths. The really pitiful thing is that the Islamic idea manages to strangle the Christian idea through that totalitarian Arab Law of fear. The thing that I really do not know, is if Jewish communities have any vibrant recorded history they can point to in Islamic countries (that would prove the common refrain that life was better in Islamic lands, for them), or if they too would acknowledge that it was an existence that was severely monotonous, punctuated mostly by massacres and conversions to Islam. Their flight to the Land of Israel does not suggest that Islamic lands were hospitable to their true human needs.

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