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Submitted by xtian (United States), Jan 31, 2006 at 17:17

Once again, I do believe that Muslims were protecting "their" land, but why were the Crusades initiated? Because Christian Byzantium was under attack. This was a defensive war, with a strategic counter-strike. Thus: Christinas were protecting their land.

The question is, were these lands originally Muslim? Did they become Muslim through un-coerced conversion, of the individual's own free will? Did these lands hand themselves over to the powers at Medina? No they did not, these lands were captured first through warfare, just like much of India was conquered. Whose lands did these belong to? Byzantium et al.

I do not believe warfare in the name of religion is justified in any way, and therefore I believe the Crusades were vanity. However, they were for defensive purposes initially.

And now to women. If a man has one wife, then he treats her with 100% of what he has (to make it simple). If he has two wives, it is impossible to treat both with 100% with his resources. He must give 50% to one, and 50% to the other--equaling 100% of his resources.

Both wives are thus treated equally, and I admit (however unlikely) that it is possible to do. However, is it fair to the wives to have only 50% when they could be having 100%. Sure its fair from the man's perspective, and he is probably doing the best he can. But what about from the wife's perspective? She is getting less than she could, and is being treated with less than she deserves (the 100% of resources).

Four wives means that each wife is only getting 1/4 of the attention she deserves, and even if the husband is working hard for them, it is not fair for the wives. And what about Muhummad? Why did he have 10 wives and 4 concubines? Not including Khadija he had 9, but even still that is more than 4 (it has been suggested that she had a marriage contract with M., and she had a considerable amount of financial power being older and the owner of a business, explaining his monogamy before the revelations).

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