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Reader comment on item: How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations]

Submitted by Lisa (Canada), Feb 20, 2006 at 21:01

Dear Amir

Do not think that I am trying to attack or point fingers. Laying the facts about history is honesty that everyone appreciate in an unbiased debate, the way I see it is that you are hurting your case by trying to defend or justify what is wrong.

I am trying to be fair, It is nice to show the whole picture and try to be fair so people will actively hear you, I was very impressed with Muslims contribution to this forum and so many times embarrased with unreasonable attacks on them by my people.

Amir, you have proved the point I am trying to make with your reference. Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palastine etc were christians before Islam conqured the lands. When you say that Lebanon is an artificial country it is like saying that France is artificial country. Phoenicians were the founders and first people to live and creat Lebanon. If you ask a Lebanese today about his nationality, they will say that they are Phoenicians, Christians were the majority, and yes you are right Christians fled out of the country because of the civil war. Obviously Christians lost, the percentage of Christians now doesn't exceed 30%.

Please read your reference
"Perhaps the most important event to occur in Egypt since the unification of the Two Lands by King Menes was the Arab conquest of Egypt. The conquest of the country by the armies of Islam under the command of the Muslim hero, Amr ibn al As, transformed Egypt from a predominantly Christian country to a Muslim country in which the Arabic language and culture were adopted even by those who clung to their Christian or Jewish faiths."

My point was when you call Christians minorities, it is actually not a correct statement, because the land was originally for Christians, all Middle East were Christians. When you say that Islam provided three choices when conquering a country (Convert to Islam, Pay tax or war), the people at that time didn't have much choice, poverty was the main reason Christians converted to Islam and thats exactly my point. It hurts so many Christians when you keep talking about minorities Christians.

The same happened in the place that Christianity was founded, muslims and Jews are fighting over palestine/Israel, have any one asked what is the situation of Christians there. I have been there recently, Christians are between two problems, occupation and the continuous intimidation by muslims, they don't have the freedom to even exist there. They are now 3% of the population and soon will probably vanish by fleeing to the West.

Peace be with you

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