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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Jews and Muslims and Eternity Road

In a recent debate, Ahmed Younis compared anti-Muslim prejudice to anti-semitism:

He continued, "We believe that at its most extreme, this is no different than signs in the South that say 'no niggers,' 'no Jews,' 'no dogs.' This is no different than during World War II, cartoons that depicted Japanese-Americans as having buck teeth and big glasses."
This, in turn, produced some skepticism at Eternity Road:
What connection is there between the Jewish people, the gentlest and most accomplished identifiable subgroup of humanity, and a written, historically enacted proclamation that "infidels" must be converted, killed, or forced to pay tribute?
Well … 1900 years ago we Red-Sea pedestrians were just as nuts as today's Muslims. There was a revolt similar to the 911 attack. (The general attitude of Jews of the era is described in the well-known documentary Life of Brian.)

In any case, monotheistic religions usually look forward the day everybody believes in the Truth. The details may differ …


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