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Re: Christian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces potential execution

September 28 2011 at 2:41 PM

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Response to Christian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces potential execution

I know you are referring to modern times, but examples of actual murders of Moslems, Jews, "witches", and others by Christian zealots in western Europe are plentiful if you expand your time horizon to past centuries. Europeans became tolerant and civilized only to the extent they abandoned religion.

How far should I go back to be fair to Islamic cases in the 21st Century, TT? I've not done an intense search but I'm reasonably sure there have been none in the last hundred years and fairly certain none in the last 200 years. Do I need to go back further?

On a slightly different note, I find it interesting that the rather frequent murders of "witches" and "sorcerers" in countries like India and Saudi Arabia don't tend to make front page news in western media. I wonder why that is.

I don't know. Why do you think that is?

Let me express something here. In my view this is not a criticism of Islam, though I'm sure some will see it as that. It is an indictment of theocracy of any nature. The combination of church and state are extremely dangerous and stories like this are the result. Unfortunately, in modern times it seems only adherents of Islam are asserting not only the desirability of a theocracy but the necessity of it. I oppose theocracy in any form

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It is the teaching of all history that liberty can only be preserved in small areas. Local self-government is, therefore, indispensable to liberty. A centralized and distant bureaucracy is the worst of all tyranny.

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