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To: Sherman Logan

Yes, and one of the reasons Islam has spread is the concept of Jizya. The Jews who fled to Islamic countries found themselves facing a tax.

Depending upon your source, this tax was either very ‘fair’ and the subjects were treated like an ordinary citizen; or the person was forced to pay under penalty of death.

I don’t think you can go too far the other way, when it comes to Muslums. You cannot reason with a group of people who view suicide bombers, blowing up school buses, using their churches as arms depots and training grounds, mutilating their women, beating and murdering women who are simply accused of violating a taboo, cutting the heads off of non-combatants, ect. There is going to be a war of Genocidal proportions - and it’s going to be forced on us, by the Muslums.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jizya


12 posted on 02/08/2011 10:55:27 AM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Hodar

My comment was strictly historical in nature. Through much of its history, Islam was less adversarial towards Jews than the Christendom of the same period. This is a fact, and it is not that Muslims were so tolerant, it’s that the Christians were even worse.

For instance, a major reason Syria, Egypt, North Africa and to some extent even Spain fell to Islam with so little resistance is that the Jews and (non-fully-orthodox) Christians of these regions had been severely persecuted by the orthodox Christians of the Roman and Byzantine Empires for a long time.

Many of the Jews and “heretics” were less than active in resisting the Muslim advance, or even joined in the attack on the Empire or the Spanish Ostrogothic kingdom. They saw the Muslims as the lesser of two evils. They or their descendants may have regretted that decision at some point, but by then it was of course too late.

It is notable that the initial Muslim advance against Christendom was stopped dead the moment it left these areas of heterodox religion and resulting persecution.

I do not necessarily disagree with your analysis of present appropriate policies towards Islam.


14 posted on 02/09/2011 7:30:20 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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