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Well, the Koran says all people of the Book, Jews, Christians should be respected, indeed Jesus (Issa) is a major prophet.  It seems that Saudi Arabia doesn't agree.   
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Chokh Raj 
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  Sent: Monday, September 13, 2010 5:37 PM
  Subject: Re: On this day/For Carroll in particular


        And they say it's a tolerant religion -- then who is intolerant, the religion or the people???

        CR


        --- On Mon, 9/13/10, Mikemail <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
          No diversity whatsoever - overt practise of any religion other than Islam is strictly forbidden.  No churches, temples, chapels or any religious buildings other than countless mosques, many quite attractive, but not usually in an ancient way, as befits Saudi Arabia. 
           Unfortunately, no Ampleforth outreach here, David.
            ----- Original Message ----- 
            From: David Boyd 
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            Sent: Monday, September 13, 2010 10:28 AM
            Subject: Re: On this day/For Carroll in particular


            Jerome's remarks chime with me after my experiences this Saturday, when, as part of Whitehaven UK town (the only place in the UK to have been attacked in a guerilla / terrorist raid by the American Navy, but we'll forget that, Mr. Jones...) we were treated to a tour of a few of the town's churches.

            In many UK towns now, doubtless mosques and temples might have been on the tour, but we covered a lot of the spectrum, from dour-ish Presbyterian/Nonconformists via Anglican 'Happy-Clappy' Low Church and Anglican High-ish Church to the visually stunning Roman Catholic Church, which is still operated by Benedictine Monks as a 'mission' from their very distant abbey.

            The common denominator in all this denominational diversity was very obviously the sincere faith; goodwill and tolerance of all those who met us and proudly showed us their places of worship and explained a little of their faith and even let some of our number have a try at ringing some changes on all their bells.

            For some TSE-content, suppose The Hippopotamus comes to mind - but what's the Biblical fragment - In my House there are many mansions.......etc.

            It was an all the absolute antithesis of bunker-mentality and hatred and bigotry, which is why I mention it here.

            (I can well understand Mike's discomfort in having to live in a far kess diverse and tolerant society.)
            )

            regards
            David
       




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