Throughout much of the Islamic world, the practice of Christianity and Judaism is severely restricted, if not outlawed. The Freedom House report said Saudi publications "state that it is a religious obligation for Muslims to hate Christians and Jews" and that, under Saudi law, Muslims who convert to any other faith "are to be put to death."
In a column four years ago, The Washington Post's Richard Cohen wrote: "The Arab world is the last bastion of unbridled, unashamed, unhidden and unbelievable anti-Semitism. Hitlerian myths get published in the popular press as incontrovertible truths. The Holocaust either gets minimized or denied.... How the Arab world will ever come to terms with Israel when Israelis are portrayed as the devil incarnate is hard to figure out." Little, if anything, has changed since he wrote those words.
Despite the Western diplomatic talk about Arabs and Palestinians living in peace with even a geographically reduced Israel, the Arab world demonstrates no intention of coming to terms with Israel or the Jewish (or Christian) people, unless it involves their complete subjugation to Islam or deaths.
The State Department acknowledged for the first time during the Clinton administration that Christians -- from China, to the Sudan, to the Middle East -- have become the most persecuted faith group in the world. Yet those persecutors are not pressured into the kind of sensitivity training Muslim groups in America demand at the slightest slight, whether actual, imagined or concocted.
Acceptance of this Islamic double standard creates a significant threat to the United States.
Islam is like the bully on the block, pushing and stomping on anyone else because they believe they have an inborn right to do so; but whining to high heaven when pushed back by their victims. Sensitivity training for the Mullahs? Straight talking about human rights violations from the Saudis? Honest dealing from the Palestinians?
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