re: #34 Charles
Have you been to the middle east?
I have. Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Turkey, as well as Israel and Saudi Arabia.
I’ve also had many a long discussion with my sister-in-law, a Phd professor of middle eastern history and Islamic culture at a large University.
She’s sympathetic to the plight of muslims, but she also knows that there are serious problems within Islam that is causing a lot of death and destruction in the world.
In saudi arabia, Shia are also heretics as well as numerous other sub-Islamic factions. Interestingly, despite some outstanding differences between Islamic sufism and wahabbist theology, both see shariah law as crucial to their beliefs.