We need you to convert to Wahhabism Akbar since we just lost one of ‘our faithfuls’ to ‘your faithfuls.’
I enjoy your sense of humor. Thanks. I am also interested in the discussion about “arab nationalism”.
I am of the opinion that we should never fear another person’s religion. People of different religions CAN live together given the right environment: freedom and rule-of-law. I would welcome learning about Islam or any other religion and really, I could if I spent more of my free time reading. I much prefer discussing such things with real people.
The thing that frightens me about Saudi Arabia is that foreigners have no legal rights. I feel as though I could get framed or thrown in jail for the rest of my life or have my head cut off (ref: Midnight Express). I don’t even think Jews are allowed to visit the Kingdom unless on a very special visa for company or political VIPs.
There are sects of Jews that are very open-minded and welcoming if you are secular. There are sects of Jews that think everyone is a “goy” and “less than them” if you are another sect. I believe, for example, that the religious Jews should, of course, do military service. The small anti-Zionist sects as well, and if they don’t like it, they can move somewhere else.
Back to arab nationalism. I don’t understand the controversy. Someone should know they’re “arab”. It is a race of people. They are usually muslim but not always, for sure. They were born in the ME. In the end, a person puts themself in the “category” they want to be in. I am American and I also consider myself a member (not “card -carrying”) of the Jewish People. And I am no better or worse than anyone else. It is just my identity.