Dec 25, 2006 1:11 am


Yes, there is freedom of religion in Israel though as Sarah, who sent me the article about Israeli plans to build a Muslim prayer room in the Lod airport comments, the Arab press is unlikely to report it. In a similar vein, a Muslim American Fulbright reported most indignantly that his Bangladeshi students were under the impression that Muslims were harrassed and discriminated against in America. They continually asked him how he can continue to live in such a country?

If only the same could be said about Egypt - There a Muslim who converted to Christianity has been arrested.

In Saudi Arabia you do not even have to try to convert to be sentenced to death. It is enough to be a Hindu whose taxi driver made a wrong turn while driving to the hospital where your wife had just gave birth in Medina.

No, I am not kidding. Jojo Josheph Of Edathua district in Kerala was on Monday ordered to be beheaded for entering the holy place of Median despite bar on non Muslims.

The Indian government intervened and he was released. The law has not been changed!

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Judith Apter Klinghoffer - 1/3/2007

You may be right. But all it proves is that democracies respond to just criticism. Since I wrote, Egyptian courts have refused to recognize the Bahais as members of a separate religion.

Maham Saleem - 12/27/2006

I think this plan to build a prayer room for Muslims in Lod airport is to wash out the criticism that the airport security recieved when they kicked out Muslim clergy dressed in western clothes but talking in "Muslim" off an air plane.

It is to stop the media who are booing the situation and this incident.