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gordon's Avatar Jump to comment 23 by gordon

Another interesting fact I noted in Yemen and Saudi. Whilst they will put up with you being a Christian (although not a Jew in Saudi, although they are a little more relaxed with Yahoodis in Yemen), what they simply cannot understand is you not having any belief in a God, or even worse being of the opinion that, on the balance of probability and evidence, God does not exist. That certainly causes a glitch in the matrix. Also, sooner or later they would extol the benefits of Islam and try to persuade me to take a second wife. I would explain that I already have one and that was enough. This would always end up with the conclusion that I had a ‘bit on the side’. Muslim men they would say, have more morals as they do not need to do this, as they can simply take another wife.

I always came home with a Quran that someone had pressed into my hand to ‘help me understand the error of my ways’. Still, I have quit a collection now as well as a big collection of Jambias (knives) and an expert taste in qat. Not a good place for Europeans at the moment. Islam is going through it's Inquisition period at the moment. Let us hope that technology helps it move quicker than the Catholic model.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 19:28:28 UTC | #937304