Posted by: N.S. Palmer | November 15, 2015

European Refugees in Muslim Countries

Islamic-Tolerance

By N.S. Palmer

Imagine that a terrible war occurred in Europe or America and some people wanted to escape to a Muslim country as refugees. The conversation would go like this:

Refugee: May I immigrate to your country?

Muslim official: Yes, as long as you’re young, healthy, have skills useful to our economy, have a sponsor, and you’re not Jewish.

Refugee: May I speak my own language?

Muslim official: No, you’ll have to learn Arabic.

Refugee: May I practice my own religion?

Muslim official: No, you’ll have to convert to Islam.

Refugee: What if I don’t want to?

Muslim official: You will be beheaded.

Refugee: What if I become unemployed?

Muslim official: You will be beheaded.

Refugee: What if I criticize the government?

Muslim official: You will be beheaded.

Refugee: What if I want to leave?

Muslim official: You will be beheaded.

Refugee: What if I’m gay? Does that get me beheaded?

Muslim official: Don’t be silly. This isn’t the Dark Ages. You will just go stand in line with other gays on top of a tall building. You might have to wait for a couple of hours, because the executioner has a full schedule this morning.

Refugee: Never mind. I’ll take my chances in the war zone.


Copyright 2015 by N.S. Palmer. May be reproduced as long as byline, copyright notice, and URL (www.ashesblog.com) are included.

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Responses

  1. Such a fascinating topic. It seems to me that where Judaism and Christianity have moved beyond the stage of being a political or governmental kind of religion into just being a religion, Islam never has. It somehow seems to take on the very worst features of Christendom of the middle ages while ignoring most (if not all) of the better ones.

    • JP, thanks for your thoughtful comment. I agree that it’s a fascinating topic, especially since a thousand years ago, the situation was reversed: Islamic countries were in some ways more advanced than European countries. Even people who’ve spent their lives studying the situation argue with each other about why it happened.


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