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Unsolicited manuscripts cannot benreturned unless accompanied by a self-addressednstamped envelope.nChroniclesn* MAGAZINE OF AMERICAM CUIIUIEn4/CHRONICLESnVol. 16, No. 1 January 1992nOn ^slam’nPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESnTomislav Sunic’s (“The Gulf Crisis innEurope,” May 1991) proposal of annIslamic conversion for neo-pagan WesternnEurope as some type of alternativencultural synthesis is an eyebrow raiser.nBut to state that the Moslem religion’sn”record of zeal and intolerance is nonworse than that of other monotheisticnbeliefs” is a denial of the historicalnevidence. The Eastern OrthodoxnChurch has a liturgical calendar full ofnmartyrs, and a long history of sufferingnas a direct result of excessive Islamicn”zeal and intolerance.” Volumes cannand have been written (see New Martyrsnof the Turkish Yoke, St. NectariosnPress, Seattle, 1985) on the subject.nThere is no correlative behavior to benfound on the Christian side.nIn an Islamic society. Christians areneffectively second-class citizens. Suchnhas been the case in the Middle Eastnfor centuries and so it continues to bennow in modern Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon.nFor a Moslem to convert tonChrist has been a crime punishable byndeath throughout Moslem history fornthe most part. An Islamic majority innWestern Europe can eventually benexpected to attempt to root out from itnthe last vestiges of Christian culture.nWhat traditional European culturenwould look like then can be witnessednin Turkish-occupied northern Cyprusntoday.n— The Reverend Alexander FecaninnOld Forge, PAnMr. Sunic Replies:nI did not mean to belittle the importantnrole of Christianity, nor in any waynsuggest that the Eastern OrthodoxnChurch may be inferior to Islam. But itnis difficult to deny that Christiannchurches also knew their own spectacularnhit parade of violence — adnmajorem Dei gloriam — which at timesnparalleled or eclipsed Islamic intolerancentowards Christians. Surely, onenmust agree that unlike Islam, Christiannchurches have discovered more rapidlynhuman rights, democracy, ecumenism,nand, last but not least, the secularntheology of the big buck. But all Chris­nnntian religions, including Eastern Orthodoxy,nat some point in their history,npracticed discrimination and genocidenagainst a wide number of “infidels.”nMircea Eliade was not incorrect whennhe wrote that “the intolerance andnfanaticism of the prophets’and missionariesnis the hallmark of all the threenmonotheist religions.” The alterophobianof Islam towards Christians duringnthe Turkish or Tartar Yoke was soonnrecompensed by the intolerance ofnChristian Orthodoxy, under the bannernof destructive pan-Slavism, againstnTurkic peoples, Jews, Catholic Poles,nLithuanians, etc.nWe all tend to exonerate our religionsnfrom historical scrutiny, and wenall resort to the convenient “spirit ofnour time” strategy in justifying ournown religious aberrations. For anchange, I would suggest to the ReverendnFecanin, T.R. Glover’s The Conflictnof Religions in the Early RomannEmpire (1909), which documents thencrimes committed by former Christiannmartyrs against pagans, who, just ancentury earlier made Christians looknlike martyrs. Also a good reference isnRalph W. Scott’s A New Look atnBiblical Crime (1979).nOn ‘South Africa’nIn my recent editorial on South African(Cultural Revolutions, August 1991),nthere is a sentence that reads: “Therenwas also a marked increase in attacksnignored by the Johannesburg police.” Itnshould have read, “. . . attacks onntown-councillors and off-duty blacknpolicemen, largely ignored by the Johannesburgnpress except for occasionalnreports.”nMy typing of “police” for “press” isna typo I regret, since I respect thenSouth African police, they were courteousnand helpful to me, and they carrynthe brunt of de Klerk’s ambiguity. Thensentence as it should have read representsna summary of a report by thenSouth African Institute of Race Relationsnthat had made a deep impressionnon South Africa during the days I wasnthere.n— Leo RaditsanFlorence, Italyn