Friday, December 10, 2004

Islam and West are not 'Separate'

From Jack Straw, the British Foreign Minister

"We are told by some that the so-called secular "West" is doomed to clash with countries of majority Islamic faith. In its most extreme form, that view is promoted by the fanatics and terrorists who thrive on hatred, and strike at every symbol of tolerance and understanding."

"we reject completely the view that Islam is doomed to clash with the so-called "West".

For a start, the two are not separate entities. The Turkish city of Istanbul was for centuries a centre of Christendom, and retains a rich Christian (and Jewish) heritage today. St Paul's letter to the church at Ephesus is part of the Christian bible."

ZAMAN DAILY NEWSPAPER (2004120914590): "iations now, in line with the recomm"

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