yes Nastynice, you are correct, my point being that it was an additional tax not levied on Muslims within the ottoman empire, only jews(christians?)
also, there were strict laws regarding how where when the practice of Judaism was permitted, but as Ive tried to emphasize, Many Islamist are fiercly protective of the Prophet.
this is TAUGHT,just as in Christianity some are TAUGHT to be intolerant of variations of the Christ doctrine.
That is the FAILING of all the religions, in that they as a means to control their followers, use the threat of damnation for anything less then complete acceptance of the leadership presented by the Mullahs, the Pope etc.
If they preached acceptance, tolerance, inclusion, a..."we dont agree completely about things but its OK", instead of demonizing, casting curses of Infidel and the likes, demanding the exclusion of "touching our soil"..that is where the problems lie.
All anyone can do is school themself and use their own intellect, and hope others do the same
I honestly believe if we dumped a Trillion dollars collected from all the Abrahamic religious countries into the west abnk and gaza,returned the border to the Green line, built Houses, and schools, and parks, and libraries, the Free market be damned, just fix the place, like "habitats for Humanity",the Palestinian people would be happy with the corcumstances.Like I suggested, make Jerusalem a city state governed by all three religions ,have specific zones of religious observance, we should be able to get a grip on this.I identify as christian.
I donot let any christian leader, tell me one single word as to my relationship with my God.
how does he know any more then I what God thinks or wants FOR ME? the very notion is Blasphemous IMO, Let my God speak to me Himself,thank you very much(LOL).
But, i dont want to violate the rules of the site so Ill drop it.