Wow! I am amazed. Because I didn’t write “some” muslims, or “some” followers of Islam, my friends and readers assumed that I hate all.
For the record: I DO NOT HATE ALL MUSLIMS! In fact, I don’t hate all anything. I do hate some who do not practice tolerance, especially having been the subject of a lack of tolerance in my youth (by “Christians” not acting very Christian). I return the hatred of those who hate me because I am a Jew, and I scorn the hatred of those who hate me because I am an American Jew.
Strangely, the place I found the greatest number of those haters were in my own country–yep, in America. Even here in Vietnam I have never met someone who hated me because I am an American, and all over SE Asia I met many, many people who elevate me to some imaginary pedestal BECAUSE I am a Jew. Here and in China and in Thailand I am given unearned respect and admiration because I am Jewish. Here the standard opinions are that Jews are superior businessmen, smarter scientists, better doctors, and just all around superior beings. I have to work very hard to avoid busting their bubbles and maintaining those opinions–usually by keeping my mouth shut.
So dear readers, as an imaginary superior being, I wish to inform all of you that I do not hate muslims and that I love those millions of people in SE Asia who respect Jews above all others.
It sure is a nice change!