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re: Swimming to Mecca
Yes, as a believing Christian, through the use of my time machine I've discovered there are lots of decent Carthaginians, Canaanites, and Aztecs. Not all of them sacrifice their children by tossing them into a fire, burying them under their front doors, or take thousands of people captured in war and rip their hearts out and eat their flesh.
I hate those cultural imperialistic bigots who dare to suggest that those great religious peoples were evil in their core values. Next thing you know, they'll be saying the Thuggees were all bad.