- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 19, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Georgie Anne Geyer got a lot wrong in her latest column (“Mideast peace headway,” Commentary, Thursday). She mangles some basic facts about religion, history and politics.

Miss Geyer writes that Jerusalem is “the historic site of the birth and development of the three great religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.” She’s flat-out wrong on two out of three. Islam was born and developed in Mecca and Medina in the Arabian peninsula. Christianity was born in Bethlehem, near but not in Jerusalem, developed in Galilee, and then, after the Crucifixion in Jerusalem, developed in Rome. Only Judaism has been centered on Jerusalem for more than 3,000 years.

MICHAEL

W. STEINBERG

Bethesda

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