The sad thing is that everyone was able to live together peacefully until the politicians got involved.
My, my …. Doesn’t that sound something like some other countries that have been propelled into the news in recent years? Jews used to live fairly peacefully in Iran (as did other non-Muslim religions), Syria
is ooops – was – home to many different religions, etc. Let’s just outlaw politicians! (tongue only loosely in cheek)
Oh – and I had the same thought about the Patriarch. He’s going to use what army for that “force?” Or, is there a strong political influence as well there (certainly wouldn’t be the first church to also wield significant political power).