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Question #10566 posted on 11/22/2004 4:20 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
What do you think of Genesis 16:12? It is the verse that a lot of persecuting Christians use against Muslims. I changed the "he" to "Ishmael" for clarification. Here is is:
12 And [Ishmael] will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
- The Peacemaker

A: Dear The Peacemaker,
There is a similar prophesy for the descendants of the Lamanites. And both of those prophesies have come true--the Native Americans have been treated very badly and the Islamic peoples have been in conflict for generations. It isn't an excuse for treating anyone differently than anyone else, but it certainly has come true.