What would be different if Iran were Christian?
- chicks would be normal. A few skirts, a few jeans, a little cleavage showing on the younger ones, they might look you in the face, however briefly, and they would walk without male escorts.
- there would be no religious police, and an atmosphere of general toleration of thought
- there would no requirements for uniformity of religion or excesive modesty of dress; there would even be a few Muslims around, wearing head scarves and jeans
- higher education would be thought normal for men and women
- there would be alcoholic drinks and bars in which to drink them
- hamburgers and pizza would be slightly exotic but also normal
- There would be opera and theatre, and statues of statesmen and artists in public places.
What would be the same if Iran were Christian?
- the climate would still be high and dry
- fruit trees, many of types unknown to northern climes, would be cultivated plentifully
- There would be wide boulevards, lined with plane trees whose trunks were painted white, and honking cars, driven by impatient drivers
- The idea of remaining in your driving lane would be a somewhat elastic concept
- Men friends would still greet each other with a handshake and one or two kisses on the cheek
- Commerce would continue unabated.
Anyone who thinks Christianity makes no difference to a culture, and to civilization, needs to go from Armenia to any of its Muslim neighbours, and see and feel and taste the differences.
Armenia has created a huge museum to hold manuscripts and prints they hold essential to their heritage: firmans (decrees) of Persian shahs establishing the tax-exempt status of church lands, gospels, breviaries, commentaries, most of which were saved from deliberate destruction by the Turks in 1915. Three alphabets have been in use: Arabic (for Turkish and Persian), Armenian, and Cyrillic.
This is a people that has suffered for their religion. Their friendliness towards Russia , the only Orthodox power with the ability to harm the Turks or Persians, is only natural.