The glorious majesty of the Lord our God be upon
The point is not how well Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) treated women and what rights they have "under Islam." Nor is the point how badly Jews were treated in non-Muslim land s centuries or decades ago and how comparatively well they were treated in Muslim lands.
The cave allusion is to the Flight of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to Madinah.
As I read the line "Let his blood be upon
us and upon our children" with the rest of the assembly, it triggered a reaction that has remained with me ever since: I didn't mean those words, and it seemed unsuitable that the rite should lead me to speak them.
They knew that while many curious eyes would be upon
them, they would be left alone except for the inevitable wire collection basket thrust into their faces.