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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Tolerance?

Just because a people expects or even demands sensitivity towards their religion does not mean that they hold the general principle that sincere, peaceful religions must be respected, a principle which stems from the notion that true religion can only take root from the free, natural formation of the conscience. Indeed, all that really follows from such a demand is that those making the demand think that their religion is worthy of pious reverence. Such is the case of the Muslims who rioted and called for a holy war over the erroneous report of the mistreatment of the Koran by U.S. interrogators, probably the same Muslims who used of the Bible as toilet paper. Do Muslims truly believe in religious freedom, or do they just take advantage of the generosity of Christian and former Christian nations? After all, only in Muslims nations, is it illegal to practice Christianity. If Muslims truly believe in religious freedom, not just the freedom to practice Islam, then they should proclaim so publicly and make at least some effort to stop the so-called extremists among them--or perhaps we need to just wake up and revive the grand S.M.O.M.

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