This Swiss ban on minarets thing has me thinking. I think it's silly really, because who cares about some towers. But the underlying feeling isn't really about towers but an unease over the huge increases of Muslim immigrants to Europe. So many are saying that Switzerland should be ashamed because this vote shows them as intolerant of Muslims.
Is there a point at which being tolerant and accepting really means being a doormat? Allowing oneself to be trampled upon by those who are not at all tolerant or accepting of your own culture? Muslim countries don't allow churches at all (Saudi Arabia) or oppress Christians (Egypt) or have special taxes for those who are not Muslim (most others). When they immigrate to non-Muslim countries they demand special rights and expect that country to adopt Muslim beliefs. So at what point is it okay for a country to say no thank you. We like who we are?
Asked by Anonymous at 11:30 AM on Dec. 2, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
Answer by gammie at 11:33 AM on Dec. 2, 2009
Answer by tnmomofive at 11:34 AM on Dec. 2, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 11:40 AM on Dec. 2, 2009
Is there a point at which being tolerant and accepting really means being a doormat?
Allowing oneself to be trampled upon by those who are not at all tolerant or accepting of your own culture?
If you tolerate bad behavior in a friendship or relationship, and but the friend or SO is intolerant of your needs, most will label the friendship/relationship abusive, and tell you it's unacceptable. This is the same, IMO.
Answer by mancosmomma at 11:54 AM on Dec. 2, 2009
Answer by NightPhoenix at 11:57 AM on Dec. 2, 2009
Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:08 PM on Dec. 2, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 12:11 PM on Dec. 2, 2009
Nope, the use of the word ALWAYS negated the question.
Unfortunately, I do not think that you can compare countries (Middle east; Ireland) where the politics/government and the Religion are so deeply entwined with the US (or Switzerland) where they are distinct and separate. Sounds like many wish the US was a homogeneous society, like some others, but we all know we are not. Unfortunately, when you live in a country that has its foundation in ppl fleeing oppression in hopes of securing THEIR OWN freedom, the "All for 1 and 1 for all" goal is vastly diluted. The US is a melting pot, always has been and most likely will be-Americans are not all the same. Do ppl think that's a realistic goal? To force ppl to totally disregard their own personal history and culture; renounce it? My FIL would sooner die than turn his back on/deny his Irish roots.......
Answer by Sisteract at 12:22 PM on Dec. 2, 2009
Answer by tnmomofive at 12:26 PM on Dec. 2, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 12:48 PM on Dec. 2, 2009