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Question of tolerance

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Submitted by azism (United States), Dec 30, 2004 at 09:39

Another question for a "moderate" believer in Islam is in their tolerance of other religions. I have seen, personally, on multiple occasions, where a Islamic person will complain about Christian symbols, such as a Christian screensaver (in a private office, facing away from the door) or of a person wearing Christian symbols (that being jewelry) to the EEOC. While doing this, they demand complete tolerance for their practice of praying to Allah during the workday on employer time.

I have had to deal with this while I was the Chief Steward for my union local, so this is not rumor. In the case of the screensaver, the person would have had to enter the office and go around behind the desk when the assigned single occupant was not present. The person in this case was made to remove the screensaver while the Muslim making the complaint was still allowed to do his daily prayers on comapny time behind closed doors. Where is the moderation or tolerance here?

If they are truly moderate, which I don't thing many of them are, then they should not interfere with non-Islamic expressions of belief in the every day world, while demanding total tolerance of their beliefs.
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