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Behaviour guarded in personal convictions

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Submitted by Arnold Fishman (United States), Oct 11, 2006 at 08:46

I find it interesting that from a purely secular position, this Islamic invasion into more and more areas of life SHOULD be intolerable based on what we know is their ultimate intentions. But from a Christian perspective (which I am one), I can see the validity of some aspect of a Muslim living out their religious personal convictions in the public sphere and using them secondarily to challenge or change society. Christians have used this moral indignation over issues of personal morality (as several of the opinion writers have mentioned) in the past and some to this day... but usually not for such a common thing as carrying alcohol.

Usually Christians reserve this kind of zealous moral consternation for issues of extreme personal conscience as it can create dire circumstances for their careers or families. Also Christians would tend to accomodate the behaviours of others since it does not affect their own souls standing before God. It also seems unlikely that Christians would not persue this level of agitation just to challenge societal norms so the comparison falls short.

As we cannot get into the minds of individual muslim cab drivers, we have no idea if their motivations for pursuing this behaviour are from personal convictions or a larger more sinister agenda being played out at the local level as a fifth column. One way or another this agenda must be stopped because we know what the end of the matter is. The only way secularism will undo this process is thru laws being passed which will be seen as anti religious. It will be difficult to get through unless we have a strong politically incorrect leader arise on the scene—someone with the guts and honesty of a General Patton type personality.

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