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The problem with tolerance

Reader comment on item: The Burqa Wars
in response to reader comment: This is just show that Europeans have no tolerance and oppress women

Submitted by Octavio Johanson (Italy), Nov 19, 2006 at 14:17

European tolerance has often been mistaken for weakness. Britain has been the most tolerant nation, but we have all been naive. If the Dutch manage to stand up against the Burqa, more power to them. If the Burqa becomes acceptable, the whole fabric of European society will be lost. I don't know how to argue about the Burqa, from a religious view-point. No European or western nation can accept the Burqa. Would a Burqa-waering woman accept to be visited by a male doctor? Remember that more than 50% of doctors are men. Then, there are security reasons in airports, and most European nations require an ID, with your picture on it. No, those who wish to wear the Burqua can pack their bags and go to the middle east. This is not very tolerant. I am like a Taliban. Well, tolerance brought us where we are now. Tolerance will destroy Europe. Good on the Dutch who are standing up for their religious and cultural heritage.

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