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Submitted by Ron Dodson (United States), Feb 22, 2007 at 09:19

As a Black American, the last thing I need is to be lectured about blood on anyone's hands. That said, I'd like to remind some people that they are guests in our country and are here at the indulgence of our elected officials who ostensibly carry out the wishes of the voters. A certain segment of our "guests" are wearing out their welcome and it's only a matter of time before the voters ask their elected officials to send these guests packing.

If they want to live in a Islamic theocracy, that's their choice. The United States doesn't happen to be one. If I was a guest in one of these countries, I think I'd be considerate enough to observe and respect their customs. If I lived in Saudi Arabia and had a backyard cookout serving pork ribs and beer, there's a good chance I'd land in jail or deported. It would be very stupid of me to expect otherwise.

The great thing about this country is that most of believe the freedom to observe our religious customs as we see fit. The one thing that we're intolerant of is forcing those religious beliefs and customs on others. If you can't accept that premise, I suggest you find somewhere else to live. Just as you chose to come here, you have the freedom to choose another country where the society conforms to your beliefs. There's a saying that sums it all up. IT IT DON'T FIT, DON'T FORCE IT!

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