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Dear Linda, muslims havent violated any part of the constitution by wearing Niqarb

Reader comment on item: Which Has More Islamist Terrorism, Europe or America?
in response to reader comment: Muslims can practice their faith to the extent it doesn't violate the US Constitution and laws

Submitted by Edward (South Africa), Jul 10, 2008 at 01:56

I want to agree with you in entirety that Muslims can only practice their faith to the extent it does not violate the US constitution and laws. But considering the subject we were debating about, could you just enlight me a little. Exactly which provision of the US constitution does a muslim woman violate by dressing the way she chooses?

Look; because terrorists have used car bombs before does not reasonably translate into banning the use of cars. Similarly, these guys have planned mischief and even built bombs in the privacy of their homes but it does not mean a law should be enacted to ban the erection of fences around homes because of the dangers emanating from the privacy they provide. Is it not logical then, that you MUST not require muslims to discard their preferred mode of dress simply because a few people have abused it? I know that you also know, that this is a direct attack on and hatred for Islam as a religion and not a tool for fighting terror. The two are different, unless you think they are one and one, which i will also be very glad to differentiate for you, if you ask me.

The US has got the most sophisticated security system in the world. Let suspiciously dressed individuals be subjected to extra security checks at airports and everywhere there is a checkpoint and you can be sure no one will pass undetected rather than find excuses for stepping on people's liberties to satisfy personal sentiments.

The sum of my submission today therefore is that you are wrong to conclude that muslims should stop coming to America. They have a place in America and a place in the whole world, if only the world can convince itself that their religion is here to stay and can only be accomodated than fought.

Are we clear, linda? Feel free to e-mail me if you are honestly interested in a constructive debate about the position of Islam in the current world order.

Thank you


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