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Not All Islamic Countries Are Fundamentalist Fanatical

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Submitted by Robin (Australia), Jan 22, 2009 at 05:25

I lived in the United Arab Emirates for three years and they were possibly the best experience of my life. The UAE is a muslim country run by a system of government I would call a benevolent dictatorship, such as Saudi Arabia. It's also a secular country and they are very tolerant of non-muslims.

The difference between the two is that Saudi Arabia practises fundamentalist Islam which is archaic and stupid ... out of touch with the real world. There may have been a time when it was necessary and made sense, but any religion that holds women as objects or second class citizens to me is a man-made religion. In fact I think all religions are man made. I am not a Christian although I was brought up in a Christian country and therefore follow the holiday traditions etc. My values are essentially Christian except I don't believe in virgin births, miracles, original sin etc etc. I'm a humanist/agnostic.

In the UAE I had to dress modestly (I'm a male), not kiss or hug my wife (or anyone else's wife) in public and I was careful not to be alone with our maid when my wife was away. I didn't drink alcohol in public. This was the requirement of our guest country and I respect it and the country's right to expect it of me ... as a guest. Without exception, people were friendly, tolerant of non-muslims (there is 90% expat population in the UAE, mostly non-muslim) and never made me feel unwanted.

I have many muslim friends and I respect their right to live their lives following any fantasy they wish. I do not hate muslims or anyone else, but I can see many reasons why we don't want muslim immigration. It has nothing to do with race and everything to do with conflicting values and laws that are not reconcilable.

Unlike the many other immigrants who have come to Australia, muslims don't integrate because our culture is so different from theirs. I understand that. However, I would ask them to not come to Australia ... go to a muslim country where they will be happy to have multiple wives, have their heads lopped off for being raped and all the other idiocy that goes with muslim fundamentalism.

We don't want muslims in Australia. We need to get that message across to government. Write to your local member today and ask that muslim immigration be stopped.

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