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Submitted by skyhigh555 (Japan), Dec 24, 2009 at 01:38

You seem to have a strong sense of hostility against Islamites. And true, Japan has a relatively few number of Islamites. Yet your comment that said Islamites have no sense of morality goes too far. While it is true that some male Islamites have more than one wife, as long as this practice is legal in countries where they live, there should be no problem at all. Of course, in countries where the only legal wife-husband relationship is monogamy, not only Islamites but everyone must observe the law. It has nothing to do with religon(s).

Japan being a country of "yao yorozu no kamigami" (eight million, or a very large number of gods), I guess that Japan will accept Islamites, on condition that they do not break laws.

As you said, it would be impossible to build a Buddhist temple in Saudi Arabia. But my point is that Japan is far more tolerant in religious matters than many other countries. Of course, there were periods in Japan when certain religions (Christianity and several sects of Buddhism) were banned and members of a cult called Aum Shinrikyo killed many innocent people in 1995 in Tokyo, by scattering a toxic agent called Salin in subway.

What I mean to say is that while criminal cults must not be allowed, the vast majority of Islamites live in accordance with laws. Should Islamites be blamed just because they believe in Islam? I do not think so. After all, Japanese Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion. That means that Buddhists, Chiristians, Islamites, and atheists are equally welcome in Japan, as long as they observe laws.

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