1 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Religious Tolerance

Reader comment on item: Swiss Minarets and European Islam
in response to reader comment: nice theory ... but...

Submitted by skyhigh555 (Japan), Jan 11, 2010 at 01:32

If, as you said, Islam abases other religions, then Islamites should learn to be tolerant of other religions. Even so, however, a person who believes in a religion tends to look down upon non-believers. And this phenomenon can be seen not only among religious people, but also among atheists, who regard religions as a symbol of anachronism.

Yet there are countries, including Japan, where Islamites/Christians/Buddhists/atheists co-exist. The most important thing is NEVER TO RANK RELIGIONS/BELIEFS. That is, Buddhism is not better than Islam, and vice versa: They are all equal. Every religion, except for cults that pose danger to society, should be respected. Thus I disapprove of recent anti-Islam attitude. Of course, I would equally disapprove of anti-Christianity, anti-Buddhism, and anti-atheism. Everyone should be free to believe in what s/he thinks is right.

What I am against is to claim that Islam in particular is more dangeous than other religions and therefore should be condemned. Also, especially in religious matters, we must not confuse coincidence with a causal relation.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Religious Tolerance by skyhigh555

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2022 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)