69 million page views

RESPONSE TO comment "I don't know actually..."

Reader comment on item: [The American Muslim Council:] 'Mainstream' Muslims?
in response to reader comment: I don't know actually...

Submitted by Debbie Kurth (United States), Nov 28, 2004 at 00:49

I can appeciate your position. However, I can also understand the fear and dislike.
Islam is a fine religion, in the hands of a true spirit, but you must also understand that not all cultures place a value on religion.

In the case of Sweden, it is a country of self-contained, self-reliant and extremely private people. Religion is NOT to be expressed. It is not to impact any decision and interaction with other individuals. It is a totally private matter.

Many of the Muslim persons living there do not understand this culture base and yet even though they have moved to THEIR country, they are considered to have "invaded" and through their actions indicate that the Swedes are essentially "wrong", in their way they live their life and run their society. They insist on open society and expressiveness. They insist on acting differently in a society that values like-mindedness. They insist on even treating the male-female relationship differently. It is disrespectful, by not fitting into the society rules. It is very disrespectful.

Who would not rebel?

The Swedes offer their society, their monetary support of a system that they have built over hundreds of years. They generously offered a safe and secure place to live...and yet from their point of view, their guests are not grateful. Grateful means blending in ....completely.

Generally speaking they are a social system that puts a value on NOT standing out. and NOT imposing any problem on others. They don't even talk about their problems verbally to friends. A Swede is expected to solve things on one's own without help.

Sorry to say, that building a mosque in Sweden and requiring prayer and all the traditional relgious trapppings....makes one stand out.

I am not saying this is right or wrong...it just the way they are..and frankly, have a right to be.

While I said in (another comment here) to the Swedish comment that they need to understand other ways of thinking and living, similarly the Muslims need to understand, the same. Not all people believe like they do...nor should they try to force others to align with them, as with any religious affiliation. But that means they may not get to practice their religion they way they wish...

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".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2024 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.)