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Reader comment on item: Canada's Muslims, Not of One Mind
in response to reader comment: Allow minorities their beliefs and laws

Submitted by the Grand Infidel of Kaffiristan (Australia), Nov 3, 2011 at 19:47

Slayhy writes :

".. The Muslims in Canada are a mere 600,000 people and they are mainly moderate, people who wants to have better living but at the same time they would like to see a special treatment for them in sharia laws, they are a small percent of the total population to make any difference.."

People come to Canada (or other Western countries) with their eyes open - knowing they are going to a society in most cases completely different than the one they left behind. So should Canada change its laws to fit in with Hindu , Sikh, Buddhist or Jewish concepts and lifestyles? Or is the onus on the immigrating individual to modify his/her lifestyle and behaviour in order to be able to effectively blend in with their host society?

Why should Canada or any othwer western nation change its laws to accommodate ANY ethnic group and muslims in particular ?

To show good faith - the first steps should be taken by arab muslim states. The West has done way more than enough already in accommodating a whining muslim minority. It would be far more convincing if arab muslim states showed some reciprocity and allowed synagogues and churches to be built in their cities and did not treat the followers of other religions as second class 'dhimmis'.

The trouble is - the arabs of course would suspect that that would be the thin edge of the wedge. Next those Christian, Jews, Buddhists and atheists be asking for free access to bacon, hamburgers ,beer and wine, the right for women to wear bikinis on beaches and then freedom of speech. Of course they'd be suspected of 'poisoning' the 'purity' of Islam.

In the same way the West is realising what the thin end of the wedge is in its own societies.


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