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Define tolerance

Reader comment on item: What Are Islamic Schools Teaching?
in response to reader comment: Opinions like Iftikhar Ahmad's should not go unopposed

Submitted by free4eva (United Kingdom), May 8, 2012 at 09:39

'But when you leave home, wear a secular cloak so all humans can function peacefully and constructively with each other'

Why can't you function peacefully and constructively with others if they choose to wear what they feel comfortable in? Why is it that someone has to choose for us what we wear, rather than WE choose? Says so much about tolerace doesn't it.

I wear clothing that would depict/ imply that I am a Muslim, but I am more than happy to share my table with someone who wishes to wear studs through their cheeks. That's their decision. I would expect them to respect my choices just as I am expected to respect theirs. Of course, in a faculty of learning, I can expect certain boundaries but again, I expect to have the democratic right of freedom of expression and to able to voice any concerns, should I have them.

'Mr Ahmad has tried very hard to imply that the British education system is not suited for muslim children in Britain.'

No he hasn't. You are implying that. He actually states to the effect that children should learn standard English by which they are able to follow the curriculum. That is the education system.

What he doesn't agree with and many others feel the same, is the alcohol, homosexuality and other similar aspects of student life.

'He goes on to say that Muslim students in Britain should have Muslim schools. Absurd again. Will he also recommend similar Hindu, Buddist, and Christian school'

These do exist. Maybe not in the USA, but here they do exist. They are regulated by a government body and they do pretty well. In fact, they uphold more of our British values than many other state schools.


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