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Islamic petulence must be resisted and not emulated

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in response to reader comment: Human rights org. B'Tsalmo: unfairness & inequality Chametz on Passover vs Temple Mount on Ramadan

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Apr 7, 2022 at 14:03

Dear Dr Pipes, I sympathize with reader Nir's report. On the one hand Chametz is allowed in Israeli hospitals and on the other hand food is banned around temple Mount during Ramadan.

This kind of double standards survive in our societies exactly because of Islamic petulence and it is tempting for the modern non-Islamic religions to imitate the Islamic petulence.

In India also there have been instances of Hindus copying Islamic behaviors. Recently there have been cases of Hindus broadcasting their prayers at wee hours of the morning to match the Islamic azans decibel for decibel. Likewise, there have been cases of some municipalities in India banning the sale of meat during Navratri (9 days of worship for Hindus).

Let us do whatever we can to resist Islamic hegemony and petulence but we should not imitate them. Muslims do not understand that the purpose of religions is to enable people live with each other peacefully. The purpose is not to become a pain-in-the-neck for each other.

Let there be Chametz in the hospitals in Israel, let meat be sold in all Indian municipalities at all times, and let us tell Muslims that Ramadan is neither pious nor spiritual if forced on anyone. Let someone say 'Amen!'.


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