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Western culture: a contradiction in terms

Reader comment on item: How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations]

Submitted by Octavio Johanson (Italy), Feb 25, 2006 at 14:34

The West has invented the defence of religious minorities, a concept which does not exist in any other part of the world. So people can come over to the West, insult Jesus Christ, isult the Bible and have their right to do so. Moreover, if you reply, you are a racist and can be disciplined by the Law. In the West, religious minorities can use a language which could never be used by the natives. If you come over from a Muslim nation, your rights are guaranteed by the Law. You can burn the flag, insult your host country and get away with that. If you, as a native, have got something to say, you are a racist. I guess, if we want to enjoy full citizenship rights, we need to become Muslims.

Even with the Cartoon Protests, the establishment have taken the side of the Middle Easterns. Maybe, we should go to the Middle East, convert, and come back to the West. At that point we will be respected as a religious minority. I know, there are other religious minorities: Jews, Hindhus, Buddhists, but none of them has got as much protection as the Muslims. The European Union has made special rules to stop anti-Muslim discrimination. Individual countries have made special rules for Muslims: no need for ID pictures, different marriage arrangements etc. If a native did the same, she/he would go to jail. You can insult Israel and get away with that. If a native insulted Muslims, he would go to jail.

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