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Submitted by Sidda (United States), Mar 1, 2006 at 10:18

I agree that people who only want to live in peace need to stand up to the bullies. But, I think the political correctness is also to blame for a lot of the problems we are seeing.

Islamists hide behind the thin veneer of religion; that enables them to get away with things they wouldn't be able to otherwise. My take on it is that they don't really have to threaten violence. All they have to do is cry "discrimination" or "intolerance" and the PC police swing into high gear.

Example: out in Seattle, there are public swimming pools who have agreed to have segregated "women only" hours to accomodate fundamentalist Muslim women. When you consider that people marched and had bricks thrown at them to abolish segregation, we are kind of taking a step backwards, no? Oh, but.....we have to be "tolerant." Can't be intolerant, can we? But, if these people had the power, how "tolerant" would THEY be? Not very. So, in caving into the PC, we are giving up our own freedoms that we or our ancestors fought and died for--without any threats from the Islamists!

And the most awful thing is that we are doing a real disservice not only to ourselves, but to the secular and moderate Muslims, many of whom left their countries of origin to GET AWAY from fundamentalism. They come here only to find that we are allowing what they hoped to avoid.

Another example of that would be when Canada considered allowing Sharia Courts for family law for Muslims in Canada. The PC crowd was on their usual "well, we have to be sensitive to their culture" kick. The secular, moderate Muslims, in particular the Muslims women came out and basically said, "What, are you people nuts?!" It was only through the considerable efforts of the women's groups and secular Muslims that the two track judicial system was voted down in Canada.

So, yes, threats of violence is something to be reckoned with, but we could easily prevent a lot of conflict if we just stopped the out of control PC nonsense and took the position that Australia did recently which was, "If you can't accept our way of life, and our customs, if you want Islamic law, then step off."
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