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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Death in the name of Allah

is something that we witnessing more and more in recent weeks.
15 Christians churches were burned by Muslim cartoon rioters in Nigeria killing more than 15 people.
It just doesn't seem like ending anytime soon - and that is a truly terrifying prospect. If groups of Muslims, even in tiny numbers proportionally, continue to believe that violence is an acceptable response to things said about their religion in a cartoon, in a newspaper, in a country that is not a major world cultural leader - and will keep rioting with such intensity until they get their way. The real scary part is what is their way? What, exactly do they want the countries whose embassies they've attacked to do?

All Things Beautiful has a post entitled The Grave Injustice Of A Senseless Death Sentence about the murder of Father Andrea Santoro in Turkey last week.
Her musings about Turkey's continued discrimination of non-Islamic religions are worth thinking about as Turkey becomes closer to being a full EU member.
Fr Andrea Santoro died on his knees witnessing to the God of Love whom he believed to be incarnate in Jesus Christ. He may have displayed literature about that love in a language that Turks could understand. He, against all the odds, bravely worked and prayed in a provincial Turkish city, simply for the love of the people around him.

Has the time come for Turkey to shed her misplaced antique suspicion and fear of a reasonable liberty? Should Turkey now draw on the industry and experience of her wonderful expatriates around the world who have dynamically proved the potential of Turkey in art, commerce, cuisine, diplomacy, academia, the law, and indeed every kind of labor abroad in freer climates? Should Turkey draw on the great breadth of her history and open herself up to the reasonable norms – as expressed in the European Convention on Human Rights - of the societies whose friendship she now espouses?


She quotes the Sigmund, Carl and Freud blog -
We do not need to assure Muslims that we are caring. We do not need to bestow a status upon Islam that we not bestow upon other religions and other faiths. Muslims are not special and they are not deserving of special status.

Why? Because in a free society, we don't care about your beliefs. We do care about your actions and behavior. You are free to integrate and to assimilate into our society in whole or in part. We really don't care. Do not tell us we need to care about your beliefs and your concerns above all else and above our own beliefs. If you do try to make that assertion, you will soon be surprised at how easily you will be marginalized and resented- not for your beliefs, but rather, for your attempt to jump to the head of line. You are not more important than anyone else.

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