Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Tolerance in the Muslim world

This article is interesting: Muslims celebrate Eid with calls for tolerance

It's not unlike the Christmastime urgings from churches in the US to help the poor and love thy neighbor: it's a nice sentiment, but falls on deaf ears because ultimately the followers are going to resort to the fundamentals that are spelled out for them in a clear, divisive manner. Despite the fact that the word Islam has its etymological roots in the word for "peace", the Qu'ran devotes a great deal of attention to what is not to be tolerated, along with the "appropriate" level of aggression to be levied for each offense.

A moral guide by counterexample provides little guidance for the fundamental virtues of peace, and thus peace will remain beyond the interests of fundamentalists from any religion designed this way.

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