Sabina Takakura wrote:My point was that there are extremists in every religion. To single it out and say that it's only followers of Islam is false.
To single it out and say that it is any one group is false.
People are just crazy. Regardless of race, religion, or creed.
My information about hijab and it's uses comes not from my reading of the Qur'an (although I have) but from it's interpretation by my family, specifically my brother in law, Mr. Hassan from Aman, Jordan.
He went through this same procedure with his little sister, who chose not to wear hijab. As well as speaking with the local Sufi Sheikh. (Note, my brother in law and my sister are not Sufi)
I will grant that the sentence was taken out of context, but as much as I dislike to say it, being a significant political figure like that has it's downsides - notably - you can't say whatever you please (freedom of speech) and expect people not to get seriously butt-hurt over it. He has every right to say what he thinks, but everyone else has every right to take it out of context and throw a shit fit. Especially when this particular religion has been under serious scrutiny and prejudice ever since (oh god, I can't believe I'm referencing it) 9/11.
Why? Because there are crazies out there who take political figures word as law. (Ie the crazies).
Thusly, we have returned to the problem - people being off their rocker. Life is cyclical like that.
You are wrong about people throwing a fit over what someone else says about their religion. They can throw a fit - they can say whatever they want - but when they begin breaking the law and threatening to kill people, it crosses the line. That is exactly where their freedom of expression ends. I would not have any problem if they had answered the Pope's theological argument with words - with arguments from their side. Not a problem there.
There is very clearly nothing in the Quran that states what you wrote - if it is your interpretation that is one thing. Saying that is the way it is - is another. The argument can be made that hijab is not a rule for all women at all times ...but I see not real support for asking a woman 3 times and then accepting her decision.
You are right - there are crazy people in all religions and also among people who claim no religion at all. And all those groups are subjected to the opinion of others - no religion has special protection. No religion should have special protection. I can tell you one thing - christians certainly have no special protection in my country. Muslims who live here have to accept to be subjected to the same thing. Same right for everyone.
Of course there are extremists in every religion - but in European countries honor killings, girls not being allowed to go to school, forced marriages have been a problem of muslim immigrants. Those are things that have to be addressed openly and honestlfy in our societies. If they do not they leave the field wide open for people like Wilder to step in and make people feel like he understands them and takes them seriously.