Stormy wrote:Also, for the record, I personally don't care what their religion says - ANY religion that tells you to kill someone because they slighted your prophet or god is not right.
Yes, it's not right, but it's here, it exists and it's not going away, so we have to deal with it because it's a reality now and will always be.
When it has been made clear time and again that there are a loud minority of nutjobs who make outrageous calls for the death penalty when someone puts a toe out of line (whether intentional or accidental), anyone going to a place like Sudan has to be extremely culturally and religiously sensitive. Gillian Gibbons was actually 'dobbed on' by one of her colleagues! If that doesn't point out how sensitive you have to be, I don't know what does.
Of course the media want us to hate Muslims, it's a good thing for them, it keeps us united under a banner of hatred so that they can mould us to unite against something else in turn. We're easy to control when we're angry.
We all share this world and we have to build a level of understanding between us; hopefully the pardon today will help begin this. We all have to come together and be bigger than ourselves and realise that what is culturally normal for us (for Westerners and for Easterners) is not culturally normal for everyone else on the planet. We have to stop being so myopic, every last one of us. The world is far too small for us to keep bumping into each other like this.
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy. Goodbye." - Miss Tick, Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men