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04 November 2014
Mosques, Christian warriors and tolerance: What is OWRT?
My friend Owen sent me this link: "Interstate Christian activists on board of Canberra group fighting mosque in Gungahlin"
And Owen asked me a question which is a good one. Could I "please
elaborate on the concept of #OneWayReligiousTolerance as you use it."
In other words, knowing that I'm very keen to notice the misuse of
religion in the gamery of public action, isn't this just another one of
those actions and thus intolerance in a multi-cultural society?
see, in the article, some Christians are trying to prevent some Muslims
from opening a mosque in Canberra. And in fact, some of those listed
as preventers are running for parliament in the next election.
One of the opponents is Mr Adrian Van Der Byl - who said he opposed "the advancing
Islamisation of Australia" - and he also confirmed he planned to run as the CDP
candidate in the seat of Goulburn, which borders the north of the ACT,
at the coming NSW state election.
I have no problem with people using their inalienable and
incontrovertible rights to access public opinion or try to persuade
government to accomplish their moral convictions. In a democracy, we
have political means to our own ends and those are right to use. They
may be wrong; they may be bigoted; they may be misinformed, but this is
not the same as other examples of #OneWayReligiousTolerance.
Maybe I should define that hashtag.
#OneWayReligiousTolerance describes the attempt
by those who follow Islam to demand non-Muslims to
allow (aspects of) sharia law in a free society, but not to allow other religions
and cultures to influence them. It is related to the idea of intolerance, but
is more specific. If you will, the door only opens in one direction. This is both my definition and my hashtag creation.
In another story out of the UK, tolerance,
the new religion of the 21st Century, has reared its uncompromising and
ignorant head in a case involving both Jewish and Christian private
schools. Seems that A successful Christian school has been warned it is
to be downgraded by
inspectors and could even face closure after failing to invite a
another religion, such as an imam, to lead assemblies. Even attending a
mosque is not enough to warrant such downgrading.
Jewish school was warned it had to have conversation about sexuality,
especially lesbianism, and learning about babies and biology to maintain
Owen's question remains. Is all intolerance #OWRT? Not at all.
Whatever tolerance really is, it's currently leaning toward madness,
especially in the UK. Another recent article from there highlights this
madness. Anyone who criticizes gay marriage is legally equated with
hate-mongers and true terrorists like ISIS. Does that smack of idiocy?
Or something as 'tolerant' as 'via media' being the only way.
So when a Christian few try to stop a mosque in Canberra from finishing construction or a
legal expert tries to shut down gay marriage critics, it's not
#OneWayReligiousTolerance; it's simply tolerance or intolerance gone
awry. The Christians in Canberra are not saying Muslims should not
exist. They are not threatening deportation. They are not burning other
previously built mosques. On the other hand, if a country like Saudi
Arabia will allow people to own Christian Bibles, or Iraq will stop
destroying churches, then I will stop citing them with #OneWayReligiousTolerance. Until then, they are the classic examples of such.