Fish on Fridays, to veil or not to veil, those are the questions
Religions are rooted in ancient mythology, and Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share common roots. All of them are inventions of humankind for the purpose of coping and making life civil. Over time, humans invented governments to do these things. Governments fought with religions for the space of governing people. In time, humans invented democracy which empowered people with self control.
However, zealots, clinging to their beliefs are protected by democratic society as are all people with different views. Conflict erupts when religious beliefs are incongruent with government and others in societies who don’t share the same belief.
Some religions are more adaptive, tolerant, and respectful than others.
In my interpretation of words and deeds, a large number of Muslims reject non-Muslims with hostility. It is the intolerance rooted in this behavior that begets intolerance such as the aversion to full veils. That is the symptom of a problem.
I can remember when Catholics could not eat meat on Fridays. They would go all day and not eat meat, then have a party at the stroke of midnight and eat pepperoni pizza to celebrate. Fish and macaroni and cheese days on Friday were over when a Pope decided to change the rules.
In Islam, there is no single person who can say, “Let us not wear veils. Let women be recognized with full equal freedom.” Too bad.
So, throughout the world, people remain hung up on mythology when, in my opinion, energy should be put to attending the rights of humankind to live in peace and tranquility.
Anti-Islamic sentiments surface in wake of restrictions on veils
By Edward Cody
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, May 15, 2010
BRUSSELS -- Since she started wearing a full Islamic veil six weeks ago, Selma said, she has been stared at, frowned at, muttered to, mocked as a "ghost" and forced by a policeman to lift her veil to show her face.
"In Belgium, it is forbidden to carry your religious convictions to their logical conclusion," the 22-year-old Brussels woman said, speaking on the condition that her full name not be used to avoid trouble for her family.
These are uneasy times for the estimated 15 million Muslims of Western Europe, not only for fundamentalists such as Selma, but also for the vast majority who want to find their place as Muslims without confronting the Christian and secular traditions of the continent they have adopted as home.
Responding to a wave of resentment unfurling across European societies, several governments have begun to legislate restrictions on the most readily visible of Islamic ways, the full-face veil. Outside the gilded halls of parliaments and ministries, meanwhile, anti-Islamic sentiments have risen to the surface in a surge of Internet insults and physical attacks against Muslim symbols.”