Dechen Norbu wrote:What needs to be deeply pondered is why some Muslims renegate those parts of their religion while others adopt them and take them to heart.
I don't think it takes that much deep pondering: this is samsara, it is characterised by suffering based on "ignorance". Some of the beings dwelling in this state are more ignorant and make dumb ass choices, some are less ignorant and make wiser and more intelligent choices. REGARDLESS (or in spite of) OF THEIR (professed) RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.
I wish it was that simple. Some people live in environments where it is rather hard to think differently. Bring a Muslim child, born in Iran here to Portugal and she probably will become a peaceful person, tolerant of other religions. However, if she is raised there, who knows what views will she have? What we know is that the Qu'ran has passages that will allow opportunists to indoctrinate her into violence. Of course they could find other ways (there are many ideologies that have passages promoting violence). Religion is a very powerful tool. It is built that way, built to reach people, to convince, to promote a certain lifestyle, a certain moral system etc. Mostly, the objective of religions is not war or hatred, much the opposite.
None of this excuses the fact that the Qu'ran, supposedly a holly book, contains hate speech. Incitement to violence is wrong, wherever it comes from, not mattering if the texts promoting it are religious or not. All should be banished. We could have a non violent version of every holly book. Those should be the only ones allowed in civilized nations. That and any religious practice that is a violation of human rights. I, for one, think we should never allow Burqas in our territory. Why? Because that is spitting in the memory of every women who fought to get equal rights. That's just an example. There are many others.
Religious tolerance stops when human rights are violated, when values that took a long time to be implemented in our society are transgressed. To this we must keep faithful. Otherwise we've lost our sanity for the sake of a tolerance that will lead nowhere but suffering. We can't tell Muslim nations that uphold sharia law what to do in their territory. I wish we could for the sake of the murdered people due to the aberration that is the sharia law, but we can't. So they have their people oppressed, cheated, lied to and use religion for such purpose. There are similar scenarios in non-Islamic nations too and the same criticism applies with the due corrections.
We can, however, uphold certain standards at least in our nations. If people want to come here, not mattering from where, not mattering their faith or beliefs, there are values they should know they need to respect. Women have equal rights, a husband can't beat his wife,there's no criminal penalty for adultery and so on and so forth.
If a guy wears a t-shirt with swastika, I understand a lot of people will feel disturbed because that symbol meant (not originally) the oppression of humans based on their ethnicity. Burqas stand for the oppression of humans based on gender. Same thing, different shape.
If people, not mattering their religious orientation, want to keep practices and costumes that are a violation of what we consider basic rights, then it's better they stay where people agree with those same practices and costumes. I, for one, don't feel any need to accept that women can wear burqas in this country, Portugal. That should be forbidden as it stands for the oppression of women and I have the right of not wanting to see such symbols strolling freely in my country just because the women who want to wear them do so based on ignorance or fear. They have the right to do so in nations where the majority of people agrees with that sh1t. Of course then they are subjected to be spanked freely by their husbands and whatever other atrocities are allowed by law in those countries. But that's the price to pay for defending the right to wear the burqa. Because in fact, that's what the Burqa stands for. However here that is unacceptable. Women should have equal rights and any symbol suggesting otherwise should be forbidden.
If we demand that of our fellow neighbors uphold a certain civilized behavior, we're considered ordinary, law abiding folk. Sane and just people who only want a peaceful coexistence among everyone. But if we even suggest the same when it comes to Muslims, emigrant or otherwise, there are people who rise and call us bigots, intolerant and what have you. This double standard is a farce and needs to end, that's all. Incitement to violence and any violation of human rights is wrong, not mattering it's origin. That applies to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Zoroastrians, atheists, agnostics, etc., and, of course, Muslims.