Tolerance must be shown by Muslim community first


Published: Monday, January 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 31, 2006 at 9:46 p.m.
Colleen Kay Porter's attempt to invoke the spirit of Christianity in regard to Islam and Muslims through the Danish example toward the Jews during World War II in her Dec. 25 "Danish action is an example of Christianity" appeared to be prepared with a perfect set of rose-colored glasses.
What she did not tell her readers is that Muslim legions volunteered and participated in the Nazi cause during World War II. For a religion which espouses tolerance and then treats adherents of other faiths with contempt, violence, restricts and prohibits the practice of other religions in Muslim dominated societies, this call for tolerance by Porter seems to be a strongly twisted logic.
The Danish friends I have spoken with are getting fed up with Muslims coming into their tolerant society, taking full advantage of their social welfare programs and then openly practicing intolerance, acts of violence and excluding themselves from mainstream Danish Society, including not learning Danish.
The majority of Muslim immigrants in Denmark have not made a concerted effort to integrate themselves into that society. Perhaps one reason the Jews were treated so well during the Nazi occupation was that they had fully integrated themselves into Danish society and were thought of as Danes first and Jews secondly.
For the first time in Danish history the Danes have instituted tight immigration policies aimed at stopping the influx of members of this group of intolerant people into their country. The Danes are not stupid and will protect their society and their Christian values as they see fit.
Perhaps when Muslims begin to practice tolerance in earnest rather than simply mouthing the word, allow themselves not to be dominated by the extremists in their midst, then they will be treated with the same tolerance they profess.

Joseph Messer,

Alachua

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