Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Quotation of the day

From Georgie Anne Geyer, on the Swiss constitutional amendment banning the construction of minarets in that country:

[T]hey can hardly be blamed, because they have acted to protect their culture and their principles. There is everything wrong with prejudice and hatred. But there is also something very wrong with not being permitted to defend what you have against those who would not join it but change it.

Let me add a comment. Minarets are not essential to the construction of a mosque. They are a cultural preference. As evidence, I present a photo of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Hilliard, near Columbus.

While the building definitely has Middle Eastern influences, it does harmonize with the suburban area around it; which reflects my personal experience with Muslim coworkers.

European-Americans should not be expected to commit cultural suicide any more than anyone else. Unique cultures are built on the harmonization of influences from the people who live within them, which is based on mutual respect -- a concept apparently foreign to Islamic extremists and certain "politically correct" activists.

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