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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

One common response to Muslim anger at Western coluture is to remind them of our tolerance towards differing points of view. I'm not so sure this helpful.

After all, we've see the level of "tolerance" many Islamic nations show themselves. At best, Christians and Jews are taxed more heavily than Muslims. At worst, they're killed.

Also, their perception of our tolerance has to be pretty negative. We tolerate the very things that most upset them. Examples: Britney Spears. Extreme freedom of speech is a good example. Muslims are smart enough to know that our tolerance extends even to those cartoons they're so upset about. It's completely rational for them to say, "If your tolerance is your strong, we want no part of it." By emphasizing it, we run the risk of making the divide between us even larger.

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