Secular Left shouldn’t ignore respect

Having a blog can be very interesting sometimes, specially when a post is linked to worldwide and you get tons of visits. When a post of mine sees a lot of hits I follow the referral and see what it was that sparked the interest. Most times it doesn’t bother me because it is a positive link – someone liked what I wrote. This time it was negative because another person made claims about some people called “secular far left” and linked to a category on my blog implying I spoke for these people. I needed to respond.

The public forum post was on The Official Graham Hancock Website. A visitor had posted a picture of Hillary Clinton wearing a Hijab when she visited a Mosque in Cairo last week with President Obama. They thought it was offensive in the usual ugly American way and another person agreed because:

it bothers me when the secular far left has, on one hand utter disdain, disregard and contempt for religion, customs related to faith based belief systems and the problems they cause on one hand, and on the other, attack a guy like SunSword for basically stating this in a round about way…

from a post titled “grief”

and by offering my site as an example:

Sure. Out of their own mouths:

…Religion indoctrinates children, national day of prayer not needed, etc. The list goes on.

The problem is the author of the claim is wrong. I don’t find Clinton wearing the Hijab in the Mosque offensive. As President Obama tried to stress in his speeches concerning the relationship between the west and Islam, there should be mutual respect.

A Mosque is a church for Islam and Clinton wore the Hijab out respect. It’s just as if a visitor to my house shouldn’t preach to me if they know I am an atheist. Or a visitor would not expect for me to listen to their music or watch their TV shows.

Religion is a world problem in my view and I stand by all my posts in this blog, however that doesn’t absolve me of being respectful when a situation calls for it.

Being a visitor is one of those situations. I don’t need to ignore my beliefs and principles but just put them on the back burner for the short time of the visit.


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