Having had Iranian in-laws, hearing some of the stories coming out of that country firsthand was shocking, and amusing in a perverse sort of way.
Due to the current spate of policies encouraging tolerance and diversity being cherished by many, it would seem we are headed in the same direction.
I find it odd that we here in the US (at least, the squeeky wheels) find it necessary to drain all public displays of any type of Christianity from view (Christmas displays, even churchs displaying crosses publicly), want to get rid of "In God we trust", and refuse any type of public facility being used for any religious (?) purposes. On the other hand, we are asked to "tolerate", in the name of "diversity", the religious peculiarities that the religion of peace demands. Prayer times in the schools or at work (in schools here, religious times for Christian religions are forbidden), our local cab drivers who seem to be mostly muslim can refuse fares who have alcohol, guide dogs, or just look funny. The local supermarkets have checkout people who will not handle pork products. All of this in the name of "tolerance". Bah. If these people bailed on their own paradise for some reason, accept ours or go back. My particular understanding of tolerance goes more toward, "hey, we're not going to tolerate your crap."
Being in a Sunday p*ssy mood, I would like to know what happened to our great melting pot of a country, where everyone jumped in and any "baggage" you brought with you from the old country was weighed, and the good parts were incorporated, and the bad was flushed, to the betterment of all.
How about the "honor killings"? I am just astonished that any civilized being could see anything approaching honor in these despicable acts.
I will no doubt be publicly chastised here for my views, but that's life. I will not hunt you down for challenging my honor.
Life ain't fair, get used to it, and your stupid religion does not trump my stupid religion. Whose religion is not stupid is purely a matter of faith, and the fervor with which you practice your faith has absolutely nothing to do with its validity. We will have to wait to find out who is right and who is wrong.
Have a nice day.