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    Minister admits reluctant Michelle Obama handshake

    Minister admits reluctant Michelle Obama handshake - Yahoo! News

    In footage of the official welcome, Sembiring appeared to share his countrymen's enthusiasm. He smiled broadly as he shook the president's hand and then reached with both hands to grasp Michelle Obama's. But later he said she forced their contact.
    His denial was in a response to tweets from Indonesians who noted the handshake and questioned his long-standing claims that, as a good Muslim, he restricts his contact with women.
    Many posts had a "gotchya" quality to them.
    One female journalist who said the minister had refused to shake her hand gleefully noted that now he would no longer be able to wriggle out of it.
    Sembiring has often tweeted controversial comments, including blaming natural disasters on a lack of morality and joking about AIDS.
    Good for her. She approached him as an equal. That is how I interpret handshakes. As much as I support multiculturalism, it's also important for dignitaries of each nation to see each other as equals. As I see it, this doesn't violate Islamic law as Michelle Obama is not a Muslim and a handshake does not lead to intimate relationships anymore than a stare does.
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    Re: Minister admits reluctant Michelle Obama handshake

    First...dude looked pretty eager to shake her hand. Second...since we go out of our way to observe others customs, it seems appropriate for them to occasionally observe ours.

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    Re: Minister admits reluctant Michelle Obama handshake

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
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    Good for her. She approached him as an equal. That is how I interpret handshakes. As much as I support multiculturalism, it's also important for dignitaries of each nation to see each other as equals. As I see it, this doesn't violate Islamic law as Michelle Obama is not a Muslim and a handshake does not lead to intimate relationships anymore than a stare does.
    Actaully, it is a violation of Islam. But, you're not a Muslim, are you?
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    Re: Minister admits reluctant Michelle Obama handshake

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    Actaully, it is a violation of Islam. But, you're not a Muslim, are you?
    I wouldn't shake her hand... and that has nothing to do with race, gender or religion either.
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    Re: Minister admits reluctant Michelle Obama handshake

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Minister admits reluctant Michelle Obama handshake - Yahoo! News

    Good for her. She approached him as an equal. That is how I interpret handshakes. As much as I support multiculturalism, it's also important for dignitaries of each nation to see each other as equals. As I see it, this doesn't violate Islamic law as Michelle Obama is not a Muslim and a handshake does not lead to intimate relationships anymore than a stare does.
    One must sometimes wonder why it is the United States representatives who must always be culturally correct in a foreign country. It would seem just common courtesy to be willing to adapt to the customs of one's guests.
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    Re: Minister admits reluctant Michelle Obama handshake

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    One must sometimes wonder why it is the United States representatives who must always be culturally correct in a foreign country. It would seem just common courtesy to be willing to adapt to the customs of one's guests.

    When in Rome.......

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    Re: Minister admits reluctant Michelle Obama handshake

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    When in Rome.......
    I knew somebody'd say that.
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    Re: Minister admits reluctant Michelle Obama handshake

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    One must sometimes wonder why it is the United States representatives who must always be culturally correct in a foreign country. It would seem just common courtesy to be willing to adapt to the customs of one's guests.
    This is a question that was asked during a port visit when I was in the navy(Dubai I think). The answer we got was because we expect better from our people than we did of others.
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    Re: Minister admits reluctant Michelle Obama handshake

    Also the United States is a mix of many cultures. 'Others' tend to be homogenized but its probably not a one way road, Im sure they concede some rituals to eachother.

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    Re: Minister admits reluctant Michelle Obama handshake

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Actaully, it is a violation of Islam. But, you're not a Muslim, are you?
    I'm going to start keeping count of how many times I do this.

    Islam is not one unified bloc, its just as ignorant to say that the acting of marriage amongst the priesthood in Christianity is a violation because the Catholics don't allow it.

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