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    Re: Should religious tolerance be a part of ouir foreign policy

    Quote Originally Posted by listener View Post
    That is thev question?
    Of course it should. There's, well ah, let's see: there's dem Chinese, I'm purtty sure the rooskies don't belieb in god.

    Of course it should; why do ask the question?
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    Re: Should religious tolerance be a part of ouir foreign policy

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    And President Obama has displayed respect for others...we would do well to emulate.
    That's exactly my point..........Did you read the other part, where I asked how much good it's done? Do you really believe that the US openly showing tolerance of religion is going to change the way the members of a particular religion feel about the US in general?

    It never hurts to be optimistic..........but any American who's overly optimistic regarding this line of thinking, should spend a little time in a predominantly Muslim nation like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, or Afghanistan and come back to report your findings.
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    Re: Should religious tolerance be a part of ouir foreign policy

    The radical elements of Islam which have been controlling the governments of several ME nations are not concerned with our tolerance or lack thereof...............in fact, some are ONLY concerned with enacting Sharia Law and with only the strictest interpretations of the Quran. No amount of religious tolerance on our part is going to change these most deep-seeded beliefs that they've espoused for over a thousand years.
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    Re: Should religious tolerance be a part of ouir foreign policy

    I'm not sure I really understand the question.

    Should we treat other nations differently based on their religion? No.
    Should we respect the religious beliefs of other nations? Yes.

    Our foreign policy needs to be based on one thing: What policies are in the best interests of the United States?

    We can't change the world. We can't police the world. We certainly can't impose religious freedom (or any other sort of freedom) on another nation. We can, and should, step back and let other nations set their own policies until and unless those policies threaten us.
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    Re: Should religious tolerance be a part of ouir foreign policy

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    I'm not sure I really understand the question.

    Should we treat other nations differently based on their religion? No.
    Should we respect the religious beliefs of other nations? Yes.

    Our foreign policy needs to be based on one thing: What policies are in the best interests of the United States?

    We can't change the world. We can't police the world. We certainly can't impose religious freedom (or any other sort of freedom) on another nation. We can, and should, step back and let other nations set their own policies until and unless those policies threaten us.
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    Re: Should religious tolerance be a part of ouir foreign policy

    The answer to this poll is not as simple as it may appear. It is not monotonic answer. We should not tolerate bad behavior that is done in the name of religion, and there is a bunch of that. However, we still are better off if we develop and maintain relationships with other nations and peoples. But where any religion, that is here or there, provides for the religious needs of people in a country then we have to accept that, understand it, and figure out how to deal with them. Tolerance is not the real question, acceptance is what is needed. In my two visits to Japan where I had a friend that is Buddhist, that religion informed me. One example is learning that the family knew of their history in their neighborhood for slightly more than 800 years.

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    Re: Should religious tolerance be a part of ouir foreign policy

    I think as a nation we're fairly tolerant but many individuals aren't.

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    Re: Should religious tolerance be a part of ouir foreign policy

    Quote Originally Posted by shiang View Post
    I think as a nation we're fairly tolerant but many individuals aren't.
    Is there a nation on Earth where every citizen shares the same level of religious tolerance? As far as I know, the Borg Collective is entirely fictional.

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    Re: Should religious tolerance be a part of ouir foreign policy

    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyNinja View Post
    Is there a nation on Earth where every citizen shares the same level of religious tolerance? As far as I know, the Borg Collective is entirely fictional.

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    Re: Should religious tolerance be a part of ouir foreign policy

    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyNinja View Post
    That's exactly my point..........Did you read the other part, where I asked how much good it's done? Do you really believe that the US openly showing tolerance of religion is going to change the way the members of a particular religion feel about the US in general?

    It never hurts to be optimistic..........but any American who's overly optimistic regarding this line of thinking, should spend a little time in a predominantly Muslim nation like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, or Afghanistan and come back to report your findings.
    Your analysis process is simple and obvious, but not correct. Here is a simple situation: If you were going to meet with the leadership of another nation; and, some of those leaders were Jews; and, the Jews knew that you did not respect them for the stupid error of their religion in your opinion; you are saying it would not matter.
    Here is a simple example of your thinking process: I can’t pound in nails with a pair of slip-joint pliers; therefore, pliers are not a useful tool.

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