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

    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyNinja View Post
    Predominantly Muslim nations trade with us on a regular basis......all the while knowing that the US harbors a degree of intolerance or even disdain towards the more radical elements of Islam or perhaps even for Islam in general, depending on which US public officials you talk with. Many have made the claim that US foreign policy under Bush wasn't necessarily "Muslim Friendly" (I don't disagree)..........but did it stop those nations from willingly doing a great deal of business with the US..........no.

    You see, my original point was that the only religion that really matters when targeting foreign policy, is the "Church of the Almighty Dollar." Our Foreign policy goals should be centered on Economic interests, as well as security interests which directly impact the US and its citizens.

    Going into negotions with our hands stuck out, trying to convince another nation that we Americans are all a bunch of completely tolerant folks, ready to fully trust and to embrace their foreign ways and beliefs with fervor is just......well........is being dishonest. Any world leader with access to the internet and a shred of common sense would identify these lame gestures as patronizing.

    Do we tell them how much we love them anyway? Sure we do.....for PR reasons and to be Politically Correct.....especially during an election year. Does anyone with sense recognize it as nothing more than patronizing?........I should hope so. The REAL foreign policy negotiations begin when both side begin to lay NUMBERS down on the table.

    In an ideal world, your argument may hold water..............but you should remove the rose colored glasses for a moment and see foreign policy, and international diplomacy/negotiations for what they truly are.

    Obama has already used this "We are tolerant" approach with Ahmadinejad. How well has it worked? Has it stopped the threats and hate speech from Iranian leaders or has it changed the hearts and minds of the Iranian people? Come on, be completely honest. How comfortable would you feel walking the backstreets of Tehran with your arms open wide sharing with all you meet that you are a tolerant American?

    The world needs idealists like you......the US just doesn't need them designing our foreign policies.
    We may be tolerant of religious beliefs, but the Iranians most certainly are not, or at least their leaders are not.
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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.

    Liberals don't realize that we get more respect from these nations when we start dropping bombs.

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

    I don't think 'religious tolerance' should play any factor whatsoever. Either their religion doesn't affect US interests, in which case we should leave it strictly alone-- not out of tolerance, but out of efficiency-- or it does interfere in US interests, in which case we should stomp it flat.

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    Should religious tolerance be a part of ouir foreign policy

    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyNinja View Post
    I stand corrected. I must have been thinking of his formal apology to Iran for the burning of Korans:

    The American Spectator : The Spectacle Blog : Another Obama Apology

    And BTW, I'm no Bush apologist either. 12 years of inept leadership......and counting.
    He didn't apologise to Iran either..

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

    Also , in my opinion I wanted to add, apart from my post #29 ...that tolerance should be granted to religions only when their philosophy and ethics are acceptable in our civilized world and when inhumane, barbaric, antisocial practices are not acts of faith.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Mya View Post
    Also , in my opinion I wanted to add, apart from my post #29 ...that tolerance should be granted to religions only when their philosophy and ethics are acceptable in our civilized world and when inhumane, barbaric, antisocial practices are not acts of faith.
    That may speak to what would be tantamount to a criminal act and would not be tolerated on any level by the US.

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

    I'm an atheist.. I am intolerant of all religions, foreign or domestic.
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    Re: Should religious tolerance be a part of ouir foreign policy

    Quote Originally Posted by OnWisconsin View Post
    I'm an atheist.. I am intolerant of all religions, foreign or domestic.

    well at least you're honest about it.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by OnWisconsin View Post
    I'm an atheist.. I am intolerant of all religions, foreign or domestic.
    An atheist who finally admits he's intolerant.....and right here on DP. Will miracles never cease?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyNinja View Post
    An atheist who finally admits he's intolerant.....and right here on DP. Will miracles never cease?

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    It's not that uncommon. There are pretty legitimate reasons to feel negatively towards organised religion, but sadly there are people that take this as far as intolerance - it's not inappropriate to include myself in this category, as well.

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