Excuses and arguments to eat our prejudices and keep our bigotry

by , under Enrique Tessieri

One common argument one hears when you try to show cultural understanding for Muslims is that if Saudi Arabia, one of the most extremist Muslim countries in the world, doesn’t permit us to eat pork then we shouldn’t offer halal meat at schools.

Why do we compare a country like Saudi Arabia? Why not compare a Muslim country like Malaysia, where it is possible to eat pork just as long as you don’t do it in a halal-certified restaurant.

Why don’t we ever speak of Muslim countries like Malaysia and Indonesia (see video clip below of UC Riverside professor, Reza Aslan) but prefer instead to use one of the most extremist Muslim countries in the world to drive home our point?

Here’s another example that follows the same logic why we don’t have to change even if our society become more culturally diverse: Migrants that move here cannot expect us to change our habits and traditions because this would never happen in their country.

Which country are they talking about? Canada? Australia, maybe? Or are we going to compare Finland to Saudi Arabia again?