posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 06:28 AM
An often heard refrain on ATS these days.
The problem is this - its crap.
Its not about "their" country. Its about yours. You don't live in "their country"
Simply, you can exercise your basic right to visit "their" country or not. In "their" country they have rules, regulations and laws that "they"
expect you to respect, and if you can't respect those laws, then you really shouldn't be visiting that country at all, should you? (Americans should
not carry guns in Britain, and will be arrested if they do - think about it....)
And yes, your country has rules - all countries do. Anyone who comes to your country should respect those rules. And if your country has rules that
allow freedom of expression, and freedom of religion, freedom to dress and express and you choose then - really - you shouldn't be suprised when
people do just those things, because they can, because the rules allow them to. After all, you do just the same in your own country don't you? Its
massively hypocritcial to condem someone doing something you take for granted as a "right".
And then you may need to ask yourself this - what do you want your country to be? Do you want it to be a place that excludes people because you don't
like who they are, how they look, how they pray?
If so, who sets the grounds for exclusion?
And how far to you want the people who do set the grounds for exclusion to go?
And what if, suddenly, you become one of the people to be excluded?
Exclusion is a slippery slope.
Be careful what you wish for.