Boes wrote:I don't either, I just don't see why I should walk down a street and suddenly find myself in 13th century Bagdad. What's wrong with housing a mosque in a tradtional building? Where does the Koran specify it needs to look like Aladdin's palace?!
I don't see how you can get after Partisan for making disgustingly offensive comments when you go and compare a different culture's customs to "13th century Bagdad" and Aladdin's palace, a stereotypical image.
I was talking, quite obviously, about the architecture chosen for Mosques in Europe.
Narbleh wrote:Maybe it wasn't your intention, but that smacks of the idea that the Middle East is out of date and therefore inferior to us modern Westerners.
Compared to 'Western culture', no that's a stereotypical image
, compared to my culture 'The Middle East' is terribily backwards; especially concerning social issues. Obviously we live in the same day and age, but a Saudi woman has less rights than a Dutch woman had 500 years ago.
Narbleh wrote:I'm of the opinion that the ban should not have passed. I think immigrants have a duty to adapt to the country they call their new home, which includes learning the language and social norms expected. However, I don't consider depriving people of a suitable place of worship to be part of that duty.
Why would a traditional building not be suitable? Again, why does it have to look like Aladdins palace?
Narbleh wrote:It's not for the inhabitants of the receiving country to determine what is or is not a suitable place or means of worship for a foreign people.
Yes it is, it's their country.
Narbleh wrote:I see this as a negative gesture towards the Muslim community, like Sarkozy's borderline racist comment that burqas are not welcome in France.
How's that racist? Please by all means, explain to my how that is racist?
(...) but others have to imply that Americans can't understand the concept of fatherland, or that American culture is somehow deficient and deprives us of our ability to sympathize with I guess "real" cultures like in Europe. What was that word for considering one's culture superior to another's, again?
A nationalistic concept of a 'fatherland' has got nothing to do with it, nor have I, or have I seen others, make comments that state that serican culture doesn't exist. it has to do with ethnicity; something Americans lack. Deal with it.