Religion & tolerance often find themselves at odds with each other, whether it be the non-religous looking in or the religious looking across at other religions. While many religions promote peace towards everyone, it seems Islam is not one of them. One of the leaders of the “peaceful” sect of Islam told the Blaze that “We, as Americans, have to put limits and borders [on] freedom of speech,” when it comes to Islam.
There are religions that promote turning the other cheek even when mocked, but it appears Islam is not one of them. According to one of the most prominent imams in North America, Islam never condones violence, but it also, under no uncertain terms, “ever accepts” speaking ill of the Prophet Muhammad.
In fact, so grave is mockery of the prophet considered, that the cleric – Mohammad Qatanani, who leads one of the largest mosques in New Jersey – even believes free speech that criticizes Islam poses a national security threat to the U.S. and that those responsible should be investigated by the Department of Homeland Security.
Meanwhile, it seems that tolerance toward peaceful religion has been diminishing all over the world and in the US itself, both socially & governmentally, a study finds. CNN reports:
Restrictions on religion spiked throughout the world between mid-2009 and 2010, including in the United States, says a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.
The U.S. was among 16 countries, including Switzerland, where hostilities jumped during that time period. Pew examined 197 countries, assigning a score between from zero to 10.
Zero represents the least restrictive and 10 the most. There are two categories – governmentally restrictive and socially restrictive.
To answer the questions that make up the indexes, Pew Forum researchers combed through 19 widely cited, publicly available sources of information, including reports by the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, the Council of the European Union, the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, Freedom House and Amnesty International.
None of the countries in the study got a zero.