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It is certainly the case that the idiosyncrasies of oppressed minority religions should be treated with greater forbearance than the idiosyncrasies of oppressive majority religions. But willingness to excuse any barbarism in the name of such forbearance is a disservice both to secular civilization (but I repeat myself) and to progressive members of the religion in question.

In particular, a blanket demand that secular society observes or enforces your taboos is just flat up unacceptable. In a democracy, priests do not get to write the law.

If you want to take a particular violation of a religious taboo to task for being racist, then take it to task on its merits. But being a violation of a taboo of an oppressed minority is not itself sufficient to make that case.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 11:20:26 AM EST
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