Thai747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 1999, 814 posts, RR: 15 Posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1251 times:
Many of you describe yourselves as someone who's culturally tolerant - accepting every cultures for what they are , what they believe in, their way of lives and their traditions. But can you accept this?
Some of you might have seen this floating around somewhere in the world of online petition chain letters ( Please sign your name to stop the teletubbies being sexually abused... and so on so on ) But take a moment to read the extract below anyway, and just think - Where do you draw the line to cultural tolerance?
Madhu,the government of Afghanistan, is waging a war upon women. Since the Taliban took power in 1996, women have had to wear burqua and have been
beaten and stoned in public for not having the proper attire,even if this means simply not having the mesh covering infront of their eyes. One woman was beaten to death by an angry mob of fundamentalists for
accidentally exposing her arm while she was driving. Another was stoned to death for trying to leave the country with a man that wasnota relative. Women are not allowed to work or even go out in public without a male relative;professional women such as professors, translators, doctors, lawyers, artists and writers have been forced from their jobs and stuffed into their homes.
Homes where a woman is present must have their windows painted so that she can never be seen by outsiders. They must wear silent shoes so that
they are never heard. Women live in fear of their lives for the slightest misbehavior. Because they cannot work, those without male relatives or husbands are either starving to death or begging on the street, even if they hold Ph.D.s. Depression is becoming so widespread that it has reached emergency
levels. There is no way in such an extreme Islamic society to know the suicide rate with certainty, but relief workers are estimating that the suicide rate among women, who cannot find proper medication and treatment for severe depression and would rather take their lives than live in such conditions, has increased significantly. There are almost no medical facilities available for women. At one of the rare hospitals
for women, a reporter found still, nearly lifeless bodies lying motionless on top of beds, wrapped in their burqua, unwilling to speak, eat, or do anything, but slowly wasting away. Others have gone mad and
were seen crouched in corners, perpetually rocking or crying, most of them in fear. One doctor is considering, when what little medication that is left finally runsout, leaving these women in front of the president's residence as a form of protest. It is at the point where the term "human rights violations" has become an understatement. Husbands have the power of life and death over their women relatives,especially their
wives, but an angry mob has just as much right to stone or beat a woman, often to death, for exposing an inch of flesh or offending them in the slightest way.
Women enjoyed relative freedom, to work,dress generally as they wanted and drive and appear in public alone until only 1996. The rapidity of this transition is the main reason for the depression and suicide; women
who were once educators or doctors or simply used to basic human freedoms are now severely restricted and treated as subhuman in the name of right-wing fundamentalist Islam.
Climbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1182 times:
Yes, I remember seeing a report about this last year while I was in my Vegas hotel. They showed the women being stoned and it was very disgusting, to say the least. To not agree with such horrid treatment of women, has nothing to do with one not being "culturally tolerant", it's just a matter of having compassion for the suffering of another human being. Face it, these people are very extreme, and just plain cruel. My heart and prayers go out to those women.
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1133 times:
I believe "Widdy Woman" is the nick-name given to Anne Widdecombe, the opposition Home Secretary in the UK.
Quite what she's famous for/has a reputation for I do not know, but politics is only of passing interest to me. She is certainly very ugly
As for being culturally tolerant, yes, I like to think I respect most cultures; like most other people, I don't agree with what the Taleban are up to, but that's what happens when you become brainwashed/paranoid.
FP_v2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1125 times:
I think the US government needs to step into these countries and reform them. What is happening there now is ridiculous, especially in the 21st century. My history teacher told us about some flight attendants who decided to get drunk in one of these countries and were thrown in jail for a few months. Also one time on tv I watched a trial were a women, who was accused of cheating had to lick a heated piece of metal, if her tounge blistered she would be decapitated. IT almost seem like these people havn't evolved from neanderthals quite yet as they still belive in crap like this.
WorldVoyager From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 393 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1120 times:
I agree that what the Taliban is doing is inhumane.
When you see these things, you really have to wonder:
Who exactly is not being tolerant?
As a Muslim, what really makes me mad is the fact that the Taliban is giving Islam a bad name through these actions. It is this kind of thing that encourages media to speak ill of the religion and its followers, causing much intolerance and insult towards Islam and Muslims.
But most of all, this is hurting the people who have to suffer it, day by day. I really do feel extremely sorry for them.
Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1104 times:
Although I respect that different countries and religons have different rules and ways of life, I do think that the goings on in Afganistan are sickening.
It sent a shiver down my spine when I read that it's common for gay men to be buried alive by the authorities in Afganistan.
Although the vast majority of British people are white and have British ancestors, many Britons are decendants of Asian, African and Eastern European people, so in the United Kingdom we're used to other cultures.
But the culture of countries such as Afganistan is totally sick.
Am I tolerant of different cultures? Yes.
Am I tolerant of inhmane, and sick acts that ruin other people's lives? Certainly not.
Cicadajet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1086 times:
For the purposes of studying history you need to try to keep free of certain value judgements and biases. OF course its hard to do the closer you are to the history in time and/or geography..(ie Nazi Germany). And when you live in an area or community of different cultures it behooves everyone to be reasonably tolerant of one another. Of course there will be cultural clashes (not talking about violent street altercations), clashes in values...and people will have to acknowledge that discussion of these issues is not ipso facto racist, intollerant or whatever.. (not in all instances anyway.) But as for what is happening now...
A world tragedy has just occurred! Those crazy Taliban savages that run Afghanistan (and have been not only oppressing its female population literally to death) have used ammuition and explosives to destroy the world giant Buddha statues and ALL -- yes ALL !!!!!!!!!! such statutes throughout their land!!!!
ALL, no matter from what century, no matter the entire civilized world and the United Nations and everybody begging and begging them not to do this, offering to pay anything, remove the statues, anything -- starting yesterday they have been destroying ALL ~~~~~~~