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This is much better than watching American Idol or 24!!!
What people say doesn't matter as much as what they do. A hate crime is a crime even if no hate motive is found.
2. What happened to defending Western Values? The American First amendment is held up across the Western world as the gold standard of religious freedom. I like Poles too, does that mean I cannot comment on an inequity in their legal system that hold over from the State Church days?
By your logic Orthodox Jews, many Hindus and Buddhists and and very conservative Catholics could also be declared "political and not religious" by a future regime that was hostile to them. Beware what is on the other side of doors you seek to wrench open.
2. so what if it is another country. Have you not argued that Western values need to be defended agressively? How about those values that haven't even fully taken root, freedom of religion chief among them. The further East you go the less freedom you find in that respect. A legacy in part to our buddies the Muslims. Please take note that disallowing ANY religion from marriages and requiring specific prayers is NOT a Western Enlightenment value!!! Why are you defending what is essentially the idea of a state Church?
Oh, and I have lived in Chi too and also like Poles, what has that got to do with a specific inequality in the Polish legal system?
The only hurdle for being considered a religion is to profess faith. If I consitantly practice a faith and am willing to fight it through the courts I can get the day off to worship my front sidewalk. If you want to claim the tax exemptions of a "church" organisation it is a very very low bar to clear. It has to be. One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.
I agree that one of the biggest problems in dealing with Islam is it's religiuous nature. It is alot easier to put controlling laws around a secular organization. Why do you think the Hubbardites cling so fiercely to religious status, it gives them added protections.
As I have said before, it is the actions, the fruits of an individual that matter. A crime is a crime whether by Muslim, Jew or whoever. The law must be blind to that distinction!!! Whether an honor killing by a Muslim or letting a child die from diabetes because of a "faith" that God will provide murder by God is still murder.