I often contemplate whether there would still be wars if religion didn’t exist. I guess there would be; the fight for power over people, land, and resources, human nature being what it is. Perhaps these days religion is just an excuse to fight. But I too dislike the hypocrisy of religious beliefs and the divisions these beliefs cause. Most of all I resent those people who leave their own countries to live a better life in ours, and then reject the way we live. They seem to believe that they are somehow superior beings, and history has shown us that this is a very dangerous mind-set. Australia is not the only country experiencing these problems.
A courageous man, a Muslim himself – Mahfooz Kanwar, Professor Emeritus of sociology at Mount Royal University in Calgary, commented angrily on the complaints made by Muslim families to the school board that music is un-Islamic and that physical education (coed) classes should be segregated by gender even in primary schools. About a dozen immigrant Muslim families were demanding that the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg should not teach their children music for religious reasons. Professor Kanwar stated “I’d tell them, this is Canada, and in Canada, we teach music and physical education in our schools. If you don’t like it, leave. If you want to live under sharia law, go back to the hell hole country you came from or go to another hell hole country that lives under sharia law.” The Professor went on to say that as always, the school authorities were trying to figure out a way to fit the demands of the Muslims into the curriculum rather than the other way around. Is this just another form of segregation?
Perhaps religion is too narrow a focus, and Western Powers and their media are a large part of the problem. A good place to try to understand the world dilemma is to read a recent history, that of Bosnia. Bosnia – A Short History by Noel Malcolm “rigorously clarifies the various myths of racial, religious and political history which have so clouded the modern understanding of Bosnia’s past”. Many recent wars in actual fact, may not have causes as simple as the inevitable consequences of ancient ethnic and religious hatreds. And why do so many of these wars result in burning books and destroying the cultural heritage of enemies? Much food for thought. ><><><
– Anne Frandi-Coory 21 March 2011