Do Muslims encourage religious diversity and tolerance? According to the ever-present myth of Islamic tolerance, yes. But in fact Islamic law only offers subjugation and discrimination to Jews, Christians, and other non-Muslims. The kind of tolerance being demanded of this Christian group is never forthcoming from Muslim groups, and is never asked of them. This is another example of the unspoken moral double standard that prevails in the West: enlightened multiculturalists profess to believe that all cultures are equal and all people have equal capability, but in reality they simply do not expect as much from Muslims as they do from Western Christians.
From The Herald, with thanks to Nicolei:
TEACHERS last night called for an investigation into an American evangelical movement that collects Christmas gifts from Scottish pupils and sends them to children in deprived parts of the world.
The call followed concern that the charity, Samaritan’s Purse, which runs the Christmas shoe box appeal, did not encourage religious diversity or tolerance.
Teachers at the annual meeting of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) in Perth were told that the charity — which has been endorsed by Franklin Graham, the evangelical preacher — was anti-Islam.
According to members of the South Lanarkshire branch of the EIS, Samaritan’s Purse took 30,000 Bibles into Iraq alongside US soldiers “at the barrel of a gun”.
Delegates were also told the Welsh fire brigade and the Co-operative movement had severed links with the organisation because of its extreme views.
However, a spokesman for the UK-based arm of the organisation dismissed the claims and said parcels were given to children across the world regardless of their faith.
In the past few years, more than one million parcels have been sent from schools in Britain to orphans in countries such as Mozambique, Romania and Azerbaijan.
Kenny Elder, from the South Lanarkshire branch of the EIS, told delegates: “It has a very right-wing, racist view of religion. It should be investigated by the union because it has a growing presence in our schools.
“A lot of people involved in schools don’t know about the views of this organisation, and I believe Samaritan’s Purse does not have a place in Scotland’s schools.”
The charity’s UK spokesman accused the EIS of “political correctness” and said there was no attempt to influence children by inserting religious leaflets into the boxes.
“It is a very sad day when a level of political correctness causes people concern just because a Christian organisation is involved,” he added.