No Mass for Sri Lanka's Catholics; no veils for Muslim women

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  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2019 6:38 p.m.

    Robyn
    You’re right, except NO WHERE is veiling a face a religious tenet.
    But since religious freedom is so important why stop there. Wearing masks or white robes with hoods should be okay for the masses to wander through streets, banks, churches....anywhere.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 29, 2019 6:28 p.m.

    I doubt a veil ban is denying women the choice to practice their religion.

    More likely it is giving them the freedom not have to practice their religion.

    Think about it. Moslem women are beaten and even killed for not wearing the Moslem clothing.

    Many Moslem women are no doubt cheering this decision.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 29, 2019 1:03 p.m.

    @Vanceone

    "It's amazing how BSR is leaping to the defense of Muslims who just killed over 300 Christians."

    I'm not. I'm leaping to the defense of Muslims who *didn't* just kill over 300 Christians.

    "And it is utterly despicable to compare terrorist Muslims to the Prophet Joseph Smith."

    I didn't do that either. I'm comparing people who want to take away the religious rights of Muslims to those who wanted to take away the religious rights of Joseph Smith.

    "Since you love Islam so much, BSR, why don't you go to Saudi or Yemen and live under it?"

    I have - I lived in Saudi Arabia for a year.

    "Then you can be free of the Christianity you hate so much."

    As I've said many times before, I'm an active LDS Church member. Are you saying LDS Church members are not Christian?

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    April 29, 2019 10:20 a.m.

    It's amazing how BSR is leaping to the defense of Muslims who just killed over 300 Christians. Not a word, nothing about ensuring safety for people who are not Muslim.

    And it is utterly despicable to compare terrorist Muslims to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Utterly despicable, but not at all surprising that a leftist would do that.

    Since you love Islam so much, BSR, why don't you go to Saudi or Yemen and live under it? Then you can be free of the Christianity you hate so much.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 29, 2019 9:51 a.m.

    @Granny

    "Robin: It's a matter of public safety, not a matter of denying one his/her religious beliefs."

    That's what every oppressor uses as justification for taking away the religious beliefs of others. That's how the mobs justified imprisoning Joseph Smith.

  • bill4570 ,
    April 29, 2019 8:44 a.m.

    I am not super religious, but obviously terrorist killings in the name of "god" or a higher being is just wrong. I hold the view that any religion that does no harm is a good religion and man alone decides to do good or evil. So, I view the quote in the above story "This is a time questions such as, does God truly love us, does he have compassion toward us, can arise in human hearts." obviously wants to lay the blame on God for the evils that befall us and lack of compassion "toward us".

    I find it really hard, and indeed irresponsible to blame an entity such as God for our own lack of common decency, love, compassion, total lack of humanity and total disregard for others. The buck has to stop somewhere and it stops with us. All of that caring, compassion and love is inside of each of us, and that teaching or lack thereof is humanity's responsibility.

    If we as humans have no ounce of caring or compassion for each other, we cannot blame God or any other "higher being" for the problems we as humans seem to so quickly burden ourselves with. I've never seen God, but the devil visibly walks the earth each time someone does evil to others and claims to be doing God's work.

  • Rubydo Provo, UT
    April 29, 2019 12:13 a.m.

    In some states on the east coast it is already illegal to wear any type of mask in public for public safety reasons and they have as well in France banned face coverings. How could someone be identified in modern society on drivers licenses, passports, etc if their faces are always covered? The only argument for those in favor of head coverings are for those who want to live in the medieval times and for those who want the subjugation of women.

  • Granny Saint George, UT
    April 28, 2019 10:31 p.m.

    Robin: It's a matter of public safety, not a matter of denying one his/her religious beliefs.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 28, 2019 6:24 p.m.

    @ute alumni

    See above for how easy it is to take away another person's religious freedom when they're not part of your religion.

  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2019 3:33 p.m.

    Good call on veils. Should be everywhere in the world. No need to cover anyone’s face for any reason, anytime, anywhere.