We live in a country where there is a lot less religion that there was a generation or two ago. It is not that long since anyone who was not Roman Catholic in this country was something of an oddity. Today, while there is a lot less religion, there are a lot more religions. When the Churches are represented at State events by their leaders the line is getting longer and longer. It is probably only a matter of time before Scientology makes the cut. That debate will be amusing as they try to sort out the 'real' religions from the 'cults'.
I tolerate all religions equally. I am quite happy for people who live in Ireland and abide by our laws to believe whatever they like. I was somewhat disturbed to see a post on Facebook by someone or something called Irish Voice which showed that this tolerance is not universal. It read "Anti Islam Ireland just paid a visit to an Imam's house in Kilkenny and this is a recording of what transpired."
I viewed it. Ibrahim Ndure is a mild-mannered Muslim who has lived in Kilkenny for ten years and is the leader of his community. He invited the group of four into his house where they filmed him, initially without his knowledge. He need not have worried. He behaved impeccably. The "Anti Islam Ireland" delegation hectored and bullied and demanded answers to lunatic questions, allowed no time to answer, and kept bellowing 'answer yes or no'. I was shocked that there are young people in Ireland who thought this behaviour was, by any stretch of the imagination, acceptable.
To see raw hatred is very unpleasant. Sadly, this odious video received 53 likes on Facebook. A further post shows that about a dozen of them recently protested at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland on Roebuck Road in Dublin against the 'wrongdoings of the Islamic faith across the world." They were invited in to tea.
As long as Islamic State continue their unspeakable beheadings, destruction of culture, and abuse of women, we are going to get more and more of these self-righteous bullies having their fifteen minutes by treating every Muslim as if they support such atrocities. Of course it is worrying that apparently normal people raised in countries like ours go to Syria and do what they do. But the Kilkenny Imam has made it crystal clear that he lives in Ireland in accordance with Irish law and expects his fellow Muslims to do likewise. I have met the Imam, liked him, and I believe him. Perhaps Anti Islam Ireland could also agree to treat the people living in this country with the respect they are entitled to.
Whatever happened to live and let live?
Sunday Indo Living