I’m not a liberal but…

This post is inspired by a couple of Facebook posts I’ve seen in the wake of the horrific attack on Drummer Lee Rigby, posts that said that all Muslims should be removed from the country. Posts that ignored the fact that people attack people; not those of specific gender, colour or religion, just people.

Removing one group from a country will not make it safer. It may make the racists feel safe, but they wont be, because there are some people that are just bad. They may claim to do it in the name of religion, but religion condemns them. Those that commit crimes and claim it is in the name of religion are extremists, and, as the name implies, are not a part of the true religion.

I don’t consider myself a liberal, but I do believe in freedom of religion and aside from the point made above, what about those who convert? Say you did remove all of religion X from the country and then someone born and raised in that country converted to religion X, what then? You throw them out of their home country? You let them stay and break your own rule? It’s absurd!

Call me a bleeding heart liberal if you like, I know I’m not, but I also know that common sense should prevail and instead of preaching hate we should be united in grief.

MummyBarrow

12 comments

  1. SJF102

    Couldn’t agree more. one of them that was shot was born in the same place i was There’s a fair few from my class year that have done worse than him 🙁 so it’s nothing to do with religion at all

    1. Mrs TeePot

      It’s so sad isn’t it. As you say, nothing to do with religion, all to do with mindset.

  2. Karen Teresa Reekie

    I actually deleted a friend (well, a husband of a friend, who is “friends” with me on FB) because he posted the “we need to get rid of these scum” post on FB. I don’t get the mentality that because someone claiming to be a Muslim committed an terrible act, then we must rid the country of Muslims! If the man had claimed to be Christian, Buddist, or whatever, would we react in the same way? We can’t blame a people group, or a set of beliefs, for the extreme and violent behaviour of a minortity of people, acting in it’s name. I grew up a Catholic, and lived in an area of Scotland where there was a lot of mild, but still unpleasant sectarian behaviour. I remember being spat at, by a group of kids who called us names, because we must of course support the IRA and what they were doing, because of course, we were Catholic. Sadly, there are ignorant, racist people all over, who will use a situation to mouth of and cause trouble!

    1. Mrs TeePot

      That’s awful, so sorry you went through that.

      It’s sad that there are still so many racists about too isn’t it, I thought we were moving past it.

  3. The40yearold

    I have to agree. Nutters in all religions. They’d be nutters no matter what. Majority aren’t and find a way to live harmoniously.

    1. Mrs TeePot

      Exactly, some people don’t seem to see that

  4. MummyBarrow

    Totally agree. Why cant we all just love each other?

    1. Mrs TeePot

      I agree, accept our differences and enjoy them instead of fighting over them

  5. Sandy Calico

    Hear hear. It was a shocking crime, but the hideous racism that followed shocked me more.

    1. Mrs TeePot

      Absolutely, people I never thought were racist have shown their true colours. It makes me so sad to see so much hate around

  6. Jayne @ Mum's the Word

    Ah, see, I AM a bleeding-heart liberal, hence you and I not seeing eye to eye on politics in the past, but I agree wholeheartedly with all of this. Maybe you’re softening in your old-age, Liv?! xx

    1. Mrs TeePot

      Lol maybe! I do tend to befriend more liberal people too, I’m not as blue as I thought, huh!

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