I’m totally baffled.
I cannot think of one reason why Muslims would ‘deserve respect’.
Wouldn’t you just be as puzzled if the Hindus, the Buddhists, the Christians, the Jews and the Mormons all came out demanding more churches, temples or synagogues? How come they can look after themselves and we find them all pretty respectable but they never demand our respect?
Along comes the least deserving, the savages from the ‘religion of peace’ Â and demand Â Â “more respect.”
Russia has a Muslim dilemma: Ethnic Russians hostile to Muslims
Not. Muslims are hostile to ethnic Russians, just like they are hostile to all non muslims everywhere in the world. The picture below tells a story on how to deal with the soldiers of allah, if you don’t know it you should read it.Â
Followers of Islam say they have been citizens a long time Â (Citizens? Perhaps. But having no intention to integrate or assimilate Â does not make them Russians. They are religiously obliged toÂ Â make Russia Islamic. And that’s not what Russia wants.)
Fortunately, Putin gets it:
Below is an excerpt from a speech given by Russian President Vladimir Putin last month at theÂ Valdai International Discussion Club. Regardless of what one thinks of Russia or Mr. Putin, his words are apropos and well worth listening to.
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A relevantÂ comment posted at Vlad’s place:
Well, he ought to know. Vladimir Putin used to be the head of the KGB, didn’t he? I’ll bet he knows exactly how Western civilization got so ****ed up, doesn’t he, and I’ll bet he even knows the names of the KGB agents who did it to us. I’ll bet he knows exactly how guys like Howard Zinn and Norman Finkelstein and Gloria Steinem and Noam Chomsky got to be so such household names in the very countries they worked so tirelessly to undermine.
But, in a funny way, doesn’t that make listening to what he says to his own people all that much more germane? Who, but one of the guys who created this politically correct nightmare would know how dangerous it is and how much it should be avoided? He’s telling his own people not to eat the poison meat that he personally put out for the enemy the night before. For God’s sake, listen to him!
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2006-11-19 04:00:00 PDT MoscowÂ — Crammed amid the gray monoliths of Moscow’s 1980 Olympics complex, the Sobornaya Mosque was the onlyÂ Islamic houseÂ of worship that was allowed to function under the Soviet regime. It stood largely empty then, filling up only with the occasional large foreign delegation from IslamicÂ countries.
Today, its pale blue walls cannot contain the hundreds who come to pray. On Fridays and holy days, it overflows with worshipers, leaving many forced to kneel on newspapers outside, their foreheads pressing against theÂ concrete.
Zabir Valeev was attending midday prayers on a recent Friday with his 8-year-old son, and could hardly hide his frustration. “We shouldn’t have to stand out here in the cold,” said Valeev, 32. “What does it show to my son that there is no place in Moscow for us toÂ pray?”
The Sobornaya is one of four mosques in the Russian capital to serve a Muslim population of about 2.5 million — the largest of any European city. Muslim leaders say attempts to build more have been blocked by local officials, who fear angering Moscow’s ethnic RussianÂ majority.
“In the Soviet period, people were forbidden from practicing their religions. Now they are embracing their faith again,” saidÂ Ildar Alyautdinov, an imam at the Sobornaya Mosque. “But to have only four mosques in Moscow — obviously that’s not enough. … We deserve moreÂ respect.”
Across Russia, Islam is thriving. Experts say the country is undergoing a startling change and that if current trends continue, more than half of Russia’s population will be Muslim byÂ midcentury.
“Russia is going through a religious transformation that will be of even greater consequence for the international community than the collapse of the Soviet Union,” saidPaul Goble, an expert on Islam in Russia and a research associate at theÂ UniversityÂ of Tartu inÂ Estonia.
As in many Western countries with growing Muslim populations, tensions are also on the rise. Ethnic Russians fear their country is losing its traditional identity; Muslims are offended by widespread discrimination and a lack of respect for theirÂ faith.
Russia’s Muslims are extremely diverse, including Volga Tatars, the myriad ethnicities of the North Caucasus and newly arrived immigrants from the former Soviet republics of Central Asia. But they all share an important demographic — birth rates far higher than that of Russia’s Christian Orthodox, ethnicÂ Slavs.
Russia’s overall population is dropping at a rate of 700,000 people a year, largely due to the short life spans and low birth rates of ethnic Russians. The country’s 2002 census shows that the national fertility rate is 1.5 children per woman, far below the 2.1 children per woman needed to maintain the country’s population of about 143 million. The rate in Moscow is even lower, at 1.1 children perÂ woman.
But Russia’s Muslims are bucking that trend. The fertility rate for Tatars living in Moscow, for example, is six children per woman, Goble said, while the Chechen and Ingush communities are averaging 10 children per woman. And hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have been flocking to Russia in search ofÂ work.
Since 1989, Russia’s Muslim population has increased by 40 percent to about 25 million. By 2015, Muslims will make up a majority of Russia’s conscript army, and by 2020 a fifth of theÂ population.
“If nothing changes, in 30 years people of Muslim descent will definitely outnumber ethnic Russians,” GobleÂ said.
For many ethnic Russians, the prospect of becoming a minority in their country is unthinkable, and nationalist sentiments are on the rise. “Russia is historically a Slavic, Orthodox Christian land, and we need to make sure it stays that way,” saidÂ Alexander Belov, head of the Movement Against Illegal Immigration, an increasingly powerful interest group that has organized dozens of rallies in recentÂ months.