[linux-elitists] LOC-issue

Brenno J.S.A.A.F. de Winter brenno@dewinter.com
Thu Aug 22 15:22:27 PDT 2002

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| And so do certain groups of almost any "one true way" religion. Alas.

Yes. No exceptions. Extremist Jews or Christians or atheists, nihilist,
whateverist are just as dangerous. They deny the basic rights of
freedom. The same freedom, where we lost several family members for in
WW II. Especially we as free software loving people should care about
that first.

| The fact is, you know Muslims who are afraid to say they're Muslim
| after 9/11. They weren't exactly forthcoming before. I found that I
| know many more people of the Islamic faith than I had realized.

So do I and for most of them I care a great deal. My secretary is one of
the sweetest persons I know and for me religion is trivial and I respect
her in any way I can. That hasn't changed and that won't change. But the
scare isn't only with Muslims. The same fact goes for me, who has been
shopping in a different city when I know that this particular group of
individuals hangs around the shops (fridays and saturdays)! There is a
big distance between us. It's not good if people are afraid to state
their religion or their decent, but I don't think changing a couple of
DNS records will solve that problem.  In my country - the Netherlands -
I'm afraid to tell my decent and my religion out of repurcussions since
in Europe all .... are considered to be bad. If you don't know what I
mean read Gary Kasparov's column in the WSJ of Aug. 5th or mail me
off-list. September 11th has changed the world and understanding hasn't
come any closer I'm fully aware of this. But maybe this needs time.


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