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  •  If you applied your comment equally to the U.S., I (5+ / 0-)

    would agree. There are forces in all countries, including the so-called "developed" nations that fit this statement of yours

    I'm not so sure that there is a vast desire in many countries for greater human rights - especially human rights that apply to women, gays, and individuals whose religious beliefs (or lack of same) differ from their own.
    The Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU and a country to which we have numerous cultural, ethnic and sentimental ties, has laws that forced a pregnant woman to die in agony rather than have her doomed fetus removed. Ireland's been debating this law for decades with absolutely no progress made in changing it.
    Our own country is headed in the same direction with all the anti-abortion legislation, with the "personhood" bills that would outlaw the most popular types of contraception, with state legislatures' (Texas, Ohio) defunding of organizations that provide women's health services. We've made progress on gay rights but the right-wingers, sensing their loss in that area, turned their sights on women's reproductive rights with a fair amount of success.
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    we shouldn't make the mistake of thinking that all American values are universal.
    Unfortunately values considered "American" by so many people in our country are truly universal -- the values of censoring and limiting the rights, choices and religious beliefs of others.

    We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

    by Tamar on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:26:13 AM PST

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    •  Ridiculous false equivalency (0+ / 0-)

      Your comment represents exactly what I despise about some liberals who believe in cultural equivalency between America and the Islamic world.

      In Saudi Arabia and Iran, women are under the guardianship of male relatives, i.e. they are legally SLAVES. Do you honestly believe that a ban on abortion is anywhere near as big a violation of women's rights as keeping women under actual slavery?

      In many Islamic countries, homosexuality is punished by death. How in the world does banning gay marriage even remotely compare with executing gay people just for being gay?

      Bill Maher has said it best time and time again: even our average Christian fundamentalist is far more culturally progressive than the average Muslim in an Islamic country.

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