Thursday, February 9, 2012
Don't tell that to the residents of The Hague, the third largest city in the Netherlands. There, a local Muslim resident has proposed a law that criminalizes pet ownership and characterizes dog lovers as animal abusers.
You may be inclined to write this off as some crazy Islamist looking to stir things up and get on a soapbox spouting his extreme views and going on about global jihad.
But you'd be wrong.
This was put forth by Hasan Kucuk, a standing councilman at The Hague and an elected official representative of the Islam Democrats, who want to regulate pet ownership so as not to 'offend' Muslims.
I don't need to do a lot of editorializing here, suffice to say this is not an isolated incident.
In Lerida, Spain, the Muslim community demanded that dogs be banned from all forms of public transportation and any areas frequented by Muslims so as not to violate their religious freedom (to the complete exclusion of other people's religious freedoms.) When the city refused, there was a rash of dog poisonings.
I believe Mahatma Gandhi said it best, "the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
As for me, if having and loving a dog is wrong, I don't want to be right.