August 7, 2012 Leave a comment
This is how the term is defined according to Wikipedia
American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States is different from other countries in that it has a specific world mission to spread liberty and democracy.
America demonstrated that characteristic with this initiative
The US State Department’s report on religious freedoms, researched in 2011 but released on July 30, 2012, warned that freedom of worship was being undermined across the globe — particularly in China and Pakistan.
Commenting on the report, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that more than a billion people worldwide lived “under governments that systematically repress religious freedom.”
“When it comes to this human right — this key feature of stable, secure and peaceful societies — the world is sliding backwards,” she said.
In Europe there was “growing xenophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim sentiment, and intolerance toward people considered ‘the other’,” according to the report, which also complained of a “rising number of European countries, including Belgium and France, whose laws restricting dress adversely affected Muslims and others.”
There is no equivocation in the US report and its recommendations, and it spares no one even its allies, instead taking the position of America’s founding fathers of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Supposedly these are the same ideals of our allies, notably France, but in practice it’s apparent equality and fraternity do not apply when it comes to its Muslim citizens. America justifiably called France on its hypocrisy. Everyone should never forget Europe has been the sight of two world wars, the last one we now applaud our participation in for fighting against the political and religious tyranny of Nazi Germany. After finding the scale of that country’s genocide against European Jewry America has proudly proclaimed its fight was a noble cause to rescue Europe and the world from religious fratricide by a government that had its start with discriminating against its religious minorities in matters of dress and appearance. Those countries outlined in the US report are today doing the same thing. Let’s hope America’s demonstration of real leadership and initiative can avert such a catastrophe that seems to be all too characteristic of Europe and for now not of us, the
- U.S. slams Europe for anti-Muslim laws, hits Egypt over treatment of Christians (miamiherald.com)
- Have politicians fermented a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment? (current.com)