Religious intolerance

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 March, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 March, 1997, 12:00am

In reply to M. Ishaq's comments (South China Morning Post, March 18) regarding my initial letter on Islam and human rights in Saudi Arabia, I'm not surprised that he/she does not want to get into an argument as the comments made in the letter have little credence.

If Islam does not object to other religions, as this person claims, why did Muslims go on the rampage in Indonesia on several occasions, killing a priest and his family as well as burning churches and temples? Further, if Islam is so tolerant, why have Muslims in Mindanao, now being promised independence, declared that they want Christianity, a predominant religion within the Philippines, banned? Is this not both objection and intolerance? Human rights issues have been raised by Western governments with the Saudi authorities.

Recently, the very same authorities threatened to cancel British commercial contracts and to prohibit UK companies bidding for new ventures for exactly this reason.

The letter writer says they appreciate countries which believe in justice and the upholding of human rights.

That is why they and Muslims from Islamic nations choose to live in Hong Kong and the West and not in Saudi Arabia.

Just one final thought.

It was interesting to read of disabled Indian children recently abandoned in Mecca by their parents being promptly returned to their native country.

No regard for human rights there on either side.

The facts speak for themselves.

KEVIN L. ELSMORE New Territories