A month or so ago, a Muslim woman was arrested for an outstanding warrant for not registering her vehicle and taken to jail. While at jail, the woman's head covering was removed in front of men. The woman was immediately outraged and humiliated. It's perfectly normal in our culture to see the face. To her, exposing her face was like taking off her clothes. However, in our country we have rules that are to be followed. No one can keep a head covering of any type especially not with as much cloth as the hijab offers. A prisoner could hurt herself or others with the covering. The police insisted that no offense was intended. It's merely policy to take off the head covering. Of course, then there was outcry from the Islamic community saying that their rights were being violated.
I think in a way they have a very small case when you argue Islam as a religion. In reality though, Islam is a political system. With Islam, it's hard to separate the two- religion and political system. So what Muslims are really asking for is a tolerance of their political system within our political system. Now, I know that democracy is usually pretty tolerant, but I'm fairly certain there is no other political system that democracy can tolerate and still be in its original form.
Now obviously not all Muslims are out to harm America, but with the track record that Islam has, I think most Muslims need to be as gracious as possible when living out Islam in America. I think the woman who was jailed had the right idea to ask only for an apology. Any woman who was forced to take her clothes in front of a police officer would probably be doing more legally than asking for an apology. I can only imagine how Americans are treated in Islamic countries especially in their jails, because of West vs. East, Christianity vs. Islam mentality. Islam is not a tolerant system- it's intolerant. I will be interested to see how Muslims integrate themselves in the future into the democratic system, apart from their American-hating counterparts in other parts of the world.