Read an article on how a woman sued AT&T who converted to Islam and she was harassed. I went on to read the comments and someone posted "Let a woman wear a cross in Iraq and she'll be stoned to death" and another commented that Christians are named-called and bashed every single day. And that comment alone made me wonder: if I ask every single Christian on Earth if his comment holds any weight, some will say yes and others will say no. And to that man and to the many who believe the same as he: limited experience results in half-truths, not something true for everyone.
Now, back to the U.S-Iraq comparison, you shouldn't make an unfair comparison between the two countries because it'll be like comparing the treatment of Native Americans in the U.S to that of the Jews in Germany. Anyways, what I'd like to say is that we are a fairly tolerant nation and Iraq is not so much and with these differences, double standards are bound. What I say is to let these double standards go unpassed and make no real issue about it because let's face it: the majority of Iraqis are in the cave. And when I see fellow Americans throw insults to Muslims, aren't they doing the same thing the Iraqis are doing to fellow Christians? Aren't they going back to the cave and stepping down to a level only ignorant people belong in? That, is a double standard. Being hateful to Muslims for being hateful to Christians also being hateful to Christians for being hateful to Muslims. And this hate is bred by believing that every single Muslim is a terrorist as well as thinking every Christian is extremely racist or extremely homophobic. It is expected that cave dwellers hold these stereotypes to be true for every single Christian or Muslim, but what amazes, and disappoints me is that more and more people are behaving like cave dwellers and thinking illogically.
Now, what I think people should do is to suspend their judgements upon meeting a culturely or racially different person and I say this because it is unfortunate that intolerance still exists. It's not that difficult to do. In order to suspend judging a person by their appearance is to take a long, good look at yourself, an honest look. It'll be frightening, I won't deny that.