It’s a funny old world, what is it they say? “one man’s meat is another man’s poison”.
Just imagine you are a sophisticated lady from Boston or Desmoines, living the high life and enjoying the benefits that a democratic country can give you. Suddenly you are transported into the tribal lands of Pakistan. Here in the blink of an eye you have ten children, and you can only go out in public if your clothes cover every square inch of your body. Add to this the fact you may be beaten every day of your life, be uneducated and continually abused, would you still like democracy when only the men have it and can do as they please?
What a strange uncaring creature it is, only really working when those in power take into account the opinions of people who did not vote for them.
All over the world democratic countries vote for a party and belief, but once elected these governments totally disregard the opinions of those who did not vote for them. If you have a society that splits almost down the middle, with one being secular and the other religious then neither will accept the other sides standpoint. The fact is that a secular society will often allow a religious society to exist, but the other opposite does not always hold true.
Freedom of expression should include the right not to believe no matter which religion you are talking about. Every constitution should have embedded in it the right of an individual not to believe as well as their right to believe. Democracy is something that has to protect the rights of the individual as well as the majority who voted. Even in the United States the ‘land of the free’ all men are created equal as long as you are born there or a are a naturalised citizen, so not all men are equal even there.
You should always be careful how you define democracy and the people who supply it. When President Obama applauded the Egyptians for being democratic by bringing in the Muslim Brotherhood, did he forget the consequences? total unrest and the Egyptians buying arms from Russia! Take a look at the unrest around the world in countries such as Thailand and the Ukraine, people should be careful how they define democracy because one day they might just get it.
If you have a situation as in some countries where fifty percent of the population is in favour of certain actions and fifty percent are against them, you must ask the question will those people be totally disenfranchised? Some countries do not have checks and balances to maintain the rights of all the population, because they think if you lose an election it should mean you lose all your rights.
IT IS NOT A HEALTHY SITUATION WHEN MIGHT IS RIGHT……
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc