Friday, February 24, 2006

 

Abdulla's opinion paragraph

When Hamad Al-Thani, president of Qatar, decided to build a big church in Qatar, the Qatari press sensationalized the story by focusing too much attention on people who objected to the church. Every body knows that all Qatari people are Muslims, so some people were angry, but on the other hand, the president’s plan was accepted by some people. President Hamad decided to build the church because there are many Christians in Qatar,thirty-five percent are Indian Christians , twenty-five percent British and European Christians , ten percent American Christians,thirty percent other nationalities. The other reason for his decision was that all people in Qatar are free to do anything they want. That is called religious freedom. I agree with my president because everybody must be able to do anything they want and they can choose their own religion. Qatar is a democratic country and everybody is the same and free. The story was sensationalized by the media. The media should not have blown this story out of proportion.

Comments:
Hi Abdulla,

I agree that people should have the right to worship in their chosen religion in a democracy.

I was impressed by the statistics that you quoted in your post.

Perhaps the press doesn't support democracy. Why?

Kindly,
Sharon
 
I agree with you Abdulla. Journalists should have treated the building of a Church from a different perspective. They could have presented it as a sign that your President is a democratic leader who respects the religious beliefs of all citizens and residents in the country.

I was a bit worried about your phrase "all people in Qatar are free to do anything they want". Probably it is true, as long as they follow the Law and do not intrude into other people´s personal boundaries.

All in all, the fact that the press can criticize government openly is already a sign of freedom to express ideas. In some countries such freedon does not exist.

Regards from Caracas, Venezuela
 
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