Of course, more integration is a good thing and it reduces tension within society. However, when people live in a particular society, they surrender their freedoms and the government re-distribute those freedoms by making laws, this is the main rationale behind the idea of a "social contract".Mr Man wrote:If Burkinis are being worn on the beach in such a way as to allow a move toward more integration wouldn't that be a good thing? Sharing a space and enjoying similar activities. I think that observing others and focusing on what we have in common can be a good thing. Also acknowledging that others are not under an obligation to meet our own expectations.
In a democracy, people elect members who make laws on their behalf. Ideally, members of parliaments don't represent themselves, but those who voted for them hence they should be sensitive to what the average citizen want. The vast majority of French people support the burkini ban according to a recent poll.
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/08 ... k-burkini/
Even though the majority should not oppress minorities in a free society, that does not mean that minorities have no responsibility whatsoever in building trust with the majority, by being sensitive and respectful of the collective identity even if they don't agree with it. If members of a particular minority starts to cause problems, the collective mindset will become hostile towards them regardless of the amount of ideals they get bombarded with.
Its quite true that people are under no obligation to meet our own expectations, but this is applicable on the individual level only. On the collective level, people has to adhere to the laws of the land which is set by the majority in a democracy. If they choose to disobey the law, there will be consequences specified by the law (the social contract).
In my opinion, a combination of idealism and realism is a good thing. If we are overly idealists, we become naive to the extent of losing the ability to make simple observational distinctions and we become so sympathetic toward minorities at the expense of the majority and the truth. One good example is denying any meaningful differences between cultures and ethnic groups. The other extreme is to completely ignore the needs of minorities to be protected and to be given the freedoms they deserve and to allow them to enjoy their uniqueness, this is where herd instinct becomes in full control. Between the two extremes the truth is lost in my opinion!
Finally, the following article attempts to make distinctions between the three religions which i found interesting:
http://www.meforum.org/2159/are-judaism ... t-as-islam