Now, on the other hand if a place wouldn't allow women enter or go near the alter, I myself wouldn't go in.
At least some people are starting to do this. I think consistent non-violent protest against all incidents of oppression is vital for world peace.
So often, people believe that avoiding disturbing the status quo is the same as keeping the peace. It in fact has the opposite affect. If oppression is ignored it at some stage comes to a breaking point. In the worst cases it can errupt in a world war. In lesser but also very harmful ways it can cause outbreaks of fatal violence such as the race riots in the US of 1993(I think), the outbreak of rage after the elections in Iran last year etc. Granted, the womens movement has little/no history of violent unrest but it is still important to support them in a non violent way.
They simply ask if you enter please follow our dress code.
No, they dont simply ask people to do that.
Same applies to nightclubs all over the world but no-one says that is disrespectful.
This is because clothing and nightclubs has not taken on a political side.
When something is used to oppress, it over time(or sometimes immediately) aquires a politcal side, because it becomes abrasive to a growing section of society. Womens clothing in connection with religions and certain cultures are one of these things.
One of the most well known incidents of something acquiring a political side is the swastica. It has been a symbol of hope for thousands of years. Yet, because of the political aspect, nobody would display a swastica in Europe, whether it is a symbol of hope for thousands of years or not.
While your points have some validity, I dont think the political side of this issue of women and religion should be dismissed.
We'll have to agree to disagree!
Why? I think it is important to discuss topics is more than the blandest way, but of course this discussion is optional for everybody.
I use another site for heavy topics and I like that this site is for travel only!
This is obviously not the case. Anyone giving opinions about religion, culture and the other heavy topics on TravelBlog is entering a discussion about those topics. But, I do understand that many find these discussions bring up uncomfortable feelings, and we should all in consideration of this maybe be a bit more patient and understanding than we would, in other discussions types.
In reality, I think comments such as the last 2 I quoted are attempts to avoid uncomfortable feelings, by stopping the discussion. What about trying something else instead. Consider why it is making you feel uneasy, and then try to summarise it and post it here. That is the method I use for discussing heavy topic.