A 16 year old patient was refused treatment at an orthodontist’s office in the town of Donaueschingen, Germany because the doctor felt his name was offensive. The doctor stated that she interpreted the meaning of the word “Jihad” as being representative of a statement to allow war against all non-Islamic believers. Islamic dcholars on the other hand translate the word “Jihad” to mean “striving for god”. In essence the doctor decided to discriminate against a teen based on her political definition of a word. The boy had no choice in his name and it is not uncommon for parents world-wide to name their children based on religious meanings. Does this mean that all patients with names that have a similar meaning under western practiced religion should be refused service in Eastern nations?
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