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Interfaith Dialogue (03 Jun 2019 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Can Islamism Coexist Peacefully With, Or Within, A Post-Christian Secular West

By Patrick J. Buchanan

December 22, 2015

"I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here … and … around the world, that there is a ‚clash of civilizations.'”

So said Hillary Clinton in Saturday night’s New Hampshire debate.

Yet, that phrase was not popularized by Donald Trump, but by Harvard’s famed Samuel Huntington. His „The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order” has been described by Zbigniew Brzezinski as providing „quintessential insights necessary for a broad understanding of world affairs in our time.”

That Clinton is unaware of the thesis, or dismisses it, does not speak well of the depth of her understanding of our world.

Another attack on Trump, more veiled, came Monday in an “open letter” in The Washington Post where four dozen religious leaders, led by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, charge „some politicians, candidates and commentators” with failing to follow Thomas Jefferson’s dictum:

“I never will, by any word or act … admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.”

Intending no disrespect to Jefferson, if you do not inquire „into the religious opinions of others” in this world, it can get you killed.

„We love our Muslim siblings in humanity,” said the signers of Cardinal McCarrick’s letter, “they serve our communities as doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, journalists, first responders, and as members of the U.S. Armed forces and Congress.”

Undeniably true. But, unfortunately, that is not the end of the matter.

Did the worst attack on the United States since Pearl Harbour, 9/11, have nothing to do with the Islamic faith?

Did Fort Hood and the San Bernardino massacres, the London subway bombings and the killings at Charlie Hebdo, as well as the slaughter at the Bataclan in Paris, have nothing to do with Islam?

Does the lengthening list of atrocities by terrorist cells of ISIS, Boko Haram, al-Qaida, al-Shabaab and the Nusra Front have nothing to do with Islam? Is it really illiberal to inquire “into the religious opinions” of those who perpetrate these atrocities? Or is it suicidal not to?

There has arisen a legitimate question as to whether Islamism can coexist peacefully with, or within, a post-Christian secular West.

For, as the Poet of the Empire, Rudyard Kipling, wrote: „Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat.”

As of 1960, the Great Wave of immigration into the United States from Southern and Eastern Europe had been halted for 35 years.

And the children of these millions had been largely assimilated and americanised.

Yet, 50 years after the Turkish gastarbeiters were brought in the millions into Germany, and Algerians and other North Africans were brought into France, no such wholesale assimilation had taken place.

Why not? Why are there still large, indigestible communities in France where French citizens do not venture and French police are ever on alert?

What inhibits the assimilation that swiftly followed the entry of millions of Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Jews into the United States from 1890 to 1920? Might it have something to do with Islam and its inherent resistance to a diversity of faiths?

Set aside faith-based terrorism and Islamist terrorism, and consider the nations and regimes of the Middle and Near East.

Iran holds presidential elections every four years, but is a Shiite theocracy where the Ayatollah is a virtual dictator. Saudi Arabia is a Sunni kingdom and home to Wahhabism, a Sunni form of puritanism.

Those Ruling Regimes Are Rooted In Islam.

And while secular America embraces expressions of religious pluralism and sexual freedom, homosexuality and apostasy are often viewed as capital crimes in Afghanistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Where Islam Is The Ruling Faith, The Quran Is Secular Law.

Catholic historian Hilaire Belloc saw our future on its way, even before World War II: „[I]n the contrast between our religious chaos and the religious certitude still strong throughout the Mohammedan world … lies our peril.”

Historically, Christianity came to dominate the Roman Empire through preaching, teaching, example and martyrdom. Islam used the sword to conquer the Middle and Near East, North Africa and Spain in a single century, until stopped at Poitiers by Charles Martel.

And this is today’s crucial distinction: Islam is not simply a religion of 1.6 billion people, it is also a political ideology for ruling nations and, one day, the world.

To the True Believer, Islam is ultimately to be imposed on all of mankind, which is to be ruled by the prescriptions of the Quran. And where Muslims achieve a majority, Christianity is, at best, tolerated.

Nor is this position illogical. For, if there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet, all other religions are false and none can lead to salvation. Why should false, heretical and ruinous faiths not be suppressed?

Behind the reluctance of Trump and other Americans to send another U.S. army into a region that has seen wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan leave us with ashes in our mouths, lies a wisdom born of painful experience.

Source: buchanan.org/blog/islam-and-the-west-an-irreconcilable-conflict-124463.

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  • For Hats Off, time stopped in the 7th century. I suspect he was a rabid mullah before he left Islam!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 6/4/2019 12:11:09 AM

  • the followers of any religion that believes other religions to be false cannot ever live peacefully with the followers of any other religion.
    islam is in conflict with nearly every religion in the world.
    for example, islam is in conflict with hinduism in india, christians in europe, tribalism in africa and papua new guinea, with buddhism in srilanka, and zoroastrianism and bahaism in persia (which islam exterminated). they are also in conflict with judaism until eternity when a gharqad tree will speak out about jews hiding behind them.
    the various no-go ghettoes where islamic mobs enforce shariah are very common in all major cities of europe where muslims are a sizeable minority.
    they will infiltrate beaches in western countries and demand that parts of the beach be prohibited to men so that muslim women can soak in the sun.
    they refuse to send their children to co-ed schools. the muslima doctors will not follow clear up to the elbows rule in britain and resort to lawfare when questioned. muslim workers will demand paid time for their five times a day regimental group prayers. they demand special prayer places, foot and hand washing equipment in universities and effectively ban jewish student organizations and prevent jewish speakers from speaking on the campus.
    all in all, islam is a religion that cannot tolerate criticism, gender equality, LGBT rights, the right to apostatize, and generally behave peevishly with accusations of heresy and blasphemy for very trivial criticisms.
    islam will proudly proclaim its hatred of idol worship and polytheism, but shamelessly demand that idolators and polytheists give respect to islam.

    By hats off! - 6/3/2019 6:11:17 PM

  • Islamism can't, but Islam can co-exist with a post-Christian secular west. By the way the West (especially America) is neither as post-Christian nor as secular as Mr. Buchanan would have us believe!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 6/3/2019 1:19:11 PM

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