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The list is getting longer and longer: 9/11 in New York, 7/7 in London, A British soldier, Lee Rigby, murdered in the street while home on leave in broad daylight; the Manchester Arena attack; Nigerian school girls being kidnapped, and on and on it goes.
Clearly, on a ‘stand alone’ basis, Islam is not a problem. Neither is Christianity nor, indeed, any faith. It is some of the ‘practitioners’ of these faiths that are the problem.
We, in the west, practice liberal, secular democracies. We don’t claim they are perfect by any means, as the current scenarios vis-a-vis Brexit, Trump and so forth amply demonstrate.
However, in liberal, secular democracies, religion is kept apart from politics to a large degree. While politicians can openly state the faith they have, the church itself plays no part in governing.
In Islamic states however, religion, politics and even culture are almost indivisible. That is why, in liberal, secular western democracies, ‘conservative’ Islam is a serious problem.
Liberal, secular Muslims live happily alongside everybody else, regardless of faith, culture and so forth.
However, liberal, secular Muslims are not considered ‘true Muslims’ by a significant number of ‘conservative’ Muslims.
Conservative Islam is where the problems start in liberal, secular democracies.
Because we are liberal, we are by our very nature, accepting of others. It has been very noticeable of late that our ability to be accepting is being stretched too far and, not unlike elastic would be, is on the point of snapping.
Oddly, many of our politicians and politically ‘left’ wing people start to shout ‘Islamophobia!’ when any attempt is made to address what is a very real issue.
Certainly ‘far right’ groups are Islamophobic – the New Zealand mosque attack amply illustrates the point – but the vast majority of people are neither ‘far right’ nor ‘Islamophobic’. They are genuinely alarmed at the behavior and attitude of ‘conservative’ Islam.
If we continue to shy away from openly acknowledging that there is clearly a problem, then the problem will not only continue, but get significantly worse.
More people will die from Islamist terror attacks and, almost certainly, far right terrorist attacks on mosques and so forth will not only continue, but increase.
The only solution I can see is that the more conservative practitioners of Islam need to be told, in no uncertain terms, that their faith is, and will always be, secondary in a liberal, secular, western democracy.
They can either accept that, and ‘tow the line’ or, frankly, they are living in the wrong place.
There are recordings a plenty of ‘hard line’ Imams, in the UK, telling their flock that, ‘one day, Islam will dominate the world and, one day, Britain will be an Islamic state’.
That is not ‘right wing’ propaganda. That is, very alarmingly, a fact. Several investigative news programs have aired, with undercover footage, confirming this sort of thing. The investigative news programs have also covered the political spectrum in terms of their ‘leanings’.
It’s a bit like Britain’s newspapers, The Daily Mail (right wing), and The Guardian (left wing) writing the same story in full agreement with each other.
There is a serious problem in liberal, secular western democracies with ‘conservative’ Islam.
The problem will not go away by trying to pretend it doesn’t exist. The problem will not go away because some people are frightened of being called ‘Islamophobic’ for bringing the issue up. The problem will not go away by calling people ‘Islamophobic’ when they do bring the issue up.
The problem will only go away once the governments of western liberal democracies openly acknowledge that there is a problem and, start actively dealing with it.
If that requires removing conservative practitioners of Islam to a country were they will be happy, living under Islamic law, then so be it.
We can no longer tolerate these attacks on our values, culture and, indeed, our very lives.
If you disagree, perhaps you should ask the people who died in Sri Lanka if that were possible – and that isn’t even a western democracy. I suspect they would agree, if they could.
The dead can’t speak though can they? Isn’t it about time we all started speaking up on behalf of the victims of Islamist terrorism on 9/11 and 7/7 and all the others on the ever increasing list?
Isn’t it about time we all acknowledged that we have a serious problem and it isn’t ‘Islamophobic’ to acknowledge it, and find a way of dealing with it?
We might not have realized it yet, in some quarters, but we are, as a matter of fact, at war.
We are not at war with our liberal, secular Muslim neighbors. We are at war with the conservative practitioners of Islam. Those who, while they may not be actively participating in violent acts, are, never the less, dedicated to working towards every nation in which they settle ultimately becoming an Islamic state.
Sikh’s, Hindu’s, Jews, Christians, Buddhists and pretty much every faith you can name do not settle in another country and then proceed to attempt to, over time, dominate it with their faith and laws.
It is not Islamophobic to point out that only followers of ‘conservative’ Islam do so.
We are certainly at war with Islamist terrorists but, we are also at war with a large number of practitioners of a faith determined to undermine western, liberal, secular democracies and eventually enforce Shariah law.
If we remain too liberal in our willingness to accept people regardless of their views, we will ultimately rue the day.