I am persuaded that our civilization has a problem with, based on current polling data, approximately 20% of the adherents of the worlds fastest growing and second largest, +-1.5 billion strong, religious group. This includes people who agree with or are willing to participate in atrocities in the name of Islam.
With rare exceptions worlds leaders do not acknowledge a link with the teachings of Islam and the abhorrent behaviors of people who self identify as Muslims. Without exception the behaviors in question are things Mohammed did, encouraged and or instructed his followers to do. Yes, including conversion by the sword, public beheadings, taking sex slaves, killing of apostates, homosexuals, adulterers, subjugation of women and on and on. I suggest that Muslims who are doing these horrible things are not being radicalized but are in fact becoming more devout.
The fact that Islam is a religion, political movement and a legal system presents a unique set of problems for western civilization. Principal among these is that it’s not obvious to those outside the religion. Or, it is evident but political correctness has anesthetized people’s preservation instinct. Another issue is the social taboo regarding any critical examination of religious teachings and beliefs. At this moment I’m not sure if an Islamic group took credit for nuking Los Angeles while screaming “God is great” at the top of their lungs would bring about a critical examination of people’s religious beliefs.
Got any ideas?