Islam and the West: A Cultural Divide

Islam and the West: A Cultural Divide, by Michael Devolin.

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” — Robert Frost.

In her book Citizen Islam: The Future of Muslim Integration in the West, Zeyno Baran writes:

The majority of Islamists in the West reject violence. But they share the legal, political, and social goals of their fellow Islamists who do espouse violence.

All Islamist leaders follow the same strategic plan, as outlined by Muslim Brotherhood theorist Qutb in his seminal work Milestones. Their goal is to Islamize secular societies in a step-by-step, grassroots process.

According to this plan, Muslims should set themselves apart from mainstream society rather than become loyal citizens of the countries in which they live. Muslims should adjust their social norms to consolidate themselves into a single and separate community; they should ignore their ethnic differences and consider ‘Muslim’ as their primary identity.

Today we see this “grassroots process” at work in obscene spectacles such as the Al Quds Day parades, the BDS movement, or the fatuous campaign to implement Islam’s sharia law into our Western judiciary.

Raphael Israeli is even more direct, reminding us that:

…on the one hand, the harsh, even fanatic, reaction of Muslims worldwide to what they perceive as the profanation of their holy sites or any slur to their culture, or the enthusiastic and self-assured way they go about spreading their faith and imposing it on others; but on the other hand, the unbearable ease with which they deny others’ religious rights, and even step in to obliterate the religious heritage of other faiths.

In his book The Suicide Of Reason (Radical Islam’s Threat To The West), Lee Harris writes:

The problem with assimilationism is that it ignores a law of great importance: Fanatics drive out non-fanatics. An intolerant code will always end by trumping a carpe diem ethical code.

Today in the West, where people are ashamed to be fanatical about anything, those immigrants who bring with them deep-set traditions of fanaticism are able, by virtue of their insistent and repetitive fanaticism and their willingness to go to extremes, to get virtually whatever they ask for. Thus assimilationism offers another false promise: In fact, rather than the Muslims assimilating themselves to us, we in the West seem to be assimilating ourselves to them.

hat-tip Stephen Neil