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Islam v. Radical Islam

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Submitted by Bill Storey (United States), Jul 5, 2006 at 18:03

The difference between radical Islam, and Islam generally, is the difference between active extremists and fellow travelers. The point is that they are both on the same side, with one group actively committing outrages and atrocities, and the other cheering them on or just refusing to condemn them.

The Catholic Church's attempt to secure human rights for Catholics living in Muslim countries is doomed to failure, for to accord them such rights, Islam ceases to be Islam. It is a core Muslim belief that there are only two kinds of people on Earth: Muslims and "others." The others include Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, Shintos, etc. They are all treated exactly the same, and are given only three choices: conversion to Islam, second class citizenship, or death.

The Catholic cardinal states that "There are too many majority Muslim countries where non-Muslims are second-class citizens." True. But I defy the cardinal to name ANY Muslim country where non-Muslims are NOT second class citizens (at least outside of independent contractors living in segregated compounds, members of the media, or the diplomatic corps). Since there are none, he will have trouble with this.

We will eventually have to face a fact we are currently unready to face. Western civilization and Islam are irreconcileable, and there will never be a compromise between the two. The West's only hope is to create a kind of quarantine of Muslim countries, to insulate them from us.

We once understood that compromising with naziism/fascism was impossible; there is simply no way to reconcile democracy and tyranny. Some day, we will come to the same understanding of Islam, which is religious naziism/fascism.

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