I was talking to Yosi a couple days ago, and he said, “you hafta put this quote in your blog.”
I responded, “Yeah, but where did you get it?”
“A friend of mine. An Arab Muslim.”
I still didn’t want to put it in, but I wrote it down anyway and promised to think about it. Of course, Yosi knows me too well and knows that I’ll eventually stick it in.
Anyway, the reason why the subject came up was a speech given in AustraliaÂ by a guy named Israeli from a country called Israel on something called Islam. He inadvertently ignited a storm of controversy by the following:
The experience of the West proves that when a Muslim minority becomes more than one-tenth of a country’s population, it bodes ill. “When the Muslim population gets to a critical mass you have problems. That is a general rule, so if it applies everywhere it applies in Australia.”
That comes from a recent article in Haaretz, and it’s hard to think of a more politically incorrect statement. Unfortunately, it also struck me as true, and I wondered at that thought.
Why is it that Muslim populations become aÂ destabilizing force in Western countries when theyÂ start to reach a certain percentage of a society?
I thinkÂ that I have an answer that fits. I believe that the heart of the ‘Muslim Problem’ is encompassed in three main areas:
- Cultural Identity
- Youthful Rebellion
- The Quran
Some of my Jewish friends have remarked that their religious life changed when theyÂ moved to Israel. After some thought they wentÂ on to say that they realized that they no longer felt the need to observe Judaism as a way ofÂ differentiating themselves from their neighbors. In Israel, they no longer needed Judaism as a way of maintaining theirÂ Jewish identity.
Now, think about the Muslim who comes to the US, looking for a job and a better life for his family. InÂ his country of origin, he’s moderate – even secular. He’s enlightened. In fact, he derives hisÂ sense of personal identityÂ from his enlightenment. But, when he comes to the US, he finds that EVERYONE is ‘moderate, even secular’. He finds that his enlightened outlook is no longer a distinguishing characteristic -Â but, Islam is.
He finds that Islam offers a way to recapture his uniqueness.
And, then our ‘moderate, even secular’Â Muslim has children who invariably becomeÂ rebellious teenagers who look for ways to be different from their parents. Some of them play baseball andÂ listen to rock music.Â Others join the local mosque and listen to the deliciouslyÂ radical words of an imported imam – an imam imported by the parents who were worried that little Yusef was listening to too much rock music and playing too much baseball.
And then there’s the Quran.
This is the worst part. In Christianity and Judaism, you need to ignore what the bible says to be violent and evil. True, we have many, many examples of men who have done some terrible things in the name of Christianity and Judaism, but their actionsÂ glaringly contradict the principles of their respective holy books.
Not so, the Quran. In Islam, you need to ignore what the Quran says to be moderate and peace-loving.Â To be sure, the Quran talks about peace-love-and-understanding. Moderate Muslims are quick to point out the Suras (passages) that describe how a good Muslim must ‘love his neighbor and be good to fuzzy animals.’
What the Moderate Muslim DOESN’T tell you is that those suras are at the beginning of the Quran. What he doesn’t tell you is that the writer of the Quran negated the suras on peace in the later part of the book, commanding Muslims to subjugate, enslave, and/or kill non-Muslims.
Think about that.
Oh, and I guess that I should give you thatÂ Islamic quote the Yosi told me. I’ll never hear the end of it, if I don’t, so here it is:
When you seeÂ a blind man, push him over. Why should you be kinder than God?
There, I’ve done it.
Isn’t Islam wonderful?