If you’re not yet past the dangerous fantasy that the radical elements in Islam are rather like the radical elements of any other world religion, I invite you to read this morning’s piece by Michael Knox Beran. The piece is different because rather than once again tiredly “proving” the obvious to a determinedly closed-minded sociocultural elite, it speaks of the environment in which such radical elements are effectively mainstreamed, even (especially?) without explicit sanction.
Consider the crushing irony that, by far, the country most hospitable to the practices of any religion, including Islam, is the infidel United States. Isn’t it disappointing that Islam seems to view American values of liberty as only exploitable, rather than spreadable?
There is a difference between order and oppression; between discipline and intolerance. Over huge swaths of Islam, those lines are blurred or absent.