A Gallup poll released this week hasn’t received the attention that I believe it deserves. On the bright side, 93% of the 50,000 Muslims polled condemn the 9/11 attacks. On the dark side, 7% support them. Since there are about one billion Muslims world-wide, that means about seventy million (one-fourth of the U.S. population) would like to see Western civilization replaced by a backward and uncivilized troop of Koran thumpers.
The Executive Director of the Gallup Center of Muslim Studies believes that politics, not religion, is the motivation behind the support for terror. From the Melbourne Herald:
“Politics, not piety, differentiate moderates from radicals in the Islamic world.” The Director adds, “Terrorism sympathisers don’t hate our freedom. They want our freedom.”
The respondents to the survey believe a lack of respect for Islam is the the biggest obstacle to better relations between Muslims and Westerners, Christians and Jews. The problem with their rationale appears every day in the news. Just this week, Iran instituted death as a penalty for apostacy. Today, terrorists in Mosul kidnapped the Chaldean Archbishop, and a Berlin art gallery was bullied into removing an art exhibit featuring the Kaaba in Mecca.
If it’s not the religion it is the culture. Either way, it has to change. Christians don’t threaten violence, kidnap and blow up mentally disabled adults to achieve their goals. A healthy amount of Islamic introspection, not a heightened sympathy or respect for the religion of Mohammed, is the only hope for peace.
The extremist Christian becomes a nun, priest or missionary. The radicalized Muslim joins al-Qaeda.