Now that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pronounced multiculturalism a failure, it's time to look at why. I don't think it's any mystery that what she's really talking about is Muslim immigrants. When she speaks of integrating into the community and adopting German values, she's speaking of Muslims. It's about time she's recognized that Muslim immigrants, as a whole, don't really care about Germany or it's values -- other than its welfare programs, of course.
The Muslim mindset is simply different than what Westerners are used to. Our values don't match or mesh with theirs. That's not going to change any time soon.
Why does it have to be either/or? Accommodation or confrontation?
Christianity is the focus of religion in the U.S. But in the world at large, Islam is grabbing all the headlines. In Europe, people are waking up to the overwhelming failure of Muslims to integrate and join society. From burqas to mosque spires to agitation for Sharia law, Europeans are deciding that Muslims are infiltrating -- not joining -- their societies. This might not seem like so bad a thing, but there's more . . .
. . . Like the way Muslims turn tolerance on its head. It's the critic's and dissenter's own fault that they are killed or must hide or hire body guards . . . they, after all, are disrespecting Islam or the Quran or Muhammad.
Desperate acts come from desperate people. Death threats and executions reveal insecure people who feel threatened by criticism of their insecure religion. This insecurity is notably inculcated by the (unreformed) Quran and Islam in general. Societies, everywhere, include such quislings: but it's the dogma and doctrines of religions that empower them and turn them into radicals, militants and Jihadis. Adherents aren't the problem. Dogma is. And Islam is a rabid dogma compared to reformed Christian dogma. The Quran STILL gives license to those who would silence objectors . . . and most moderate Muslims are conspicuously acquiescent to the violence of their fundamentalist counterparts.
Islam has not enjoyed the reforms of Christianity. This is an observable fact. Just turn on the news and see for yourself. Bodyguards for atheists (don't forget Ayaan Hersi Ali and Salman Rushdie), dissenters in hiding and death sentences for apostasy are not justified by any tolerant religion. The fact that other religions don't practice such intimidation methods so routinely gives testimony to the unremitting intolerance of Islamic doctrine. Islam is a self-reinforcing fundamentalist dogma because it's based on the fabrications of one self-serving man: Muhammad. Islam could not survive if it allowed dissension. So it won't allow it.
Abortion-clinic bombers are certainly terrorists, to say the least. But they're rare, given the world-wide majority of Christianity as a religion. Christians in Northern Ireland kill each other but not so much any more. Christianity has a bloody history but continued blood-lust has become rare. This reflects Christian reforms. The real threat from religion comes from Islam. Until it enjoys the reforms Christianity has, we can look forward to further violence and terrorism.
How pushy should atheists be? When it comes to violence and intolerance we should be very pushy indeed. In the modern world, that means pushing back at Islam. Europe is waking up to this fact. It's unfortunate but true.