Yes, this post mixes religion with politics. However, as world events continue to dominate our nightly news programs, religion and politics will play a crucial part in America's political landscape.
Why hasn't the government shown more concern when it comes to Radical Islam? A better question, why hasn't Islam shown more concern with the growth of Radical Islam? There are 1.3 billion people in this world that practice the Muslim faith. In a recent Gallup poll that took place from 2001 to 2007, it was established that seven percent of Muslims identify themselves with "political and theological radicalization." Although it is comforting to know that 93 percent of Muslims are moderate at best, it is extremely sobering to know that seven percent of 1.3 billion people averages out to 91 million people. Currently, there are about 2.3 million Muslims living in the United States...for now.
The problem with Islam is that it chooses theocracy over democracy. Democracy promotes the ideas of individual rights, political freedom, social equality, and self-governance.
Is it perfect?
However, nothing in this world is.
On the other hand, a theocracy leads to a tyrannical order that limits everything that democracy promotes.
What are we doing, as Americans, to halt this tidal wave of tyranny and radicalization? Does anyone have a clue? Will we repeat the Carter Administration's mistakes when it came to recognizing the first Islamic Revolution. Or, is the spread of Radical Islam not a question of if, but when?
If you would like to know more about this issue, please pick up Joel Rosenberg's Inside the Revolution. I'm sure I'll have more on this topic in future blog posts.