I just found this clipping in my stack of papers. In a USA Today letter written by Dan Wolf (9/29/09) he responds to an article entitled “Will Americans accept Islam?” I think his comments are brilliant so I am reproducing his letter here:
The question should be, “Will Islam accept America?” Today the answer to that question appears to be no.
Our forefathers understood the need for separation of church and state. Religious tolerance was imperative in our country’s creation. They also realized that society much have a moral foundation to retains its liberties. Our forefathers realized that for a people to remain free, they needed to understand the languages of reason and faith.
This is not true of Islam, where religion and the government rule are professed to be one. This is a direct threat to our representative form of government and our religious freedom, regardless of whether your beliefs are Christian, Jewish , Hindu, Buddhist, pagan or atheistic.
The issue is not America’s bigotry toward Islam, but Islam’s hostility toward America’s core values.
One thing I would add. Many European countries opened their doors wide to immigrants. Most of the immigrants have assimilated into European culture. Almost all. Muslims in general do not. For a clear example just Google “Sweden-Muslim-Integration” and read some of the articles how their immigration policies, the most lenient and accepting in the world, have been rewarded with riots and refusal to integrate. If we think Islam is not bigoted toward our Western forms of government, then think again.
Sure, you may be friends with some Muslims or may work with a few who seem like nice and decent folks – and many may be. But Islam flows deep in the Muslims psyche and watching Europe will inform us what will happen when Muslims gain ground in America. Water and oil do not mix. You can shake them up for a brief uncomfortable integration, but soon they inexorably separate again.
You may want to read my article “Living with Muslims: Prepare for the Skyline of the Future.”