In my most incessant vacillation between believing in a omnipotent power behind the veil of this reality and advocating a good healthy cynicism there is one constant that always is present….. Christians are the best architects of societies that I like. Namely, the whole western culture, as it stands.
Whether you envision the higher power as some old man with a beard and white robes or a big fat Buddha smiling his way to Nirvana, certain religions lend themselves to a more or less comfortable working relationship with secular society. Keeping things on an even keel and moving forward, without fear of learning, technological, and/or social advancement.
The relative success, in stabilizing human behavior and in turn, stabilizing cultural behavior, seems wedded to the foundation of values and beliefs in the deepest place of each individual. Society suffers when there exists spiritual issues that foster, both internal and xenophobic dissent, as in the heart of Islam. The carnage of the middle east, with the exception of Israel and a couple of the more secular societies such as Jordan and Egypt, is born of a vision of violence. When Shia kills Sunni, sects born a milllenia and a half ago at the deathbed of Mohammed a basic a congenital defect is revealed that has not been resolved. The rigor that set in at birth dictates that Islam will not, or cannot, move to accommodate change in human nature…..
Islamic law, set down in the Sharia”. written 1500 years ago and has not evolved one iota since. If you are in a Sharia court, say, one of the several working in Briton RIGHT NOW, you can have your arm amputated for stealing a jar of baby food. For real or merely suspected marital infidelity, a woman can be stoned to death. Sharia, the adopted child of the harsh desert world of Bedouin nomadic culture, will not or cannot give way to the law of the lands that allow the Islamic diaspora to squat on western territory.
The misogynist foundation of Islamic culture opens the gate to such horrors as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with each male at the head of the nuclear family given the status of nabob and final arbiter of right and wrong in the family. When I have confronted this position of each man the ultimate power in the Islamic family, I have received the rather lame apologetics (I don’t agree with it but ……I CAN UNDERSTAND HIS MOTIVATION). Denial…….. with a whisper of consent?
Separate laws call for territories of jurisdiction. Thus the growth of self made Ghettos of Islamic immigrants, the “no go” zones, where even police are reluctant to tread. Integration to host countries is not the point….regardless of how small or large the territory in question is, omnipotent Caliphates untouched by the umbrella of western culture, are the end game..