MiddleEastForum: In 2007, a poll found that 86 per cent of Muslims in Britain said that religion is the most important thing in their lives. “That’s nice,” some amongst us might say, including Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, and the president of the United States, Barack Obama.
“It’s important to have faith,” they’d add. In fact, almost verbatim, both Mr. Cameron and Mr. Obama are on the record proclaiming Islam’s meaning on behalf of their constituent Muslim populations. This is Mr. Cameron, just hours after British tourists were slaughtered by radical Muslims in Tunisia this summer.
And here’s Mr. Obama, saying “Islam is a religion that preaches peace.”
But even if you do believe those things. Even if you have read the Quran cover to cover and you come out thinking, “Yeah, fair enough, that wasn’t so bad,” there’s no doubt that Islam is a core component of radical, terrorist ideology, and perhaps just as concerning, of fundamentalist, non-violent, segregationist, and intolerant politics in the West. read more