Islam Isn't the Result of Ignorance

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Islam Isn't the Result of Ignorance

July 29, 2008

How many times have you heard this: Muslim terrorists are the result of poverty and ignorance and if the world addresses those we can reduce terrorist incidents?

How to explain those Muslims students in the U.K. who are privileged and bright enough to attend the country’s best schools, yet one out of three of them endorse killing people in the name of Islam?

A poll has found 40 percent of Muslim students support the introduction of Sharia law in Britain; one-third back the idea of a worldwide Islamic caliphate based on Sharia law; 40 percent believe it is unacceptable for Muslim men and women to associate freely; 24 percent do not believe men and women are equal in the eyes of Allah; and one-third don’t think or don’t know if Islam is compatible with western views of democracy.

This is the result of Britain’s emphasis on diversity instead of assimilation. You can’t allow a foreign population that practices a religion antithetical to your values to establish a presence in your country if you want to preserve that country. That’s true in Britain, as well as the United States.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.