US: In 2015, the Center for Security Policy commissioned a poll that revealed some troubling numbers concerning Muslims and their commitment to Islam. "More than half (51%) of U.S. Muslims polled also believe either that they should have the choice of American or Sharia courts, or that they should have their own tribunals to apply Sharia. Only 39% of those polled said that Muslims in the U.S. should be subject to American courts." "Even more troubling, is the fact that nearly a quarter of the Muslims polled believed that, 'It is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam by, for example, portraying the prophet Mohammed.'"
It has, in large part, been believed that Muslims could be integrated into western culture rather seamlessly. This of course all resulting from the refusal to recognize the incompatibility between Islamic doctrine and belief and the ideologies which constitute western society.
This sharp distinction between Islam and the west is probably most clearly seen in the Islamic judicial structure of Sharia law. Sharia law is a system which sets forth a distinctly Islamic civil standard of government in hopes to transform an existing society into one which comports with Islamic doctrine.
As of the 2015 article on Jihad Watch, a technical majority of Muslims desired Sharia law be implemented in the US, and an even more staggering number was presented concerning younger Muslims and their commitment to their religion, in contrast to their commitment to the United States. The article reads:
Tapper doesn’t get out much. If he did, chances are he’d run into some of the 51% of Muslims living in the U.S. who just this June told Polling Co. they preferred having “the choice of being governed according to Sharia,” or Islamic law. Or the 60% of Muslim-Americans under 30 who told Pew Research they’re more loyal to Islam than America.
Sharia law, if implemented anywhere, would grossly diminish the uniquely American freedom of religion. Not only would constitutional rights be compromised, but it would also sharply collide with other worldviews, such as Christianity. This is not something which ought to be tolerated in a nation founded upon the idea of religious freedom. Nor should it be something considered in light of the Christian principles upon which this country was founded.
Sharia law, if implemented anywhere, would grossly diminish the uniquely American freedom of religion.—@DealWip
The really sad thing about all of this is that the vast majority of Americans and many political leaders refuse to recognize these numbers. Nor do they seem open to considering the facts for what they are. Islamic religious standards, as well as their social mores are diametrically opposed to that which we have developed here in the west, especially in the U.S.
In a video recently posted on MSNBC, President Barack Obama made the remark, “You can’t break up the world into ‘us’ and ‘them’... and not feed something very dangerous in this world.” He’s obviously referring to certain groups like Muslims, the LGBT community, and other minority groups. But, who is expressing hate?
Sure, there are those within this nation who outright condemn one group over the other as result of unfounded hatred, but who is the majority here? Who is fueling the hatred? Furthermore, the groups he is referring to are groups who are starkly opposed to one another in their thinking. In other words, no one is making it an ‘us v. them’ environment but those particular groups in and of themselves. On one hand, the majority of Muslims within the U.S. desires to implement a standard opposed to the standard we currently live under. On the other hand, the LGBT community, generally speaking, has hurt many people as a result of numerous lawsuits and a “politically correct” ideology.
The President has a problem. His problem resides in the fact that Muslims want to change this country to conform with who they believe god is. Some will apparently engage in physical violence to make this happen. The LGBT community makes unrealistic demands in the name of political correctness. Thus, there seems to be no real solution here but to say “no” to one group or the other, but both are not going to coexist, as they are, and they won’t be forced to.
Sharia law, from a biblical perspective, needs to be made formally illegal. It is a destroyer of society as we know it. Oh, sure, it would eliminate some of the external moral filth we experience in our society, but it would reach much further than that. Think more along the lines of churches being made to go underground and American society, as we know it, becoming a thing of the past.
These numbers are very troubling.
How Then Do We Respond?
What is the attitude we ought to have, as Christians?
Our freedom still exists today, for the most part. The gospel is really the only instrument of change in this, and any other, scenario. It is the gospel grace of our Lord which will draw people unto Himself and unite them under the banner of Christ. We ought to pray to this end, and preach the gospel with much love, gentleness, and compassion.
Without the gospel, I’m afraid, this nation, and much more than that, will be lost to one evil side of the coin, or the other. There is no worldly wisdom which can solve this very divisive issue.