Donald Trump’s statement that “Islam hates us” has been roundly condemned by other presidential candidates and by the media.
But, what if he’s right? What if Islam does hate the West?
Islam and the West have a long history of conflict. The predominant thinking in the West is that it’s all in the past, that religion itself is no longer important.
But is that the view from the Islamic world?
Let’s consider the facts —-
- Christians are being driven out of the Middle East. And not just by ISIS. Even the supposedly pro-western, moderate Egyptian government continues to discriminate against its Coptic Christian population, down from 25% of Egyptians forty years ago, to 10% now. Recent articles show that it’s become almost impossible for new churches to be built.
- Whereas millions of Muslims have moved into the West in recent decades, there is no traffic the other way. Christians are still not allowed to move into Muslim countries, except as temporary skilled workers. Citizenship for non-Muslims is out of the question.
- Islam means “submission,” surrendering your own will to the will of Allah. The West is built on freedom of the individual, the exact opposite.
- The goal of Islam is to take over the world. Everybody must submit to the will of Allah. “I was ordered to fight all men until they say: “There is no god but Allah.” So said the prophet Muhammed in his final address to his followers in March 632. 1400 years of violence has followed. At least three times in history Islamic forces have tried to conquer Europe. Could the present migrant invasion of Europe be yet another attempt?
- Voices in the Islamic world are frequently raised against the “crusader states,” meaning the United States and its coalition partners. The term “crusaders” goes back almost one thousand years to when the western Europeans launched a series of crusades against Islam, establishing the “Christian” Kingdom of Jerusalem in the Holy Land. It took two centuries for the Muslims to oust the Christians. Many, and perhaps most, see Israel as a new crusader state that must be ousted; they also see US and other western troops as “crusaders” intent on forcing Christianity on the region.
- Warnings from former Muslims. Author Salman Rushdie in a lecture on C-Span warned that “when a Muslim from the Middle East moves to Detroit, he is not looking to take advantage of America’s way of life to better himself. Rather, he sees himself as part of the advance guard who will spread Islam to America.” Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somalian, suffered female genital mutilation as a young girl. She fled to the Netherlands, where she eventually became a Member of the Dutch parliament. She helped Theo van Gogh make a short documentary titled “Submission,” highlighting the suffering of women at the hands of their Muslim husbands. Mr. van Gogh was decapitated on the streets of Amsterdam for making the film. Ms. Ali now lives in the United States. She is frequently on television warning the West on the dangers of Islam.
- Where are the so-called “moderate” Muslims? When the irreverent Bill Maher (who frequently lampoons Christians), discussed the issue of Islam with PBS’ Charlie Rose, he responded to a comment from Mr. Rose about “moderate Muslims,” with “what moderate Muslims? Show me one. Bring one to your program and I will return to discuss the issue with him.” This was said over a year ago. To date, Mr. Maher has not returned.
The late Professor Samuel Huntington predicted in his book “The Clash of Civilizations and The Remaking of World Order” that “the population explosion in Muslim countries and the economic rise of East Asia are changing global politics. These developments challenge Western dominance, promote opposition to supposedly “universal” Western ideas, and intensify intercivilization conflict….” (inside cover of book).
He first wrote on this subject in 1993. We are now in the thick of the crisis he foretold.
Birth rates have certainly played a major role in these developments. While western countries have practiced birth control, including the murder of innocent babies through abortion, many nations, including Muslim ones, have continued to have large families, exporting their surplus to the West.
Additionally, Bible prophecy suggests a coming clash of civilizations. Although the term is not specifically used, Daniel, chapter 11, foretells of a coming clash between “the king of the south” and the “king of the north,” two powers to the south and to the north of Jerusalem. These are likely to be an Islamic alliance to the south and a European super-state to the north, as prophesied in Revelation chapters 13 & 17.
Not for the first time, Mr. Trump has raised an issue that needed to be raised. He warns of Islam threatening the United States. Some voices in Europe are raising similar fears, following the Paris attacks and the migrant crisis. Calls for restrictions on immigration are greeted with voluble cries of “racist.” Both President Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have said it’s “un-American” for the country to discriminate against Islamic immigrants. They clearly do not know much history – before 1965 the US openly discriminated.
One final question needs to be considered: The United States and western Europe have not had a 1930’s style Depression in the fifty years of mass immigration. When another one comes, which it surely will, will the multicultural paradise envisioned by Mr. Obama, the Clintons, the Kennedys and others, hold, or will we see friction between the various ethnic groups, the kind of conflict that has led to so much upheaval in other parts of the world?