I've been having a bit of an exchange of Sandmonkey's blog with an anonmymous poster who identifies himself/herself as a Christian and who insists that:
- Islam wants to take over the world
- Sharia is the absolute antithesis of Western ideals and values
- Muslims hate the West so the West must hate Muslims
- All Muslims are the same
- There is no such thing as a moderate Muslim. Muslims who are moderates are not really Muslims and do not understand their religion.
Seems to me that this is very much what the Jihadis think:
- The worldwide Nation of Islam must unite
- The West is the absolute antithesis of true Islam
- The evil West and their Zionist co-conspirators hate Islam and want to destroy it so Muslims must hate them
- Islamic ideology is not flexible
- Muslims who are moderate and who live in the West are Kafir and do not understand true Islam.
Then there are Christians who take this view:
- Christianity preaches love and tolerance
- The best way to deal with Muslims is on an individual basis and to show them love
- Jesus taught us to forgive and to turn the other cheek
And there are Muslims who take this view:
- Islam preaches tolerance of all races and religions
- Islam is the religion of peace- violence and agression are un Islamic
- The best way to deal with the current situation is to engage in dialogue with people of other faiths
Do you see a pattern here? Can you see the common ground?
Looking at it this way, the schisms are not between Islam and the West or Christianity but between those who have a rigid, fundamental, unbending view of their religion and the world and those who do not.
Just my opinion.