Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Across Europe, Worries on Islam Spread to Center

NYT reported Europe appears to be crossing an invisible line regarding its Muslim minorities: more people in the political mainstream are arguing that Islam cannot be reconciled with European values.

European values? The violent version espoused by the Islamofascists cannot be reconciled with Civilization.
“You saw what happened with the pope,” said Patrick Gonman, 43, the owner of Raga, a funky wine bar in downtown Antwerp, 25 miles from here. “He said Islam is an aggressive religion. And the next day they kill a nun somewhere and make his point. “Rationality is gone.”
And you just noticed that?
.... The line between open criticism of another group or religion and bigotry can be a thin one, and many Muslims worry that it is being crossed more and more.
One way to counter that is not to get so violent anytime anyone says anything against Islam.
Whatever the motivations, “the reality is that views on both sides are becoming more extreme,” said Imam Wahid Pedersen, a prominent Dane who is a convert to Islam. “It has become politically correct to attack Islam, and this is making it hard for moderates on both sides to remain reasonable.” Mr. Pedersen fears that onetime moderates are baiting Muslims, the very people they say should integrate into Europe.
They don't want to integrate into Europe. They want to live in their own areas, until enough additional Muslims join them, or are born (because their birth rate is much higher than that of Europe), that they become in the majority, and then they will take over, through the democratic process.

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