Especially at issue are these two prevailing attitudes toward these two religions by their respective adherents.
Islam: Religious, cultural, political, and military activity are inseparable from the practice of Islam. Islam is no longer Islam without its political and military components. The Islamic ideology is a fairly recent phenomenon in America. It originates from non-Western cultures with radically differentThese are self-imposed value systems of each religion. Where do you think this will lead?
standards of morality and law from that practiced in the US. Islam must reign supreme and dominate!
Christianity: The prevailing Christian attitude in the US has been acceptance of the so-called “separation of church and state.” By that is meant that it is accepted practice by the majority of Christians that Christianity shall not be taught or promoted in publicly funded spaces such as town halls, public schools, parks, or other public places. There is only a minority of Christian thought in the US that Christianity requires broader influence in the public square than has been generally accepted. Christianity must remain “tolerant” and submit!
It seems obvious that these two very opposite cultures are headed for a clash. On the one hand Muslims believe they need to impose their Sharia law in lieu of our Constitutional law. While their immediate demands will be for the supplanting of our laws with Sharia only in predominantly Muslim enclaves such as Detroit, the end game of their ideology is to impose Sharia nationwide.
On the other hand, Christians are becoming increasingly complacent, conciliatory, and malleable, virtually tripping over themselves to accommodate Islamic interests out of a sense of “tolerance” and the outsized imperative against “judging.”
As a recent Barna study indicated, Christians abstain from judging less out of compassionate tolerance and more out of a gross ignorance of their own belief system.
Where do you think these differences will logically lead? Islam is actively pursuing involvement and influence while Christianity has accepted the cultural mandate to separate and exclude itself.
There are several ways this situation can evolve.
If the status quo attitudes continue, our nation will succumb to the predominant momentum, which at the moment favors Islam. While the number of Muslims and their influence is presently small, our immigration policies and birth rates of Islamic and non-Islamic populations in the US will cause the proportion of Muslims to substantially increase in the coming decades. Their influence will increase even more than their population due to the enthusiasm and energy behind their ideology compared to the lukewarmness of their Christian counterparts.
Alternatively, Christians may become inspired by Islamic devoutness and energy. Given enough offenses created in the name of Islam, whether via additional atrocities and acts of terror or demonstrations and court cases promoting Sharia, Christians may realize that their passive attitudes toward involvement in government and politics is not really what their Bible teaches.
Christianity has 1,800 years of political activism, and 100 years or less of submission to secularism. Despite what atheists, agnostics, liberals, progressives, secularists, and Islamic-inspired presidents proclaim, the United States was founded by Christians based on Christian ideals. It’s culture and governance has been based on Christian principles pretty much until the past 50 years or so. It took 100 years of secular influence in the US for Christianity to devolve to the point of accepting no prayer in public schools, killing unborn infants, and allowing blaspheming displays of “art” with taxpayer dollars.
Christians will either finally conclude that the “establishment clause” of the Constitution does indeed allow more Christian influence in governmental matters than the “see, hear, speak no evil” trance Christians have been under for too long and that their faith demands it.
What exactly does “the establishment clause” say and require?
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion". Together with the Free Exercise Clause ("... or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"), these two clauses make up what are called the "religion clauses" of the First Amendment.From “American-conservativevalues.com”
The establishment clause has generally been interpreted to prohibit 1) the establishment of a national religion by Congress, or 2) the preference by the U.S. government of one religion over another. The first approach is called the "separation" or "no aid" interpretation, while the second approach is called the "non-preferential" or "accommodation" interpretation. The accommodation interpretation prohibits Congress from preferring one religion over another, but does not prohibit the government's entry into religious domain to make accommodations in order to achieve the purposes of the Free Exercise Clause.
The clause itself was seen as a reaction to the Church of England, established as the official church of England and some of the colonies, during the colonial era. It possibly could have been thought up … as a consensus to the diversity of religions in the U.S. at the time of the Constitution's creation.
The establishment clause in the U.S. Constitution is that passage which forbids Congress from establishing any state religion. This same clause also prohibits the prohibition of any non-violent religious expression. In the United States, you can be a Christian, a Jew, a Buddhist, even a Satanist, or belong to any other religion. You can belong to any denomination or sect of any religion, too, as well as having the freedom to completely ignore all religious observance or belief. You just cannot use your religion as an excuse to violate any American's Constitutional rights or to break the law.Christians will eventually learn that they prematurely caved into a radical and unintended interpretation of the establishment clause. Christians are likely to realize that they have receded too far into the closet, hiding from the secularist and now the Islamic home invaders. It is odd that gays are more out of the closet and into the favorable media spotlight than Christians are. And the mis-named “moderate Muslims” are revered as savior of tolerant sanity.
But, there is something very important about the establishment clause needs to get established in the minds of Americans today: the Constitution doesn't say that America is a secular nation. In fact, America's founders wanted this to be the most spiritual, perhaps even the most religious, nation in the world.
Christians lack knowledge and faith in their own belief system. They have succumbed to everything secular. They have lost their devoutness, energy and enthusiasm toward their faith. The consequence is a vacuum of Christian influence, knowledge, and defense of our nation’s Christian founding principles.
Is it time to give up this great Christian experiment, our Christian America? Is it time for Christians get out of the way and let those who are more devout and enthusiastic about their beliefs, secular or Islamic, so they can run the show?
Or are Christians merely sleeping – in need of a splash of cold water to revive and energize their spirit? Even secularists, deep down inside, must realize that Christianity and Christian principles are what founded and built our nation. They, as much as Christians, need to reconsider the radical interpretation of the establishment clause so the playing field of ideas and ideals can be leveled – so reason and Christian/western morality can be reestablished.