Guest wrote:Vince, just what "have never been Muslim" countries are there where this has actually happened? In the last century or two, I mean.
If a country was Muslim 1,000 years ago and they replace democratic freedoms with Sharia Law now you don't think that counts?
In general religious beliefs don't impact people who are not part of that religion. So Westerners do not care what someone's religious beliefs are. But Islam is not like other modern religions. It also prescribes a legal system. This Sharia Law impacts people who are not part of the religion. It ends up driving out people who are not Muslim. This is different.
Free speech is a cornerstone Western value and Muslims have already made impressive inroads against it in many Western countries. In many you can be in legal trouble for saying bad things about Muslims. If someone says something bad about Muslims they can be accused of racism, sued, and might even have a leader in The Religion of Peace issue a fatwa calling for a random member to kill them. So I, and most of the world, will not debate this issue.