a reply to: xavi1000
umm, yeah. When talking about Muslims in America and Muslims elsewhere I wish it could be made mandatory that people preface the conversation with the
point that the context - the field in which people function - determines the particular. Its a basic point of logic, and of psychology, that people
submerged in the fervency of their own political views should be reminded of.
Muslims in America will probably evince qualities and ways of being consistent with American (and western) thinking. Conversely, Muslims from Muslim
countries will express the dynamics of the society they inhabit, and thus the thinking patterns of traditional Islam.
Differences exist because each society has their own unique history. And when we make these cross-cultural analyses, we have to see it as somewhat of
a voyage to a different world, a different planet, where what matters to us and is seen as important to us - say, equality, tolerance and other
'feminine' values' - do not apply and in many cases are actually look upon with contempt.
The problem of Islam and contemporary Islamic society, in my view, is a flagrant chauvinism. This issue is not so great in the west, for obvious
reasons. We've liberated women and have allowed their own intellectual attributes to influence the subsequent course of cultural development. So, in
Israel, for example, it would be seen as unconscionable that a 15 year old Palestinian/American boy could be beaten as he was by Israeli soldiers. The
soldiers will be tried and held accountable for their actions - because a certain type of behavior, values and awareness - compassion - is expected by
Will anything comparable be felt by Palestinians? No. They're infected by the chauvinistic thinking of traditional Islam. Until Islam undergoes major
reform - within Arab/Muslim societies - we will continue to bear witness to prolific injustices against non-Muslims without much backlash from within
their own societies, and with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the history of the Jewish people and THEIR OWN attachment to the land of Israel (or
palestine) will continue to go unnoticed, as water poured into a perforated container, the Palestinian can't seem to pay notice to any persons (or
peoples) plight but their own.
Both sides of course should come together. But only one side is honest and mature enough - Israel - to abide by the morals of our modern world.
And should this not be obvious? It's simply cause and effect. The Arab-Muslim society prohibits the type of thinking that has propelled our world
closer to a place where differences in religion, ethnicity or sexuality matter less than acknowledging what unites: the facts of our being human, of
experiencing the same human realities. The beauty of living. The beauty of nature. Etc. The systems of view of things, to put it succinctly.
Islam really is the biggest social problem facing our world today. It comes behind climate change, which I see as the biggest problem. But it's a
close runner up. It complicates our situation, no doubt.