Whilst I respect your opinion and at no point do I think it has been born out of a racist notion (I just wanted to throw that in there as I am
anticipating somebody bringing that up against you) I think you are confused.
I feel you have confused culture and religion.
Until recent history Islam has been no worse at co-exisiting than any other religion. Some would argue that the recent closure of Islam is due to
factors that have sod all to do with religion or even culture but outside influences.
Islam has a long history with capitalism, and a small amount of research shows this, they have been merchants and traders for thousands of years, and
there are modern capitalist Muslim countries too.
Many Muslim countries have democracy too, take Somaliland, an amazing, peaceful, open and democratic capitalist country that is also majority Muslim
that I visited last year.
You may not hear about peaceful co existence and/or Muslim communities that tie in with your view of how a good western democratic society acts but
those stories just don't sell.
There are many countries that don't fit in to those constraints that don't have a democracy, that don't have any kind of strong modern capitalist
system that AREN'T Muslim, and this is proof that it is down to culture.
In many cases I would also argue that it is down to how 'developed' the country is.
I would like to point out that I live in a city where Muslims and non Muslims both take part in the community, both eat and socialise in the same
places, do business together and get along very well. We are all Brummy bretheren whilst each keeping our own traditions and ability to worship how
we do or don't want.
We are not the only place where this happens, it has happened in the past too.
And all this from a person (me) that would like to see a world without religion!
edit on 17-12-2013 by b14warrior because: (no reason given)