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The future is Muslim, European or American
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, February 25, 2003 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 02/25/2003 1:11:07 AM PST by JohnHuang2

The world's future is being decided at this time.

Such moments are extremely rare in history. And when they have occurred, they have between two, not three, competing ideologies.

But there are now three ideologies competing to shape the future of mankind. They are militant Islam, Western European secularism and socialism, and American Judeo-Christianity and capitalism. The first is being spread both peacefully and violently, the second is being spread peacefully, and the third is not being spread.

Though most people ignore the fact, almost all of the world's believing Muslims believe that all of mankind should be Muslim. This, in and of itself, is not troubling – after all, most Christians would like the whole world to be Christian, and most Westerners would like the whole world to democratic. What is troubling is that if only 10 percent of these Muslims are prepared to use violence to impose their religion on others, we are talking about 100 million people.

This is the reason about 1 million non-Muslim Sudanese have been killed in the last 15 years – because they are resisting the violent imposition of Islam by the Islamic government in Khartoum. This is the reason for the Muslim-Christian violence in Nigeria – Christians there, too, are resisting the violent imposition of Islam. And this is the reason for Islamic terror – to weaken those countries, particularly the United States and Israel, that stand in the way of an Islamic takeover.

The second ideology seeking to dominate the world is secularism and socialism as practiced in Western Europe and supported by educated elites around the world. This is a primary reason for the anti-American demonstrations in Western Europe and in the United States. They were far more against America (especially the America of George W. Bush) than they were against war. Most of these people could not care less about the wars of the world. They have been silent throughout the mass murder of Sudan's blacks, during the genocide in Rwanda, during China's crushing of Tibet, and during Saddam's wars against Iran, Kuwait and Iraq's own Kurds. American and European "peace" activists have found those atrocities and wars quite boring.

Western European socialists and their American (and Canadian, and Latin American) supporters are as passionate about secularism and socialism as believing Muslims are about Islam. And they want to dominate the world as much as militant Muslims want Islam to. Their vehicles are the United Nations, the European Union, international treaties such as the Kyoto Protocols, and international institutions such as the International Court.

Regarding the American way, there are serious impediments to its success.

First, while the first two ideologies – Islam and socialism/secularism – dominate many countries, the third ideology only dominates one – America. There is no other country that claims to be Judeo-Christian and no other that has such strong support for capitalism and small government (the opposite of socialism). Therefore, while both the militant Muslims and the socialists/secularists have supporters around the world, American values have few. That is why America goes it alone – with the partial exceptions of Israel and Britain, no other society has the same values as we do.

Second, neither Judeo-Christian nor capitalist values are secure in America. Many Americans, including almost its entire intellectual class, are as hostile to Judeo-Christian and non-socialist values as the militant Muslims and European socialists are.

Third, almost no one is teaching the next generation of Americans (as almost no one taught the present adult generation) what is unique, let alone superior, about American values. Our children are overwhelmingly educated by people who believe in Europe's values, not in ours.

As neither China nor the rest of Asia, nor Africa, nor Latin America are offering an ideology that can dominate the world, either Europe's, or the militant Muslims', or America's way of life will prevail.

But the American way can only prevail if Americans believe in it. That is why, as important as the military and ideological battles against militant Islam are, the most important battle is the ideological one within America. But with America's universities, unions, professional associations, mainstream news media, and one of its two major parties ideologically aligned with Europe, and with big businesses constantly undermining Judeo-Christian values, the battle within America itself for America's unique values is far from won. And given that only America offers a viable alternative to both militant Islam and secularism-socialism, if we lose the battle here, humanity has a very dark future.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: clashofcivilizatio
Tuesday, February 25, 2003

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1 posted on 02/25/2003 1:11:07 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: MJY1288; lawgirl; mtngrl@vrwc; ohioWfan; rintense; Miss Marple; kayak; SevenofNine; Wphile; ...
Ping! This is a very important read.
2 posted on 02/25/2003 2:14:22 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: patriciaruth
And given that only America offers a viable alternative to both militant Islam and secularism-socialism, if we lose the battle here, humanity has a very dark future.

This is an extremely important read indeed.

I hadn't considered the Europeans as representing an identifiable world view before. My only observation is I think there's a stronger undercurrent of pure Marxism and the desire for a truly dictatorial state among Europeans than the author identifies in his article. Their mommy state secular socialism is okay for now, but deep down inside, they really admire much more severe regimes.

3 posted on 02/25/2003 2:51:17 AM PST by livius
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To: JohnHuang2
Joseph Farah paints a grim and realistic picture. Based on seeing things in a quantitative level, we would be doomed. However, I believe that quality is more important in this technological age than quantity. We have:

High quality media, running circles around the massive numbers of the old left media, which is unwilling to put energy and in-depth research into its agenda.

A high quality religion: one that, imho, generates more courage and determination than even the Islamic faith. A religion that hates kings and loves freedom.

High quality sirens of possession and hedonism: on the other side of the coin, anyone with hedonistic or greed-driven ambitions favor our philosophy as well. I wish we could win without them. But since the Devil can never be defeated by any mere mortal, we must continue to respect their freedoms as well, up to a point. Where the limit is on that is a fine line to draw, I concede. But no one does it better than a US anti-leftist.

High quality respect for other religions: so long as they don't try to oppress or threaten us, we leave them alone. Even when rogue members of their faith go too far, we ask ourselves what the supermajority of their faith intends. That makes us appear weak. But that is an illusion. If, for example, an army of snipers took out 1% of Americans in one month, then sadly, our love of peace would end.

The greatest threats to the US are internal, not external: the leftists. Look at our dependence on foreign oil, and California's dependence on other states. And on a diplomatic level, like Rush pointed out, the only reason why France and Germany were emboldened was mainly because of Clinton, although Bagdhad Bonior didn't help much either. Nor did our leftist actors. Nor did Timber Tom Dasshole, who obstructed everything. Defeat them, and God willing, we win.
4 posted on 02/25/2003 3:05:50 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (LIBERTY or DEATH!)
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To: livius
Good point. What the left on this shore and Europe have in common is an addiction to marxist views.
5 posted on 02/25/2003 3:07:09 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (LIBERTY or DEATH!)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
Bump.
6 posted on 02/25/2003 3:09:36 AM PST by tet68 (Jeremiah 51:24 ..."..Before your eyes I will repay Babylon for all the wrong they have done in Zion")
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To: patriciaruth
This is indeed a very important read... (and please put me on your list)

The analysis that this is a pivotal period in history appears to be certainly true, and I agree with the analysis of it being a three-way race. I do not believe things are as dark as they appear to be now, but that is only because I believe we Americans have always had the courage and character to confront this, and we now have the leadership to execute what we need to do.
7 posted on 02/25/2003 3:23:51 AM PST by AFPhys
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To: livius
Prager is, as usual, incisive.

I think we all know where Islam wants to take us, now. To get a better, deeper sense of what the Europeans' preferred worldview would mean, read John Fonte's classic essay on transnational progressivisim, the secular ideology most directly counterpoised to the individualism and Judeo-Christian moral foundation of the United States.

Freedom, Wealth, and Peace,
Francis W. Porretto
Visit The Palace Of Reason:
http://palaceofreason.com

8 posted on 02/25/2003 4:15:23 AM PST by fporretto (Curmudgeon Emeritus, Palace of Reason)
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To: JohnHuang2
>>and given that only America offers a viable alternative to both militant Islam and secularism-socialism, if we lose the battle here, humanity has a very dark future<<

This is not new, but must be rediscovered in every generation.

"O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her. Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind"-Common Sense, 1776.

9 posted on 02/25/2003 4:22:49 AM PST by Jim Noble
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To: JohnHuang2
The future is Muslim, European or American

The Euros (at least outside of the Anglophone axis) are largely being taken over by the Muslims already. There's only two choices left: us or them.

10 posted on 02/25/2003 4:25:13 AM PST by mhking
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To: patriciaruth
Thanks for the ping

bump to read later....
11 posted on 02/25/2003 4:40:13 AM PST by firewalk
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To: JohnHuang2
The article overlooks a couple of important points. Number one, the article overlooks Christian South America and the spread of Christianity throughout Africa. Believe it or not, Christianity is growing slightly faster than Mohammedanism worldwide. Secondly, the article overlooks the devastating effect artificial birth control has had in diminishing the number of Christians worldwide.
12 posted on 02/25/2003 5:04:47 AM PST by Aquinasfan
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To: JohnHuang2
He left out a billion plus Chinese, and a billion Indians.
13 posted on 02/25/2003 5:32:04 AM PST by glorgau
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To: *Clash of Civilizatio; Ernest_at_the_Beach
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list
14 posted on 02/25/2003 7:46:29 AM PST by Free the USA (Stooge for the Rich)
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To: patriciaruth
Thanks much for the ping.
15 posted on 02/25/2003 10:05:06 AM PST by ThePythonicCow (Mooo !!!!)
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To: JohnHuang2
Good post, John, and good quote. Thanks.
16 posted on 02/25/2003 10:08:02 AM PST by ThePythonicCow (Mooo !!!!)
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To: glorgau
He left out a billion plus Chinese, and a billion Indians.

Yes he did, and and he also said no-one is "sperading" the American Judeo-Christian Capitalism. I beg to differ, Christians are out there, and capitalism is about growth. In fact, some have argued that the spread of western capitalism triggered Osama's murderous activities because he could no longer stand to see western capital goods and ideas (read women without burkas) creeping into the far reaches of his cave. Of course, capitalism has a very wide reach, as shown by cell phones and internet technologies.

17 posted on 02/25/2003 10:31:32 AM PST by KC_for_Freedom
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To: patriciaruth
Bumpo!
18 posted on 02/25/2003 10:38:01 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: patriciaruth
bump
and thanks for the ping!
19 posted on 02/25/2003 3:03:58 PM PST by GretchenEE
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To: JohnHuang2
BUMP
20 posted on 02/25/2003 3:04:39 PM PST by nopardons
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To: JohnHuang2; Fred Mertz; Sabertooth; bvw
bump
21 posted on 02/25/2003 3:08:13 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: Eaker
Ping to read at home......
22 posted on 02/25/2003 3:13:53 PM PST by Eaker (64,999,987 firearm owners killed no one yesterday. Somehow, it didn't make the news.)
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To: JohnHuang2
However "Judeo-Christian" culture is also secular in the sense that we are not ruled by a clergy elite.
23 posted on 02/25/2003 3:26:07 PM PST by Salman
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To: JohnHuang2
One problem with thatTheory: Within two generations, Europe will be Muslim. So scratch Europe.
24 posted on 02/25/2003 3:26:44 PM PST by americanbychoice
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To: JohnHuang2
This is way too pessimistic. Their philosophy of having big families to raise more suicide bombers will not sustain -- and to be pratical more than cute -- there is a mortal social weakness in it, and the next generations will be like the Euro's in way low rate of children -- for similar reasons too.

The only question is will we be humble, G-d-fearing amd honorable enough to survive, and raise up children sameo ourselves.

25 posted on 02/25/2003 3:37:05 PM PST by bvw
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To: JohnHuang2
They are militant Islam, Western European secularism and socialism, and American Judeo-Christianity and capitalism. The first is being spread both peacefully and violently, the second is being spread peacefully, and the third is not being spread.

this will come as quite a shock to the tens of thousands of missionaries around the world.

I would also like to point out that the movement of the USSR to Russia is a major shift toward Christianity and Capitalism.

26 posted on 02/25/2003 4:26:49 PM PST by Sci Fi Guy
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this puppy needs another bump
27 posted on 02/25/2003 8:45:58 PM PST by GretchenEE
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