The World Is Too Much With Us: West’s Anti-Muslim Reactions

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 11:10 AM
December 31, 2014

008507-protest-banner    Whether in England, Germany, France or Australia, the Western world seems  uncomfortably stifled by millions of ‘different’ Islamic believers now flooding their shores. Political leaders may defy those who react against such intrusions, but in democracies human expression cannot long be suppressed.

Callum Wood’s discussion, ‘In Denial: Sydney Terrorist Attack Proves Australia Is Radicalizing,’ explains that Australia’s immigration policy allows thousands of Middle Eastern refugees to flood that nation, many of whom refuse to assimilate into Australia’s culture. Some even seem determined to destroy it––i.e. those who leave Australia to fight for ISIS and then return more radical than ever.

Astounded by anti-Muslim reaction, often non-European newcomers do not understand such rejection. Only history can somewhat explain it: Within two generations, Western nations have been through two world worlds, several undeclared wars, along with economic upheavals and continual social adjustments.

In western Europe, people of many nations still struggle to cope with this ‘new’ formed European Union, often resenting forced language and cultural meshing. Now they are being asked to immediately accept people who are even more foreign, from different cultures and religions.  It is a wonder there has not been more revolt against this unseen future.

Few understand––especially newly arriving immigrants to Europe’s shores––that western Europe never healed from World Wars I and II. In the British television series ‘Foyle’s War, starring Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks, both civilians and return soldiers––all of whom endured unbelievable suffering and loses during WW2––say repeatedly that the war cost them everything––jobs, homes, incomes, businesses, etc. and gained them very little.

The utter confusion of that war and its continuing influence as Europeans killed Europeans over political differences and Hitler’s and Stalin’s continuingly vicious geographical and psychological thefts are well illustrated in the German film, ‘Two Lives’ starring Juliane Kohler and Liv Ullmann.  Again the problems of unstable realities and ethnic identifies pits European against European.

So to expect those of similar racial, cultural and Christian backgrounds, who still fight to maintain sane xmas-offends-muslimsfootings, to calmly accept thousands, if not millions, from entirely different cultures, religions and racial identities asks Herculean tasks.

Through control of public rhetoric––i.e. “attacking Muslins are not terrorists, just a few deranged killers” and “such reaction against them is extreme right-wing Nazism,” etc.––leaders in Germany, Australia, England and France say and do everything possible to stifle this ‘Nazi-type’ resistance. But they fight a losing battle. Forces will see to it that the ‘enemies’ Nazism and Islam unite as in WW2.

For one thing, Europe’s turn towards secularism and away from Christianity weakens any argument against fanatical followers of Islam, some of whom indeed want to take over the West as a stepping stone to the Islamic part in the coming World War III––i.e. consider ISIS just a few hundred miles away.

These are spiritual battles. They cannot be won with cultural, political or even military weapons alone. As Apostle Paul instructs in, for him, the social construction of reality: “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6: 11-12).”

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