In the West we also have this wonderful little thing called the Christian Right, who are selecting the textbooks to be used in US schools and have almost total control of the Republican party. I don't see them going away any time soon.
That's a relatively recent re-emergence, but I don't see them getting Islam-like power anytime soon, not even in the most ass-backwards backwaters of the U.S. of A. As soon as they start interfering too much with Big Business and Capital, they will be sent right back where they belong, so if they are to even become mainstream, they'll have to keep a low profile.
Mr. T said:
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To be fair, the examples you cite should be classed as Colonialism, Rise of Nationalism in the 20th century etc. both a byproduct of savage Capitalism and Imperialism. And yet, to our current historical knowledge, that's still the "best of possible worlds", or at least the only possible one (except for going even more backwards, like Islam does). There's not ONE historical occurence of a race or a nation that thrived without this being at somebody else's expense. At that point, you can only talk in relative terms. E.g. would Africa be better off if it had been conquered by Arabs instead of Europeans? What if the USA had become a Spanish colony instead ? What would it be today?
Islam are currently trying to achieve two contrasting goals:
- Internal isolation and shielding from outside influence. In that sense it's THE most anti-globalisation mainstream religion.
- And yet, they are not happy with making JUST those stupid enough to follow their own religion miserable: they also want to expand their borders, or rather, assimilating everything into its own ass-backwardness. After all, on of the literal meaning of Islam is "annihilation of the self and service to God".
Islam is kind of like a Reverse Borg: you ARE assimilated (though resistance is not futile...yet), but unlike the Borg Hive, this brings no benefit or advancement to Islam as a whole: everyone is eventually reduced to a towelhead, a muslim beard, and a prayer carpet, or a Burqa.
At least the set of values of Christianity have shifted and adapted through the ages, in order not to become pictoresquely stale and be left behind. Islam OTOH considers to be perfect, immutable, and "know it all" already, and its clergy strives so that no major changes ever occur.
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