Aaron wrote:The bottom line is Islam is not compatible with western democracy. Its a barbaric backwards political movement disguised as a religion. We need to make sure we get FBI informants deep in every major mosque we can so we can head off the inevitable terrorist attacks that will emanate from them.
The fundamentalist strain of Islam we're seeing now is a relatively modern creation. In a more moderate form, I do not see how it would be incompatible with a western style democracy.
Islam had a shift towards fundamentalism about 50-60 years ago. Prior to that, the Middle East was a very different place. There were more secular governments and more of a focus on Arab nationalism rather than Islam as a unifying element.