The notion of a radical ideology taking a stronghold in the Islamic community presents a concern for the entire global community and all faiths that want to live in harmony. Extremism is the most significant factor in religious beliefs, along with any other sort of extremism that might occur in life, in business and in education. The global rise of militant Islamic terrorism, which is rooted in theological extremism is deeply rooted in the centuries old struggle between the Orient and the Occident, Catholics contra Protestants and Islam, the Cold War, and even the simple right to express ones faith and personal beliefs in complete freedom, free from retribution or physical retaliation. If the rise of ideologically extreme Islamic beliefs is currently the highlight of all of the world’s press services…the notion is not new. Historically there has always been a tension between the Western world and the Eastern practices of Islam. Ideologically, all faiths deserve equal space and ideally should be able to coexist. However, global religious harmony seemingly eludes humanity and forgets the past. The Crusades are typically the best example of the clash between two seemingly uncomplimentary faiths. Armies were formed, battles were waged, the faithful of both Catholicism and their Muslim counterparts died for their conceptualization of the Divine Being and ultimately the notion of, ” might makes right,” prevailed and the Islamic threat raised to rally the Crusades of old subjugated and wedged a theological split between Christianity and Islam. The faith of Western Europe, Christianity prevailed and paradoxically everyone went home, each with a designated piece of Jerusalem at which to pray…the end. Unfortunately, the end of the Crusades has never ended in terms of theologically and sociologically making Islam compliant with Western political and social decorum. The current geopolitical situation dictates that we are in the middle of a new crusade against radical Islamic ideology and globally society is sorely ill prepared to combat terroristic idealism associated with spreading Islamic presence throughout Europe and the United States. Governments throughout the world are reluctant to openly proclaim we are actively at war against a theocratic extremist religion & the Democratic principles we hold so dearly are at the risk of defeat.
Radical Islam is an issue that leaves no course for moderation in isolating the spread of radical interpretations of the Koran. The political world needs to recognize that the growth and pending potential violence of the Islamic extremist is here, at the back door, on the front porch waiting to methodically attack Western targets in a systematic manner until the radical Islamic beliefs are imposed on the whole of global society.
Governments globally need to immediately stop the notion of political correctness and declare radical Islam as a social, political, theological and democratic enemy. The desire to pacify the extremists does not work, Chamberlain of Great Britain realized such a stark reality when pacifying Nazi aggression, Western Europe after the Second World War experienced defeat when Winston Churchill recognized the Iron Curtain falling over all of Eastern Europe & the United States realized this stark reality of the failure of pacifism against extremist ideology on December 7th, 1941 and again with the harsh reality of the events of 9/11. We are engaged in a moral struggle for not just theological rights, but the survival of western society as we currently experience life.
The world rallied against Adolph Hitler and the NAZIS goal of global domination, Kennedy declared, “Ich bin ein Berliner!” Ronald Reagan demanded that the Soviet Premier, “tear down this wall,” which precipitated the demise of Soviet Communism and the end of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union (thankfully now defunct). Why are we fearful of declaring global war on radical Islam and it’s pawns terrorists? Perhaps it is time for the United Nations to man-up and reach out globally to world leaders to rally against this immediate threat to human rights and freedoms. Governments throughout the world need to follow and proclaim unilateral commitment towards the containment and ultimate demise of radical Islamic terrorism and ideology. After all, Franklin D. Roosevelt once proclaimed, ” we have nothing to fear but fear itself!”
Until the global communities of legitimate governments commit themselves towards the dissection of the radical Islamic ideology, we will always live in fear of the extremist Islamic ideology that threatens all of global society.
Hugh J.McNichol is a Catholic author and journalist writing on Catholic topics and issues. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, where he studied both philosophy and theology. Hugh holds a Master’s Degree in Catholic Theology from Villanova University, with a concentration in Catholic ecclesiology.At the present time Hugh is working towards his Doctorate in Sacred Theology and secondary education. Hugh is a member of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, with the rank of Knight (Sir). This Equestrian Order is one of the oldest orders in the Catholic Church. It is a papal honor that dates back to circa 1100. He writes frequently at http://verbumcarofactumest.blogspot.com & http://nothing-left-unsaid.blogspot.com . Hugh writes about his Irish Catholic upbringing and educational experiences at http://graysferrygrapevine.blogspot.com . He has contributed works to Catholic News Agency, Catholic Online, The Irish Catholic, Dublin, the British Broadcasting Company, London and the Philadelphia Bulletin, Pewsitter.com, Blogger News Network & The Catholic Business Journal. Hugh welcomes comments at email@example.com.