An article in the BBC News recently stated that 2 of the three men who carried out the terrorist attacks at Scotland’s Glasgow Airport last year were doctors. At least one of the men was born in the United Kingdom and was an Iraqi citizen. As more and more people with either a Muslim background or who adhere to Islam’s teachings move into Western cities, particularly London, the West must reexamine itself to see if this is a potential threat. I don’t want to be perceived as saying that all Muslim’s are terrorists. Not all of them are terrorists and they should never be thought of that way. However, if Muslim fundamentalists are the primary ones responsible for terrorist attacks and if they are people that have been born and raised in the West, then we must see if there is something that we are doing that is causing people to commit terrorist attacks or at the very least causing them to not like the West.
For many years now the Middle Eastern population in cities such as London has been increasing faster than that of the native population. This has caused some people to become concerned that their values, the values that the Western world holds to such as freedom to express one’s religion, would become watered down or nullified by the immigrants substituting their own set of values for theirs. This has been a major reason why Turkey has yet to receive admission into the European Union. People are afraid that if too many Muslims move into their country then they will begin to be elected to city councils and federal governments, which would then cause their country to become more favorable of Middle Eastern countries and their policies.
A major factor in the United Kingdom that is giving Muslim’s inroads into the Western culture has been the allowance of Islamic sharia courts. By doing this the United Kingdom is effectively saying that it is okay to not abide by its laws and instead to use Islamic law to settle disputes. These two legal systems are based on completely different foundations that are opposed in almost every way. The United Kingdom’s, and most Western nations’ legal system is based on secular or Christian ideas whereas sharia courts are based on the teachings of Islam. What is going to happen when a verdict given by a sharia court is contrary to the English legal system?
In America we pride ourselves on the ability to assimilate people from every nation. Being American is not an ethnic identity; it is adhering to cultural and moral values. A Japanese person cannot move to the United States and set up a court that recognizes the Japanese legal system because there are certain points where it would differ from the American legal system. Likewise, the English are recognizing a legal system that is completely contrary to their own in many ways. Doing this legitimizes Islamic law and sets a precedent that will be hard, if not impossible to overturn. The next step will be for the higher English courts to begin ruling in favor of sharia verdicts, thus watering down their own values.
The United Kingdom, and the rest of the West, must adhere to the principles that allowed them to become great nations. They cannot favor one religion over the other and they must not allow people to move into their land and not follow their laws. If the present trend in the UK keeps up then before long there is going to be a Western nation that is sympathetic to the policies of Muslim countries when they seek to attack the West. This cannot be allowed to happen and we in the United States as the leader of the West must stand up and show other Western nations how to assimilate people of different ethnic backgrounds into their culture so that they strengthen our country instead of weakening it.