Although published in 2009, I would consider the book more relevant today given the current immigration crisis in Europe. Written by a neoconservativeAlthough published in 2009, I would consider the book more relevant today given the current immigration crisis in Europe. Written by a neoconservative professing arguments that seemed to flow too easily, I thought it would be worth my time to consider the other sides view in order to better understand my own thoughts on the subject. Even though the author’s arguments may seem to be anecdotal, they are reasonably well articulated throughout the text with sources documented at the end.
Whether intended or not, there is a clash of cultures and assimilation of Islam is in Europe is significantly more difficult, if not outright impossible, to achieve than assimilation of Latin American Christianity in American secular society. European Islamic theocratic views are presented as a counterbalance to European political views that the separation between religion and state are being encroached upon. The convictions of the latter are more strongly held than those of the former and thus cultural assimilation into a European secular system that has evolved over the past few centuries is resisted even more strongly. Western beliefs in human rights and tolerance is taken as a sign of weakness which leads to clashes and further advances cultural segregation and intolerance. The current crises is the result unintended consequences of European policy set decades ago and the inflexibility of the European Union which lacks wholehearted support of its member states..
In retrospect, my views on the subject of immigration and whether or not there can be a tolerant relationship between Islamic cultural values and Western secular values were moderated by the material put forward in the text. ...more