For many Muslims, however, the rise of tolerance in Christianity looks less like maturity and self confidence than like the senescence of a religion in decline. Christianity, these critics say, is losing its hold on the western mind. The rise in religious tolerance is the result of necessity — the churches are weak, the believers indifferent, and so Christians no longer have the inner conviction to stand up for their faith. Just as Christian countries tolerate a range of vices and practices that in the past, when their faith was stronger, they opposed (homosexuality, abortion, sexual immorality of all kinds, blasphemy and obscenity), so now they also don’t care very much about what religion people profess because their own faith doesn’t mean all that much to the shrinking minority that still has one.Of course, they are right. Protestant churches have so abandoned Christian values in their desire to increase the size of their congregations that most no longer stand for anything at all. The Catholic Church's tolerance--even active protection--for pedophile priests has destroyed any credibility that it still had.
Leftist intellectuals have become enamored of Islam because it is non-Western, and perceived as the only credible way of destroying Christianity, which is perceived as a threat to homosexuality, women's equality, and abortion. That Islam is going to be more of a threat to all three of the idols of the left, once it achieves ascendancy here, seems to have escaped the left. My guess is that the left thinks of Islam as a fire that you use to burn the rats out of the house, but does not realize that there won't be a house at the end.
UPDATE: A commenter made a rather disturbing point, which seems to be confirmed in this December 12, 2011 Daily Mail article:
An Orthodox Jewish community has had to face up to claims of child sex abuse after 83 men and two women were arrested.
An initiative was set up to encourage victims to come forward despite pressure from the close-knit religious society to hush up the crimes.
Some 117 male and female victims have approached authorities in Brooklyn, New York since 2006. There were 89 accusers under the age of 17.
The Orthodox Jewish organisation Agudath Israel of America, which has its headquarters in Manhattan, rules that anyone who claims to have been sexually abused by another Jew must consult rabbis first.
Only then is the decision made whether to go to secular authorities.I am aware many religious communities seek the resolve internal disputes within the congregation first. But requiring you to get approval of the rabbi before going to secular authorities is a recipe for disaster.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2072839/Child-sex-abuse-scandal-rocks-Orthodox-Jewish-community-85-arrested.html#ixzz1qHR9fjzv