Islam is a religion we can no longer blow off like Courtney Love and relegate to a concerned but removed one-hour National Geographic special. Since 9/11, Islam has been forcefully, painfully shoved into the American spotlight and our increased awareness has been very unpleasant.
Ever since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Islam has officially ceased (for many myopic Americans) to be just an out-of-the-ordinary, mysterious religion that we watch from time to time on cable. Truth be told, at the end of the day, the growing threat of Islamic jihad still hasn?t really got our attention because ?American Idol? is on and Fantasia is about to sing, Crocodile Rock.
No longer a removed religion, separated by thousands of miles, the Muslim world has officially moved next door to us to the tune of five-seven million U.S. residents, with the numbers growing daily.
Given this emergent Islamic religious sector within our country and the September 11, 2001 attacks by Muslims, coupled with Muqtada Al-Sadr?s murderous insurgency in Iraq, we seriously need to get the skinny on what these people believe. And, if they want to live in the U.S., we need to determine whether they intend to mitigate the extreme bents of their religion if and when they settle into the American melting pot. The need to understand Islam, therefore, is an imperative for us ?average Joe?s.?
Islam can no longer remain a puzzling, foreign faith to us. We?ve got to examine?