We preach pluralism. Some Muslim countries take the same attitude toward religious pluralism as Henry VIII and Torquemada.
In our own country in 1844, the founder of Mitt Romney's faith discovered that Protestant America was not all that tolerant, when a mob lynched him right there in the land of Lincoln.
Our elite believe in a new trinity of equality, democracy and diversity. Indeed, after the Cold War, we declared the spread of democracy worldwide to be our historic mission and national goal.
But, down deep, do we really believe what we say? When U.S. vital interests clash with democratist ideology, do we not put those interests first?
The king of Bahrain has been in power for 10 years. Have we ever called for free elections there, which would likely produce a Shia government friendly to Iran and far less receptive to remaining as the Persian Gulf base for the Fifth Fleet?
Have we ever demanded that the king of Saudi Arabia hold free elections? When one-man, one-vote produced victories for Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, did not George W. Bush, the great Democracy Crusader himself, put it on the shelf for a while?
We proclaim that we cherish the First Amendment. Do we?
If so, whose version of that amendment? How many Americans would willingly die for the constitutional right to produce pornographic films? Or for some nutball's right to insult the Prophet? Or the right of "artists" to befoul and denigrate Christian images of our own Lord and Savior?
Our Founding Fathers who created this republic did not believe in democracy. When did we come to worship this idol? Wrote T.S. Eliot:
"The term 'democracy,' as I have said again and again, does not contain enough positive content to stand alone against the forces that you dislike -- it can easily be transformed by them. If you will not have God (and He is a jealous God), you should pay your respects to Hitler or Stalin."
Worldwide, there are a billion and a half Muslims. Their numbers are exploding, while the post-Christian West stares at demographic death by century's end.
While we remain infinitely superior militarily and materially, what will be the ultimate outcome of the clash of civilizations? Kipling's prediction:
"And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of
the late deceased,
"And the epitaph drear: 'A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the