The burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was a reminder of how fragile Christianity has become in the West. In France alone, two churches are violated every day; according to reports, a total of 1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols (crucifixes, icons, statues) were registered in France in 2018. A telling indicator is that European regions with large Muslim populations often see a concomitant rise in attacks on churches and Christian symbols. Before Christmas, 2016, in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, where more than a million Muslims reside, some 50 public Christian statues (including of Jesus) were beheaded and crucifixes broken; altars have been smashed, Bibles burnt, baptismal fonts overturned, and the church doors smeared with Islamic expressions of ‘Allahu Akbar’ (Allah is the greatest). This has been willfully been omitted by the mainstream media, just like the U.S. government’s recognition of thousands of child bride requests—many of them pre-pubescent girls—from our so-called allies in the Middle East. All of this demonstrates an Islamic prevalence over our Christian and democratic society.
Muslim jihadists and their supporters who seek global conquest claim that they are simply complying with what the Prophet Muhammad ordered. This is sustained by Islamic jurisprudence fard ayn, which teaches that when a non-Muslim force enters a Muslim country, defensive jihad or holy war becomes an individual obligation of every Muslim. Such Islamic nationalist requirement does not need to be declared by anyone of Islamic authority. And since the land to which Muslims have migrated becomes their own, to say nothing of their defensive position before the globalized West in their native homeland, terrorism is rationalized under fard ayn in order to keep society pure as taught by .
This is a conflict that the United States, for example, has been engaged in just after its birth as a nation. In an effort to ransom the enslaved Americans captured by the Islamist Barbary pirates in Libya and establish peaceful relations, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams—then ambassadors to France and Britain respectively—met with Tripoli’s ambassador to England, Abdul Rahman Adja. Following this diplomatic exchange, they explained the source of the Barbary States’ hitherto inexplicable animosity in a letter to Congress:
We took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the grounds of their [Barbary’s] pretentions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation. The ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of their Prophet, that it was in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Musselman [sic] who should die in battle was sure to go to Paradise.
The apparent Islamization of the West, however, cannot be tackled exclusively by military means, especially since it is not pyramidal, as it was mistakenly once thought. Since 9/11, at least $1.7 trillion has been spent on combat and reconstruction costs in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The total budgetary cost of the wars and homeland security from 2001 through 2016 is more than $3.6 trillion. Yet in spite of the sacrifices of thousands who have lost their lives since 9/11, Islamic predominance is on the rise around the world since Islamists also use the educational system to indoctrinate the youth, leading even American children in schools, for example, to recite and write, “Allah is the only god.” Islamic prevalence, which is backed by money from Saudi Arabia and Gulf States, and often sustained by money from the West itself, has also created sympathy for Islamic suicide bombers and ISIS brides.
We should learn from Ronald Reagan’s major achievement in his long war against the Soviet Union: presenting communism as a joke — exposing the lies of the Soviet regime, exposing the misery under which its people were living, and explaining why Western values were preferable to Communist ones. The same should be done by politicians and Church officials with respect to Islam: educating Westerners so as to eradicate the political and social taboo of tying Islamic violence to its texts, specifically the Wahhabi tenets diffused by Saudi Arabia. This is equally as important to understanding and accepting that not all Muslims approve of terrorist tactics.
We also cannot permit Islamic jurisprudence and businesses to have precedence in our society. I am not suggesting that the West altogether cease its commerce with the Islamic countries, let alone end diplomacy, for that would only lead to our isolation and economic recession; it would also provide despotic states, such as China and Russia to further expand their already-predominant influence. This means, however, that realpolitik, i.e., pragmatic diplomacy in the pursuit of the national interests at the cost of natural rights, cannot continue for it only induces the élite to prowl after mere profit (or worse), instead of creating infrastructure and proper economic growth. In this, Western politicians betray their own democratic principles and abandon Christians and other minorities of the Middle East and in other parts of the world where they undergo persecution.
True action, in the end, is remedied by embedding the (Christian) Western notion of the institution of the family in society, which calls for its tutelage and promotion on the part of states and NGOs: marriage between man and woman, with the end of procreating and properly educating their progeny — this is something many church men are also not doing. Notwithstanding the complexities that stem from both charismatic and visible dimensions of life, such irrevocable treasures that the family has to offer are to be continually approached and respected without any prejudice, with the understanding that they are not just an ideal. This can only be accomplished by bearing witness and inviting others to the fundamental truth as taught in the Gospels: that we are all equal in the eyes of our Creator. If we as Christians believe, as we celebrate on Eastern Sunday, that not even death has power over Christ as proved by His resurrection from the dead, then why should we just remain passive and simply pray for the best?