Speaking of which, and at the risk once more of sounding like a broken record.
Sharia law and the caliphate are institutions that most Muslims feel an obligation to accept as expressions of Allah’s will. The global imposition of sharia law and the caliphate are not distortions of true Islam; they are mainstream ideals that the religion expects all believers to pursue. Many Muslims secretly admire the jihadists whose personal commitment to establishing sharia under a caliph is glorified by Islam.
The problem for the West is that Muslims view sharia law as the word of Allah, an absolute and uncompromising truth that can never be modified. What makes the problem intractable is that Muslims accept the superiority of sharia law based on its foundation in faith rather than reason. Not only do Muslims believe that law must come from Allah, but they reject out of hand the possibility that the existing laws of sharia can evolve as societal conditions change or that any new legal principle can be entertained if it relies on mere reason.
Compounding the problem for the West is the fact that Muslims believe in the caliphate, an absolutist form of governance in which a single individual exercises authority in the name of Allah – comparable to, but even more absolutist than, the old idea of “divine right of kings.” The caliphate is even more absolutist because Muslims know that there can be only one caliph.
There is, in short, an unbridgeable gulf between Islam and the West, a difference founded in principles and therefore a difference that brooks no compromise. Islam and the West are irreconcilable.
Now, it is NOT true that no Moslem can live peaceably among us in Western Civ; there are many who do, actually. It’s just that they have to reject certain core Islamic beliefs specifically spelled out in the Koran. They therefore, pretty much by definition, must become what true-believing Moslems would label apostates, the penalty for which is death.
If you’re a Moslem, you can’t be a moderate; if you’re a moderate, you aren’t really a Moslem. The truly tragic thing is that, contrary to the calls from ill- or mis-informed Western pundits for a Moslem “reformation,” they already had it. Its primary mover and shaker was the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and…well, we all already know how it went.