Our European correspondent Lexington, after reading ESW’s account of the “Euro-Islam” panel discussion in Vienna, sent us this email:
On the subject of ‘integration’ of Moslems into non-Moslem societies, Tariq Ramadan had this to say to his Moslem audience (MEMRI transcript):
‘In his audiocassette, Living in the West, Ramadan says: “When I live in a country or when I am a citizen in it, I respect its constitution. This is an Islamic principle.” However, he hastens to qualify this statement by stressing that a country’s constitution and laws must only be respected “as long as there is no social, cultural, economic, or legal aspect in that country that contradicts any Islamic principle.” He makes it quite clear that “the Muslim respects the laws of the country only if they do not contradict any Islamic principle”.’
On that basis, and taking the man at his word (yes, really), I’d say there’s absolutely no basis whatsoever for either obtaining, or indeed, desiring ‘integration’ of Moslems into any society, anywhere, because Islamic principles contradict Western principles in every category imaginable.
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