I have often criticized fellow Christians and conservatives in my country and other Western countries for blaming societal problems on Islam and Muslims. I have often expressed anger at this because it is in my opinion an abdication of responsibility. Muslims aren’t the reason that Western countries have homosexual “marriage”, sky high abortion rates, sky high divorce rates, euthanasia, feminism, or Darwinism taught in our schools.
But what about Sharia? Don’t a majority of Muslims want Sharia in the West? To be honest, I find most Muslims in the West to either be completely secularized, or ignorant of Islam. Sadly, it’s no different than most Christians or Jews in the West. They’re Christian or Jewish in name and may even be proud of it, but their knowledge of their faith is limited. I recently talked to a 19 year old Jewish girl. She was a proud Jew, but didn’t seem to know anything about the faith. She didn’t regularly attend services, her boyfriend was a gentile and she claimed that homosexuality was not a sin in Judaism. To back this up she didn’t quote the Bible or Talmud, but simply stated that Tel Aviv was the most homosexual friendly city in the world. Shouldn’t Scripture dictate what a religion believes and not social life in a secular Jewish city? This just proves that our new generation can’t think.
Most religious Muslims in the West know their faith as well as this Jewish girl knows Judaism. Very few of them study the Quran and the Hadith. In my research, England is the only country with an organized group of Muslims promoting Sharia. They’re the exception, not the rule. France and Sweden have no-go zones but these are mostly slums that have been infected with gang violence. The threat comes from poor teenagers, not Quranic students or scholars.
The truth is, that Islam is not very powerful in the world today. They have numbers no doubt, but that’s about it. Many of the Muslims in the world are secularized. It seems that the most religious Muslims live in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Arab Muslims are hit or miss. A lot of them are devout but many have secularized as well, even when living in their own countries, let alone when they move to the West. I have known over two dozen Turks in my life. None have been religious. I’ve known about a dozen Iranians. One of them has been religious. Indonesians are the same story. The largest Muslim country in the world by population but not much practicing of their faith. I’ve met a few religious Egyptians but they’re in the minority of the Egyptian Muslims that I’ve met.
Also, in terms of apologetics, there is not much of a threat. Probably 95% of Muslim apologetics is just quoting liberal Bible scholarship. I’m not saying this isn’t a threat to Christianity, but I’m saying that it’s not an Islamic threat. It’s a secular threat that Islamic apologists are using for apologetic purposes. The fact that Muslims have to use secular liberal Biblical scholarship shows that there isn’t an effective Islamic critique of Christianity so they need to dabble in secularism for a critique.
It is true that Saudi has traditionally funded Islamic projects around the world with their oil money. However, I don’t think that this has much effect. Sure, they’ll get a big mosque built in a Western city or a secular Muslim city but a lot of those mosques remain empty. When I was in the Balkans I saw many mosques. Some were of Traditional Ottoman architecture and some looked like a more Arab design. Saudi funded perhaps? Regardless, these mosques were empty. You can build a mosque but people will only pray in it if they’re religious, let alone support Jihad or Sharia. Also, with the new leadership in Saudi, I don’t know how much more mosque financing will happen in the future. The new King seems pretty liberal.
Basically they have strength in numbers. That’s it. In centuries past, Islam was very powerful and did pose a threat. In the days of Charles Martel, Skanderbeg and Don John of Austria, Islam was extremely powerful. It still is a threat today, but not nearly as much as it was before. In fact, I would say the biggest threat that Islam poses is being a red herring and a scapegoat. We’ll blame everything on Islam while the real enemy runs havoc and tries to destroy our faith and civilization.