Have we become complacent to the continuous threat posed by Islamic
extremists? I fear that we have been so conditioned not to disparage the
practices of other cultures that we continue to ignore this evil
microbe among us. We have been so brainwashed about what's politically
correct that we forget about what's morally correct. We forget that
thousands of Muslim women are being enslaved by archaic religious
practices. We forget that Muslim children are being taught to blame all
the problems of their lives on Western culture. We even forget about the
men who are being told to strap bombs onto their bodies and detonate
themselves in public squares and unsuspecting places.
At some point we must realize that actively defending against radical Islamic teachings is not a matter of cultural relativity, it is a matter of universally recognized human rights. The idea of terror attacks is at odds with the basic freedoms embraced by all enlightened, democratic societies. At some point we must make a decision not to allow the mere threat of charges of cultural or religious insensitivity to stop us from dealing with this evil.
At the same time, the government needs to engage in outreach programs to Muslim youths. They need to make sure that Muslim kids are not so alienated from mainstream society that they can simply be programmed by mosques to hate and degrade Westerners. Most of all, the government needs to provide sanctuary to young children who do not agree with these radical and hateful teachings, instead of allowing Muslim extremists to hide their hate behind a disingenuous veil of cultural relativity.