A poll of American-Muslims substantiates Schwartz’s theory, as it found that Muslim immigrants are much more hostile to mixing religion and politics than those born in the U.S. It is likely that this is partly because Muslim immigrants have been exposed to the negative consequences of Islamism and Sharia-based governance.
He also suggested that the immorality of pop culture is causing young Muslims to gravitate towards more conservative forms of their faith.
“Young Muslims often now find themselves addicted either to violent video games or to gangsta rap or to religious fundamentalism,” Schwartz told FrontPage.
Tarek Fatah, the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, told FrontPage that the source of the extremism is from Saudi-funded Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood and “the respectability these ideologies have been given by the liberal to left side of the political spectrum” while Islamist opponents in the U.S. and Canada are “shunned.”
Indeed, the Muslim Brotherhood in both countries has been successful at influencing the media, academics and government officials. Non-Islamist Muslim groups have found it difficult to compete because of their disadvantages in resources and publicity. Recently, the Obama administration blocked the nomination of an anti-Islamist Muslim activist named Dr. Zuhdi Jasser to a post at the State Department.
Fatah says Muslims who “expose the fascist nature of Islamism as compared to Islam as a faith” must be embraced. One of the most interesting findings in the study is that, in the words of its authors, “the most radical political views tended to be expressed by relatively secular people, often equipped with higher education in the social sciences, while devout Muslims were sometimes the most articulate advocates for Canada and democracy.”
Fatah gave a list of suggestions that would help undermine radical Islam, such as adding the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami to the list of terrorist organizations; removing the charitable status of mosques that engage in political advocacy and requiring donations to be made by check, credit card or in cash payments less than $5.
The survey shows that there is an ideological struggle within the Canadian-Muslim community between the Islamists and the moderates. The majority is moderate, but the extremist minority is disturbingly powerful. The Western world has an interest in picking a side in this struggle.
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