“Nothing has changed in 25 years to ease my concerns about Islam – Significant numbers of Muslims see a faith-run, faith-defined state as the ultimate goal in this life,“ by Charles Moore of The Telegraph. Published on September 12, 2015.
After reading Charles Moore’s latest article, I have been left with a somewhat better view on the immigration crisis that has been buzzing around in the news. Moore’s article specifically touches on how the crisis specifically impacts the United Kingdom: how big of a culture change could take off in our society?
Moore begins his article with a controversial quote by Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary, in which he states that Hungary should be able to decline refugees. Moore builds, supportively of course, on Orban’s statement with a literary anecdotes in which Moore crafted a paper that predicted that the differences in religion would make immigration difficult. Unfortunately, his paper was mightily criticized, as he used an irrelevant anecdote regarding his Muslim neighbors and inadequate knowledge regarding Islam. The author learns more about the religion, supporting that many British people don’t know that Muslims, Christians, and Jews worship the same type of god (Allah, Yahweh, God). However, the author acknowledges that his audience could probably counter-argue this fact by citing the cultural differences present in Islam: formation of Muslim school districts, the dissolution of homosexuality protections and recognitions by the government, and also the devaluing of women in politics. This time around, I actually think that Moore proves a valid point: while the structure and foundations of various religions are similar, the cultural differences contradict each other. Finally, I noticed while Moore speaks in a friendly and neutral tone, his stance indirectly supports Orban’s statement.