Islam and the Secular West
In another thread I asked the question
[Indeed it would be interesting to know what your answer would be for solving the violence between people in Syria/Iraq or indeed the violence that is happening in Nigeria. Or for that matter how the people of planet earth can get along, be they Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist or indeed of no interest in religion whatsoever, but just want to live their lives in their own way?]
I received the reply
[it will end the similar way your country dealt with Hitler
people in past got along perfect despite religion when you Christians were killing Jews we Muslims allowed them to stay in Palestine when ottoman were ruling it, in Andalusia were Jews lived happily, and in Afghanistan under Taliban Sikh were living in peace something your biased media didn’t mention the only people who failed to get along with others were Christians, under British empire you robbed Africa then Asia then America until your downfall started, you destroyed your own religion the true Christians orthodox and replaced it with your fake catholic religion:]
So I thought that I should put forward an article of my own to better explain my thoughts
Why the West is Secular
When I was being brought up, it was common for Catholics and Protestants not to associate with each other; indeed it was common for violence to occur between Catholics and Protestants. Mixed marriage was frowned on and Catholics and Protestants lived in separate areas. The dominant religious sect used to hold marches through the other sects area. Leading to sectarian [religious] fighting, with the police etc trying to maintain some sort of peace. But all this started to change after the two major wars.
People had to live together because of a shortage of housing, people had to work together because of a shortage of jobs. The Government had to govern in a secular manner because of a shortage of money and resources. This occurred throughout Europe due to the widespread devastation caused by the war, Politics and Religion was separated and a secular government was introduced, whilst still based on Christian values everyone had to be treated equally under the law.
Europe over the centuries had been witness to too many wars caused by religion. Indeed people used to harp back to religious conflicts. For example, In Ireland people used to talk about the Siege of Londonderry  and the Battle of the Boyne  James the second [Catholic] and William of Orange [Protestant] Even now Londonderry is semi-unofficially known as London/Derry to appease both sides in a conflict that was called the troubles.
The opposing sides whilst using religion as a cover, were in fact using it as a cover for their own aims, which was to gain political power over each other and within Ireland. [Is this not what ISIS etc is doing?] It took people with a considerable amount of courage and risk to themselves to oppose this sectarian [so called religious] fighting. Indeed some people had to leave Ireland and come to England and start a new life for their own safety. [Does this not sound familiar]
Now I have explained the background to why the west is governed in a secular manner, hopefully it will go some way to explain why it is wary of Islam with it’s theocratic form of government.
Muslims are ruled by Islam [religion] and governed by Sharia [law] in a Muslim dominated country all must accept this as there is no separation. But in a country were the Muslims are in a minority they must abide by the secular laws of that country, as indeed do the rest of the population.
But after saying that, some Muslim countries have a mix of laws independent of Sharia and appear to interpret Sharia to suit local circumstances.
Now I come to the original question in the other thread;
[It would be interesting to know what your answers would be for solving the violence between people in Syria/Iraq or indeed the violence that is happening in Nigeria. Or for that matter how the people of planet earth can get along, be they Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist or indeed of no interest in religion whatsoever, but just want to live their lives in their own way?]
The simple answer is, I do not know, a] if we [the west] get involved to try to protect people against ISIS. Be these people Muslim or Christian. We are told that we are being Imperialists. b] If we stand-back and do nothing, then we are condemned by letting innocent people come to harm. On the other hand c] If a coalition of Muslim countries and the west are involved, these countries are called, “lackeys of Western Imperialism.
The problem of Boko Haram ("Western education is forbidden"), as still to be faced by both the West [as ex colonial powers] we have been asked to aid the Nigerian Government. The Islamic World at large must take some kind of collective action. Or statement. Will they again condemn the west for aiding Nigeria as ex-Colonial Imperialists? Or will the Islamic World band together and aid the destruction and removal of Boko Haram for being un-Islamic in their actions?
As for the latter part of the question;
[Or for that matter how the people of planet earth can get along, be they Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist or indeed of no interest in religion whatsoever, but just want to live their lives in their own way?]
The Empires of the past are long gone, the British Empire, [along with other European Empires] started to decline from 1920 onwards and declined more rapidly from 1950 when most of the countries that formed the British Empire became Independent and had self-government. It is quite enlightening how each country have managed their independence over the past 60 years or so.
The world as become much smaller, much more dependant on world trade and major world conflicts between recognised states extremely unlikely, [much too expensive, both in treasure and people] they might rattle a few sabres but on the whole they will get along. G20, BRIC and World Trade Discussions in Davos to name but a few, will see to that.
No the biggest danger to the world is a small band of extremists, be the Political, or using Religion as a front for their own ends to do serious damage to a country and for that country to retaliate, manipulating the power of public opinion.
To end, manipulation of public opinion is something that Christians are fully aware of every Easter. Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem [Palm Sunday] by the public. After taking radical action in the temple against the cosy cartel of Priests and money changers [Politics and Money = Power] The Priests [Politicians] managed to turn the public against Jesus. The rest as they say is history.