Western Christianity & Muslim Societies on Morality

October 2007

Modern Age (Spring 2007), a traditionalist conservative magazine, carries an article by Anthony T. Sullivan, the Founder and Director of Near East Support Services, titled "Islam, America, and the Political Economy of Liberty." Sullivan surveys two World Values Studies by Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart. Sullivan says, "The data collected show a mean score in the ‘Approval of Democratic Values' category of 68 [percent] for Western Christianity and 68 [percent] for Islamic society."

However, the scores for gender equality, homosexuality, abortion, and divorce are different. Approval of gender equality in Western Christianity stands at 82 percent, in Islamic society at 55 percent. Western Christianity approves of homosexuality by 53 percent, but Islamic society by 12 percent. Approval of abortion in Western Christianity scores 48 percent, but in Islamic society 25 percent. Approval of divorce stands at 60 percent for Western Christianity, and only 35 percent for Islamic society.

Western conservatives believe that morals matter. The Holy See frequently allies with Islamic countries on morality at the UN. Sullivan says, "Muslims do not hate America for what it is, but for what it does [to their Islamic societies].... to seize and occupy oil-rich Arab and Muslim lands.... There is no future for any American imperium in the Islamic Middle East."

Sullivan says, "These days, what passes for conservatism has largely been transformed from what one of my own mentors, the late, great litterateur and traditionalist thinker Russell Kirk, identified with the ‘politics of prudence,' into something almost its polar opposite. Currently, conservatism [actually neoconservatism] appears to have largely abandoned its traditionalist and non-interventionist credo. Moreover, it has transformed itself into something most closely resembling a revolutionary Trotskyism...." As the NOR has said, the neocons are more aptly called Trotskycons.


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Muslim leaders have made the distinction between our gov't foreign policy and the will of the American people. If it's sincere it's some consolation they're aware how many of us feel we are not represented by that policy. Posted by: Henry Patrick
October 13, 2007 08:07 AM EDT
How can it be sincere if they continue slaughtering innocent westerners?? Remember 9-11? Posted by: gespin3549
October 15, 2007 09:16 AM EDT
All too often, when something "immoral" is labeled just that, one is accused of "being judgmental". thus labeling "homosexual acts" as "intrinsically evil" is being judgmental. I guess "sin" doesn't exist anymore. Posted by: woodmuet
October 31, 2007 08:57 AM EDT
Homosexuality is the worse kept, least kept, secret in the Muslim world. Arab men believe that a man is gay only if he is penetrated: the 'penetrator' is, according to them, a real masculine man. Too bad Pat Buchanan did not check out his facts before he wrote this piece. Posted by: gnozza
October 31, 2007 09:11 AM EDT
" ... the scores for gender equality, homosexuality, abortion, and divorce are different ..." There is a part of the problem with Western Christianity - a Christian should reject homosexual behavior and abortion completely 100%. The fact that the secular progressives are able to run over traditional American (Christian - OK Judeo-Christian) values shows the lack of committment and understanding of today's Christian. HOwever,the statement regarding why "They" hate us is inconsistant with the comparison of morals and more to the point that those muslims that "hate" us and take action in Jihad are using religion/morals as an excuse for their violence driven ideology. The question might be why those muslims, believed to be religious and peaceful, do not stand against their violent peers. Our foreign policy may be one of many reasons but not a sole culprit. As for the terms conservative, liberal, neocon - in today's USA world, they don't mean a lot unless you better define them. Posted by: wunsch
November 30, 2007 12:01 PM EST
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