ISIS (and the Tallibans for that matter) has nothing to do with religion. They are a group of Muslems with their very own take on things, interpreting the Qu'uran in their very own way to suit their inner desires. Calling this a matter of religion is actually giving them credentials and accepting the justification - their ill interpreted faith - they offer for their fight. It's not a matter of secularism on the West part just as much as their war has really nothing to do with Islam.
Isis has everything to do with the Islamic religion. If you are a Sunni Muslim or Shia Muslim you take the teachings in the Quran word for word. In the western world you will come across Muslims (Sunni and Shia) who have western ideals while being of Muslim faith. I compare that to a western Atheist who has the freedom to think differently. They confuse westerners who think "they are like us really" or this is real Islam". This leads them to make apologetic excuses for terrible behaviour and for giving in to a demanding culture in order to appease another religion. I hear things like "well the majority are peaceful Muslims" etc. I am sure that they are too. However they all follow a faith strictly which makes them pray 5 times a day and go to a weekly session where they are being "indoctrinated" in their religion. All followers of the Quran have only two wishes: 1. To use this life to please their God so they can gain entrance into heaven in the next life anyway possible. 2. To see Islam dominate as a world religion.
But that is not so bad after all some Christians want to see Christianity being the one and only religion right ?. Well yes... I guess. Except in a strict Sharia society which is what living under Islam will be (do not fool yourself here it is called a Sharia society) women will loose their rights (no leaving the house without male escort, father/brother permission, women covered in abaya, no driving a car or riding a bicycle, no voting etc, followers of other faiths will be forced to change faith or pay a tax and then live like second degree citizens in a Apartheid society where you are discriminated due to your skin colour or in this case religious beliefs. Crime punishments will be different from what we know in the western world but it will be no different from what is practiced in the Islamic countries today. All this will be new to westerners but everyday to most Muslims - it must be good if its prescribed in the Quran right ?.
I have worked in Saudi Arabia and travelled the Middle East and I have seen first hand what kind of society they have to offer the world. It is exactly what Isis is implementing but we cannot criticize Saudi Arabia can we ?. But working there you have religious police enforcing Sharia law everywhere. We men can easily live there if we change our faiths but it will be a severe step back for women. It will be a very comfortable life for men but a hard life for women. But is it really worth swapping our western life styles for ?. Because that is where we are heading (in 10, 50, 100 years time) by sticking our heads in the sand and trying to say that there is no problems. We need to make Islam change into a modern religion similar to the reformation and development we have seen in western society's with their religious faiths. Without that fundamental change in Islamic perception of the world and how it really should be and not least what your God wants we will never achieve that peaceful religion I keep hearing about.
If the Saudi's could institute their life styles and religion on the western world tomorrow they would. Then we would in fact be living in a Sharia society just like the Isis dominated areas. Do not let a Religion 1200 years old with no changes, challenges or reflections of modern day society fool you. When Isis talk about world domination that dream is also shared by most Muslims.
Does this mean that we cannot live with Muslims here in Canada ?. Absolutely not but they have to understand that we will challenge their beliefs
but not their right to believe
and there is the fundamental difference between the modern western world and Islam.