Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Islam "No Decoration Like Vatican in West"

Here is a story that caught my attention and got me thinking:

Tehran - The secretary of Iran's National Security Council said Monday that the United States should know that Islam in the Muslim world was 'no decoration like the Vatican in the West,' the Mehr news agency reported.

'The US cannot by force impose the American way of life on Islamic societies, as democracy on the basis of secularism would not work (in the Islamic world),' Ali Larijani said in a meeting with religious scholars in Tehran.

'Islam is not just a decoration in our lives, contrary to the West where the Vatican is decoration,' added Larijani, who is also Iran's chief nuclear negotiator.

Iran has several times criticised the US for trying to impose Western norms, including secularism, on the Islamic world.

Tehran has especially criticised Washington for supporting Iranian opposition groups which, according to Iran, not only criticise the Islamic state's policies but also advocate Western lifestyles.

How much truth is there in saying that the Vatican is "decoration" in the west? At first I was angry, but the more I thought about the sad state of Christianity in the West - abortion, destruction of marriage, miniscule church attendance, etc. - I began to wonder.
But with that said, evils in the West can increase only where the practice of Christianity decreases. Can Islam say the same?

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