The video below records Islamic speakers during the Muslim Day Parade held recently in New York City. They argue that the United Nations should pass blasphemy laws protecting Islam. It also shows a New York state senator who could not take the assault against free speech and religion and walked out.
Democratic values grew in the soil of Christendom, especially religious tolerance. That’s because the knowledge that man was born to be free is inherently a Christian insight. Secularists have appropriated the insight as their own and turn it against religious faith, but their notions of freedom are skewed and thus they are powerless to answer the challenges posed by the Islamic speakers with any coherence.
Islam can’t harbor the insight because they cannot perceive of a God who allows man the freedom to reject his own Creator. This rejection is not without consequences of course, but that is the risk inherent in love. If God truly loves man and desires that the love be returned, then man must be free to give it which means he has the freedom to refuse God’s love as well. The Islamic rejection of this insight is why the clash between Islamic and Christian culture is irreconcilable in the end, and why the secularist who fundamentally denies (is blind to) the religious dimension of life cannot comprehend why that clash exists. They think Islam can be mollified and appeased. It can’t. That would require the Muslim to give up his faith.