Many religious and political discussion forums are taking place across America and around the world in an attempt to foster understanding and tolerance between Christians, Jews and Muslims. I, too, am a proponent of the concept of understanding. To be able to co-exist with Muslims, Christians and Jews and the West in general must possess more than a surface or media-generated understanding of the Islamic mindset. What I have observed coming from these forums thus far clearly indicates that we are failing to grasp even the basics principals necessary to understand Islamic thought and reasoning.
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has taken a hardline stance against radical Muslims in her country. Her stance is an example of strong and courageous leadership--a breath of fresh air to the free world--which leaders in Europe and America would do well to imitate.
Gillard announced to her whole nation that “all Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law should get out of the country.” She stressed: “All immigrants must adapt to become Australians. Take it or leave it.”