Islam will not allow its followers to assimilate into a homogenized society as other cultures do — and that's one reason members of the Muslim Brotherhood are being described as "possible extremists" by Britain, conservative pundit Patrick J. Buchanan tells Newsmax TV.
"The Brits have millions of Muslims who they've brought into their country as the French brought in the folks from Algeria and North Africa and the Turks that have been brought into Germany," Buchanan said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."
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"Have they been assimilated and basically moved fully into society the way, for example, Poles and Jews and Slovaks and Italians and Irish and others were moved into this Protestant society that was the United States? The answer is no and what is the reason? Islam."
That spells incompatibility, according to Buchanan, a two-time Republican presidential candidate and adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.
"Let's take the incompatibility. We have a pluralistic society. Our nation is not built or structured on Christianity being the official faith, etc." Buchanan said.
"[Islam] is not only a very strong faith, it creates good people obviously, but it is also a political and a social ideology about how you should govern yourselves and how you should rule and how minority religions and other religions should be treated once you're in the majority."
"If you look not just at Boko Haram and ISIS and al-Qaida and all the rest of these terrorist organizations, but … at society structured along Islamic lines consistent with the Quran, they are totally incompatible with a Democrat-Republic like the United States of America. Theirs is not only a religion as they say, it's a political ideology and a methodology for ruling society and eventually the entire world."
Of the Muslim Brotherhood — a transnational Sunni Islamic group which was legalized in Eygpt in 2011 and won the 2012 presidential election with Mohamed Morsi, only to be overthrown a year later and denounced a terror group — Buchanan said:
"Ultimately, if you take a look at their ideal society and what they want to bring to their society and the world, it is inconsistent with what we have here."
"Leaving the Muslim faith and say embracing Catholicism, that will get you killed in Afghanistan. That will get you imprisoned and whipped in various Islamic countries and that's consistent with the Quran — but it is utterly inconsistent with what we are and what we believe."
"As I quoted old Rudyard Kipling: 'East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.'"
Last week, a British government review into Brotherhood published concluded membership of or links to the political group should be considered a possible indicator of extremism. But it stopped short of recommending that it should be banned.
Buchanan is the author of "The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority,"
published by Crown Forum.
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