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Human rights and democracy are under pressure. One threat comes from the Western world, in the form of lack of or dishonest thinking. There exists a peculiar Western "tolerance" which is so "tolerant" that it even tolerates totalitarian or anti-democratic ideologies. A tacit assumption underlying such an attitude is that all cultures, world views, and religions are really equally good. As a consequence of this assumption one is cut off from the possibility of critically examining the above mentioned ideologies.

HonestThinking.org firmly believes that this form of "tolerance" is unwise. Perhaps certain results can temporarily be achieved by tolerating such ideologies, but but in the long run we doubt that it is possible to change reality for the better through deceit.

Because of this HonestThinking.org is critically examining Islam. In spite of all the positive human qualities of individual Muslims, and in spite of all the great cultural manifestations that have been produced by Muslim societies, it remains a fact that Islam, in its traditional form, represents a totalitarian political ideology that is hard or impossible to reconcile with democracy and human rights as commonly understood in the West.

Perhaps the totalitarian aspects of Islam can be reformed. But modern Islamism, currently becoming more and more influential, gives little reason for hoping that any such reformation is likely to take place in the near future. It is a human obligation to remain critical of any ideology that has the potential to undermine human freedom and dignity; for the time being this attitude is necessary with respect to Islam.

Realizing the fundamental threats that Islam poses to democracy and human rights, there is no escaping a re-evaluation of our immigration policy. Most Western European countries currently employ immigration policies that is likely to result in Muslim majorities in most of our countries before the end of this century! HonestThinking.org intends to focus on, and invite discussions of, the problems that this situation gives rise to.