Balkenende in Jakarta affirms his belief in the great unicorn of our age, an Islam that does not teach the subjugation of non-Muslims under the Islamic social order. While there are undeniably many Muslims who are not pursuing this end, there is no Islamic school of jurisprudence or sect (except those deemed heretical by the great majority) that does not teach this. Consequently, there is a danger to the West coming from Islam; flatly denying it will not make it disappear. From Expatica, with thanks to Charles Martel:
AMSTERDAM “” Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende called for a rapprochement between Muslims and people of other faiths on Friday.
“It causes me pain to see that people regard Islam as a danger. Islam is not a danger. The people who misuse Islam to spread terror are the danger,” Balkenende said during a speech at an Islamic university in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Friday.
Balkenende, the leader of the Dutch Christian Democrat Party (CDA), also had discussions with leaders of Muslim groups and visited a Madrassa (Islamic school) on the first day of his two-day visit to Indonesia.
At the university, he cited the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh to
illustrate that there were also tensions between groups in the Netherlands. Many of the students expressed interest in obtaining a scholarship to go to the Netherlands. One student asked Balkenende why prostitution and gay marriage are legal in the Netherlands.
Balkenende pointed out he had voted against legalisation when he was a member of parliament but that a majority supported the change.