Culture of Conservatism ?
Divorce is on the increase along with the number of women working outside of the home. The media has become much more liberal, and movies from the West portraying male and female association outside of the traditional limits are getting commoner. This is creating a new social morality challenging the more familiar traditions that have always guided male-female interaction and that originated in Islam.
A more liberal culture and the diminishing influence of religion over the public lives of citizens do not have to mean that Muslim moral standards will erode. Yet, when we look at the impact that secular liberal culture had on the US and the subsequent cultural wars that have been the per-occupation of liberals and conservatives in the US ever since, we must ask ourselves what it is that the West learned from its experience with secular liberalism but the Muslim world did not.
Underdeveloped countries, not only the Muslim world, have had to accept Western cultural hegemony as part of the modernization package.
The timing of the Muslim world’s transition from a religious to a relatively secular culture is perhaps more telling than the phenomenon itself. It seems that economic globalism and the more powerful global secular order gave Muslim governments the incentive they needed to move more aggressively toward the Western model for modernization and economic development.
Perhaps the greatest irony to be observed in all of this is found in the fact that even though the US and other Western countries have been forced to accept some of the cultural demands of the new secular world order — such as greater acceptance of homosexuals, including greater acceptance of the idea that homosexuals have a right to marry and to inherit wealth from their partners — there is a strong push in the US toward a greater voice and power for religion in the public square, which is resulting in an increasingly conservative social culture.
Another example of the growing influence of religion in the West is German Chancellor Merkel’s recent statement that multiculturalism has failed and those who did not accept Germany’s Christian values are no longer welcomed in Germany.
The only thing more powerful in the West than the psychological impact of the attacks on the US on 9/11 has been the crash of the global markets and economies that left the West in economic ruin. Now, as a result, it seems that the West is no longer fascinated with economic globalization and the secular world order
Not only did the new secular world order fail to deliver the free egalitarian social order that it promised, it also failed to deliver the economic prosperity and Western dominance that it promised through the sought-after control of the world’s natural and human resources.
So why is the Muslim world, which is clearly not going to enjoy the type of economic development it had envisioned in its Faustian deal to provide cheap labor and control of natural resources to the transnational corporations of the West in exchange for greater US support for Muslim-world government corruption and dictatorship, still eager to transform its societies to more liberal and secular societies?
What is it that the West learned from its courtship with the new secular world order and globalism that the Muslim world did not?
answer is simple. It is not a matter of what the Muslim governments did not learn , it is what they learned.
They also learned that if the government does not bother people with morality, the people will not bother them to be moral either.