Good morning everyone. I thought I would make this post as a thought experiment for everyone observing the situation in Paris at the moment. The more of the following statements you agree with, the more respectable you are and the more "educated" (ahem) a modern person you are. I have a nice Muslim friend; therefore ISIS is not Islamic. The vast majority of the world's "1.6 billion Muslims" are not part of ISIS or al-Qaeda; therefore ISIS and al-Qaeda have nothing to do with Islam. The presence of Islamic populations in Europe and North America is culturally enriching and intellectually invigorating. Christianity and the Catholic Church have historically suppressed science, but Islamic civilization began modern science with the medieval Golden Age. The backwardness of the Islamic world in recent centuries and up to the present day is the simply the result of corrupt leaders whose behavior has had nothing to do with Islam. Islam is a great religion and preferable to Christianity; the only bad things about it are that it suppresses women's right and (most of all) that it does not allow for "gay marriage". Gay rights is the great civil rights cause of the 21st century; somehow we have to get Muslims on board with it. If guns were made illegal, there would be no more mass shootings by Islamic terrorists or anyone else. There are around 5,000 jihadis in France, which makes it impossible to track all of their activities, but this is an insoluble problem because it is absolutely necessary to have large Islamic populations in Europe for cultural enrichment. Every self-proclaimed "refugee" from the Middle East has a human right to come to either Europe or America - both viciously racist areas that are descended from imperialistic oppressive white Christian civilization, which has the moral duty to give welfare and housing to all non-Westerners who want it. Most victims of Islamic terrorist attacks throughout the world are Islamic; therefore ISIS, al-Qaeda, and al-Shabbab are not connected to Islam. The key to preventing future terrorist attacks is to send more Special Forces into Iraq and Syria to gather intelligence. Richard Dawkins provides a very well-reasoned and well-informed critique of Christianity, but his criticism of Islam is mean-spirited and parochial. The Assad regime must go. Obama is intelligent and compassionate for stating that the U.S. will continue to take in thousands of refugees irrespective of what has occurred in France. The more of these statements you agree with, the more respectable you will be and the more people will pat you on the back. But, at the same time, the more of those statements you agree with, the dumber you are in your worldview and the more ignorant you are.