The executive order issued by the Trump administration banning immigration from seven Muslim nations gives us the opportunity to debunk any moral and doctrinal equivalence between the arguments Jews and Christians have derived from the Bible to justify religious violence vs. Islamic obligations based on the Koran and Hadiths to wage holy war.
Because both the Bible and Islamic texts frequently discuss warfare against opposing religions, it has been suggested that Muslims are not inherently more difficult to assimilate into Western norms than Christian or Jewish immigrants.
As usual, this argument made by the Left is false. When Biblical endorsements of violence are put in their right context and then compared to the doctrine of Jihad, Islam stands out as uniquely incompatible with Western civilization.
Because the New Testament borders on pacifist, the crux of this debate centers over how the Old Testament compares against the Koran. The Old Testament records numerous stories where the Israelites came into fierce conflict with their neighbors and how God favored the House of Israel provided they were sufficiently devoted to God.
The essential difference between these justifications of Israelite violence and Muslim jihad is that Israelite defensive obligations are limited to only defending the land of Israel as promised by the Abrahamic Covenant.
Unlike Islam there is no Old Testament obligation to forcibly conquer all of mankind under Judaism. Provided they are not at war with Israel or a threat in Israel’s immediate vicinity, Jews are nowhere commanded to subjugate or forcibly convert Scythians, Ethiopians, Greeks, Numidians, Chinese, Persians, Romans, Carthaginians, Gauls, Indians, or any other peoples contemporary with Ancient Israel.
Islam however is commanded to militarily conquer the globe. Though they do not always follow this tenet of faith, they do strike at their non-Islamic neighbors whenever they feel they have the upper hand or are consumed with enough religious fanaticism that are willing to engage a superior opponent. This command is not only distinguishes it from Judaism and Christianity but it also distinguishes Islam from any other known major religion.
It is the worldwide ambitions of Islam that make its followers inherently incompatible with Western civilization, and any non-Islamic Third World nation, and why its employment of violence against non-believers cannot be reconciled with civilization as Biblical faiths can.