On Tolerating Islam
There are many American Muslims who say that they want to live peacefully and only seek tolerance from others. In many situations this is indeed the case, and people who genuinely are that way should be left alone. However there are any number of situations in which people who are up to no good hide behind this line, and there needs to be a way to deal with such people.
I believe that American Muslims need to be given by American leaders a social contract. Someone in power needs to say something like this: "I am willing to tolerate you. However for American people to tolerate you, you will need to report those people in your communities who are planning terrorist activities. The American people will not tolerate those who are at war with their country, and you need to do your part in stopping such people. America will extend peace to you, but you need to extend peace to America. And that means not committing terrorist acts yourselves and not allowing others among you to do so."
There are populations in America that want to do away with Islam; and there are others who are willing to tolerate Islam. Neither group however wants to get killed; and in a majority-Christian country, the Muslims who themselves require tolerance are obligated to show the same to others. America should tolerate Muslims - if Muslims choose to tolerate America. And that means stopping those among them who are at war with America while leaving alone those who are not.