Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, Date Undetermined

Osama bin Laden
Al-Qaeda

“[R]egarding which shared understandings, exactly, is it possible that we agree with the immoral West?  The secular West, which does not practice any religion—this the intellectuals claim we hold things in common with!  What commonalities, if our foundations contradict, rendering useless the shared extremities—if they even exist?  For practically everything valued by the immoral West is condemned under sharia law… the issues most prominent in the West revolve around secularism, homosexuality, sexuality, and atheism. So what shared aspects are we to advance dialogue over in order to make for ‘a better place for us all’?”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 37-38.

Osama bin Laden