What happens if we come to the conclusion that we, the United States and our Western allies, are under direct and indirect attack by Islam? What happens if we realize that we are at war with a “religion” that is hell-bent on destroying everything that is not Islam?

America was set up on the principle of religious freedom. Our founding fathers clearly, though, did not envision an entire religion being violently opposed to us as a nation and a free people. Do we weakly succumb or do we say enough, recognize that Islam is a threat and act accordingly?

And how should we respond? Ban Islam? Demand repudiation or conversion?

Every religion has its fanatics. Let’s not forget that Hitler was a Christian, specifically Roman Catholic. Each religion also have their well-meaning disciples. Aside from the question of who is a Christian, a follower of Islam, or a Jew, what about the very values of their respective religions?

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all have violent pasts, tell of and even demand violence against those who do not follow their respective teachings. Christianity and Judaism have evolved into more peaceful religions while Islam has not.

Islam demands the death of the infidel and anyone that might offend its teachings, even to show a picture of Mohammed. At every turn it is characterized, fairly or not, as violent. And women? It subjugates women beyond anything even the most fanatical Christians and Jews might attempt.

Now, in America, our constitutional right to exercise religion of our choice is predicated on the peaceful practice of our religion. Our nation strives for neutrality and respect. But, what about Islam? How do we and can we co-exist with a religion that actively demands death to others for even the slightest offense?

Coexisting is like treating all animals the same and putting the fox in the hen house. It won’t work and as we see with Islam, we cannot treat it the same as we do other religions.

Now, the challenge, how do we and can we have an intelligent, reasonable, and mature discussion on the topic without discussion-ending comments, insults, and threats?

Can we truly separate peaceful and violent factions of Islam? Should we even bother? Do we instead simply accept that Islam cannot co-exist with us? Do we then ban it? Do we openly fight it worldwide? Do we revisit the crusades of centuries ago to eradicate Islam wherever it might exist? And, finally, how do we reconcile any and all of this with our constitutional right to practice religion of our choice?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”—First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Matthew Weaver is president/CEO of Project Weavers, which offers project management training and PMP exam prep courses.