I once had two elderly old-maid Mexican sisters of an ex-sweetheart who jilted me, to come here to the USA and help me discipline my two rebellious children for a few months. The mother did not want to raise them after our divorce. These two women were passionately religious. One day, I took these two women to see the interior of a Buddhist church. They thought it was Catholic. They went up to the altar, in front of the figure of Buddha. They then got down on their knees and started making the Sign of the Cross.
Unfortunately, I can not say that such mutual respect exists between Christians and Moslems here in Southern California. Naturally, since the Twin Towers disaster, there has been some resentment against then. But, in general, I find that the Moslems are too separatist. As you know, we Americans have a tendency to be a little iconoclastic. Even the Fundamentalist Christians manage to keep their "cool" when somebody gets irreverent about Jesus Christ. But if any Americans fail to be reverent about Mohammed, or openly criticize him, they often demonstrate publicly. Here in Adelanto, Ca., where my wife and I live, the Moslems have their mosque in an isolated part of the desert near here, having their own private cemetery there as well. I don't think this cultural and spiritual isolation bodes well for America.
Because of that book I wrote about these things, I have often received hate mail from Fundamentalist Christians. I also corresponded for a while with a preacher of a conservative but NOT fundamentalist sect in upstate New York. I really enjoyed corresponding with him. But when he found out about my book, he refused to correspond with me any more. That was very disappointing to me, for I had come to admire the man.