This is an excellent point - although, separation isn’t the crucial point: even when it exists, organized religions wield real power and use it to influence politics and society, which is why some changes had been so hard to implement, even in those instances in which the majority of people thought were OK with them. Others are still unimplemented.
The mainstream discourse is that the West is so advanced, open-minded: if it is, it’s certainly not thanks to religion.
Our societies tried to move past the restrictions that religious authorities still try to impose on their followers, and basically, everybody else.
That wasn’t easy work, but cultural and societal progress has weakened the degree of control religions have on some aspects of life. Religions are still fighting back, mind: they may have lost some battles, but freedom from religious control and interference is an ongoing struggle.
The real problem is everything gets polarized, because that’s what works, so you’re either fully pro-Islam or fully against Islam.
The truth is most people would take more middle-ground positions, but will readily fall into either extreme when provided with a false dichotomy. It’s basic human psychology really - they need to have their brains turned on to call the bluff - and if they’re scared and/or tired, that won’t happen: terrorism creates the perfect situation in which shoot-first-ask-later seems the safest, most sensible response, else it could be too late, right?
Problem is - if you go with the notion that ISIS Islam is The Real Islam, you’ve just putting everyone in the same bucket, and a very ugly one - possibly isolating and even antagonizing your potential allies, to the point of creating new enemies.
Of course some of the “ISIS Islam is not Real Islam” discourse politically correctness for political correctness’ sake. Polarization is what is responsible for making every middle-ground position collapsed into hollow political correctness.
Does that happen a lot in Poland?
I had this idea that over there Catholicism is unchallenged. Hard to imagine anyone can get away with that?
Hell I just took a look at statistics on Wikipedia, and it looks like the average Pole is basically afraid to declare themselves non-Catholic.
What? no size of a Minecraft map?