Ethnic and cultural division in the United States gets a fair amount of press, but ethnic and cultural division in Europe may be a more pressing problem. Specifically, integrating the decidedly non-European Muslim immigrants into their newfound homes.
Britain's problems have seen more light since the London subway bombings, and Theo van Gogh's murder in the Netherlands exposed a lot of hostility brewing there. Now, trouble in Denmark has come to my attention. The story is this: a writer could not find an artist to illustrate his book about Muhammad because Muslims consider it blasphemous to depict the Prophet, and no writer wanted to risk the backlash. Jyllands-Posten, Denmark's leading newspaper, caught wind of this and decided to test how much self-censorship there was. They published 12 illustrations, each by a different artist, and here's where the integration challenge is revealed.
Oh, it gets better.
This was back in October. Now the Danish government is advising its citizens not to travel to Pakistan after the Pakistani religous party Jamaat-e-Islami has offered a bounty to anyone who kills the illustrators mentioned above. This is an extreme reaction, but the more moderate reactions are not reassuring either: several Muslim countries sent a letter to the Danish Prime Minister demanding an apology from the newspaper.
None of this is really convincing me that Islam and the modern world are compatible with each other. This troubles me, because I know several Muslims who have convinced me of this compatibility. Also, to be even more fair, not all Danish Muslims were upset by the cartoons; some even supported them.
Identifying the problem is one thing, identifying solutions is another. I don't know how much better my advice would be than anyone else's, but step #1 seems to be not bending over backwards to satisfy some group's backward preference. If you don't like what's in a newspaper, don't buy it. Live better than everyone else and show them the fruits of your belief system.
You can see four of the cartoons here. If anyone can find some or all of the other eight, please give us the link in the comments. Note that only one is clearly inflammatory aside from the religious taboo (a second one might be, but I wouldn't trust my Arabic past alef).