one cannot, for instance, easily say, "Sharia law is sexist" without inciting any kind of Muslim action
There, fixed that for you.
We've dramatically cleaned up our environment, achieved energy independence, freed ourselves from the political constraints of fossil fuels and massively bolstered our economy with a whole new class of green businesses.
What planet do you live on? I'll take the next hyper-shuttle there.
"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory