One also might use race or ethnicity as a synonym for culture, indeed, some people surely would; but, this would be mistaken, for race is not culture and race does not create culture; they are not inextricably related, and, indeed, race is essentially a bogus concept from a biological and genetic perspective, anyway. I submit that whereas one nation or culture might be superior to another in terms of several key attributes, one “race” is not inferior to another by virtue of its race or biological makeup. Racism is not only unfounded biologically, it is morally deplorable. Culturalism, on the other hand, is not mere bigotry. It is justifiable and even morally required.
In any case, it is not that I think Christianity, Judaism, or other religions are superior to Islam, for I most certainly do not. It is that in recent times followers of these religions (not without exception), through the gradual absorption of the precepts of the Enlightenment, and the lessening of privation and the increasing education of the general population, have come to ignore the more repellent prescriptions of these religions, whether arising from the sacred texts or the religious hierarchy whose business is to interpret them. In other words, much of the venom has been removed from religious observance, notwithstanding some clearly odious scriptural injunctions and the sordid history of religious observance up to very recent times. Most Islamic nations have not undergone the same cultural, political, economic, and scientific revolution as the West has in the last two or three hundred years, though progress has been made in several notable instances.
This is not to oppose bilingualism, but to point out that a host culture and its language are inextricably bound together, and that understanding the host culture's principal language is essential to social integration. As western culture expands, and as we have already seen occur in commercial, diplomatic, and certain technical and academic venues, it seems likely that one language, most likely English, will become the dominant means of expression. While I fully understand the pride and comfort arising from familiarity that one takes in one's native language, and some will undoubtedly view this as outrageous and Chauvinistic, I think this evolution towards a single language, notwithstanding its origins, is ultimately to humanity's benefit.
This is not to suggest that the United States, or for that matter other nations, including some that have perpetrated some of the greatest horrors in history (e.g. China, Germany, Japan, Russia, just to name some in recent history), have not also made extraordinary contributions to humanity. I would be willing to concede that the United States has had some singular contributions, notwithstanding some of its historical blots. I do not know enough about each nation on the globe and its history to assert that one nation stands above all others in moral rectitude or as a standard of excellence, such that it is a bellwether of morality, an exceptional nation. However, I do know that no global power, now or in the past, would pass muster in this regard. I suspect there are some nations, Iceland comes to my mind, which have a great deal less to be ashamed of than others from a historical perspective. The whole concept of one nation being the greatest nation or exceptional in its moral standing, strikes me as patently absurd, though such jingoistic appellations have become standard shibboleths in American politics.