Cargést, maybe your friend should speak again and tell us in more detail what his actual opinion on the matter is?
Because as I see it, he clearly said that:
1. Most people believe that Islam = fanaticism.
2. Islam is not fanaticism.
3. A more sustainable relationship between man and nature will require most people to participate.
And the implication:
4. The best solution to the problem is to accept the lie (1) and look somewhere else for information on how to improve said relationship.
I disagree with (4), and still believe that he in fact implied it. Do you not see this, also?