Dhimmitude in High Places

There are several ways an enemy can be successful. One is to launch an all out assault. Another is to get the other side to simply capitulate and surrender. A third is a combination of the two. We see all of these being utilised by Islam in its war against the West.

It is obviously doing plenty of direct attacks, through missiles or suicide bombers or various other forms of bloody jihad. But equally concerning is how many Western leaders are falling over each other as they attempt to placate, appease, and mollycoddle up to Islam.

dhimmitudeAll over the West we see various elites, leaders and politicians bending over backwards to ingratiate themselves to Islam, often while denigrating and slamming their own Christian heritage. In the US Obama has of course turned all this into an art form.

As I have documented time and time again, there is absolutely no question that Obama is the most pro-Islam and most anti-Christian POTUS ever. See here for just some evidence of this: billmuehlenberg.com/2012/07/22/welcome-to-the-islamic-states-of-america/

But consider the latest case of him grovelling to his Islamic buddies. Just a few days ago he released this official statement:

As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families. This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate. While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.
In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.
On behalf of the Administration, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration. Eid Mubarak.

What!? Common values? Achievements and contributions? Blessed celebration? Only a fool or a dhimmi could come up with those appalling remarks. Umm, no, we do not share common values at all. One side values freedom, democracy, pluralism, and freedom of religion, while the other side does not.

One side respects the role of women, of conscience, of the rule of law, and of properly understood separation of church and state, while the other side does not. One may as well have made similar statements during WWII, praising the Nazis for holding similar values and beliefs.

As one commentator said:

Since he’s taken office, Obama has made it a tradition to annually celebrate Ramadan at the White House and has increased the focus on the Muslim faith, while downplaying the Christian faith. For a man that claims he is a Christian, why would he go out of his way to celebrate another religion’s main holy day?
In May of 2012, Obama’s pastor of over 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, stated that Obama was raised as a Muslim and “knew very little about Christianity.” He went on to say that he “made it easy for him to not feel guilty about learning about Christianity without turning his back on his Islamic friends.”
We’re all used to the continual pandering and glorification of Islam by this man. But to actually say that Muslims have built the fabric of our nation is absolutely preposterous.

Quite right. But Obama is not alone in this grotesque appeasement and capitulation to our enemies. Closer to home we have rather similar displays of dhimmitude and utter cluelessness about the reality of Islam, also made by our leaders, some of whom also claim to be Christians.

Consider the bizarre kowtowing of NSW Premier Mike Baird. Here is how one newspaper reports on his complete surrender to Islam:

NSW Premier Mike Baird has fasted to mark the end of Ramadan, and has told the state’s Muslims they have a strong friend in government after controversial comments by Community Relations Commission chairman Vic Alhadeff.
Speaking at the annual Iftar dinner to mark the end of the Islamic fasting period, Mr Baird, a Christian, received a loud applause when he said he used the experience of a day’s fast to reflect.
‘You think … of everything we take for granted,’ he said on Thursday night. ‘Multiculturalism is alive and well in NSW. It is something of which we’re very proud.
‘And as I reflect on Ramadan, it just is a reminder of the need to protect that, to ensure we do everything we can to protect it.’
The Muslim community had a strong friend in government, Mr Baird told the gathering of community leaders in the Strangers Dining Hall at state parliament. ‘I truly believe everyone who has come here tonight is a friend,’ he said.

This guy obviously does not know a thing about Islam. He clearly does not know much about the Christianity he claims to represent. And he certainly knows nothing at all about what Ramadan actually is all about. How in the world can we celebrate a political and religious event which is known for implementing violent jihad?

Baird is completely clueless here. If he ever actually wanted to know what Ramadan in fact signifies, I would invite him to read here: billmuehlenberg.com/2014/07/02/ramadan-and-jihad/

As to the Alhadeff issue, Baird is also to be condemned for saying his resignation was the right thing to do. What was his crime? All that Community Relations Commission chairman Vic Alhadeff did was to say that Israel had a right to defend itself, and that it was seeking to operate with “care to avoid civilian casualties”.

That is all one hundred per cent correct. So why in the world should he have been forced to resign over that? Evidently multiculturalism in NSW only goes so far. Jews are not welcome it seems, but Muslims will be embraced with open arms and bowed down to in total subservience.

I prefer what one commentator said about all this. His headline is spot on: “After throwing the Jew under the bus, NSW premier Mike Baird promises Eidolaters in Lakemba to be a good serf.” He went on to say, “All things considered, I find Premier Maike Baird’s brown nosing offensive and repugnant. You don’t go schmoozing with the enemy when our people are being murdered all over the world, in the name of Islam.”

Sadly, Baird thinks such appeasement and dhimmitude is the way to go, just like Obama in the US. And plenty of other examples of such craven dhimmitude on the part of Western leaders and politicians could be offered here.

As I said, an enemy can win in various ways. Letting the other side self-destruct in appeasement and surrender right before your very eyes is certainly one good way to succeed.

www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/27/statement-president-occasion-eid-al-fitr madworldnews.com/obama-thanks-muslims-building-fabric-nation/
www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/07/24/nsw-premier-fasts-to-mark-end-of-ramadan.html
www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/alhadeff-resigns-over-israel-email/story-fn3dxiwe-1227003254613
www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-28/baird-supports-crc-chariman-resignation/5628270
sheikyermami.com/after-throwing-the-jew-under-the-bus-nsw-premier-mike-baird-promises-eidolaters-in-lakemba-to-be-a-good-serf/

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23 Replies to “Dhimmitude in High Places”

  1. People love to pretend that they are experiencig multiculturalism when they eat curry and sushi while watching foreign films.

    The reality is that culture is values and actions, the product of worldviews. Either cultures are similar enough to coexist or they are not.

    Regarding Islam, where is the multiculturalism in the lands and nations that it rules over? There simply isn’t any because Islam cannot coexist with any other worldview, as its ongoing wa against Israel clearly demonstrates for anyone with eyes.

  2. Where are the good, decent, strong, courageous and morally upright leaders nowadays? I am seeing this trend of cowardly, stupid, minority pandering leadership played out everywhere, from public school prefect selections to POTUS level.

    If you speak the truth in any form,whether it be about gay marriage or Islam, you “cannot” be a true leader anymore.

  3. You may not know that Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s “spiritual advisor”, was himself a convert to Islam. He converted in his twenties in his twenties on a visit to Ghana while in the U.S. Navy. Jeremiah “God damn America” later became an adherent of BLT, (Black Liberation Theology) that is closely associated with Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam; both work towards the annihilation of the white race.

  4. I really thought he was different when he said he had a picture of Wilberforce on his wall as one of his political heroes. He is dishonouring the legacy of Wilberforce by what he said. Shameful.

  5. I heard someone say that multiculturalism is actually multi-cult-ism: a multitude of cults. Rather I think what we should be aiming for is multi-ethnic with one culture.

  6. Hi Bill,
    How did we get to this point of insanity? It’s “Political Correctness” gone mad? To think that our politicians can be so ignorant to the true nature of Islam is scary. As G.K.Chesterton once wrote “Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out.” They seriously need our prayers.

  7. Greetings Bill,
    It is so sad and scary that our supposed leaders seem not to be able to comprehend what is good and proper to support.
    That the NSW Premier seeks to throw a cloak of respectability over a religion that has as some of its main aims to subjugate Christianity and Christians, break down our nation as well as the Western system of politics and humanitarinism, could be said to be a dereliction of his position. Additionally, the fact that he purports to be a Christian, should mean that he would have at least some understanding of the differences between the Christian faith and the Muslim religion, as well as a unshakeable adherence to the former, not the latter. I approve of that G.K. Chesterton quote as offered up by Damian.

  8. Barrie Lyons – Mayor of Bendover city (COGB) – please read and try to understand!

  9. So Mike thinks it is Christian to support a religion that states Jesus was not crucified! What a sickening display of ‘brown nosing’, stupidity, dhimmitude, cowardice and dishonesty.
    The muslims must be praying to satan [a.k.a.] allah, to send a dhimmi spirit to infect our politicians!
    Bill, there are a lot of feisty Christians on your site. As an idea, why not focus their prayer power, at a specific time, say 12 noon on the Sabbath each week, to wage spiritual warfare on say Islam, the abortion industry, homosexual marriage, etc. Pick a topic for each Saturday. The prayer of agreement.

  10. This is difficult. While the ideology must be challenged I am not sure that lends itself to the conclusion that we cannot celebrate Eid with Muslims. I don’t see anything biblically wrong with what Mr Baird did.

  11. Thanks Mark. Of course it is biblically wrong. Start with 2 Cor. 6:14 among others. We cannot celebrate a faith which denies the very heart of Christianity (that God has a son who died on the cross and rose again). Would you join in a cult celebration, or a witchcraft celebration?

    And you obviously did not look at the link I provided on Ramadan and what it actually means. Are you really telling me Christians should celebrate a time when the killing of Christians is especially highlighted and encouraged? Christians need to be a whole lot more discerning and savvy here.

  12. Yes, Simon, food is often cited as an example of multiculturalism working in beautiful harmony. The reason for this is because pizza, curry and even SauerKraut is food created by God for nourishment of the body, though it comes in various specific forms which have been developed over time into unique dishes belonging to relatively isolated ethnic groups.
    All the other so called “cultural” content that is also associated with these groups often contains practices antithetic to the health of the soul and or spirit. It is these practices that the promoters of multiculturalism want to make us believe are just as valid and indeed beneficial as Christian values and the food is the smoke screen, the analogy they use, the bait if you like to make us swallow their lies. “See,” they say, “you don’t die from eating this food, therefore you also won’t die if you practice these other things”. However, the food they give us is food, not poison whereas many practices they want us to embrace are poison for the soul and life itself only on a delayed scale.
    Many blessings
    Ursula Bennett

  13. The premier’s ‘public fasting’ is reminiscent of the kind that the Pharisees did, and for which Jesus rebuked them.

    I almost hate to wonder this, but does ‘Dry July’ also fall into the same category (i.e. fasting for the sake of showing off)?

  14. Hi Bill,

    I want to preface my response by informing you that I have written a research paper focused on Islam and now serve amongst an unreached people in a place that is 99.9% Muslim. I know well what Ramahdan means and what it looks like within an Islamic context. We may not come to agreement but it is not based on lack of experience or reading!!

    I still want to make a distinction between the ideology and the people, and that therefore many “celebrations” that you may consider ideologically driven are in fact nothing more than cultural norms. So with Idul Fitri, for example, for most Muslims in my context this time is nothing more than a celebratory feast and time to visit family, friends and neighbours. A similar parallel would be how many people in the US and Australia celebrate Christmas and Easter without necessarily understanding the spiritual implications therein.

    Therefore, I maintain that we can in fact celebrate Eid-al-fitr with Muslims without necessary invoking support of the ideology traditionally behind the festival (which is what you implied). And as a matter of fact, it is one of the best times of the year to be able to share the gospel with Muslims.

    Regarding 2 Corinthians 6:14 I wasn’t sure if you were suggesting that celebrating anything with a Muslim is considered being “yoked” with them, or only celebrations that are part of the Islamic calendar (for example)? Would you, for example, eat a meal with a self-declared atheist (which is all eid celebrations really are)? Or would such be considered being yoked with unbelievers under your application? I certainly do not want to be disobeying Scripture so would appreciate how you see this text being applied across the spectrum.

  15. Thanks again Mark. Of course all this is part of the much broader discussion of contextualisation and the like. Simply put, we must distinguish between simple, non-compromising steps to befriend and reach non-Christians, and unbiblical and unhelpful compromise and capitulation. It is one thing to take anyone out for a cup of coffee, in the interests of befriending them and hopefully reaching them. Or inviting them around for a meal. Or going to the footy with them. But it is an altogether different matter of course to enter into the worship or celebrations or practices of a false religion, or an anti-Christian religion.

    As I asked you before (but still await a reply): Would you join in with a Satanist celebration or worship service, or one put on by JWs or Buddhists? That is called idolatry and syncretism and is condemned in hundreds of biblical passages.

    And whether some practitioners are unaware of what their own faith actually means and teaches concerning such celebrations, feasts, activities or religious practices is really immaterial here. Cluey Muslims know exactly what they mean, and they of course see Christian compromise in these areas as a clear sign of weakness, and of the superiority of Islam over all other religions. They exploit such appeasement to the max.

    But all this is part of the wider problem of interfaith dialogue. Christians naively think it is all an equal playing field, but Muslims know full well that it is just one-way traffic, with the aim to have Christians keep compromising, and watering down their beliefs, all the while Islamic beliefs are fully maintained and promoted. Thus they love interfaith dialogue because it fully plays into their hands. But I won’t repeat all my concerns about this here – see the 52 articles I have already penned on this: https://billmuehlenberg.com/category/interfaith-dialogue/

    And this post was of course not about Christian mission, contextualisation, and the like. It was about a man who is a politician first and foremost, and at best, a Christian secondarily. I doubt very much that his capitulation here had much to do with saving souls, but everything to do with getting votes and keeping folks in the electorate on side. It is all about politics, in other words, and not evangelism. His refusal to say a word about the global persecution of Christians by Muslims is also an indication of this.

    His claim to be a Christian while pushing decidedly anti-Christian agendas was of course a main reason for writing my article. And we have plenty of other indicators that he puts politics and political correctness first, and his own faith far further down the line. For example, when asked about his Government’s support for the “LGBTI” community of NSW, he replied: “In August this year the Gay Rugby World Cup, known as the Bingham Cup, is coming to Sydney. The Government will provide financial and in-kind support for up to 40 teams from 15 countries. Some 1,500 players and 10,000 spectators will flock to the event.” Glad to see he has his priorities right.

  16. Hi Bill.

    What you say is very true on many levels. I am happy to celebrate eid with my Muslim neighbours and friends in the same way I would celebrate the wedding of a family member who despised God and His purposes for marriage. I think we can celebrate certain events with non-Christians despite not adhering to their underlying or presuppositional purposes or meanings. But the grey areas are definitely difficult.

    With that in mind, I don’t approve of worshipping alongside Muslims, Satanists, Buddhists or whoever. I do attend Islamic functions at times, but primarily to pray for them and find opportunities to share Christ. Relationships are key to everything we do and if we avoided such events it would be very difficult to find and build genuine relationship with Muslim people!

    But I’m not sure we can make a direct equivalence between religious worship and a religious celebration, since the latter often involve very little, if any, worship elements, at least where I am. Again, the analogy of a wedding could be useful.

    Anyhow, I appreciate the discussion and I’ll be back in Melbourne later in the year. I only said my two cents since I do not object to Premier Baird participating in Eid celebrations. I’m not aware of his stance on other political issues (been away from home a few years) so I won’t make an uneducated comment.

    Perhaps we can have a chat face to face over a coffee? I would like that. I appreciate what you do for Australian culture and Christians in particular.

  17. I have attended an Eid feast as a guest of honour when I was a young teacher at a school with many Muslim students.

    What Baird said is disturbing – he has told the state’s Muslims they have a strong friend in government – See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/07/24/nsw-premier-fasts-to-mark-end-of-ramadan.html#sthash.yMYGAKUX.dpuf.

    and…“’And as I reflect on Ramadan, it just is a reminder of the need to protect that, to ensure we do everything we can to protect it. Ramadan holds special significance in the life of Muslim Australians. It is a time of spiritual reflection and asks members of the Islamic faith to fast between sunrise and sunset.“The focus and reflective nature of Ramadan supports our way of life, and is a timely reminder of the values we all share, including kindness, honesty, family and charity. These are values that contribute to the strength of our multifaith, and multicultural State, which the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government supports. I’d like to wish everyone observing the holy month, Ramadan Mubarak,” Mr Baird said.

  18. Mark – quick question: What do your Muslim friends say about the barbaric Islamic practices, such as forced child marriages, female beatings and subjugation, female genital mutilation, cruel, punishments, intolerance of other cultures and religions, implementation of Sharia law, etc etc. All of which are part of their ideology. Why do we not hear ‘moderate’ muslims protesting about these evils?

  19. Hi Malcolm.

    Great questions! I think an obvious answer for many is that they wouldn’t consider such practices “barbaric” in the first place. That is the problem, is it not? As part of the Ummah they adhere to the ethical stipulations therein, whether they understand the Sunnah of Muhammad or not. As a small example, I had a conversation with my neighbour a few days ago about the situation in Israel/Gaza. He asked why Australia wasn’t helping the Palestinians. When I asked him why the people of his nation did support the Palestinians, his response was typical, “well, they are Muslims. We must support he Muslims o fthe Ummah”. These people don;t differentiate like we do about geopolitics, history, etc. For them it is simply- Muslims support Muslims no matter what. Whether Hamas is a terrorist organisation is immaterial. WHat matter is the ummah! Now, carry that thought through your list of “objections” and you begin to see how a Muslim mind operates.

    Others would simply not be aware of the situations you outlined- a large portion of people in this area are uneducated farmers. I am often offered the young girls here as potential wives, despite the fact I am already married!

    A third reponse is different again. In our town, the haji’s (men who have been to Mecca) are well-known as operating and using the underage child prostitution racket. When we ask about it, everybody seems to know about the problem, but because these men are the “holy” people and considered important members of society, therefore to say anything negative about them would bring shame. It is percieved as a lesser evil to say nothing.

    That makes no sense to me, but in a deeply shame based society what is important is protecting one’s honour, not necessarily doing what is right. Saving face is an extremely important cultural value. Upsetting this system is worse that the crime itself!

    Finally, I think the fact that we ask such questions is a great thing, but you need to remember, that for a Muslim, asking questions is very shameful and disrespectful (mostly; that is not an absolute statement). To even hint that Muhammad did something “barbaric” would be unthinkable to them let alone to voice such an opinion publically.

  20. Mark – your reply does little to reassure me. In fact I am even more alarmed when you say that Muslims do not consider these actions barbaric and can not/ will not question them. “Ignorance is no excuse”. I f there is no hope of ‘moderate’ muslims controlling this evil, then all the more reason that Islam needs to stopped.

  21. Hi Mark – thanks again for your reply. I understand that Mecca is a holy place, and that Muslims are required to do a religious pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime. If this makes them holy, what sort of perverted religion allows its followers to return and operate a child prostitution ring. This confirms that Islam is pure evil, and tainting of our culture and society must be prevented at all costs. Islam is undefendable.

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