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Whatever Happened To Evil?

Sep 25, 2014

We no longer believe in evil it seems – at least in the Western world. Hardly anyone takes the concept seriously anymore. Until recently of course we did believe there was such a thing as evil, but now we think such concepts are too black and white and too judgmental. So we have basically just ditched the concept altogether.

This is not surprising of course; we have already ditched the concept of God and sin, so it follows naturally that we would ditch the idea of evil. Instead of real evil being done by evil people in the name of evil causes, we simply have people who have self-esteem issues, or a bad upbringing, or are “victims” of society.

islam 127And if a guy in the name of a eighth-century political ideology attempts to lop off the heads of police officers in Melbourne, and capture it all on film, well, this is not evil – maybe a bit misguided or a bit rash, but hey, who are we to judge anyway?

Indeed, our young terrorist is already being defended by plenty of clueless wonders in the mainstream media. Many media reports have of course ignored the obvious – that he was a devout Muslim acting as a Muslim in the name of Islam – pushing instead all sorts of other rationalisations and justifications.

A common excuse now being heard is he was just a poor love struck kid who had bad luck with a failed romance. Yeah right. The truth is, every day of the year plenty of teens break up with their loved ones, and guess what? They don’t go around looking to chop off the heads of police, capture it on film, and wrap an IS flag around the victims. It takes a special sort of political ideology to make people want to do something like that.

Yet our lamestream media peddles dopey stories like this, desperately trying to find a reason why a “good kid” went bad. Well, maybe this might have something to do with it: a kid from a Muslim home who goes to an Islamic school and attends Islamic mosques just might possibly have picked up some of these ideas there.

I mean, the concepts of slaying the infidel and imposing sharia law throughout the land have been mainstream Islamic teaching and practice for 1400 years now. Maybe that might have a little bit to do with explaining his actions. Or is that a bit too obvious?

But hey, our PC dhimmis in the MSM will bend over backwards every day of the week to defend Islam, make excuses for it, and shift the blame elsewhere. Consider an editorial in today’s Age which warns about “the path to tyranny”. Wow, you mean they are finally waking up to the threat of Islam? Um, no, not quite. The path to tyranny happens not to be Muslims seeking to behead people here, but Tony Abbott and his new terrorism laws! Yes you heard me right!

And of course our political leaders are trying to outdo one another to play down any hint that Islam might in any way be involved. For example, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine coughs up the usual silliness on this: “It is not about faith, it’s not about ethnicity, it is about the alleged behaviour of an individual”.

Yet in the very next breath he says this: “It’s absolutely critical that we give the faith community here in Victoria support, give them information, that we allow them to share their insights with us. It’s what kept Victoria safe for many, many years.”

OK, so which is it Denis? Is it a faith issue or is it not a faith issue? If it has absolutely nothing to do with Islam, why do you want to spend so much time with the Islamic community on this? Talk about speaking out of both sides of your mouth. Talk about being a clueless wonder.

And of course the Islamic community is also seeking to deflect all this, claiming it is not about Islam and it is really about Muslims being victimised! Indeed, the Muslim as victim mantra is being heard all over the place. ‘It isn’t our fault. The West has made us do this. We are really peaceful, but you guys are making us act this way.’

The Islamic Council of Victoria for example refuses to condemn Numan Haider, and actually said we should not brand him as a terrorist! Well, what should we brand him as? A secular tuba player? A Christian badminton expert? A Buddhist butterfly collector?

If a guy does acts of terrorism, then calling him a terrorist sounds pretty accurate to me. And if he does Islamic acts of Islamic terror in the name of Islam, then calling him an Islamic terrorist seems about right to me. How can we not brand him an Islamic terrorist? He is one!

Or consider the words of Sheikh Ustadh Mohammed Junaid Thorne: “This news has left the Muslim community in total shock and understood anger, as a normal young teen, 18 years of old, was killed by the Police who are supposed to be providing safety and security to the citizens of this country.” He calls him a “martyr” and claims the police murdered him!

Where are the Islamic leaders actually denouncing Numan Haider? Instead we have so many Muslim leaders and so many clueless dupes amongst our leaders, politicians and media harping on the brainless baloney about “alienation” and the like. As usual Andrew Bolt cuts through all this PC foolishness:

The Lebanese Muslim Association yesterday agreed Muslims were feeling marginalised and “picked on” and “root causes” here needed addressing. Our fault, then? That’s an excuse jihadists would want to hear. But how strange. We actually have about as many Buddhists as Muslims, yet only Muslims warn they are so “alienated” that we must expect terror attacks unless we change. This absurdly inflamed sense of victimhood — this blaming of non-Muslims — is now so common among Muslim leaders that we must conclude it is not just a misjudgment but a tenet of their ideology.

He continues;

And on the day we learned the Islamic State had beheaded a second US journalist, the Australian National Imams Council and Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohamed again blamed Abbott for creating radicals. “One of the main causative factor (sic) for local radicalisation in the West has been the western governments’ military involvement in the Middle East.”
And there was this warning: “If the Australian Government is serious about reducing the terror threat locally, then it must review its foreign policy decisions with regard to this region.” Yes, for our Muslim leaders it seems the root cause of Islamic terrorism is never Islam and always the West. And so often there’s the same implied threat: change or risk death — said either as a demand or prediction, depending on whether the speaker is an extremist or moderate.
Or as the Koran puts it: “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them” and “fight them until there is no more fitnah (disbelief) and worship is for Allah alone.” True, the Mufti yesterday insisted Islamist terrorism was nevertheless un-Islamic, an interpretation most Muslims would endorse and which we must hope will prevail. But shifting blame on to the police? On to Australia? The ICV has betrayed us, like too many Islamic leaders before.
What must we conclude? That their foolishness is talking — or their faith?

So, there is no such thing as evil – at least not Islamic evil. When Muslims do decidedly Islamic things in the name of Islam, this is not evil. It is simply victimisation. So if there is any evil in the world, it is the evil West which somehow causes Islamic terrorism.

OK, got that. Terrorists: good. Those concerned about terrorism: evil. Yep. Check. Move along – there is nothing for you to see here.

www.couriermail.com.au/news/romance-had-ended-for-teen-shot-dead-by-police-numan-haider-at-endeavour-hills-police-station/story-fnii5smp-1227069274991?nk=8f6c4c46cebaefbe535439ba47c894e4
www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-editorial/to-sacrifice-freedom-is-the-path-to-tyranny-20140924-3gixd.html
www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-terror-shooting-denis-napthine-warns-against-racism-singling-out-religions-20140924-10lal1.html
www.theage.com.au/victoria/dont-brand-melbourne-youth-a-terrorist-islamic-council-20140924-10l8v7.html

www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/extremist-muslim-calls-for-melbourne-terror-teen-to-become-a-martyr/story-fnihsrf2-1227069601548?nk=0f2f97ee8c1700e9a1f3ffbfd7d6f3f4
www.heraldsun.com.au/…/story-fni0ffxg-1227069362181

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11 Responses to Whatever Happened To Evil?

  • Muslim countries hang homosexuals, acid females, de-arm robbers, stone adulterers ect. So if terrorism was not a tenet of Islam, or it’s followers didn’t think so, then these governments would round up the so-called ‘minority terrorists’ [or at least those who advocate it] and kill them. They don’t, because most of their Muslim populations at the very least, are sympathetic to their cause. Thanks Bill.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/09/the_worldwide_rise_of_sadistic_political_pathology_.html

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/09/an_israeli_eye_on_the_islamic_state_and_iran.html

  • In the end, we will either repel Islam’s jihad on Western Culture, or not.

    If we do, those who hate us (some of our fellow Westerners) will continue to hate us and our “conservatism”.

    If we don’t repel jihad, those who hate us will be sorry. They may or may not continue to hate us and our “conservatism”.
    But it will almost be too late then.

    So if we protect them, they will hate us. If we don’t, it may well be too hard to reverse the effects of jihad and large enclaves of Sharia Law. At least the reversal might take decades/centuries of effort. We need to carry on regardless of those who want their own destruction.

    We must continue to interact with those who will listen, the Westerners who aren’t blind to reality, and the Muslims who are disenchanted with the violence of Qur’anic Islam.

    Many, having interacted in real life with Jesus, still rejected Him and went to their graves unrepentant. We get to share that position we Jesus; many will fight us and Jesus all the way to their graves.

    Tragic. Terribly tragic.

  • The worst misreporting of the Islamic terrorism and violence is when there are people just insisting that this is a scheme by the Government to distract us all from the Budget or similar. How stupid to people have to be to say that when the reality is staring them in the face?

    I only hope that there is a deep hard look at the failures of multiculturalism and migration and that we learn from the mistakes of Europe before it is too late.

  • Ok. it is now time for me to come out with it and ask what is multiculturalism? All these years of official multiculturalism and I haven’t had the first clue of what it is. Is there a definition? Are things really any different in Australia now because we have it? If we officially got rid of it tomorrow would we notice any difference? But there is one thing I am certain about, being that it was thought up by politicians wanting to get the votes of the migrants to this country, not about helping them fit into a new community.

  • Bill on Nation Wide Talkback the last few nights, and in the papers and on the TV also, I have never heard ‘moderate muslims’ ever ever define what a muslim ‘extremist’ is, nor have I heard anyone from government define one either.

    We should all demand publicly that a ‘moderate muslim’ publicly announce: “that a muslim extremist is one who does at the least, abuse HER daughter by having her ‘excitable bit’ cut or trimmed. And anyone who does so should be charged and sentenced under Australian Law. Preferably jailed.”

    See if these moderate muslims choose Australian law or sharia law. If they try to drag the chain or suggest that ‘it is complicated’ – accuse them of advancing sharia law by not abiding by the current Australian laws of the day. Then ask to see publicly another ‘moderate muslim’.

    The Federal police were quoted saying to the QLD courier mail about 18 months ago that they know exactly where in Indonesia that Australian and New Zealand muslim mothers take their daughters to.

    That will put a stop to the government turning a blind eye to sharia law. [I’m not saying the police are.]

  • Hi Bill, I don’t know if you have seen this email being sent to Christian friends asking for prayer? “A friend just got a text message from her brother asking her to shower him and his parish in prayer. He is part of a mission and ISIShas taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families – even if it means their own deaths. He is very afraid, has no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called him for some reason to be his voice and hands at this place at this time. Even so, he is begging prayers for his courage to live out his vocation in such dire circumstances. And like the children accept martyrdom if he is called to do so. She asked me to ask everyone we know to please pray for them. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance.

    She was able to talk to her brother briefly by phone. She didn’t say it but I believe she believes it will be their last conversation. Pray for her too. She said he just kept asking her to help him know what to do and do it. She told him to tell the families we ARE praying for them and they are not alone or forgotten — no matter what. Her e mail broke my heart. Please keep all in your prayers. Thanks

    This came this morning… Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.

    “We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it’s staff in Erbil . Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!”

    Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region. May I plead with you not to ignore this email.

    Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible. Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to your pastor and phone him/her to pray on Sunday during the service – making a special time of prayer for this. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.” George

  • Hi Bill, I did a little search on the prayer request and came up with this link matthiasmedia.com “Handling the urgent international prayer request”.
    It is not to deny that atrocities are not happening but we need to be careful about passing on things that may be third hand or out of context or not in the right time slot or place. Never the less, much prayer is needed for our brothers and sisters in Christ. For them it would seem the Great Tribulation has started. George.

  • We need to get rid of taxpayer money for the “our ABC” because they were the cheerleaders in getting Junaid Throrne back to Australia because he was being “repressed” by Saudi Arabia on terror related charges. Quite frankly the ABC is a threat to Australia and will destroy us from within. We need to get rid of these idiots from the taxpayer teat and make them fend for themselves in the marketplace.

  • Ian is correct, the taxpayer funded ABC has to go, or at least be totally overhauled sacking the likes of Mark Scott and the many other leftist extremists who dominate the ABC.

    The Left’s ABC is nothing more than a taxpayer funded propaganda outlet that rejects its charter on impartiality and balance and instead pushes the lies and hate from the Left, and the Muslim radicals it supports.

  • Do some of these people even believe that there is such a thing as evil, or do they naively believe that every human being is essentially good? You honestly have to wonder.

  • My prayers for all those families whose children have been murdered by ISIS because they will not renounce their Christian Faith The ABC will never highlight their plight.The ABC like Caesar’s wife should be above suspicion.For too long the ABC has pursued private political ends with public money

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