Multiculturalism and the Sharia Wars

The problem with what we see every day in our news headlines is that a lot of terrible things are not just happening overseas. For example, the demonic horror of IS has a home grown element to it as well. What we find occurring in the Middle East is partly being fed by things happening here, and vice versa.

So we need to have the big picture in view here. Can it be that Western policies of multiculturalism – no matter how well-intentioned the people were who first introduced them – may have been in fact contributing to the worldwide issue of jihad and terrorism?

islam 15Have we allowed the spread of a violent, oppressive and anti-democratic political ideology because of our misplaced notions of tolerance and just getting along? Has our constant push for multiculturalism in fact been a recipe for disaster?

Consider a few recent episodes of the ‘religion of peace’ at work both here and overseas. They demonstrate how our failed policies at home are exacerbating problems overseas. The first concerns a mind-boggling video which has come to light, showing Australian children being indoctrinated in the fine art of jihad. As one report states:

Shocking video has emerged showing children as young as six spouting anti-Western rhetoric and waving Islamic extremist flags in Sydney, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says. A Muslim youth group in the city’s southwest has been accused of indoctrinating young children after video surfaced from a performance in Lakemba last year. In the YouTube footage aired by the Seven Network, the four boys aged six to 13 wave flags, including the one used by Islamic State, and chant “You’re never too young to be a Soldier for Khilafa”. They call for US President Barack Obama to “go to Hell”, and say they want the head of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Ms Bishop says children should be playing in their playgrounds with friends and “not being enlisted by irresponsible adults to an ideology that preaches hatred against the country in which they live”. The Muslim Youth Project reportedly has links to Hizb ut-Tahrir, the radical group recently labelled “un-Islamic” and “un-Australian” by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Undoubtedly this is not the only pro-jihad propaganda aimed at children in Australia. And it goes a long way towards explaining why so many Australian Muslims are heading overseas to fight with IS. We look for reasons why these youth might be getting radicalised. Um, I think the above episode makes it pretty clear why this is happening.

So now Australian security officials are revising upwards their estimates of how many overseas jihadists there are from Australia:

Security officials say there could be as many as 250 Australians fighting with or supporting Islamic State. The figure dwarfs the government’s most recent official tally of about 70 Australians in the conflict zone and another 100 at home supporting the Muslim extremist terrorists.
United Nations counter-terrorism expert Richard Barrett said Australian Secret Intelligence Service staff revealed the figure during a private meeting with other security and intelligence officials in April. Mr Barrett told the Herald Sun the Australian Government had revised its figures over time and while the numbers might change it was the risk each fighter posed when they got home which was the greatest concern.

These sorts of episodes are causing many to rethink their previous gung-ho support for multiculturalism. A recent lengthy article by Greg Sheridan is a case in point. He was once an avid fan of all things multicultural, as for example he wrote about in 1966:

There is nothing in multiculturalism that could cause any worry to any normal person. Multiculturalism officially promotes an overriding loyalty to Australia, respect for other people’s rights and Australian law, recognition of people’s cultural origins, respect for diversity, the need to make maximum economic use of the skills people bring to Australia and equity in access to government services.

Well, reality has a way of breaking onto our cloudy and rather deluded thinking, and the radical moves of stealth jihad in Australia has forced Sheridan to have a change of mind about these matters. So he writes about “How I lost my faith in multiculturalism”. He begins:

In 1993, my family and I moved into Belmore in southwest Sydney. It is the next suburb to Lakemba. When I first moved there I loved it. We bought a house just behind Belmore Sports Ground, in those days the home of my beloved Bulldogs rugby league team. Transport was great, 20 minutes to the city in the train, 20 minutes to the airport. On the other side of Belmore, away from Lakemba, there were lots of Chinese, plenty of Koreans, growing numbers of Indians, and on the Lakemba side lots of Lebanese and other Arabs.
That was an attraction, too. I like Middle Eastern food. I like Middle Eastern people. The suburb still had the remnants of its once big Greek community and a commanding Greek Orthodox church. But in the nearly 15 years we lived there the suburb changed, and much for the worse.
Three dynamics interacted in a noxious fashion: the growth of a macho, misogynist culture among young men that often found expression in extremely violent crime; a pervasive atmosphere of anti-social behaviour in the streets; and the simultaneous growth of Islamist extremism and jihadi culture. This is my story, our story and the story of a failed policy.

He continues:

A senior policeman from nearby Bankstown once told me that policing in the Bankstown area was unlike working anywhere else in Australia, and he was amazed how much violent crime went unreported by the media. Does Islam itself have a role in these problems? The answer is complex and nuanced but it must be a qualified, and deeply reluctant, yes.
This is the only explanation consistent with the fact other immigrant communities, which may have experienced difficult circumstances in the first generation, don’t display the same characteristics in the second generation. But there is a deeper reason as well. As the great scholar of Islam, Bernard Lewis, has written: “The community of Islam was church and state in one, with the two indistinguishably interwoven.”
This isn’t just a theoretical observation. It means that imams at mosques tend to be preaching about politics, and doing so from a cosmology deeply influenced by paranoia and conspiracy. Many Australian Islamic institutions receive funding from Saudi Arabia, but I know from my work in Southeast Asia and Europe that the Saudis almost always fund an extremist interpretation of Islam. To have concerns about these matters is not racism or xenophobia. It is reasonable.
It may also be that when young men of Islamic background experience failure and alienation they are much more readily prone to entrepreneurs of identity who offer them purpose through the jihadi ideology, which has a large overlap with what they hear at the mosque and what they see on Arabic TV. This is simply not true for Buddhists or Confucians or Sikhs or Jews or Christians, and to pretend so, to make all religions seem equal, is to simply deny reality.

He notes how things have gotten so bad in Europe that a major turnaround is taking place:

In France, recent polls put National Front leader Marine Le Pen ahead of all other contenders for the French presidency. The National Front is a traditionally far-right extreme group, with an inheritance of anti-Semitism. It has recently ditched the anti-Semitism and now stands primarily against Muslim immigration and Islamic influence in France.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said recently Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society had failed completely. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron recently denounced European-style multiculturalism, saying: “We have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream. We’ve failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We’ve even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run completely counter to our values.”
France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy has agreed with Cameron and Merkel, that multiculturalism is a complete bust, as has Spain’s former leader, Jose Maria Aznar. Britain’s former prime minister Gordon Brown said shortly before he lost office that 75 per cent of terror plots in Britain came from Pakistan or had a direct Pakistani connection. There are 800,000 Pakistanis living in Britain.
Across Europe, anti-Muslim parties are gaining electoral strength. They are often described as anti-immigration parties but in truth they have little complaint about immigrants other than Muslim immigrants. Switzerland has banned minarets. Even Sweden has an anti-Islam party.
All this is happening in Europe, the most liberal continent on earth, in the face of furious opposition from the liberal elite, who regard it as racist and, worse, incipient fascism, leftover colonialism and every other kind of -ism you can imagine.

Well, here is one guy who gets it. And it is good to see many European leaders finally waking up as well. But we need many more Australian leaders to now do the same. Or do we need more videos of six-year-olds being taught the fine art of bloody jihad before they start to wake up?

www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/julie-bishop-calls-is-indoctrination-video-shocking/story-fnj3rq0y-1227106957954
www.news.com.au/national/victoria/security-officials-fear-as-many-as-250-aussies-could-be-fighting-or-supporting-islamic-state-terrorists/story-fnii5sms-1227109002025
www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/how-i-lost-faith-in-multiculturalism/story-fn59niix-1226031793805?nk=2bd3581d26c03a4fd88e80418b0a4bb4

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19 Replies to “Multiculturalism and the Sharia Wars”

  1. It’s not just a matter of Islam entering our societies, but also a matter that everything else is expected to leave it.

    Pork and bacon are being removed more and more from public places. Due to ‘offence’ being taken by those who don’t actually eat it!

    We can’t wear The Cross on clothes in workplaces due again to ‘offence’ being taken, but at the same time ‘head scarfs’ are being accepted into the workplace.

    …….Christmas carols….the list of Muslim tyranny and government appeasement goes on and on and on…….

    How’s this for England?:

    “……Theresa May, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans last month for so-called Extremism Disruption Orders[EDO’s], which would allow judges to ban people deemed extremists from broadcasting, protesting in certain places or even posting messages on Facebook or Twitter without permission.

    ……He added: “How many times a day do intellectually lazy political activists accuse their opponents of ‘spreading hatred’?

    “The left does it, the right does it, liberals do it, conservatives do it, it is routine.

    “Hand a judge a file of a thousand Twitter postings accusing this atheist or that evangelical of ‘spreading hatred’ and they could easily rule that an EDO is needed……”

  2. Far left Liberals accuse any anti-Islam thinking as necessarily right-wing extremism (“Islamaphobia”). It is an irrational perspective.

    Its my contention that if we can’t have an honest and balanced discussion about these matters, you will see the emergence of radical right-wing groups (neo-nazi).

    Europe is a case in point; they have long stood idle to the growing and dangerous influence of Muslim populations and ideology. Is it any wonder Europe also has a growing neo-nazi movement, since European politicians have failed to address the problem. Only now are some taking notice, but the damage has been done, and Islam is a stronghold.

    The problem with the left is any criticism of Islam is deemed bigotry, so they have the audacity to lump any and ever conservative, right of centre is the same camp as neo-nazism. They have no ability to think rationally or they willfully choose not to.

    Islam is proving to be the single most dangerous religion to a civilised society.

  3. Across Europe governments are declaring multiculturalism a failed experiment and one that’s led to social disorder. Australian children in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s were constantly taught the benefits of multiculturalism and multicultural perspectives in school and it was frowned upon if you questioned it!

    Here is a similar article… http://www.smh.com.au/comment/a-suburb-that-i-used-to-know-20130318-2g9w1.html

    Sydney is bearing the brunt of too much migration.

  4. When are we going to be accepting enough to include the wonderful Nazi culture in our multiculturalism? Imagine all the beautiful stone architecture, the effective neighbourhood watch policies, the friendly police force, the progressive genetic enhancement/elimination programs, and the energetic government housing. And what about the glorious Aztec culture with their colourful body paint, enchanting religious practices, and delicious human cuisine?

    If only we could embrace all cultures…

  5. Not only the 250 Australian jihad fighters in and for the IS is the worry, but the thousands upon thousands of non-jihadist Muslims that sympathise and agree with IS and the likes. According to Geert Wilders 2/3 of the Muslims in the Netherlands are sympathetic to IS, and that is probably the same all over Europe including the UK.

  6. The current problems were entirely preventable, but anybody who (correctly) predicted the outcome was labeled a raaacist! And still is. The people defending Islamic migration don’t live in Lakemba. We have to stop it now.

  7. I had an Islamic Taxi driver attempting to convert me a couple of weeks ago. He kept telling me how well Muslim women are treated (as if!), and how very tolerant and lovely the whole concept of Islam is. He then went on to say how we all believe in Abraham etc. until he came to Jesus – “We believe that He was a very great prophet”. He shut up completely when I replied “I believe that Jesus is the Son of God”. This cemented in me that telling the truth about Jesus is the best defence we have against Satan in this world.

  8. Bill:

    This is an excellent article. With my assistant editor’s concurrence And your agreement I would like to give it some additional “air” through our international magazine – Contending EARNESTLY for THE Faith (CETF).

    We will comply with your requirements.

    Please advise ASAP.

    Well done. Keep up the good work.

    In Christ,

    Philip L. Powell.

  9. I read last week of an application to have a mosque built in Penrith. I was also surprised to learn recently that Penrith is a predominantly Anglo-Celtic demographic, despite the ‘diversity’ of their immediate neighbours.

    There is only one reason to build a mosque in a neighbouring suburb that is of an Anglo-Celtic persuasion. This is a beach head for invasion and I do not envy those currently living in Penrith if the mosque is allowed to proceed.

  10. We are staring at the build up to a world wide war, the Clash of Civilisations that many of the elite said wouldn’t happen. There is no reasonable way out. Islam closed its mind to reason about 900 years ago when the school which wanted to follow the route of adopting Greek philosophy was defeated by those who advocated following the Koran & Muslim texts alone. See Robert Reilly’s book on The Closing of the Muslim Mind. Tragically the followers of Muhammad only recognise force as the ultimate authority and promises to ‘infidels’ don’t have to be kept.

  11. Not that I ever watch Q&A on ch 2 cos of its obvious extreme bias against biblical Christianity but I saw the ad for tonite and it’s set in Bankstown… where there are many muslims. Wonder how appeasing Tony Jones etc will be tonite..I’d like to surprised but don’t count on it.

  12. and the Left still think it`s too early to make a call on our (Aust) multiculturalism versus theirs (Europe), oh well, the left will keep rearranging the deck chairs to look another way.

  13. Would people be surprised to learn that the propaganda spouted on video by six-year-olds recently was probably financed indirectly by themselves?
    Many Australian producers have been coerced into paying halal certification fees to meet demands imposed by Islamic organisations. These costs are then passed on to consumers.
    The proceeds from the fees collected, we are told, are used for ‘educational’ purposes; presumably to shoot videos such as those we have seen.
    When it is realised that the practice of halal certification is a world-wide phenomenon, you may conclude that considerable sums of money are involved.

  14. Christians today are asleep, the rocking cradle of the pulpit has certainly rocked the Christians to sleep sleep.Jesus said that all the Virgins 10 slept and Slumbered.Today there needs to be a crier in the Church to awaken so called Christians to the reality of what is taking place in our world. Every Religion is controlled by a Spirit. Prayer releases the Holy Spirit’s Power to convict people of Sin.

  15. We can win this!
    I, like, I guess most of you who read Bills material pretty much live with the thoughts of what we can do in our area of influence to defeat Islam. It has dominated my prayer life and “used” to dominate my social life.
    So it is always uplifting to read about folk especially leaders waking up. Bill a quick thanks. Winston C said “We shall fight them on the beaches we shall fight them on the shores. We shall never surrender”. Thanks for that same spirit and leadership. Ever steady before God.
    We must all, especially those who lead, even in the smallest ways find our inbred Anzac Spirit. and not shy away from the fight. We must inspire others to find this in there belies.

    Ultimately the victory is ours. “If God is for us. Who can be against us”.

    So Brothers and Sisters lets rejoice..WE ARE SO LUCKY so lucky. Our strength, guidance and salvation comes not from a system based on fear. But from the one to whom Islam will bend its knee. “our Father” Who calls all to repentance and Salvation Eternal.

    Here is one reason why we can win.
    I knew of “The Rise Up Australia Party”. But I have recently “discovered” where they are coming from re multiculturalism/ Islam. There appears to be is a deep understanding of Islam within the party and consequently an effective plan to deal with it.

    A PARTY WELL SUPPORTING AT THIS TIME is my view.

    Bill if you have time I would appreciate your take on this party.

    John Shenton

  16. On the 7.30 report last Thursday night, on the ABC, a young Muslim preacher Junead(?) Thorne from WA, speaking to a group of young Muslims said, “Your sisters are being raped by Jews and Christians.” When Lee Sales asked him if he really believed that, he evaded the question with a bit of a laugh. He also said he agreed with some of the things ISIS were doing, but not all. How many young Muslims are being indoctrinated by these lies to incite terror?

  17. The current Prime Mionister of England is the best since Chamberlain.

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