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Islam: When Will We Learn?

Jan 9, 2015

I have written plenty about the Paris jihad attack already. And I have written plenty about Islam in general: if you read just one of my pieces each day it will take you a full year to read them all. And I will keep on writing about the menace of this bloodthirsty political ideology until I am prevented from doing so, either by dhimmi PC cowards in the West, or by the Islamists themselves.

We lost a dozen lives a few days ago – those who were willing to critique this ‘religion of peace’. Many others have been cut down by followers of this demonic religion. And many more will be. That in part explains why so few voices are actually boldly standing up to the Islamofascists and declaring truth.

islam 100I salute all those who do have the courage and the resilience to stand against this death cult. Others have since spoken out about this latest Islamic outrage. They do a good job of describing the war that we are in. To simply share large hunks of their writing is a worthwhile exercise here.

So let me simply feature three of them from here and abroad. I start with American commentator Matt Walsh who offers a few home truths about the war we are in, and the fact that “Islam is the Most Violent Religion in the World”:

Hopefully we soon come in contact with a dictionary, or any book actually, because if we do we’ll see that a “fundamentalist” is simply someone who follows the fundamentals of a religion. Saying that “Islam isn’t the problem; fundamentalist Islam is the problem” is the same as saying “Islam isn’t the problem; the basic, fundamental nature of it is the problem,” which is the same as saying “Islam isn’t the problem; Islam is the problem.”
And although it might make us feel better to assume that no culture and no religion carries its own unique flaws and pitfalls, the fact remains that Christians and Jews are not often found brutalizing innocent civilians in the name of their religion. And if such an anomaly were to occur, it would be quite easy to tell that the murderous Christian is not a fair representative of his Creed. After all, his Savior spoke rather extensively about the need for peace and mercy. His Savior also wasn’t a militant figure in His own right, killing infidels and taking child brides along the way.
Rather, our Savior told us to turn the other cheek, and that’s what Christians have consistently done. They were pursued, captured, beaten, killed, and made into lion’s food for 300 years before they finally emerged as a dominant religion. If Christianity is inherently violent, it would have been born in violence and spread through violence, but it wasn’t. Unlike Islam.
These are the simple facts, and I’ve pretty well had my fill of these friendly people, with their polite ways, who are so terribly tolerant that they feel like they have to pretend that, somehow, mysteriously, the impression every rational human being on Earth has — that Islam is more violent than other religions — is off-base. They can’t explain why it’s off-base, they can only offer some trite platitude about how the violent Muslims are not “true” Muslims.
Bull crap, you cowards. There is disagreement about the “true” nature of every religion. Put 100 Christians of different denominations in a room and they’ll argue over virtually every aspect of their faith. What they won’t do, however, is debate whether they’re supposed to be out killing cartoonists, shooting up schools, murdering soldiers at the Canadian parliament, or taking hostages at a cafe in Sydney. Only one religion has to even entertain that discussion. And that, to me, clearly indicates some very serious and inherent flaws.
And, please, don’t tell me that Muslims tend to be violent because they’re a historically oppressed people. All religions have been oppressed at one time or another, but Muslims have also always controlled wide swaths of the globe. Ever hear of the Ottoman Empire? And don’t try to work the Crusades into this conversation, unless you want to prove my point for me. The Crusades were waged against Muslim aggressors after several hundred years of persecution at the hands of Arabic forces. The Crusades were a war of defense, sparked, as usual, by Muslim conquest.
No, there’s no way around this. Islam is more violent than any religion that’s ever existed anywhere.
We have to face that fact. Muslims especially have to face it.
And then we can take the next step, whatever that is.

Closer to home, Australian writer Rita Panahi gets right to the point:

The time for weasel words and treading on eggshells is over. We owe it to the growing number of victims to open our eyes and acknowledge the unmistakable reality that radical Islam and Western values cannot coexist peacefully.
These extremists despise our way of life; our freedom, openness and diversity are an affront to their despotic, backward attitudes.
We must stop pretending that these incidents have nothing to do with Islam. They quite clearly have everything to do with extremist Islam and the sooner we admit this truth the better we can work to protect our people and values from this ever-present scourge.
Islamic extremism is a global problem that moderate, peaceful Muslims need to unconditionally condemn and help solve instead of engaging in games of deflection.
The viciousness of these subhuman savages was on display on the streets of Paris as they walked up to an injured policeman lying helpless on the ground and shot him dead at point-blank range without missing a step. It mattered not that Ahmed Merabet was himself a Muslim. They didn’t care that his arms were raised in surrender; he was shown no mercy.
These are not people who can be reasoned with or counselled into adopting our values of humanity, tolerance and liberty. We in the West must stop blaming ourselves for these acts of brutality. There are those among us, the so-called “progressives”, who seek to explain the behaviour of terrorists by pointing the finger at the victims.

And another American, Bruce Thornton, provides some fitting words in conclusion:

The truth is, many Muslims see the whole Western political order as radically different from––and in their view, inferior to––that of Islam. The cultural cargo of human rights, tolerance of confessional diversity, individual autonomy and self-determination, and political freedom is incompatible with the traditional Islamic doctrine that a divinely bestowed shari’a law is the only legitimate social-political order that can create the best life in this world, and ensure the enjoyment of paradise in the next.
But this truth about Islam’s conflict with liberal democracy––a truth documented in 14 centuries of Islamic history and doctrine, and supported by majorities of Muslims worldwide–– is repeatedly denied by Western governments and intellectuals….
This country’s responsibility is to protect our citizens and interests, and to do that we must awake from our delusional slumbers. We must stop apologizing for our alleged historical crimes, stop the self-censorship and agonizing over the hurt feelings of those trying to kill us, stop peddling “religion of peace” fairytales, and stop indulging the “profiling” angst and Islamophobia canard. Most important, we must start basing our policies on truth and common sense, and start taking action to defend our political principles like freedom, individual rights, and tolerance, rather than just talking about them.

Yes, all the free and democratic nations in the West need to wake up and start getting some resolve to deal with the greatest enemy we currently face. If we don’t, we will not be around for much longer to offer anything of value to our children and grandchildren – nothing but slavery, death and misery.

www.theblaze.com/contributions/islam-is-the-most-violent-religion-in-the-world-but-lets-keep-calling-it-peaceful-anyway/
www.couriermail.com.au/news/radical-islam-and-western-values-cannot-coexist-peacefully/story-e6freon6-1227178804093?nk=20609c6e225d69ec20d51f9a5d33c3cd
www.frontpagemag.com/2015/bruce-thornton/when-will-we-wake-up/

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23 Responses to Islam: When Will We Learn?

  • Hi Bill, Can you recommend any other Australian journalists / bloggers that might have discernment as a gift? I read a lot from Britain and the US but Australia just seems so liberal and there is a definite lack of critical journalism – the silence is deafening. Who do you read? Thanks,

  • Thanks Robin. There are a few in Australia, chief of whom would be Andrew Bolt.

    But most of the folks I follow are in the US or the UK. We need more here.

  • Most of the West seem entirely ignorant of the 25,000 islamic terrorist attacks in the last 14 years and Western media make zero mention of this reality.

    If people can’t recognise this even as it happens, then nations rallying behind antichrist is entirely foreseeable.

    When antichrist appears, the media will champion him right up until the day he exposes his true nature in a way that nobody can deny.

    I believe he will be the Caliph of a future Caliphate and just as they do now, the media will protect Islam right up until the point where nobody can deny Islam’s true nature anymore.

  • Here here Bill.

    And I heard on the news a short time ago the French President saying something like, “this is about terrorism, not religion”

    The mind boggles!

    Nick Davies

  • Hi Robin and Bill. Andrew Bolt is great on this issue. As is Miranda Devine and Chris Kenny. For what it’s worth, I have blogged a couple of posts on this issue since the Sydney siege. Agree, we need more calling it for what it is. Cheers, Dom

  • So when will Western governments realise that it’s time they do declare war on Islam?

  • Don’t forget Tim Blair as another good Australian commentator on this issue:

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/

    But for truly world-class analysis of the threat of Islam, we are blessed here in Australia to have Anglican Minister Mark Durie:

    http://blog.markdurie.com/

    Mansel Rogerson

  • Yes, yes, and yes! All three quotes are spot on.

    What baffles me most is that the “friendly people”, as Matt Walsh labeled them, are feeding and nurturing the very beast that when set free will joyfully destroy them.

    It is so upside-down and separated from reality, that I at times question whether the rise of Islam (and more specifically- its acceptance) is not divinely appointed as judgement by the One true God.

    David

  • This was a spot on commentary by Hirsi Ali on the ABC last night. This is where all leaders should take note

    AYAAN HIRSI ALI, AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST: “Well, first, I feel like a broken record, because for the last 13 years I have been saying the same thing over and over again. There is a strain in Islam that is political, that is inspired by the Koran and the Prophet Muhammad that is expanding over our globe. It’s not limited to this continent or that continent, this country or that country, this community or that community. It’s all over the place and that we must acknowledge this.

    JANE HUTCHEON: When you say we must acknowledge this, this link between violence and radical Islam, how should this practically be done?

    AYAAN HIRSI ALI: Islam is not only a religion; part of it is politics. The important part, the most important part of Islam is politics. So first of all, I want us to digest that, which is very difficult to digest, but I think the inhabitants of Sydney now know that. And once we digest that, then we have to say, “OK, here’s what we – when it comes to military power, what the enemy has, we are far more powerful. When it comes to police power and resources and money, we have more than they have.” Where they’re defeating us is in our – and this is self-censorship for those of us who love life. The men and women who love death and who choose death, where they’re defeating us right now is in the battlefield of ideas.”

  • The crux of the matter is the fundamentally wrong secular view of equality irrespective of morality. If people had respected the culture we have been handed down they would not have treated citizenship so lightly and these problems would not have occurred. Jesus said to the woman from Canaan:-

    Mat 15:26 … It is not good to take the children’s bread and to throw it to dogs.

    How very politically incorrect of Him to call the Canaanite woman a dog. It was not until the woman showed her faith that she received her miracle. This is a very good example of how we too should treat citizenship. We just can’t continue undervaluing citizenship and giving it to people who hate us, our culture and our Christian heritage. This is just more evidence that secular ideas have to come up to the mark before we can accept them.

    Meanwhile the ABC and secular, liberal media keep pushing the “lone wolf” nonsense..

  • Thank you so much Bill for your excellent articles.
    We, as Australians, greatly value our freedoms, including our freedom of religion. Present day Islam, or Islamism, is using this as a weapon to win supremacy. How is it possible that this freedom is extended to a “religion” that makes it mandatory for all serious followers of Islam to convert or kill all who are not Muslims and do not want to become Muslims, with the only other possible alternative to become dhimmies, that is, second class humans paying heavy special taxes? Isn’t it time for Western governments to realise that Islam, in its classic form, cannot be tolerated in its midst, as extending religious freedom to Islam is giving it a licence to kill? I can guess your answer.

  • There seem to be a few more little lights of truth shining in the media in the last couple of days, but they are still overwhelmed by nonsensical comments by people who can’t see the evil hawks flying around because they are behaving like ostriches.

  • Thanks Bill for continued comment – I suppose the comment in media will shift from Lone wolf attacks to some lone wolves joining at random or something to dilute to attacks to a lesser type.

  • Totalitarian technique remains unaltered. Commit an atrocity. Excite local reaction against ‘fellow believers/nationals & so leave them with the alternative of endorsing, if only by silence, the atrocities or enduring local reaction.
    Little wonder the silence of ‘co-religionists’ is almost palpable.

  • Thanks all for suggestions of good bloggers. It’s great to know there are others who share my views.

  • I note that there has been another ‘lone wolf’ attack in Nigeria – by Boko Harem – where a mere 2,000 people have been killed in 2 days by these ‘radical Islamists’ who supposedly have nothing to do with Islam!

  • I listened to our Foriegn Minister wax lyrical about the situation in France and terrorism on the 3AW morning program yesterday. The words “Islam” and “muslim” never once passed her politically correct lips. It is a dire situation indeed when our potitical leaders refuse to call a “spade” a “spade”.

  • Bill, I notice that no-one has picked up this anomaly in Rita’s piece:

    “Islamic extremism is a global problem that moderate, peaceful Muslims need to unconditionally condemn and help solve instead of engaging in games of deflection.”

    Sadly Rita still thinks that there is a distinctive stream of moderate, non-extremist Islam. But the other pieces demonstrate that this is not so – there is Islam and only Islam, and it does NOT separate the religion from the politics.

    So the “decadent West” in Islamic eyes refers to both the liberal democratic political structures and the associated freedoms (definitely argue against that), and to our religious heritage in Judaism and Christianity (both hated), along with the evident slackness of our liberal denominations (can’t argue with that).

  • I totally agree that Islam is a dangerous religion that both Muslims need to get out of (and find Jesus is the only true Lord And Saviour) and non-Muslims need to avoid (although Christians are called to witness to the lost, including Muslims).

    While I support western values around freedom of association, speech and beliefs, at the same time I also believe that the West has irreparably bought itself down to the grave through the killing not of just 12 people or hundreds of thousands of people, but hundreds of millions of unborn babies. The societies in which we inhabit is also the same culture of death. They are both sides of the same coin inspired by satan himself.

    We need to defend Christian values both in the West and the East, and show the anti-God values on display in Islam and in abortion.

  • There’s also Sydney based Tim Blair to be listed among the Australian media commentators who tell the truth about Islam.
    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/

  • Dear Bill, Thank you for the article. What strikes me most is the hypocrisy of millions who can come out on the streets in so called defence of free speech because a newspaper office and journalists have been attacked and killed. Quite a different response to that of news [only casually mentioned on the MSM] of Christian people being attacked and killed whilst quietly worshipping in churches in other parts of the world.The MSM is no friend of Christianity.It believes in freedom but without responsibility and it is reaping what it has sown. As for the French people they have abandoned their Catholic religion, put up with unrestrained Muslim immigration and embraced secularism as if it were something marvelous so what do they expect from fundamental Islamists in their midst? The next thing is right wing extremism which is just as bad.Hope these comments are useful.

  • Hi Bill,

    Thanks for your article. I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now, when I started to notice the halal food industry had just crept up on us and noone had noticed. I’d also like to suggest Bernard Gaynor as another who will call a spade a spade – from a political sense at least.

    If a leader was to really stand up against the onslaught of Islamic spread in this country, would they have the vote? No and no. Any leader would be howled down by the majority, who for the most part, have never picked up a copy of the qu’ran (or the bible) and critically analysed the teaching of both. You cannot separate violence from the movement of Islam. You cannot. It is woven though the book like a thread.

    It is only through Christ that we have an end to the brutality and bloodshed appearing in the Old Covenant!

  • Australians on this topic:

    Andrew Bolt is exceptional. Another one is Bernard Gaynor. Bernard is a returned service personnel with a number of tours of Iraq and Afghanistan as an Intelligence office. He resides in QLD with his family and has his own website. He will be a guest speaker this weekend 04/04/2015 at the Brisbane Reclaim Australia rally.

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