Muslims, Morality and Multiculturalism
I have said it before and will say it again: multiculturalism can only work if there is a shared set of values and a common, cohesive social understanding. If guests to a host nation refuse to agree with the beliefs and ideals of a nation, then this is not multiculturalism but an invitation to chaos and discord.
Without genuine attempts at assimilation and integration there can be no successful multiculturalism. And sadly the record in the West of Islamic integration has not been very good. While some Muslims do their best to embrace our values and ideals, many sadly do not.
And that is where we are getting into all sorts of trouble. But there are far too many Westerners aiding and abetting all this. Far too many of our political leaders, elites and media commentators have taken the line that we are being “racist” and “Islamophobic” if we insist that Muslims coming here adhere to some of our core values and beliefs.
We have given them a free pass to bring their anti-democratic, theocratic, misogynist and archaic worldview without demanding that they make any concessions or even seek to fit in with Western culture. Thus our dhimmi elites are as much a part of the problem as are immigrants who refuse to fit in and adopt Western values.
Examples of this are never ending. Here are just some I have collected over recent years:
“Muslim taxi drivers refuse blind fares with ‘unclean’ guide dogs”
July 17, 2008
“Some Muslim taxi drivers [in Queensland] are refusing to carry blind and disabled passengers with guide dogs – because their religion tells them the animals are ‘unclean’.”
“Man in Sydney court over ‘sharia law’ lashing”
July 19, 2011
“A Sydney man has appeared in court accused of helping to whip a victim with a cable as part of a religious punishment for drinking. Police allege he was one of four men who broke into a unit at the weekend and restrained a 31-year-old man who was lashed 40 times with a cable.”
“Scared Muslim let off police shooting”
September 9, 2011
“A Muslim terror suspect who wounded a policeman in a gunfight escaped conviction on serious shooting charges after a judge found ‘anti-Muslim sentiment’ made him fear for his safety.”
“Muslim women not used to drinking walk free after attack on woman”
December 6, 2011
“A gang of Somalian women who repeatedly kicked a young woman [from Leicester] in the head walked free from court after a judge heard they were ‘not used to being drunk’ because they were Muslim.”
“Are Aussies too biased to try this Muslim man?”
May 9, 2012
“Ismail Belghar is believed to be the first Muslim in Australia to be granted a judge-only trial on the grounds that a jury may be biased because of his religious beliefs.”
“Muslim abuser who ‘didn’t know’ that sex with a girl of 13 was illegal is spared jail”
January 25, 2013
“A Muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless.”
“Dallas CAIR Director: ‘Muslims Are Above the Law of the Land’.”
March 4, 2013
“‘If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land,’ said Mustafa Carroll.”
“Man charged after ‘marrying’ girl, 12”
February 7, 2014
“A man who was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl has told police that he married the child in a religious ceremony in NSW this year, police say.”
“Islamic teacher who sexually abused girl, 11, as he taught her the Koran spared jail because his wife doesn’t speak English”
March 18, 2014
“Preston Crown Court was told Maknojioa had been engaged by the children’s parents in 2012 to teach them about the Islamic faith up to three times a week at their home in Lancashire.”
“Muslims Do Not Want To Be Touched By UK’s Sniffer Dogs As They Are ‘Spiritually Unclean’”
September 30, 2014
Muslims consider dogs to be “spiritually unclean.” They want no dogs as part of airport security, even if it tends to limit the jobs of the guards, according to a British Transport Department report.
There are plenty more such examples that can be mentioned here. As can be seen, some of these involve Muslims assuming they can bring their anti-Western values and laws into the West, while others involve clueless Westerners allowing them to get away with this.
This is not how true multiculturalism works. This is how we destroy a society by allowing radically competing moral, social and even legal codes to coexist. That is a recipe for disaster. And consider the latest shocking case of this:
Muslim youth who have been charged with terrorism offences or targeted in recent counter-terrorism raids are merely teenagers being teenagers, a university lecturer has told an Islam conference.
Psychcentral NSW’s Hanan Dover said the young men, arrested in the counter-terrorism raids following the shooting death of NSW Police employee Curtis Cheng and previous raids across Sydney and Melbourne, were targeted because of their natural teenage way of “acting out” and that their normal “teenage speak” was being criminalised.
Ms Dover, who is an adjunct lecturer of religion at Western Sydney University and a community psychologist, yesterday defended the young men charged with terrorism on a discussion panel at the 2nd Australasian Conference on Islam Radicalisation and Islamophobia, claiming they had been treated unfairly.
Oh, so killing police, planting bombs, and decapitating folks – all in the name of Allah – is just normal teenage behaviour? Hmm, for some reason, when I was a normal teenager I did not engage in any of those activities. Nor have billions of other past or present teenagers the world over.
But it seems we must grant special exemptions to Muslim teens because terror and jihad are just normal activities for such youth. Um, newsflash Hanan Dover: you are part of the problem. Your moronic excuse-making for terrorism is exactly why we are in such a mess today.
Of course we expect Muslims to seek to justify Islamic terror – but puh-leese, spare us these mind-numbing justifications. They really do nothing for endearing ordinary Australians to your faith. They simply confirm what many already know: too many Muslims think they can come here and reject Australian values and beliefs and simply import their eighth-century ones instead.
Thankfully while this appalling example of Islamic doublespeak was reported in some newspapers today, Miranda Devine had a very good piece speaking about this whole problem. Entitled, “Your ‘morals as a Muslim’ don’t give you a free pass,” it is well worth quoting from. She provides some recent examples of this and then says:
To give in to small acts of defiance is to legitimise the political ideology of Islamism which ultimately seeks violently to impose a world wide caliphate under Sharia Law. A contemptuous attitude to our society’s rules and laws is the first step to radicalisation and must be understood, not just as a person being religious, but a person substituting a separate law and system of beliefs under Islam which is incompatible with our own.
It does not mean that the person is violent but just that he holds a literal interpretation of the Koran to justify a contempt for our “infidel” society. This is the fertile ground in which violent radicalism sprouts. The ideology of apartness and victimhood is at the heart of Islamic teachings, and explains why the Australian Grand Mufti’s language was so jarring in his statement issued after the latest Paris terrorist attacks.
Regardless of his expressions of solidarity with the victims of the “heinous” acts, effectively he justified those acts by listing five “causative factors”: “racism, Islamophobia, curtailing freedoms through securitisation, duplicitous foreign policies and military intervention”.
This same grievance-fuelled worldview is used to justify violence by Islamist radicals. No matter how Western leaders try to pretend otherwise by using euphemisms like “Daesh”, Islamic State’s blueprint is the Koran. This is what Coalition MPs Josh Frydneberg, Andrew Hastie, Andrew Nikolic, Michael Sukkar, Craig Kelly, George Christensen, and, before them, Cory Bernardi, are talking about.
Yes, I just wrote about some of these sensible leaders and their concerns about Islam: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/12/01/the-islamic-war-on-freedom-and-life/
But we will never solve any of these problems if we keep making excuses for Islamic values and actions which go against Western traditions and values, and think that we can allow for a two-tiered moral system to exist in Australia and the West.
The simple truth is this: Islamic sharia law is utterly incompatible with Western values of freedom and democracy. We must choose which one we will subscribe to – but we can’t have both.
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This really is an outstanding article, Bill. Thanks so much for it, and…sharing of FB.
Many thanks Vicki.
I’ve copied the article below in full as I know that sometimes you cannot see The Telegraph online if you are not a subscriber.
Friday, November 27, 2015 (12:42am)
IF you want to understand why the liberal, democratic Western world is losing ground to the ideology of Islamic extremists look no further than the weak-kneed responses of the NSW and federal governments to a convicted criminal who refuses to obey the directions of its court officers.
In NSW an accused person must stand to hear the charge and respond with a guilty or not guilty plea, and it is protocol to stand when a judge enters or leaves but for more than a year now Milad Bin Ahmad-Shah al-Ahmadzai, 25, has refused to stand in court before at least four judges claiming that he is “not at the behest of any authority other than Islam”.
He has also refused directions to kneel during a routine security process when prison officers enter his cell at NSW’s Supermax prison facility. The failure of the NSW government to take decisive action demonstrates the weakness endemic to Western nations that have pandered to extremist members of one religious minority — Islam — despite assurances from many self-appointed Islamic community leaders that there is nothing in Islam that prevents its followers from honouring the laws of their host nations.
From Sweden to Australia, apologists for Islam have capitulated to a nauseating political correctness which has seen Christian-based culture demeaned and imagined Islamic sensitivities embraced.
Merry Christmas — about as inoffensive a greeting as it can get — is shunned and replaced by the saccharine Happy Holidays.
At schools, Easter Bonnet parades for children are banned because some toddler might want to know what Easter is, if he or she can get over their fascination with funny hats.
In Sydney, students at Christian schools are regularly bussed to mosques so they can “learn” about Islam but there is no two-way traffic. Islamic students are forbidden to study the Bible or learn about Judaism, Buddhism or Hinduism.
And this is what the West is doing to its own children. This doesn’t address the Islamist propaganda being pumped out by extremist imams and mullahs pimping for IS and other death cults.
It took this month’s Paris shootings and bombings to get the French and Belgian governments to react to a problem which they have been aware of for years.
That both European capitals have no-go areas has never been kept secret but no action was ever taken to enforce the laws of either France or Belgium in their Muslim-dominated bainlieues until the Paris riots of 2005, when nearly 9000 cars were burnt over a 20-day period.
Despite tougher laws requiring immigrants seeking residency permits or citizenship to learn French and integrate, with a crackdown on fraudulent marriage, anti-racism groups claimed that greater scrutiny of immigrants would only create more racism.
France’s failure to stand up for its own culture and ensure that immigrants assimilate is reflected in a recent ICM poll which reported that 16 per cent of French citizens have a positive view of Islamic State, rising to 27 per cent among 18-24 year olds.
As Toby Young noted in The Spectator magazine: “That is more than a quarter of all French 18-24 year olds who think it’s just fine to behead aid workers, throw homosexuals off buildings and sexually enslave 12-year-old girls.”
Australian governments, which have emphasised multiculturalism over multiracialism have ensured our society will be as fragmented, with some cultures refusing to assimilate and actively encouraging young people to ignore Australian laws.
The case of the convicted criminal al-Ahmadzai is a glaring example of the failure of the state to administer the law equally.
Instead of treating his refusal to obey the law within our courts and the regulations that govern our prisons as acts of contempt that should have been immediately punished, the NSW government, through Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton and the prison system via Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin, has proceeded down the same policy path which has so demonstratively failed European nations.
Al-Ahmadzai began his standing boycott before District Court Judge Ian McClintock in May last year, when he sat as he pleaded guilty to threatening to “slit” the throat and crack the neck of an ASIO officer.
Last November 26 he refused to stand to be arraigned in front of Judge Colefax for aggravated break and enter. And at his District Court trial on that charge in September he again refused to stand, this time for Judge Jane Culver.
It is a year since Judge Colefax referred al-Ahmadzai’s actions to the Attorney-General for investigation for a possible charge of contempt but the state showed its weakness and has taken no action.
Crown Prosecutor Craig Everson said the Attorney-General determined to take no action beyond that of the referral for possible action.
Ms Upton denies that, saying she had asked her legal advisers for “options” on how to deal with al-Ahmadzai and her spokesman later said it was the Solicitor-General, and not the Attorney-General, who had decided that there were no grounds for contempt proceedings.
This is buck-passing of the most egregious sort. It cedes power to criminals.
Avoiding confrontation to shield the extremist minority has only one outcome — the monstrous Paris option.
Show some spine and stand up for our own laws.
I’ve been monitoring online comments on news articles for a while and I have recently seen a big swing against the muslim way of life as it is practised here in Australia. People have had enough of the 2 tier system.
See also this excellent article – The threat of terrorism is now so serious that the traditional debate between civil liberties and the protection of society is “redundant”, Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic has said.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/terror-threat-makes-civil-liberties-debate-redundant-liberal-mp-andrew-nikolic-says-20151202-gld8er.html#ixzz3t8AygU9u
And this is not the only time Hanan has been spouting errant nonsense. See here for more:
There’s some interesting comments here about her http://www.butterfliesandwheels.org/2008/meet-hanan-dover/
and she has an interesting Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hanan.dover?ref=br_rs
Thanks for speaking out, Bill. So many people are afraid to call Islam for what it is. This is the fear that is leading us at breakneck speed towards dhimmitude, rape, enslavement and death. If a few of us will speak out, hopefully others will rise up. Let us not die whimpering on the ground but rather fighting even if we have to do it with our backs to the wall.
What this highlights, of course, is the fundamental failings of secularism. As far as I can see, secularism can only work in two ways. Either we maintain the inherited morality from Christianity and our legacy, which is what people here are advocating or secularism needs to hold to the enlightenment principle of proving things and making judgements based on actual evidence. What Satan knows and secularists mostly do not understand, is that either way you are lead back to Christianity. So what we have is this new “equality” idea that everything has to be treated as equal (when it is not) by selectively ignoring the evidence (in complete opposition to the “enlightenment”.) This is what allows Muslims to get away with breaches of the law and this is what allowed judges in the US to selectively ignore the evidence that homosexuality is unhealthy and the evidence of people raised by homosexuals in their judgement about homosexual “marriage.” This selective ignorance is the only way that secularist religious beliefs can be maintained but of course, the fundamental decision to allow or disallow evidence is proof that this approach is itself not secular and not objective. In deciding which evidence will be selectively ignored judges can firstly, make their job easier but more importantly, this enables them to put whatever spin they want on whatever judgements they make. So either way secularism contradicts itself. As anyone who knows anything about logic knows, any system that internally contradicts itself is inherently false. We can only hope that with places like Sweden allowing massive immigration of Muslims, this basic truth will become more evident.
What is chilling, from a Biblical prophecy perspective, is people like Mark Zukerberg, the Facebook creator, pledging billions of dollars to promote “equality.” If this money is to be used to provide plant, machinery, materials and infrastructure to poor people to enable them to live in equality with the rich then this would be a good thing. This could be equivalent to the Biblical year of Jubilee where captive were set free and people were returned to their homeland. This is true equality. If this were to be done then it could definitely herald a new world prosperity and financial buoyancy. Unfortunately, the evidence is that this will be used to force false philosophical views with the treatment of unequal things as though they were equal and in doing so, promote the false elevation of things like fornication and Islam, in a new, unworkable world order, to the inevitable detriment of humankind and in direct opposition to God. Will people learn? That is the question. We have the means to fix things but the evidence worldwide, of governments in debt and the promotion of false ideas, despite all of the evidence and our capabilities, is definitely not good.
attention ALL who are on here……the today mass shooting was a Muslim shooting ( Jihad ), the French wire service says they Police in California are looking for Farooq Saeed, it is NOT being reported in the US media or Australian media.
NO other media outlets are reporting this ! copy and paste to friends !. please be aware !.
don’t worry be happy !……hey what happened in the USA was just………….wait for it ” WORKPLACE ” Violence !!!!!!!!!…….yep, just like Nidal Hassan the US Army Major…….and Obuffoon wants to disarm people !, blaming guns again ! [ Duoh Homer moment ] I slap my forehead …..never mind the shooter was Muslim, never mind he was very religious as his father admitted today, perhaps he was frothing at the mouth about the lack of Christmas cake for him ? or he didn’t like his Chris kringle ?…..had nothing to do with Islam did it ?
Sorry Bill, but the following, “While some Muslims do their best to embrace our values and ideals, many sadly do not” would more correctly state, “While some Muslims do their best to embrace our values and ideals, the vast majority sadly do not.” The ISIS type of Muslims are simply the ones doing what their paedophile prophet has told them to do. The rest, according to their scriptures at least, are apostates. Hence we see the likes of IS et al slaughtering more muslims than infidels over all.