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Islamic Polygamy Rapidly Expanding in the West

Dec 15, 2016

As Australia and the West becomes more and more dhimmified, we will see more and more sharia law being rolled out right under our noses. Thus we will see much more of things like polygamy being embraced – and paid for by the taxpayer. Indeed, it is happening already.

The latest kerfuffle about Centrelink payments for multiple Muslim wives in Australia is not new by any means. I have been documenting this for quite some time now. Let me offer just a few somewhat recent headlines from the Australian press on this matter:

“Why should polygamy be a crime?” Keysar Trad
The Age, October 2, 2009
“There is no requirement for such a union to be ‘legally’ registered with a secular body that does not recognise the clauses in a Muslim union. Plural relations of this nature that take place in Australia are treated like de facto relationships and are not registered. This keeps them outside the ambit of the nation’s criminal and marriage laws. Such unions are not considered adulterous because they follow the rules of an Islamic union. They are not secret and they carry no stigma under God…. A man can have multiple girlfriends. Why not formalise that into a commitment for life? Why should ‘bigamy’ be a crime?”

polygamy“Growing number of Muslim men and multiple wives exploiting loophole for taxpayer handouts”
Herald Sun, March 5, 2010
“A growing number of Muslim men and their multiple wives are exploiting a loophole to get taxpayer handouts. Centrelink has confirmed it has investigated up to 20 cases of multiple relationships, including polygamy, in the past two years for payment irregularities.”

“Preston Mosque in strife over telling wives to share their husbands with other women”
Herald Sun, July 12, 2012
“Victoria’s largest mosque has been forced into an embarrassing back-down after women were told they must “fulfil the rights” of their husbands and share him with other women.”

And this is occurring all throughout the West. It seems that wherever Muslims congregate in sufficient numbers, you can count on polygamy taking place, usually subsidised by the taxpayer. Consider just a few such examples from the UK:

“Baroness Flather: Polygamy, welfare benefits and an insidious silence”
Daily Mail, 16 September 2011
“In this disturbing and brave exposé, a Pakistan-born baroness reveals how some of her countrymen have as many children as possible by several wives so as to milk our welfare system.”

“Strolling in a park, a London businessman and his THREE wives – just one of up to 20,000 such multi-wife marriages in polygamy Britain”
Daily Mail, September 20, 2014
“Nabilah, her husband and his two other wives are part of a growing number of polygamous marriages taking place in Britain. They are rubber-stamped under Sharia law, which considers polygamy completely legitimate as Muslim men are permitted to take up to four wives. It is, of course, in complete contradiction to UK law, under which bigamy is illegal and can result in a prison sentence of up to seven years.”

“Polygamy website for British Muslims touts skyrocketing growth, 100K membership”
The Washington Times, August 25, 2016
“The founder of a polygamy website for British Muslims has released a press release touting its quick rise to 100,000 members. Azad Chaiwala of SecondWife.com and its sister website Polygamy.com claims the two have reached the milestone in less than three months. He says the venture will officially be considered a success once 1 million members join.”

But let me return to Australia. The latest episode of this which has featured rather heavily in the media over the past few days has generated outrage since it is becoming clear that ordinary Australians are being forced to subsidise polygamy, even though it is illegal under Australian law.

The Sunday Daily Telegraph broke the story, and this is how their report began:

Centrelink is ignoring Islamic polygamy, paying spousal benefits to Muslim families with multiple wives in an effort to save taxpayers’ money. The welfare agency has revealed it refuses to collect data on polygamous marriages under Islamic law, despite the fact some families are claiming to be living in a domestic relationship with more than one woman when claiming welfare.
Describing the decision as “political correctness” gone mad, MPs last night called for a full investigation and demanded the welfare agency start collecting the data. One reason offered by officials, confirmed by Tony Abbott’s former chief of staff Peta Credlin, is that the women might otherwise be able to claim the sole parent pension, which would cost taxpayers more than the benefits available to individuals in a marriage or de facto relationship.

Thankfully the practice has resulted in widespread criticism from some politicians, commentators and the public at large. Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi for example said this about data supposedly not being kept on multiple wives: “We are always told the data is not kept. (T)he lack of will to confront some individuals who seek to apply a different law to themselves means politicians are afraid to speak out.”

Pauline Hanson was quite outspoken about all this:

Welfare is out of control, it’s become a way of life and not a helping hand. Unless we reign it back in we will not be able to support those truly in need, including the aged, sick and young. For too long the leaders of this nation have disregarded it purely for the vote. Enough is enough….
They will keep going on and abusing us, our generosity and our culture. We have been taken for fools. Second marriages are not ¬acknowledged in this country or their children, and they should not be funded at all. It is against the law to have multiple marriages, but we are condoning it as taxpayers.

The federal government talked tough about this, while still making excuses for it:

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has taken aim at welfare rorters — including reported cases of polygamy by Muslims to take advantage of spousal benefits — saying cracking down is a priority for the government, seven days ahead of the release of the midyear budget update….
The practice of polygamy by Muslim men and women to claim multiple Centrelink benefits is “100 per cent wrong”, Mr Morrison said. However, he said it would be more expensive for the government if each wife claimed an independent welfare allowance. “The law and its implementation cannot condone polygamy. It’s against our values, it’s 100 per cent wrong,” he said.

Andrew Bolt was quick to spring on this:

Really? So why does the Department of Human Services publish this helpful advice to the polygamous?:

“Your relationship status
Defining you and your partner as a couple can affect your eligibility or payment rate for our payments and services…
Multiple relationships
A multiple relationship is when you have more than 1 partner at the same time. Your relationship with each partner will be assessed separately to determine if you’re a member of a couple. When we assess your claim for a payment, the income and assets of each of your partners will be used to determine your eligibility and payment rate. The lowest payable rate will be applied. Your income and assets may equally affect the rate of payment of each of your partners.”

Good question indeed. So which is it? Is Islamic polygamy “100 per cent wrong” or is it now fully part of Australian culture and law? It is time that our political leaders started to show a bit of backbone here and get to the bottom of this. It seems like the system is being rorted big time by Muslims who want to transform Australia into a Middle Eastern colony, complete with misogyny, polygamy and sharia law.

The quasi-legal practice of polygamy in Australia and the West is part of the greater problem of creeping sharia in which more and more Islamic law is being established and enforced – law which is usually at variance with Western law. No nation can long survive with a two-tiered law system.

Either Western law will prevail, or Islamic law – but you cannot have both for long. It is time Australian politicians stopped playing games here and clamped down on this illegal and misogynist practice. We owe it to our women and our culture to say no to this unacceptable incursion of Islam into our nation – especially when the taxpayer has to dish out money for it.

www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/centrelink-legalises-multiple-muslim-wives/news-story/35f49d0c38789e22e133d00c67e55899?nk=f272f9411b5c15a4a8ba5c9512a054e3-1481415787
www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/anger-over-centrelink-benefits-for-multiple-muslim-wives/news-story/7dfb6e2004e5439b0b2051f91d686fad
www.news.com.au/national/politics/pauline-hanson-on-centrelinks-polygamy-pay-weve-been-taken-for-fools/news-story/15ecdb893936c97ac885e42622470311
www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/scott-morrison-slams-muslim-polygamy-for-welfare/news-story/fb5ade2146ec8d439665ff273196b134
www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/morrison-against-what-hes-actually-funding/news-story/3f9cfcd2751895282c11ab9b62e25e6e

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13 Responses to Islamic Polygamy Rapidly Expanding in the West

  • In Australia you can:
    Marry
    Live together, unmarried but register your relationship
    Live together, unmarried, without a registered relationship but be considered as being in a “de facto” relationship.

    Thing is because the first two are “legal” relationships there are legal restrictions on them and you can only be in one, once, at any one time.

    de facto means “in fact, whether by right or not” which basically says that although you’re not in a legal relationship, because everything else is the same we’ll consider that you are.

    But the difference is that there is no limit on how many de facto relationships you can be in at any one time.

    So a Muslim can marry as many times as he likes under Sharia law (which he considers superior to and overriding of ours anyway) and as long as he doesn’t try marry under the Marriage Act 1961 the way our laws are worded we have to classify the second, third etc. as de factos.

    Being married more than once is bigamy and illegal. Instead of complaining the politicians just need to add to our law the bit they forgot, i.e. you can only be in one of the three options once at any one time. (that’s a non-religious solution btw)

  • That Muslim’s LIE to the World saying they are the only true Religion is evidenced by their practice of polygamy.
    They cannot in good conscience say that Allah is the one true God of creation.
    GOD created ONE MAN for ONE WOMAN.
    JESUS CHRIST – GOD manifest in the flesh reiterated the MARRIAGE relationship when He was asked questions about Marriage by the Scribes & Pharisees

  • Bill what is happening in Australia with regard to female genital mutilation.
    Given that it is Mohammad sanctioned.
    There is no news report that I can see.
    Not since the case I recall in Katanning WA some 20 years ago … preformed on a young girl by her grandmother, Mother and Aunty.

  • Here is a stupid site justifying it and basically blaming the West instead. Here is a direct quote from the site – In the West today, most married men have extramarital relations with mistresses, girlfriends and prostitutes. Consequently the Western claim to monogamy is false.”

    www.islamswomen.com/marriage/islams_position_on_polygamy.php

  • Terry McDonnell (and other readers) might be interested in this very recent report about FGM in the UK – where experienced nurses are being flown in from various parts of Africa to carry out operations:

    www.jihadwatch.org/2016/12/uk-nurses-flown-in-to-perform-fgm-parties-follow

    It’s a small world!

  • As a retired public servant, I am confident that this decision was taken at the highest level of Centrelink, and it was taken because they don’t want to rock the boat. Also, it was facilitated by policies of dubious morality, which have been in place for decades. See here.

  • “…most married men have extramarital relations…” quoted by Jo. The Islam Women website has a pretty poor opinion of men. Many married men actually exercise self-control (and so do many unmarried men), love their wives and are faithful to them, and don’t appreciate being insulted by people from a faith that forces many of its women to hide their faces, often makes it clear that women must not have sexual pleasure even in marriage and likes to put to death anyone who tries to exercise religious freedom.

    It’s so good to hear western feminists constantly decrying the treatment of women by Islam. Oops. Is dripping sarcasm a sin?

  • Seriously? The data is not kept? That has got to be an absolute lie. Surely you are required to disclose dependents and family relationships. It’s just a matter of doing the searches.

    This, of course, highlights the problem with continued discrimination against moral people and the continued promotion of immorality by successive governments. How easy is it for people to not disclose relationships? I remember waiting for my wife, who was shopping, in my car opposite a Centrelink office only to see an extremely well dress woman hop out of a very expensive car, duck inside with her form and then back to be driven off by what seemed to be her partner. I have no proof, of course but she certainly did not appear to need welfare.

    The Labor Party continually accuses others of blaming the victims while at the same time opening up as many scams as possible to promote as much immorality as possible.

  • “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse . . .”. II Tim 3:13. “The heavens and the earth . . . are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men . . . We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” II Peter 3. The curse of evil will be forever banished as King Jesus rules in righteousness. “O Come O Come Emmanuel”

  • Is it racist to say that the Muslims are smarter than the Australian welfare system?

  • Jo Deller – That Islamic Women pro-polygamy site actually says…
    “No woman in her right mind will give her husband permission to take a second wife.”
    Which is another way of saying that Islamic women are not in their right mind.
    They are also saying about men…
    “…men are polygamous by nature. To try to curb it by such conditions will only lead to corruption in society.”
    Sorry, but Islam’s fix for corruption in society doesn’t work. Only the transforming power of the cross can fix corruption. Instead, Islam embraces the corruption of polygamy – courtesy of Mohammad’s perfect example of a corrupt life.
    BTW: Polygamy makes no sense. If every Muslim man had 4 wives, where do the extra women come from? How could this possibly be God’s design?
    Oh, that’s why Muslims invade towns and kill the men and rape the women (isis). That’s why they kidnap Christian women (Egypt)… That’s why Muslim men get into raping for a hobby (Sweden).
    Lovely religion.
    And we are paying real money for this?
    Well – the west let go of sexual restraint and honour a generation ago. So now we get the logical outcome of this experiment. A polico-religious system (Islam) that gives men permission to do whatever they want.

  • Dear Bill,

    Thank you for drawing attention to this growing problem and thank you also to your correspondents for their interesting and informative input on the subject.

    It is often said there is no such thing as a slippery slope but there obviously is. In the case of relationships between men and women I think it started with easy divorce and society in general recognising and accepting de facto relationships as part of the normal.

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