Is Sharia Good For Us?
Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day…
During the Cold War when millions of hapless souls were enslaved by totalitarian communism, Western apologists (either communist agents or useful idiots) tried to convince us that communism would be a good thing for Westerners to live under.
Yet people of course vote with their feet, and millions tried to flee communist tyranny. It was all one way traffic: there were never lengthy lines of people trying to get into these Marxist hell holes. We have the same situation today with Islam.
All over the world people are seeking to flee their tyrannical Islamic homelands to get into free, democratic and prosperous Western nations. So too, there are Islamist agents or useful idiots trying to convince us that Islam is a religion of peace and sharia can easily coexist with Western democracy and Western freedoms.
This is the line we are being fed on a regular basis. Consider what is reported in today’s press. Australia’s major Islamic leader wants to let us know that everything is just fine when sharia comes into a Western nation. According to him, it is all sweetness and light. This is how one report covers the story:
“Islamic religious law, or sharia, is often vilified but is really about freedom and tolerance, Australia’s new grand mufti says. Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, elected in weekend voting by imams and sheiks, also said sharia corresponded with Australian laws. ‘The sharia law also calls for freedom, justice, right of speech and this is something we are very fortunate to have,’ Dr Mohamed told journalists in Sydney yesterday, speaking through an interpreter.
“‘These are all matters that we already implement here as Australians, and we’re proud to have it as Australian values.’ The Egypt-born scholar and author said controversial penalties under sharia law often attracted attention but they were a small part of the code. Dr Mohamed said he did not want to preach sharia but wanted people to better understand it.
“As the new spiritual leader of the nation’s Islamic communities, he said he would focus on ‘correcting’ Australian Muslims drawn to extremism. ‘If such thoughts and elements do exist within any community … that is our role to correct that thought and bring it back on track’.”
The first thing to ask about this is just how integrative is sharia if its major proponent needs an interpreter? As Andrew Bolt notes, “If Muslims want to reassure Australians that their faith fits in well with Australian culture, it would help if their chief spokesman fitted in so well himself that he at least spoke English after nearly 20 years here.”
Indeed, as I have documented time and time again, the implementation of sharia law in Western nations has nothing to do with assimilation and integration, but has everything to do with setting up a rival political and social order until such time as the numbers are there for a complete takeover of the nation.
Muslim activists have made clear that this is their preferred means of operating. They try to convince a gullible and sleepy West that the two systems can co-exist, all the while making steady advances, until the time comes to implement full Islamist hegemony.
And all we have to do is look at Muslim-majority countries to see how non-Muslims are treated. “Freedom is a Sharia law, respecting others is a Sharia law, justice is a Sharia law” we are told. Yeah right, try telling that to the dhimmis living as second class citizens in Muslim nations.
Try telling that to women, to Christians, to Jews, or to anyone else who refuses to submit to Allah and sharia law. There is no freedom, respect for others, or justice in Saudi Arabia, or Iran, or Syria. There is only cruel oppression and persecution of any non-Muslims.
And we already have plenty of evidence of how creeping sharia fares in Western nations. I have provided numerous examples of this on my website. Let me offer here three more recent examples of this. One comes from overseas and two from Australia.
In Norway we see sharia in action: “An Afghan convert to Christianity fears for his life after being attacked with boiling water and acid by Muslims at a centre for asylum seekers. ‘Ali’ was targeted by fellow asylum seekers at an immigration centre in Norway after they discovered that he had converted to Christianity.
“He said: ‘Two of the Muslim residents asked why I had not fasted during Ramadan. When I would not answer, they began to discuss the matter. One of them said that he knew I was Muslim and converted to Christianity, and that they had to engage in Jihad.’
“One of them held Ali while another struck him on the back of the head with a pot of boiling water, causing him to collapse on the floor. The water scalded his neck and upper back, stripping the skin away in places. A third man then entered Ali’s room and began to trash it.”
A less severe example comes from Melbourne. It illustrates yet again how sharia compliance is not about blending in to Australian culture, but standing apart from it, and defiantly so. An article states: “Man bans are spreading as two more council functions are declared off-limits because it is ‘not appropriate’ for men to mix with Muslim women.
“And in a surprise twist, VCAT backed the latest bans, declaring there was no discrimination and councils no longer needed to apply for exemptions. The Darebin City Council ban will be in force for a music concert to be held in December, while another female-only event to mark the end of Ramadan was cancelled last week.
“The council sought the bans because it was ‘culturally inappropriate for young women to participate in recreational activity with males present’. But Ratepayers Victoria president Jack Davis said the bans were ‘another case of segregation’. ‘I think it is totally wrong. I think it’s ridiculous and I do think it is discrimination, and it goes against what the average ratepayer wants,’ Mr Davis said. ‘We are seeing more and more of this kind of stuff’.”
And consider this statement from a Muslim group in Perth concerning a new hospital being built there: “It is important for us as Muslims, to unite on this issue and to push for a separate Muslim Prayer Room. Please read the attachment for some points on the why we need a separate prayer room and how a multi-faith room is not adequate. Briefly, only a separate room can ensure that we are always able to perform our 5 daily compulsory prayers undisturbed, have adequate space to prostrate, bow, etc, and maintain the area clean and free from any pictorial or other representation of idolatory [sic].
“We have been in some preliminary discussions with the Health Department on the issue of a separate prayer room. They revealed to us that initially they were not considering a separate Muslim prayer room but would rather design a multi-faith room. However, since the point has been raised they are now considering the issue and are interested in gauging the level of Muslim community need and support for a separate prayer room.”
Once again, we see separatism and exclusion, not integration and inclusion. This is not surprising, since all true Muslims consider the kafir (non-Muslim) to be an infidel and unclean, and not to be befriended (see especially Sura 3:28; 9:29, etc.). Thus separation is the order of the day. It is hard to see how any Western society can stay together with that sort of mindset being promoted.
So we can take the remarks by the grand mufti as just another example of makara (deceit) and takiyya (dissimulation). These are fully justified means which Muslims can use against the infidels. Thus this statement is part of the propaganda battle, but we need to look beyond rhetoric to reality. We know how the kafir is treated in Muslim countries, and we know how they will be treated as sharia creeps further into the West.
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