Culture

When you think about it Halal butchers are not really butchers at all

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In New Zealand, we are liberal and tolerant of Muslim-owned and run businesses inside our secular and Christian society. We tolerate halal meat and halal products even though this is not a Muslim country. We tolerate Halal butchers that do not stock:

  • pork steaks,
  • pork roasts,
  • pork slices,
  • pork crackling,
  • ham,
  • pork sausages,
  • pork mince,
  • prosciutto,
  • pork luncheon sausage,
  • pork spare ribs
  • bacon
  • diced pork
  • pork tenderloin
  • Valentine steak
  • pork T-bone chops
  • pork Rib chops
  • pork fillet
  • pork salami
  • pork shoulder steak
  • pork collar steak
  • pork stir fry
  • pork loin eye steak
  • pork loin steak

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The rights of the minority do not outweigh the rights of the majority

“One has to respect the right of the minority to self-determination, but at the same time there cannot and must not be any doubts about the rights of the majority.”

-Putin

Extreme liberalism, political correctness, Alt-Left (whatever label you want to give it)  has people believing that the tail can wag the dog because the tail has rights. Many people in New Zealand believe that minority rights are more important than majority rights. They think that it is acceptable to put the religious freedom of one religion (Islam ) above the religious freedom of other beliefs including secularism. This is because of their flawed idea that it is wrong to put the needs of the many above the needs of the few. Extreme liberals defend minority rights over majority rights all the time but they are not consistent or logical.

For example, they love to defend minority groups like the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community but they will equally defend Islamic groups that say that the LGBT community should be killed. They are morally unable to discriminate because they believe discrimination in itself is wrong.  We have to discriminate in life.  You cannot support a man who believes you should be killed unless you are suicidal and you cannot support both women’s rights and an ideology that forces girls into child marriage.

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Philosophical Gab of the day

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The Swiss insist on cultural assimilation if you want to become a Swiss citizen

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David Seymour and John Key need to have a chat to someone in the Swiss government about immigration. Unlike the rest of Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the Swiss know how to protect their people and their culture. It turns out it’s not actually that difficult. All it takes is politicians prepared to draw a line in the sand: fit in or forget about becoming a citizen. It really is that simple. The Swiss value their culture and it is about time our New Zealand politicians stood up for ours.

If you want to be a Kiwi act like a Kiwi. Our culture is more important than yours. Our culture is the culture of New Zealand and you are a guest here. If you want to become one of us you need to assimilate to our culture just as we would have to assimilate to your culture if we lived in the country that you came from. Islamic countries have no difficulty whatsoever imposing their culture on immigrants. Why is it that we in the West are so squeamish and cowardly when it comes to expecting Muslim immigrants to assimilate into our wonderful democratic society? Why don’t we insist on equal rights for Muslim women inside our country? Why do we allow our Muslim immigrants’ religion to dictate to us how we eat, run our schools and our businesses?

GENEVA — In the latest move to deny citizenship to those who balk at Swiss culture, authorities rejected the naturalization application of two Muslim girls who refused to take school swimming lessons because boys were present.

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Whaleoil philosophy 101: cultural and moral relativism

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Cultural and moral relativism made simple:

  • All cultural beliefs are equally valid.
  • No culture is superior to any other culture when comparing systems of morality, law or politics.
  • Truth itself is relative, depending on the cultural environment.
  • As long as we don’t “hurt” anyone, anything goes.
  • A rejection of the idea of universal right and wrong.
  • The idea of “absolute truth” and God is discarded.

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Brave Iranian women continue to fight oppressive gender laws

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Rules on ‘Islamic dress’ for women are enforced by police in Iran. In this picture, two policewomen warn a woman (centre) about her hair and clothing during a crackdown on skirting of the law in 2007. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

Most of us believe in religious freedom but few of us would support a religious legal system of government. In Iran the government has removed people’s freedom to practice or not practice the religion or non-religion of their choice and instead forces them to adhere to one religion’s rules in a totalitarian manner.

Iranian MPs - before & after the Islamic revolution of 1979.

Iranian MPs – before & after the Islamic revolution of 1979.

When any religion uses force or coercion to keep and control its members it has more in common with a cult than it does a religion.Personal choice is something that we take for granted here in the West and we women must never forget how hard other generations of women fought for us here in New Zealand to enjoy the freedoms we have today. Women in Iran used to have freedom but it was taken away from them. They now are fighting a very difficult fight to regain even the most basic of rights, such as the right to feel the wind through their hair.

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Face of the day

Saira Khan is today’s face of the day. It is great to see a woman talking sensibly about mass immigration of a culture so different to ours. Predictably none of the women, including Saira, were prepared to say that the problem is religion. They were only comfortable with the weasel word, culture. I understand their reluctance. I have used the weasel word, culture, myself. Blaming uncivilised behaviour on someone’s culture, seems more acceptable than blaming it on the religion that controls affects every aspect of their lives. This is despite the fact that if you judge Prophet Muhammad’s words and actions, you would have to conclude that Islam allows it. Muhammad even went so far as to say that Allah approved it.

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Hey Muhammad, rape is wrong, here’s a pamphlet

Refugees from Sudan took part in a class dealing with violence against women, at a refugee center in Lunde, Norway. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times

Refugees from Sudan took part in a class dealing with violence against women, at a refugee center in Lunde, Norway. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times

Recently the New York Times ran a story about the need to host classes in Norway and Denmark for Muslim men new to the country. The purpose of the classes? To teach them that rape is wrong and unacceptable in their new country.

A course manual sets out a simple rule that all asylum seekers need to learn and follow: “To force someone into sex is not permitted in Norway, even when you are married to that person.”

In Denmark, lawmakers are pushing to have such sex education included in mandatory language classes for refugees. The German region of Bavaria, the main entry point to Germany for asylum seekers, is already experimenting with such classes at a shelter for teenage migrants in the town of Passau.

Many refugees “come from cultures that are not gender equal and where women are the property of men,”
Mr. Isdal said. “We have to help them adapt to their new culture.”

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All people are equal but not all cultures are equal

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It is unpopular to say this but not all cultures are equal. All people are equal but if all cultures were equal we would not have the following words in our language.

  • Civilised
  • superior
  • enlightened
  • educated
  • moral
  • barbaric
  • uncivilised
  • bestial
  • perverted
  • deviant
  • uneducated
  • immoral
  • inferior

This equally applies to religions and political ideologies.We should not shy away from criticising cultures,religions or political ideologies  that allow and encourage things that we consider barbaric, uncivilised, perverted and immoral. Politically correct people will want me to use the word different to describe something that promotes acts that my New Zealand culture considers to be perverted, immoral, uncivilised and barbaric.

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Asking the wrong questions and jumping to the wrong conclusions

There is a likeable, good-looking young Egyptian man who has been making some interesting and thought-provoking videos that he posts on YouTube. The problem is that I watch them and come to a totally different conclusion than his about what people’s reactions in the videos mean. The conclusions he draws and the questions he asks avoid the elephant in the room.

For example, he sets up a sting where he assaults his fake girlfriend in public in a Western country after arguing with her in English and records via hidden camera whether members of the public come to her aid. When she is dressed like other Western women from that country help comes immediately. When she is dressed in the clothing of a non-western culture and he argues with her in a foreign language the only person who comes to her aid is an off-duty cop.

He says that no woman of any kind deserves to be beaten and, of course, I totally agree with him on that. What he fails to ask is the obvious question: why does the foreign culture that they were representing allow assault on women and legally class them as having half the value of a man and could that account for part of the reason why people were reluctant to help? In case you hadn’t already worked it out, the foreign culture they were representing was Islam and the clothing that the actress girlfriend was wearing was a khimar or a chador which leaves the face uncovered but covers every other part of her body.

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