Islam

Left-wing blog post won’t say the I word

I was fascinated to come across an article critical of religion on a NZ left-wing blog site. NZ left-wing blogs have been consistently critical of Christianity and God and supportive of secularism and atheism yet, at the same time, apologists for Islam and Allah. The article proposed banning all religions but both it and the comments only acknowledged Christianity. Not one person was prepared to utter the I word.

I’m a little worried about God.

Not only does God not exist, the reasons for needing him to exist are fast fading. The human race is approaching the end of its adolescent years and is heading for maturity.

…Clearly, the world’s population is still mostly religious. But the countries where citizens are happiest are, for the most part, agnostic and social democratic. The Nordic example is where the world should be heading as a next step.

Given that there is no God and no  is reason for there to be a God, what do we do about religion? Should we remain tolerant of the unfounded beliefs of the billions of adherents? Should we continue to parse individual religions, identifying some strains of faith as being acceptable, while decrying other, more militant, sects?

I think it’s time to end religion.

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Why do our leaders not see this as war?

I was watching Last Night of the Proms last night, and they started the performance with this:

As anthems go, La Marseillaise is definitely in the top 10.  Stirring stuff.  A haka in its own right.  It made me reflect on Nice, as it was, of course, the Proms’ tribute to the French.   And it struck me that we are a marvellous people.  Look at what can be done when we work together.  A stage full of people who are near the top of their game on each instrument, coming together; not to shine as individuals, but to work together towards a goal so much greater than themselves.   Read more »

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Will Nice give Trump a bump?

There was much talk in the Washington beltway a couple of months ago that there were only two ways Donald Trump could win the Presidency in November.

Hillary Clinton having a heart attack or a terrorist attack.

Clinton’s looking the picture of health and is likely to last the distance and even though the beltway talk was about an attack in the United States, that’s not about to stop Trump from trumpeting his anti Muslim rhetoric as he did after last Friday’s truck attack in Nice.

It’s played right into his hands.

Within an hour of it Trump was swiping his smart phone, which in his hands is a bit of a misnomer, asking when will we learn and warning, it’s only going to get worse.

He was back on his bandwagon of closing the immigration gates to Muslims which to the great, frightened unwashed sounds good but in reality would be impossible to execute. How would you know what religion a person is when they cross the border, and if they were intent on sabotage, they’re hardly likely to declare their so called Islamic beliefs?

And the fact is that the vast majority of Muslims are God faring, law abiding people, tainted by a few DIY terrorists in their name. They’re do-it-yourself because many of them learn their hatred on the Internet and carry out their deadly attacks laying claim to some deeply held ideology when, if tested, would more than likely fall well short of any understanding of the Koran. Read more »

Being a vocal critic of the ideology of Islam comes at a great personal cost

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I admire commentators, cartoonists and politicians who are brave enough to tell the truth. No one wants to hear the truth as comforting lies are much nicer. People who tell the truth get ridiculed and called names, and if you are criticising Islam then death threats and assassination are a very real and constant danger.

Every single critic of Islam whom I follow (and there are dozens of them) has had actual attempts on their life and/or death threats. Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who collaborated on a short movie about the oppression of women under Islam, was assassinated after the documentary sparked controversy. He was stabbed to death in the street in his own country by a Muslim who was outraged by the film.

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Cartoon removed by media organisation because it offends Muslims

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WARNING: If you would be offended by viewing a cartoon that mocks ISIS do not click “view more”. If seeing a cartoon that shows an ISIS terrorist praying in the Muslim way offends you please do not look over the break. If satire based on the evolution of man but reversed in order to show an ISIS terrorist as the lowest of the low offends you please do not look over the break. If making a link between ISIS, the Islamic religion and Islamic prayer offends you please do not read any further.

The following (after the break) editorial cartoon has been removed by the Chicago Tribune due to complaints made by Muslim leaders. Titled “De-evolution”, the image by Michael Ramirez parodied the iconic “March of Progress” illustration (below), which shows human evolution as a series of figures evolving from apelike ancestors to modern humans standing erect.

In a letter of complaint to the newspaper, Ahmed Rehab of the terrorist-linked and Saudi-Arabia-funded group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) said…

“It makes it as if ISIS is just your average, mainstream Muslim who’s prostrating in prayer  – something we all do – as opposed to what is unique and problematic about them,” 

“The cartoon does a great disservice to Muslims and promotes further Islamophobia,”

What he failed to mention was that the ISIS terrorist was clearly drawn as a terrorist because of his clothing and weapon. He actually has the word ISIS on his back in case there was any doubt as to whom the cartoonist was referring. The praying man was clearly not a moderate Muslim. ISIS terrorists do pray and they consider themselves Muslim even if other Muslims that they slaughter do not. Like it or not, it is relevant to portray one as praying since they justify all their atrocities as being for Allah and they claim that their actions are sanctioned by the Koran and Hadith.

No doubt with the slaughter of the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo in mind, the Chicago Tribune were quick to remove the cartoon from their website.

“We understand the deep concerns about Michael Ramirez’ cartoon and have moved quickly to publish responses from Islamic leaders and other readers that reflect those concerns,”

-John McCormick, Editorial Page Editor

In a free country both the cartoon and the letters of complaint would be allowed to stand side by side. America, sadly, is no longer the land of the free. At least, not where the Chicago Tribune are concerned.

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Why don’t feminists fight for the freedom of Muslim women?

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I have had to think about this for a few days and, again, this is a personal view as I cannot answer for other women.

When I was at high school I started my own fight against the patriarchy in a very low-key way, but it was the only way I knew how.  I refused to stand and sing hymns in assembly that reflected colonialism, war or male dominance.  Not that anyone noticed, but somehow I knew in my heart that if I repeated the mantras inherent in those hymns I might start believing it.  Therefore, I never said it. It was quite astonishing how many good Presbyterian hymns there were that promoted one or another of those belief systems!

Over the following years I made my feminist protests in a similar low-key manner.  I was too embarrassed by publicity to make my feelings to known publicly.  I worked behind the scenes to make change, and if others wanted to take the credit that was fine by me.  As long as change happened it didn’t matter who wanted the publicity.

I also made a point of ignoring being ignored by men.  I remember one occasion at a launch of our new branch office (of financial planners) my guests, mostly women, were worth very much more than the male clients invited by my male colleague.  Furthermore, I was wearing a vivid green dress and was highly visible, but none of the “money boys” talked to me or my clients at all. They only talked to each other and other men.  So, I developed my own network and power base that was much more valuable than those who ignored me.  Read more »

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Introducing: the Barka

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Following on from yesterday’s post, Dogs and Islam, a reader wrote in the following:

I’ve been following Whaleoil’s stories about Islam for the last few years, and to be honest, I really haven’t been paying much attention.

But the dog thing struck a note.

Thinking about it, how absurd.  Women and gays are treated poorly by Islam, and that’s just taken as read.  I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that the idea of losing my freedom to walk the dog is hurting me more than the idea some Muslim woman is subjugated inside a New Zealand home somewhere.

But the idea that I can’t walk my dog through the park because it is also used by my Muslim neighbours kind of crystallised the message that Whaleoil has been hammering for all this time.

That you can not integrate with Islam. Read more »

Dogs and Islam

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It isn’t just women who get special treatment in Islam. Dogs do too.

Traditionally, dogs have been seen as impure, and the Islamic legal tradition has developed several injunctions that warn Muslims against most contact with dogs. Unfortunately, many Muslims have used this view to justify the abuse and neglect of dogs, even though cruelty contradicts the Qur’an’s view that all animals form “communities like you.” We are pleased to present several articles examining the place of dogs in Islam. Read more »

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Boy would not shake female teacher’s hand on ‘religious grounds’

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There is no integration when children of immigrants perpetuate non-Western values

Teachers at a school in Germany staged a walkout protest at an end-of-term ceremony for A-level students after a Muslim pupil refused to shake the hand of his class mistress on ‘religious grounds.’

As the female teacher at the Kurt-Tucholsky School in Hamburg went to shake the hand of the student he offered his wrist instead.

Apparently, seconds later, he told her; ‘No offence, my religion won’t let me do that. I do not mean to disrespect you.’

But fellow teachers were outraged and demanded he be sent home from the event, a move headteacher Andrea Lüdtke refused.

Instead five teachers walked out amid ‘intense discussions’ between the student, fellow classmates and the remaining tutors. Read more »

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What is happening to Andrew Bolt is the exact reason why we need ACT to act

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I am thrilled that David Seymour  is prepared to discuss immigration with the Whaleoil community. He mentioned that when he has attempted minor changes to immigration he has been attacked by the media and not supported  by us. What is currently happening to courageous Andrew Bolt in Australia is exactly the reason why I want the ACT party to act more strongly on immigration. The reality is that anyone who points out the serious problems within Islamic culture will be attacked, not only by the media but by people within the Muslim community. This cannot be a reason for the National party and the ACT party to do nothing. Instead, it has to be the reason why they make strong immigration policy a priority.

It is clear that when we criticise Islam we risk death. We need politicians like Geert Wilders who are prepared to put their country’s safety first. Like Andrew Bolt, we here at Whaleoil have put ourselves at risk by criticising Islam. I expect the political party I support to be prepared to do the same. Nothing worth having is ever easy. I will support and promote in my personal posts on Whaleoil any political party with strong immigration policies regarding Islam. Copying the Swiss policy regarding citizenship and assimilation would be a good start.

Andrew Bolt says he has moved children out of family home after death threats

Bolt says threats came from Islamic State supporter and follows his newspaper column for Herald Sun which suggested if ‘we criticise Islam … we risk death’

Andrew Bolt says his children have had to be moved out of the family home after receiving death threats from a supporter of Islamic State.

The News Corp columnist made the revelation on Thursday night during an interview with Pauline Hanson on his Sky News Australia program, The Bolt Report.

“I just spent some of my day moving my kids out of my home after yet another death threat from an Islamist supporter of Islamic State,” a visibly upset Bolt told Hanson.

“Two of my colleagues have had to move house completely because of these guys.”

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