What happens when you make a stand for Western culture

Spanishbride removed her shoes when she entered a Muslim prayer room inside a mosque.
PHOTO Whaleoil

I recently found out first hand what happens if you make a strong stand in defence of Western culture. I am in a unique situation to discuss this as ethnically I am quite literally split down the middle both genetically and culturally. I am 50% of Arab ancestry and 50% European ancestry which makes it a little harder for people to dismiss my views as those of an unimportant white woman who benefits from privilege and therefore should not be listened to.

When I was inside an Auckland Mosque a couple of years ago I showed respect by removing my shoes before entering their prayer room. I mention that because if I was inside a Muslim country I would have to follow their cultural and religious rules and laws which is why I will never, ever, visit the former Christian country of Lebanon where my maternal grandparents immigrated from.

Progressive pyramid of victimhood status or Identity politics pyramid of value

I follow many different conservative and libertarian individuals who are actively fighting to protect Western culture. A number of them have said that because those seeking to destroy Western culture use our own freedoms against us that we should use their own politically correct language against them.

With this in mind when I write about attacks on our culture, values and rights I quite deliberately use the Left’s language to describe what the Left is doing.

Journalist Mahvash Ali does not shake hands with men. PHOTO-Stuff

I recently had a Twitter exchange with a New Zealand Muslim journalist Mahvash Ali who was using the language of feminism to justify her decision to not shake New Zealand men’s hands. Sally’s comment on a post alerted me to her as she pointed out that Ali had radically changed her argument when challenged on it. In fact, she gave four completely different reasons for refusing to shake a man’s hand.

As per usual, the stock standard line we are supposed to swallow hook, line and sinker is that this disrespect for our culture and values of equality has nothing to do with Islam. Here are the reasons she gave for refusing to shake hands with a man. Note how when challenged by Andrew Smith she attempted to shut down the discussion by saying that the issue was ‘yesterday’s news.’

  • Reason number one: My body my rules. (feminist argument)
  • Reason number two: I don’t shake men’s hands out of respect for them. (Strawman argument)
  • Reason number three: Because of my desire for my personal space to be respected. (Then why is it okay to shake women’s hands?)
  • Reason number four: Because I don’t want to give men my germs. (Then why is it okay to shake women’s hands?)

Interestingly, Ali did not admit that her refusal to shake a man’s hand had anything to do with religion or culture until Andrew Smith said that he would respect her refusal if she refused to shake his hands for religious or cultural reasons.

After reading that exchange I started a Twitter discussion with Ali. I deliberately used politically correct language to challenge her views. As she had just written an opinion piece on the handshaking issue I tweeted her a link to my opinion piece on the same issue to get the ball rolling.

I said that I agreed that it was her choice whether or not she shook a man’s hand ( feminist argument)

Her response was to say ‘ My body, my rules.‘ (feminist argument)

I used politically correct language and told her that I was ‘offended‘ by her choice.

She then tried to shut down the discussion with me the same way she tried to with Andrew Smith, tweeting ‘#Yawn #bored yesterday’s news’

I then replied with politically correct language describing her ‘choice’ as sexual discrimination and used the hashtags #WomensRights #Equality

You can read the rest in the below screenshot.

That would have been the end of the Twitter exchange but Ali then tweeted me back (with a tweet that now seems to have been deleted) asking me to stop ‘bullying’ her.

Rather than address the issues of offence and disrespect for my western culture Ali called me a bully as that is a common left-wing way to shut down an argument when the left-wing person doesn’t have an intelligent reply.

Ali seems to be a strong proponent of identity politics but didn’t do so well when up against a ‘smart, brown’ non-Muslim woman like myself. I made a stand for Western culture and got called a bully for trying to get her to discuss the real issues behind her ‘choice.’ I think I will retreat to my safe space and have a cry. [sarc] #NotSorry

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If you agree with me that’s nice, but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo, look between the lines and do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

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