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Guest Post – So what is the New Zealand way?

Andrew Little is saying that excluding Muslims is not the New Zealand Way.  That we pride ourselves on our inclusiveness of others.  In one way he is exactly right.  We do try to be inclusive – that is the New Zealand Way.

We are therefore very protective of what the New Zealand Way means to us.  What are we protecting?  Does that mean that we can pick and choose what bits we do and don’t want?  Or do we take the whole package?

Inclusiveness includes all of us being tolerant caring individuals. We must, and usually do, consider women as equals, we actually don’t care about a person’s religion as long as it isn’t thrust down our throat, we care for those who are old and disabled, and nowadays we actually don’t care if a person is gay, lesbian or whatever – again if it is not pushed on to us.   Read more »

Why Muslims are impacting the West more than any other group

Of course, it is true that not every Muslim is a terrorist and I would never treat my fellow Muslim New Zealanders differently or badly because Islamic terrorists follow the same religion that they do. I will, however, comment on their impact on our society because when Christian/secular countries have a Muslim population time after time it has an effect on that country.

A New Zealand Muslim family: Two wives and five children NZ Herald, October 3, 2016

Muslims in the west are outbreeding Christians and other non-Muslims due to their large families and multiple wives.This impacts western countries culture, politics and value system because Muslims have a markedly different belief system and values to the West and their religion encourages them not to integrate and to recruit non-Muslims to their ranks. Just as historically Christian immigrants turned cultures into Christian cultures, Muslims are now changing Christian and secular societies into Muslim ones. The example most personal to me is Lebanon, the home of my Christian maternal Great-grandparents. It was a Christian country when they left it to immigrate to New Zealand but today it is a Muslim country.

People who disagree with me will say that I am scaremongering and that what I am saying is not factual. Look at the statistics below and come to your own conclusions. I am not going to be impacted too much in my lifetime but it is my children and their children that I am concerned about.

As of 2010, Christianity was by far the world’s largest religion, with an estimated 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31%) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth. Islam was second, with 1.6 billion adherents, or 23% of the global population.

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Historic call for equality and justice at Canada’s National Parliament

The head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has made a historic address calling for equality and justice at Canada’s National parliament. “Love for all hatred for none” is the slogan of the Ahmadiyya community worldwide and it is this core belief that sets their sect apart from the two majority Muslim sects, Sunni and Shia. I have highlighted the parts of the press release that were of interest to me but you can read the press release in full here.

…His Holiness delivered an historic keynote address entitled “Human values – the foundation for a peaceful world” to an audience of more than 225 people at a special reception… at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.

…During his keynote address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad addressed various issues of global importance, including the risk of a global war, religious freedom, increasing radicalisation and extremism and international relations….

Irrespective of differences of background…All people and all organisations, must collectively endeavour to uphold human values, and strive to make the world in which we live, a better and far more harmonious place.”

…His Holiness admitted that fear of Islam was growing in much of the world. However, he said that fear of the religion itself was completely unnecessary…

“Let me reassure all of you that Islam is not what you commonly see or hear portrayed in the media. As far as my knowledge of Islam is concerned, I only know of that Islam whose teachings are based on its name. The literal meaning of the word ‘Islam’ is peace, love, and harmony and all of its teachings are based upon these noble values.”

Unfortunately, the definition of the word Islam is as in dispute as what the values and teachings of Islam are. It is wrong to say that fear of Islam is completely unnecessary. If all Muslims were from the Ahmadiyya sect then what he says would be true but the reality is that they are a tiny minority that is not  recognised as being true Muslims by the majority Sunni and Shia sects. Also there is a difference between religious Islam and political Islam.

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Another perspective of France’s intentions regarding the Burqa and the Burkini

The below article is another perspective of France’s intentions regarding the Burqa and the Burkini. It is not arguing right or wrong but attempts to explain the French perspective. Only you the reader can decide whether the French perspective is moral or not.


This goes back to the philosophical issue of the tolerance of intolerance, or more broadly of whether objective moral truths exist or not. Western democracies, such as France, have self-determined that there are objective moral truths in the universe, of which include concepts of non-intervention (on the person, and when possible); of personal freedom; and of religious freedom.

The problem, however, is that western democratic philosophies don’t have room in them for unlimited freedom or tolerance. Some things may not be tolerated. This is lost on many observers of western democratic philosophy, especially the uninformed who see the Bill of Rights and incorrectly assume that the protections and tolerances they afford are unlimited (which is not the case; there are many exceptions in place, both legally and ethically, concerning the rights laid out in that particular document). As an example relating specifically to religious tolerance, even a “deeply held” religious belief in the spiritual power of snake handling is not protected in the States because of the great risk untrained professionals have, both towards themselves and others, of injury when handling snakes.

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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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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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The unbridled nonsense of multiculturalism

Townhall’s Walter Williams reports:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” adding that it was an illusion to think Germans and foreign workers could “live happily side by side.” The failure of multiculturalism is also seen in Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and other European countries. Immigrants coming from Africa and the Middle East refuse to assimilate and instead seek to import the failed cultures they fled.

Leftist diversity advocates and multiculturalists are right to argue that people of all races, religions and cultures should be equal in the eyes of the law. But their argument borders on idiocy when they argue that one set of cultural values cannot be judged superior to another and that to do so is Eurocentrism.

That’s unbridled nonsense. Ask a diversity/multiculturalism advocate: Is forcible female genital mutilation, as practiced in nearly 30 sub-Saharan African and Middle Eastern countries, a morally equivalent cultural value? Slavery is practiced in northern Sudan. In most of the Middle East, there are numerous limits placed on women, such as prohibitions on driving, employment and education. Under Islamic law, in some countries, female adulterers face death by stoning, and thieves are punished by having their hand severed. In some African and Middle Eastern countries, homosexuality is a crime, in some cases punishable by death. Are all these cultural values morally equivalent to those of the West?

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Face of the day

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Today’s face of the day, Shawn Ahmed, is an openly gay liberal Muslim in Canada with a huge online following. Shawn made an attempt on Twitter to bridge the gap between the gay community and Islam after the Orlando terrorist attack

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What happened next led him to comment that he felt broken.

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Tolerance, in excess, is treason

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New Zealand’s annual refugee intake of 750 was disgracefully low. An intake of 1000 is not much better. A doubling of the level, to 1500, as urged by Amnesty International and the Labour and Green parties, ought to be possible. The Minister of Immigration, Michael Woodhouse, points to the cost of ongoing support for those already admitted, many of whom are said to be still struggling to find work even after being here for up to 10 years. Doubtless a doubling of the number would mean much more than doubling the cost of refugee resettlement over the next 10 years. But the world is facing a wave of people fleeing from the upheaval in Muslim countries and all decent countries need to provide asylum for those in genuine danger.

I have no problem with the concept of refugees, or even the doubling of a quota, in spite of it being nothing more than a box to tick for Helen Clark’s run at the big chair at the UN. Read more »

Fascist Facebook [FIXED]

WARNING video contains offensive language.

 

In this video Facebook is called fascist.  A simple definition of  fascism is:

A way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government.

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Facebook is not a government but they are now working with governments in Europe. Their job is to silence anyone who disagrees with mass immigration.They launched a $1.9 million campaign called the Initiative for Civil Courage  which is a task force to work alongside governments in Europe to silence anyone speaking out about refugees on Facebook.

They state that their aim is to remove hate speech from the site by finding and then removing comments that promote xenophobia. The reality is very different as hate speech against Jews and Israelis is tolerated while the exact same speech about Muslims or Islam is not. Make no mistake; this is about controlling the flow of information about what is really happening in Europe. It is not about xenophobia at all. Merkel is trying vainly to keep a lid on the powder keg that she has created. This is about censorship of information. Merkel has the MSM under control but she is trying to control social media as well.

Thankfully, social media is more powerful than any government. Every time one Facebook page is closed down another 10 will spring up.

Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg announced the new initiative and said, “The best cure for bad ideas are good ideas…The best remedy for hate is tolerance. Counter speech is incredibly strong — and it takes time, energy and courage.”

Counter speech is the new buzz word and the definition that springs to mind is propaganda. Also, last time I checked, the opposite of hate was love, not tolerance. Perhaps even Facebook can not bring themselves to love the people who are being criticised on Facebook. The best they can manage is tolerance. We tolerate bad things; no one tolerates good things. Sandberg’s own words reveal the reality of the situation. Bad things are happening inside Europe.