Multiculturalism isn’t the problem, Islamism is.

Andy SempleAndy Semple tackles the problem of "Islamism", and proposes a way forward:

Australians are begging Federal Parliament, State Parliaments, local councillors – anyone who will listen – to simply enforce our laws. But they’re not listening. In fact, it seems like the only people who are being heard are the activists who viciously attack anyone like Senator Bernardi who dares suggest that Multiculturalism isn't the problem, Islamism is.

Because I mention Islam and Islamism in the same sentence, let me stop right here and let me be crystal clear.

  1. I have read the Koran and I can tell you that I unequivocally believe that Islam is a religion of peace. The overwhelming majority (I believe at least 90%) of all Muslims are good, peace-loving people.
  2. I have witnessed how quickly fear can make good, rational people overreact. I have written many blogs and letters to newspaper editors begging moderate Australian Muslims to stand up and denounce the monsters and radicals who have perverted their religion.
  3. Although some have spoken out, it’s clear to me and politicians like Senator Bernardi that the radicals plan to use fear and intimidation is working. They have shown that they are more than willing to kill anyone, including other Muslims, who don’t share their beliefs, and that has left many moderate Muslims living in fear.
  4. Muslims are NOT the enemy, Islamists who want to destroy our democracy and create Islamist states under Sharia Law all over the world are the enemy.

We are a nation of immigrants. Not only do I understand that, I also cherish it. But that has nothing to do with the issue we’re talking about – and spinning an argument about the rejection of Islamism into one about hatred for Muslim immigrants and the failure of Multiculturalism is unfair to what should otherwise be a legitimate debate.

Political correctness usually goes only so far as to be a minor annoyance, like taking baby Jesus out of a nativity scene or as in the statement above, completely ignores the facts for the sake of someone’s precious feelings. Well, I have feelings too and they’re telling me our society is slowly going insane.

Let me pose a question: ‘Have you ever noticed the fuzzy logic that goes on when Islam is involved?’ Now I’m no Muslim theologist, but I do consider myself as a thinker and many incidents that have happened over the last few years don’t seem to be all that equitable.

Stuff that’s OK

  • Jesus figurine soaked in urine
  • Burn the Australian Flag and Constitution
  • The Virgin Mary covered in Elephant poop
  • Calling former Prime Minister John Howard a terrorist
  • Condemning Australia as a God forsaken country.

Stuff that’s not OK

  • Newspaper cartoon of Mohammed
  • Celebrating and wishing someone a Merry Christmas
  • Suggesting that some Muslims might actually be – terrorists

Do you really think that Islamists care about our stupid little debates over how to avoid hurt feelings? Of course not. They actually welcome this softly cuddly atmosphere we’ve created because it’s an integral part of how they intend to get close enough to kill us.

Islamists understand that our greatest strength – our freedom – is also our greatest weakness. We hold our freedoms above almost everything. We believe in a fair go and she’ll be right mate. But here’s a news flash people – the Islamists don’t. They’re disgusted by our Western values such as freedom, democracy or the very thought of women being equal to men.

Most Muslims have a private spiritual life and are quite happy to live in a country where they can practice their faith freely and openly. But Islamists don’t want a ‘private spiritual life’ – they want a political system that makes faith a very public, state oriented system.  At first I didn’t get it but now I do. It’s all about politics, not religion. In the world of Islamic extremism there is no separation of mosque and state because their church is their state. Their religious leaders are their political leaders and those leaders are happy to give you a simple choice: Live under Islamic rule or die.

Only in country as free as Australia can someone like Islamists preacher Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon from Sharia4Australia come out and say without condemnation from our Prime Minister blatant extremism like this:  "My attack is on the Prime Minister of Australia. I hate the parliament in Canberra. I want to go straight for the jugular vein and advise the parliament that they have no right to legislate. They should immediately step down and let the Muslins take over."

"One day Australia will live under Sharia; it’s inevitable. If Australians don’t accept it, that’s not our problem. We hope, and our objective is to have a peaceful transition, but when you look at history that has never been the case. There’s always been a fight. It is inevitable that one day there will be a struggle for Islam in Australia."

These home grown Islamists say the darnedest things.

Islamism is Islamic law surpassing every other law in society – including our precious Australian Constitution – and people like Siddiq-Conlon believe that everybody in Australia and the world should live under it.

The basis of Islamic law is Sharia, which is not an actual set of laws but rather a system of making them based on the interpretations of religious leaders.  But these aren’t the Roman Catholic or Anglican types of interpretations such as “Eat fish on Fridays.” These are pronouncements that encompass every aspect of life: Justice, finance, marriage, divorce, diet and every other thing you can think of.

Although it can be interpreted in many different ways, restriction and punishment are common elements of Sharia as followed by extremists:

  • An eye for an eye
  • Drinkers (of alcohol) and gamblers must be whipped.
  • Homosexuals must be put to death
  • Adulterers must be stoned to death
  • It’s ok for men to hit their women if they want to
  • If you say anything negative about Islam, you can be put to death

Like the Beatles bringing rock’n’roll into the mainstream, the Taliban helped shed the light on how extreme Sharia law can be. They banned kite flying, prevented girls from going to school and can you believe it, even outlawed music – Sorry Beatles, that means you lads too.

The Taliban also mandated that women wear the burqa and have a male escort when leaving the house and that anyone who converts from Islam to another religion must be executed. But at least you get a choice – Islamic fundamentalism or death. Who knew the Taliban was so prochoice?

Islamism itself is wholly incompatible with western societies like ours and any recognition of Islam by government sets us on the road to forcing the tenets of this anti-democratic ideology onto our own society.

Progressives like Prime Minister Gillard and Immigration Minister Bowen claim that tolerance of Islam is the best way to defeat anti-Islamism really misunderstand the entire problem of Islam and the West. It isn't merely Islamism that we are confronting here, but the oppression inherent in Islam itself. Islam is an ideology that is wholly against individualism. It is against individual rights and freedom and if we begin to use government rules and institutions to honour Islam we are breaking down the barriers of our own, more tolerant system and allowing this essentially chauvinistic, authoritarian system to infect ours.

Overseas, creeping Sharia has already damaged western societies. One example appears in England where the British have damaged their own legal system by setting up a parallel legal system allowing Sharia -styled pseudo-courts to operate in Muslim enclaves where residents eschew the proper English legal system and are allowed to conduct their own courts. So much for equal under the law. In England it is now "our" laws for us and "their" laws for them. These parallel legal systems are begin pursued by Muslims throughout the West and destroys a cohesive society and undermines western culture.

Another example of the beginnings of the destruction of a western legal system has occurred here in Australia. In a recent court case in Melbourne a PC infected judge cleared his courtroom when a female Muslim had to remove her veil in order to testify. Instead of requiring this woman to remove her veil and testify before the court in keeping with the more open western system as she should being an Australian citizen, this PC judge bowed to a foreign ideology allowing it to supplant his own traditions.

So far, in Australia we have only seen the debate about how we should treat political Islam as compatible with Australian ideals and we are urged to act in strict compliance with our Australian principles of liberty and religious freedom. But, in our parent state, Britain, we have seen their problems progress past the mere debate stage and to the policy stage. Unfortunately for England, they have decided to commit suicide.

As far as the governing progressive left here are concerned, they claim not to be worried about Sharia infesting our own system. They claim that the numbers of Muslims in Australia are too small to affect it. But this pooh poohing of creeping Sharia ignores the outsized and pernicious influence that groups like the AFIC (Australian Federation of Islamic Councils) and the various state Islamic Councils have on our legal system. These groups aren't interested in the democratic process. They are interested in using our legal system against us and wielding like a hammer the power of our out of control courts to do so.

The fact is, every little indentation that Islam can make into our system is one more step toward our demise and that is the ultimate goal of Islamists everywhere. Were we to allow it to happen in a mistaken belief that we are somehow adhering to our own principles is a conceit that will destroy us all.

 

So what can we do? Is there is a solution? Yes there is and I think we need four phases to prevent the spread of Islamism.

Phase One: Call Evil by its real name.

No one can be silent anymore. We all, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, must speak up and say “enough” if we don’t want our history, our Australian culture and likely our entire civilisation to be completely destroyed.

Women need to take the lead on this. Where’s the National Council of Women of Australia speaking out against the fact that women in extremist societies are tortured, discriminated against, forced into arranged marriages and not allowed access to education? Aren’t they supposed to advocate and defend women’s rights? Every woman in Australia, regardless of her religious beliefs, should stand up against this cruelty and the rest of us need to encourage and empower women to do so.

Of course people like Minister Bowen label you a racist and Islamophobe the second you question the motives or ask honest questions about Islam. Theo van Gogh made a 10 minute file about Radical Islam and ended up dead.

Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim who fled Somalia and an arranged marriage and was also targeted for death by Theo van Gogh’s killer has a chilling message about creeping Sharia. “For people who say it’s a small problem, I want to tell them it starts small but it grows. When I was living in Africa…the first veils…were remarkable. Now a country like mine in Somalia is entirely in the hands of people who want to introduce Islamic law, which was just unfathomable 20 years ago.”

Phase Two: Free speech must reign; political correctness must die.

It might seem like a trivial point when talking about Islamism, but our country is headed down a very dangerous path if we keep letting special-interest groups – whether they are based on religion or not – become more important than the laws of the land.

Slippery slope has become a cliché, but that’s because it’s absolutely true. Giving in to one group that’s offended by teaching the Holocaust or another group that wants to start a private community may not seem like a big deal, but all of those concessions begin to multiply, and you end up reliving Ms. Ayann Hirsi Ali’s experience.

Phase Three: Secure Borders

Our current way of handling our borders, essentially hoping that the people who come by boat are innocent people instead of terrorists, is going to get us all killed. It may be a guy smuggling in nuke or a couple hundred extremists coming in over the decades to preach Western hatred and Islamism – but either way, you simply cannot have a country without secure borders.

Phase Four: Exposure

The internet has become important for Islamic extremists, so important they have come to value the internet so much for its ability to spread their message that some have said the keyboard is as important as a Kalashnikov assault rifle. Remember the deadly plot in the northern hemisphere summer of 2006 to simultaneously bomb airplanes headed from the UK to the US? London Police Chief Ian Blair said the internet helped the suspects go “From what would appear to be ordinary lives in a matter of some weeks and months, not years, to a position where they were allegedly prepared to commit suicide and murder thousands of people.”

But the power of the internet shouldn’t be used only by extremists who want to expose their views to the masses. We should use it to expose them to the masses.

The mainstream Australian media have no interest in showing us what extremist say or do or how clearly they state their threats against us. That’s why it’s up to all of us – the ones who understand what’s happening – to spread the word and the internet is a great way to do that.

So please stop it with the political correctness and remember, we are still a free society, living under a Constitution. Some of you may not like what I have to say here, but (so far) I have the right to say it without being killed.

There are two fronts that must be defended in the war with Islamic extremists – our homeland and our freedoms.

If we don’t vigilantly defend both of them, we will end up with neither.

Andy is Stockbroker, novelist and general antagonist. He blogs regularly at www.andylsemple.com and his personal motto is "Speak without Fear. Question with Boldness."


Bad Science, Bad Policy

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Ruth Bonnett discusses tragic consequences of the environmentalist movement:

As early as 1969, writings by Ayn Rand – philosopher and novelist – sounded the alarm bells on the irrational environmentalist movement and the impact on our society.  “The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow.  They are accepted by default.”    -  “The Anti Industrial Revolution” by Ayn Rand

We are now living with the accepted slogans of “Global Warming”, “Climate Change”, “Global Climate Disruption”, and the fitting of almost every weather observation into the increasingly broad hypothesis of “Anthropogenic Global Warming”.  Forty years ago, these ideas were considered absurd, but were uncontested by the silent majority.

Ayn Rand described restriction on technology as omniscience:

 To restrict technology would require omniscience – a total knowledge of all the possible affects and consequences of a given development, for all of the potential innovators of the future. Short of such omniscience, restrictions mean an attempt to regulate the unknown, to limit the unborn and to set rules for the undiscovered, and more: an active mind will not function by permission; an inventor will not spend years of struggle dedicated to an excruciating work, if the fate of his work depends not on the criterion of demonstrable truth, but on the arbitrary decision of some authorities.

The United Nations, via UNEP and the WMO have attempted to restrict technology by the constructed IPCC objective to ‘prove’ that human produced carbon dioxide is causing global warming.  In so doing, the United Nations has demonstrated that they believe themselves to be omniscient – all knowing and all seeing.

I wonder if the IPCC have considered the consequence of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change – to Australian farmers? 

Farmers in Australia have borne the significant financial burden of meeting Australia’s obligations under the Kyoto Protocol by the enforcement of Vegetation Control Legislation which gives us sufficient ‘carbon credits’ to meet those Kyoto credits.

A recent Senate Enquiry on Native Vegetation Laws, Greenhouse Gas Abatement and Climate Change Measures concluded that:

It is unreasonable that the burden of broad environmental objectives is borne by a small number of Australians. Where the current native vegetation laws have resulted in reduction of property value for landholders, this is unjust and it is inappropriate that this burden is borne by individual landholders. This situation should be addressed to better balance competing objectives, the cost burden of achieving these and to redress the current situation.

I have been lucky enough to meet and befriend some of the people belonging to this unlucky cohort (‘small number of Australians’ who bear this enormous financial burden).

This cohort are the farmers who have had the value of their holdings reduced by an estimated $10.8 Billion to meet the United Nation’s expectations.

They are the farmers who give up precious family time to support others, who openly weep at public meetings, who mourn the suicide of their mates, who live in fear so palpable that they do not dare speak to journalists, for fear of enraging the omniscient, the all powerful, the all seeing, the all knowing, the United Nations.

My message to farmers in Australia and around the world is this: I don’t intend to allow the recent Senate enquiry here to gather dust.   I am an urban dweller who just happens to think that the ‘unsettled’ science and restriction of technology has brought about bad policy by way of the Kyoto Protocol and subsequent disastrous consequences for our farmers, and anyone else who values sound science, property rights and our democratic freedoms.

Ruth Bonnett is a semi retired commercial property investor who supports self reliance, small and efficient government and property rights as the foundation of a free and productive society.  

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Saturday Political Round up


 

Above: Latest NSW Liberal election advertisement.

Australia

NT intervention, just another failed plan: Mal Brough, The Australian

Tax homes and control mine boom, say CEOs, Sydney Morning Herald

Barnett says WA not prepared to carry the rest of Australia, "Canberra is beginning to take note of the US-style tea party brewing in the West", The Australian

The rise of monoculturalism in Australia's political parties, "Nick Greiner believes the consequence of the triumph of the careerists is that there's an "obsession with politics over policy and that large parts of the community are feeling disengaged from the political process", The Australian

Gillard pandered to racists, says Foley, The Australian

Baillieu sues ALP for political smearsThe Australian

Labor powerbroker, Obeid, resists pressure to retire, "The focus on Labor's votes in the upper house has been further sharpened by fears the Coalition could gain a working majority with minor party MPs and gain effective control of both houses", Sydney Morning Herald

 

The World

Wisconsin to limit union power, Washington Post

Economic crisis in Britain,The Daily Mail

Back to the future in Ireland? Thousands emigrate as economy crumbles, "The people of Ireland go to the polls Friday to deliver what's expected to be a knock-out blow to the governing party. But many are choosing to vote in a traditional Irish fashion: with their feet. Tens of thousands are joining in a new wave of emigration, turning their backs on a country mired in economic malaise", Wall Street Journal

US should direct Mideast storm of change to Iran, "…the great Arab revolution also holds great danger. In the past decade, the United States dismantled Iraq, took Egypt apart and lost Turkey. In doing so, it broke down the Sunni buffer against Iran. These days Washington is dismantling Bahrain, undermining Jordan and endangering Saudi Arabia – thereby turning Iran into the leading regional power. Unless the American policy changes, the result could be a geostrategic disaster", Haaretz (Israel) 

How will America handle the fall of its Middle East empire? "The great question is whether America will take its diminished status gracefully, or whether it will lash out, as empires in trouble are historically prone to do", The Daily Telegraph (London)

An open thread to discuss these articles and more. Please keep things civil.   

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We all know that this carbon tax is nothing more than a shameless grab for cash by the Gillard-Brown government. It will do nothing to help the environment, and will seriously hurt Australian families and businesses.

It will damage the economy, cost jobs, and force households to pay hundreds of dollars in extra taxes.

Our Editor-in-Chief, John Humphreys, has written extensively about carbon taxes and how, with offsetting tax cuts, they may be implemented to minimise damage to the economy. Yet this is not the case here. This is bad policy, pure and simple. 

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Wind Energy: Is It Green Or Brown?

John MikkelsenJohn Mikkelsen asks: How 'green' is wind power?

My forebears the Vikings harnessed the wind to explore and settle parts of the globe other inhabitants could only dream of for another few centuries, but times change.

Ask any sailor slicing through waves on a fast tack while the sails strain and the wake stretches silently behind…Beautiful, clean and green – there’s nothing quite like harnessing the wind – until some yob in a power boat or jet ski, blasts past and shatters the natural harmony.

Unfortunately, the reality of wind power as an alternative energy source seems just like that.

Backed by Greens – inspired government subsidies and tax breaks, it is supposed to play a key role in meeting Australia’s Renewable Energy Targets of 20 percent by 2020.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday reneged on a key pre-election promise and announced another Greens-backed proposal to introduce a price on “carbon pollution” by July 1 next year, as a measure to promote alternative energy.

She said there would be a fixed carbon price for three to five years, then an emissions trading scheme with a “flexible'' price linked to international markets.

But there is ample evidence to suggest wind power as one major alternative is unreliable, uneconomical and very unfriendly to the environment.

Experience from places investing heavily in wind farms such as Denmark and California, shows they are inconsistent power generators, needing back-up from conventional energy sources.

 Studies have also raised serious concerns about human health, and a devastating effect on bird life.

According to the American Bird Conservancy, new draft voluntary US federal guidelines focussing on wildlife impacts of wind energy will result in continued increases in bird deaths and habitat loss from wind farms.

“Bird deaths from wind power are the new inconvenient truth. The total number of birds killed and the amount of bird habitat lost will dramatically increase as wind power build-out continues across the country in a rush to meet federal renewable energy targets,” the organisation’s vice-president, Mike Parr said.

The Telegraph in Britain reported results of a study claiming wind turbines could cause heart problems, tinnitus, nausea, panic attacks and headaches among people living nearby. 

Dr Nina Pierpont, a New York paediatrician, said she was convinced vibration and noise emitted by wind turbines could produce a range of symptoms she had named "Wind Turbine Syndrome" or WTS.

She examined the health of people living near wind farms in the US, UK, Italy, Ireland and Canada. As a result, she recommended wind turbines should not be built closer than 2,000 metres to housing.

"There is no doubt my clinical research shows that the infrasonic to ultrasonic noise and vibrations emitted by wind turbines cause the symptoms,” she said.

Another damning indictment of wind farms involves pollution created in forging rare earths into the powerful magnets they utilize to generate electricity. The Mail Online reports:

“The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China.

This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.

Hidden out of sight behind smoke-shrouded factory complexes in the city of Baotou, and patrolled by platoons of security guards, lies a five-mile wide ‘tailing’ lake. It has killed farmland for miles around, made thousands of people ill and put one of China’s key waterways in jeopardy.

This vast, hissing cauldron of chemicals is the dumping ground for seven million tons a year of mined rare earth after it has been doused in acid and chemicals and processed through red-hot furnaces to extract its components. 

Back in Australia, more questions over Federal and State Government subsidies for wind farms were raised this week by chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition, Viv Forbes, who said they should compete equally with other forms of power generation.

A qualified geologist and soils scientist, Forbes said there was no proof wind farms reduced carbon dioxide emissions, and it was ludicrous to believe a few windmills in Australia would improve global climate.

“The wind is free but wind power is far from it. Its cost is far above all conventional methods of generating electricity.

Wind power is intermittent, unreliable and hard to predict. To cover the total loss of power when the wind drops or blows too hard, every wind farm needs a conventional back-up power station (commonly gas-fired) with twice the design capacity of the wind farm to even out the sudden fluctuations in the electricity grid. 

Why bother with the wind farm? Just build the backup and achieve lower costs and better reliability,” he said.

Meanwhile submissions to a Senate Inquiry into the social and economic impact of rural wind farms closed this month (February 10). The report is due on April 30.

Maybe that will go some way to answering the question: How “green” is this alternative energy source? 

As Bob Dylan sang in his anthem of angst back in the Sixties, “ The answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind…”

[Ed] UPDATE: You may read a great pece by John on the carbon tax proposal, written back in December, here.

John Mikkelsen is a long-term journalist, former regional newspaper editor (Gladstone Observer) now regular columnist and freelance writer.

Morgan Polls: Coalition Surges Ahead

It's fair to say that the last two weeks have been pretty grim for the Coalition. They've taken a battering in the media, and, following this turbulance, you would expect a poll released today to reflect this with a decrease in support.

And you would be wrong. Because a Morgan Poll conducted over the last three nights shows the Coalition surging ahead to a clear election-winning lead, with the L-NP recording a primary vote of 45.5% to the ALP's 36%, resulting in a 2PP result of 51.5%-48.5%. Morgan also released a poll conducted last week – at the height of the media attacks on the Coalition – which also showed an increase in the 2PP L-NP vote from their last poll (50.5%-49.5%), suggesting a trend away from the ALP.

It is also worth noting Prime Minister Gillard's announcement of a carbon tax yesterday, a clear violation of her election promise which will send prices soaring, with a Galaxy poll released yesterday that only 34% of Australians subscribe to AGW, so, it is highly likely that the Coalition's lead shall continue and perhaps even increase in the weeks to come. 

(TVA)

Civility & The Left

via www.youtube.com

Recent protests in Wisconsin demonstrate the hate-filled extremist rhetoric of the Tea Party movement, where they openly compare elected officials to Hitler, draw targets on them, and spread vile, extremist hate.

What's that you say? These are actually from the left-wing protests? Not from the Tea Party? Oh. Well, no wonder they didn't get any media scrutiny…

(TVA)

UPDATE: Further civility from the left: here's a clip of a union thug punching FreedomWorks employee Tabitha Hale:

UPDATE 2: Here's a clip from AFSCME’s “solidarity” rally in Providence, Rhode Island, where, a cameraman was accosted by a fuming pro-union protester who threatens him and screams: “I’ll f**k youin the ass, you faggot!” 

UPDATE 3: Democratic Congressman incites violence by emailing his supporters to tell them it is time to “get a little bloody.”