Archive for the ‘Dhimmitude’ Category

Saving the tea ladies of the West

February 19, 2006

Of course we’ve always known that the more-transgressive-than-thou, libertarian free-spirits of the Aussie media are for the most part just conventional folks putting on a show.

But the word is now out: in support of decisions not to republish the famous Danish cartoons in their own papers, these people now whisper that they have, ah, families. Who would have thought?

More on the Aussies below. But it’s worth noting first that the fabled bohemians of the UK intellectual Right, though in much the same boat, have at least shown themselves to be slightly more inventive.

In explaining its decision not to publish the cartoons, the conservative UK magazine TheSpectator doesn’t mention families (registration required). (OK, this may be wise given the level of bonking that notoriously goes on there). Instead, the magazine editorial on the cartoons mentions its concerns about – would you believe – the tea ladies.

Thus the magazine takes to task those European publications who have published the cartoons, by charging that they have “not just put themselves at risk, but also their canteen staff…” (Emphasis added.) (The editorial also mentions concern for the welfare of classified advertising executives in the western media, but that is beyond funny.)

Of course, for moderate and secular Muslims facing Islamicist crazies in their own countries, this kind of thing from an influential Anglo publication like the Spectator is not all funny but very bad news indeed.

They now find out that many of those in the West who have been cheering them along as the great white hope of democratisation either

  • don’t actually believe in the principles that they espouse, or
  • do believe in them but are, well, sensible about the thing, old boy.

This was the point the Islamicists wanted to make above all in their well-orchestrated campaign, and of course they’ve made it exceedingly well throughout the Anglosphere.

For sheer good ol’ British hypocrisy though, the Spectator is hard to beat. In the same editorial in which it stoutly defends its own decision to be sensible and not publish the cartoons, it attacks bishops who it alleges have failed to assert Christian values in the face of a Muslim cultural onslaught; and police who it alleges have ‘bottled out’ of enforcing the law when it comes to Muslim protestors. Hey Spectator. Don’t bishops and policemen have tea ladies too?

Turning to the Aussie media, Gerard Henderson in the Sydney Morning Herald asserts that ‘the position taken by most media outlets in Australia, Britain and the United States makes sense’. According to Henderson, ‘at present, there is little point in publishing material that may be used by radical Islamists to stir animosity against moderate Muslims and the West.’

Little point? No point at all, really, provided of course that you can live with the betrayal of the moderate Muslims you claim falsely to be protecting. Some of these are quoted by Henderson himself in this very article, including the Egyptian Muslim journalist Mona Eltahawy, who wrote in the International Herald Tribune that she supported Jyllands-Posten’s right to publish the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. This moderate Muslim said she found “the daily human rights violations of our [Muslim] dictators to be more offensive to the memory of the prophet’s life than a few cartoons could ever be”.

Muslim journalists like Eltahawy take real risks to express such opinions. But Henderson brushes aside such examplers, asserting simply that ‘it makes sense’ (that phrase again) for Western editors and producers ‘to come to a pragmatic judgement in this instance.’

Just writing this should make Henderson feel queasy. He would know that if you only stand up for your principles when they ‘make sense’, they’re no longer principles. And why is ‘this instance’ different? What happens next time? Cowardice (sorry: ‘pragmatic judgements’) tends to be habit-forming.

Henderson in fact proceeds to spell out the simple truth that ‘those who are employed by newspapers and television stations, or who operate websites, do not want to be attacked by angry mobs and suffer the possibility of beheading or another form of death.’

As he says, ‘Some have been honest enough to admit that intimidation was an important factor in their refusal to show their readers/viewers the alleged offensive drawings of the prophet.’

If they have been honest enough, it’s a pity Henderson spills so much fatuous ink trying to rationalise spineless timidity with the ludicrous proposition that it has something to do with protecting moderate Muslims. The opposite is the case, and for this we’re all going to pay enventually, one way or another, tea ladies and all.

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The Pope and Ignorance

January 24, 2006

Several weeks ago, DhimmiWatch/JihadWatch brought to my attention the report that the Pope does not believe Islam is capable of reform.
After picking my jaw up off the ground, and wiping away the coffee stains from my keyboard, I harked back to the time just after the Pope’s ordination. He met with German Muslim leaders and declared that he was going to make dialogue and understanding with Islam a priority whilst he was Pope. At the time, I thought, great, another dhimmi! 😉

I then proceeded to the source, Hugh Hewitt’s interview of Father Joseph Fessio, a student and a friend of the Pope’s. Here’s the interesting part:

“…the thesis that was proposed by this scholar was that Islam can enter into the modern world if the Koran is reinterpreted by taking the specific legislation, and going back to the principles, and then adapting it to our times, especially with the dignity that we ascribe to women, which has come through Christianity, of course. And immediately, the Holy Father, in his beautiful calm but clear way, said well, there’s a fundamental problem with that, because he said in the Islamic tradition, God has given His word to Mohammed, but it’s an eternal word. It’s not Mohammed’s word. It’s there for eternity the way it is. There’s no possibility of adapting it or interpreting it, whereas in Christianity, and Judaism, the dynamism’s completely different, that God has worked through His creatures. And so, it is not just the word of God, it’s the word of Isaiah, not just the word of God, but the word of Mark. He’s used His human creatures, and inspired them to speak His word to the world, and therefore by establishing a Church in which he gives authority to His followers to carry on the tradition and interpret it, there’s an inner logic to the Christian Bible, which permits it and requires it to be adapted and applied to new situations. I was…I mean, Hugh, I wish I could say it as clearly and as beautifully as he did, but that’s why he’s Pope and I’m not, okay? That’s one of the reasons. One of others, but his seeing that distinction when the Koran, which is seen as something dropped out of Heaven, which cannot be adapted or applied, even, and the Bible, which is a word of God that comes through a human community, it was stunning.”

However, after seeing that the Washington Times has at long last picked up on this, I thought this story worth unearthing.

Funnily enough, I also dug this up in the course of finding these above linked articles. Here the Pope is quoted as saying that allowing Turkey into the EU would be “an enormous mistake” because “adding Turkey would dilute the culture of what he considers a Christian continent” and that Turkey “…always represented another continent… in permanent contrast with Europe.”

Seems that I judged poor Benedict too soon. He may the most prominent mainstream anti-Dhimmi out there. It is also bleedingly obvious that the Pope and I agree on at least one matter without question.

UPDATE: Seems like Father Fessio misheard/misunderstood. The Pope said that the Koran was beyond reform, not Islam. Sorta like Catholacism…anyone remember the Diet of Worms?

The Wombat Report: Mostly Good News

January 24, 2006

Listen Up, Wombateers !

Welcome to the completely irregular and possibly once-off Wombat report, where the news today is mostly good. In fact, it is super. Though perhaps not dooper. Especially if anyone speaks Ukrainian. Then the latter is quite close to a good word to describe Keyser Trad, speaking of which we start with some FANTASTIC news:

Especially if you live in the city of Sydney and are a bit tired of you-know-who denying any knowledge of you-know-what while the Police have only decided to acknowledge that it even happened at all only a month later. Miraculously, today NSW Police have grown a pair, while Morris Iemma is performing cosmetic Neocon surgery on several of the State’s institutions…(Warning: the second linked article may make you gloat and giggle incessantly! Don’t you love it when lefties complain?)

The Aussie blogosphere should bloody well rejoice at the return of Dar-Al-Harb’s Pimp Daddy Blog Brutha Like no Other Mike Jericho. (Not that you would tell from the name of his new blog.) Yes, this guy is arguably even more incisive than Tim Blair (may Allah stregthen his typing fingers) and he definitely pulls no punches, while landing some well placed knees below the ROP’s increasingly metaphorically mixed belt. Lets hope Mike keeps on blogging and gets quoted by Mary Kostakidis, Mike Iemma and Pope Benedict.

Relative sanity prevailed in Canada. A minority government kind of sanity perhaps, but sanity nonetheless. I would like to say that Canada is about to rejoin the Anglosphere, and I am sure that Stephen Harper would like to say the same. Sadly, any government in coalition with Le Bloc Dhimmiqois will have some difficulty in this department.

John Bolton drew a line in the sand and reminded everyone of what a badass he is, and what a much larger badass the US can be. He said that Bush will not tolerate a nuclear armed Iran, and suggested that the UN sponsored terror cheerleader organisation UNRWA should be dismantled. And it is only Tuesday. This guy is gooooood.

Shaul Mofaz is not too far behind. Osirak 2, coming soon to an underground bunker NEAR YOU, MULLAH-BOY…

Uber-dhimmi Not-So-Gorgeous George Galloway is not doing himself any favours.

Hafez-al-Assad is getting more desperate and loonier as the UN investigation into the Hariri murder closes on him. (Hey, is the UN actually doing something right ? My my…)

Denmark stands fast against dhimmitude, Norway follows. Moderate Muslims act less Muslim and more Moderate, and actually voice displeasure at their very Muslim, not very Moderate leaders ! Somebody pinch me. Yep, right there. aaaahhhh…. That’s better… Hey, wait a minute, I am still typing, leave me alone!

I leave you on a light note of unapolagetic schadenfreude…

There is no bloody weather report here so you can all bugger [Crash note: this is borderline Wombat] off now! (a note for our more sensitive American Wombateers: Aussies use the word “bugger” like you use the word “dang”. It is ugly, suggestive of something very unplesant but used so often that it has lost its offensive edge. In this context it just means “go”. Anyway, deal with it).

V. Wombat, your intrepid would-be reporter and link plagarist, signing off.
P.S.: Crash please fix typos because I cannot be arsed [Crash note: this is borderline Wombat].

P.P.S.: Yes Americans, “arsed” is a verb that is synonymous with “bothered”.