John R. Houk
© May 21, 2011
Geert Wilders of Netherlands has been facing persecution in his native land for years. The focus of the persecution is the Wilders message that Islam is evil and inimical to the Judeo-Christian culture that has inspired Western concepts of Freedom. This Freedom has found its greatest heights in America which is codified in the U.S. Constitution and can only be changed by a Constitutional Amendment or a rebellion against the Constitution.
In the Europe that is coalesced around the concept of a European Union Freedom is defined by relativity. Relative Freedom is diluted Freedom. Relative Freedom is freedom only as it is interpreted by the Central Government. Thus when the few Biblical Christians that still exist in Europe denounce Islam as a false religion or publically stand to a morality that belittles the lifestyles of homosexuality, Relative Freedom will those people jailed or fined or both as an illegal disruption to multicultural diversity.
Geert Wilders’ global message is that people must wake up to the threatening despotism that Islam represents against Western Culture. Recently Wilders was part of an expose Islam conference at a Church in Nashville, TN. Andrew Bostom brings this speech to the American Thinker for all to read what was spoken in Tennessee.
The Wilders speech definitely was not politically correct. Since there was no politically correct restraint in the speech, the first impression of Americans that love the heritage of Freedom in America, will sense the passion that Adolf Hitler expressed against Jews in the rise to power of Nazi Germany. Frankly I can almost hear or read the venom of Leftists who love multiculturalism yet hold an underlying hatred to the heritage of Judeo-Christianity.
Here is a less volatile excerpt from the Wilders speech:
Islam is dangerous. Islam wants to establish a state on earth, ruled by islamic sharia law. Islam aims for the submission, whether by persuasion, intimidation or violence, of all non-Muslims, including Christians.
The results can be seen in Europe.
Islam is an ideology of conquest. It uses two methods to achieve this goal: the first method is the sword. Do you know what figures on the flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a country where Christian churches are banned and Christians are not even allowed to wear a tiny crucifix? There is a huge sword on that flag, just below the Islamic creed. The message is clear. Without the sword islam would not have been able to spread its creed.
The second method is immigration. Islam’s founder Muhammad himself taught his followers how to conquer through immigration when they moved from Mecca to Medina. This phenomenon of conquest through immigration is called al-Hijra. My learned friend Sam Solomon has written a perfect book about it.
I am here to tell you that Geert Wilders is right on the money! The irony of our Western Culture is our tolerance for other cultures. Unfortunately tolerating Islam as it is espoused in its pure beginnings as preached by Mohammed is a cancer that will eat away the freedoms Western Culture has achieved over the decades from the days of one-man absolute monarchies through today’s rule of law that honors the rights of citizens rather than top to bottom despotism.
Leftist ideology regardless of all the rhetoric of power to the proletariat was a top to bottom central government rule that told citizens how to live and believe at the cost life or prison slavery. The same deception is inherent in Islamic ideology which has become theo-politicized via Sharia Law which also demands absolute adherence with punishment that results in second class citizenship (dhimmitude), prison for free speech assertions perceived as anti-Islamic, loss of limbs for theft or loss of life for insults to Islam, Mohammed or Allah.
When a Muslim attempts to tell you that enforcement of Sharia Law punishments longer occur in Islam, the only truth in that assertion is only valid in a Western nation that still requires the rule of law over Sharia Law. In Muslim nations Sharia Law punishments seemed to retreat in some nations that have attempted a modicum of secularism; however a resurgence of Sharia Law applications in all its harsh forms have made a strong comeback after the purist Islam influenced by what we in the West has called radical Islam. The fact is the very Muslims America and Europe have labeled as moderate are beginning to adopt Sharia Law according to the demands of reformist Muslims of Salafist, Wahhabi and Twelver Shi’ites.
A classic revival of Sharia Law in its pure form is exampled in Europe by Islamic enclaves that require all that enters the enclaves to respect the rules of Sharia Law or expect the potential an extra-legal enforcement beyond the touch of a European nation’s rule of law.
Dear God in Heaven people, please listen-up! Even if it goes against our nature of tolerance to foreign cultures we need to make laws that illegalize aspects of a religion or an ideology that has an agenda to overcome Constitutional Law, especially in the United States of America.
John R. Houk
© January 2, 2010
Many Leftists especially European Leftists, claim Muslims are experiencing the same kind of prejudice today that the Jews received in the 1930’s. Leftists tend to point to this by the growing amount of Westerners that are arising to express their dislike of Islamic tenets. Islamic tenets are anti-Western especially toward American Constitutional Law.
Europeans infused with concepts of multicultural diversity have been continually caving in to Muslim demands to European nations to accommodate Islamic cultural mores and values. In Europe Free Speech takes a back seat in case the speech is considered offensive to a particular group whether it be race, sexual preference or religion (or perhaps the secular minded anti-religionists). Offensive speech in most European nations has been criminalized as hate-speech. Those in breach of hate-speech laws often themselves are recipients of fines or incarceration.
Now days, there is a conspicuous movement among Europeans that are beginning to voice their displeasure with Islamic encroachment into Western culture regardless of the penalty.
Geert Wilders a member of the Dutch Parliament produced the movie short entitled, “Fitna.” Fitna was an exposé on the brutal aspects of Islam especially as those aspects have been displayed in modern times. Fitna was not a flattering picture of Islam. Muslims became irate to the point that Wilders received death threats from Muslims who undoubtedly felt justified by Muslim Clerics producing a kill-Wilders fatwas (e.g. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2840, http://www.nisnews.nl/public/280208_5.htm and http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2010/09/australian-fatwa-behead-wilders.html). Wilders’ Dutch journey has gone from European condemnation of Left leaning European governments which included a hate-crime prosecution in his home nation of Netherlands through to being perhaps the leader of the strongest political party in the Netherlands system of Parliamentarian government.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a gal born a Muslim in Somalia. She immigrated to the Netherlands and became a Dutch citizen and a member of the Dutch Parliament. As a Dutch Parliamentarian she became a woman’s rights gal castigating Muslim treatment of women. Her friend and collaborator of a film about abuse of Muslim women Theo van Gogh was murdered because of the movie. The murderer acting under the release of an Islamic fatwa said Hirsi Ali would be next. She stuck out her Dutch Parliamentarian job for a short time but eventually fled to America to feel safer from fatwa threats.
One could find many such examples across Europe that have negative results for one standing up for Western Culture rather than submitting to idiotic European multicultural diversity resulting in Islamic Supremacism and dhimmitude.
Islamic Supremacism is the principle propaganda agent of Muslims and Muslim apologists that are attempting to claim Muslims are being persecuted on the same level as the Jews were in the 1930’s. The comparison though is absurd!
Anti-Semitism against Jews in the early 20th century resulted in Conspiracy Theories that blamed Jews for the global ills of the time. The primary global of the 1930’s was a global economic depression called The Great Depression in America. Jews caused the depression to seize world governments to rule the world – don’t you know? This blaming of everything on Jews resulted in pogroms in which Gentile Christians (i.e. shameful Christians) would enter Jewish minority community centers pillaging and vandalizing homes and businesses with the occasional murder following.
What was the typical Jewish reaction to this injustice? Perhaps the Jews rose up in their communities rioting against whatever National government with acts of vandalism and murder against non-Jews? Perhaps the Jews formed Synagogues of hate in which the Rabbis would incite hatred toward non-Jews that might result in a non-Jewish male being beat-up or a female being raped within the bounds of a Jewish enclave? I mean how would you act if you were a part of a minority that formed a significant block of the population in an urban area or a rural area for that matter? What did Jews actually do?
This is what Jews did. Jews did their best to stay peacefully stay out of the way of the Gentile majority. Many Jews became extremely insular but not to form militant enclaves, rather the insular minded Jew would look inside the Jewish community for strength to survive in the face of Anti-Semitic persecution.
What do Muslim minorities do in Europe? Muslims riot: Muslims incite hatred in their Mosques, Muslims demand the host culture accommodate the foreign Islamic culture, Muslims threaten the life of those apostatizing Islam or non-Muslims criticizing Islam, Muslims often do acts of violence toward non-Muslims that may be within the influence of a Muslim enclave with the male receiving a beating and/or death as well as European women becoming the victims of rape.
The answer to the difference between Jews and Muslims is that Jews were insular and evasive of confrontation toward non-Jewish nations and Muslims are militant in any reaction that is thought of as critical to Islam, Mohammed or Allah.
I like the elaboration provided by Barry Rubin on the differences of treatment pertaining to Jews and Muslims.