Two items from our Aussie ABC that appeared virtually side-by-side on their news website this morning.
First up, some hand-wringing about supposed 'Islamophobia', as reported by PM program's Simon Lauder.
'Anti-Islam Group Under Fire Over Leaflet Drop'
'The group which plans to host a visit to Australia by controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders (who has dared to publicly criticise aspects of Muslim doctrine and practice, and has therefore been deluged with death threats - from Muslims - and accused of hate speech by uninformed non-Muslims - CM) is being accused of distributing anti-Islamic leaflets to letterboxes in Victoria.
'It is not the first time the Q Society has been accused of using letter drops to spread bigotry.
'Bigotry'. What is 'bigoted' about deploring a cult whose adherents firmly believe that their cult-founder had marital relations with a nine-year-old girl and who therefore, today, in many countries across the world, still believe - because of that precedent - that there is nothing wrong whatever with forcibly marrying off prepubescent girls to men old enough to be their grandfathers? What is 'bigoted' about deploring a cult whose foundation text tells a man to beat his wife if he fears she might be insubordinate...and whose present-day followers cite precisely that text to justify beating their wives? Would Simon Lauder think it 'bigoted' to deplore the human sacrifices of the Aztecs or of the Thuggees? Presumably, he thinks it is 'bigotry' to deplore a cult whose attitude toward non-cultists is - as the scholar Joseph Schacht pointed out, in 'An Introduction to Islamic Law' - "the law of war: they must be converted, or subjugated, or killed"? O well, at least Mr Lauder is not accusing Q Society members of 'racism', which is the other favourite charge levelled today at anyone who dares to publicly question, mock or criticise the ideology of Islam. - CM
'In big red lettering the leaflet warns "SAVE OUR SCHOOLS - BE AWARE the Australian Government is preferencing and supporting Islamic faith, history and culture in schools".
'The flyer landed in letterboxes on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula earlier this week.
'Mount Eliza resident Judy, who does not want her full name to be used (Why? she is busy getting all upset on behalf of the poor persecuted Muslims, so she can't possibly be afraid of meeting the same fate as Theo Van Gogh did. And if she is representing herself as trembling with fear lest Q Society agents will - da da dum! - do something mean to her, she is a blithering idiot. The most that a Q Society member will do to her, is encourage her to read the Quran and investigate other Islamic texts and watch a few videos of Islamic clerics in full swing on the MEMRI website, and make up her mind for herself. - CM) says the leaflet has been widely distributed in her neighbourhood and she is incensed.
"This got my back up. I'm feeling that it's inflaming the general public and I don't think that's the right way to go", she said.
"The flyer is definitely anti-Islamic. That's my impression.
And is it illegal to be anti-Islamic? Is it immoral? Is it irrational? - CM
"Because it says down further, 'When less than 3 percent of Australia's population is Muslim, why are we allowing the Australian government to support this?'".
This being the very inaccurate and demonstrably white-washed account of Islam presented in the glossy propaganda booklet for schools, 'Learning From One Another". No such booklet on the subject of, say, Buddhism or Hinduism has been officially produced and circulated, even though Buddhists and Hindus together comprise a larger percentage of the population than do Muslims. - CM
'On its website, the Q Society says Australia should be based on Judeo-Christian values and [that] what it calls the "Islamisation of Australia" is its call to arms.
Note that the phrase 'call to arms' is not enclosed within quotation marks by the ABC. If you look at the Q Society mission statement
you will see that there the phrase is enclosed within quotation marks, thus emphasising ts metaphorical meaning; and you will also see an explicit and unequivocal commitment to abide by the law of the land and to use reasoned argument. I quote: "In upholding and defending Australian values, we use reasoned words and ideas, as well as political and democratic processes. We will never resort to violence, the threat of violence, or the use of lies, profanity and insults". - CM
'The leaflet targets a teaching resource called 'Learning from One Another', saying it is indoctrinating teachers about the virtues of Islam.
Which it [that is, the Learning from One Another booklet] is indeed doing. And very slickly, slyly and misleadingly, too. To have a look at the thing for yourself, in all its glossy mendacity, see here:
and for Vickie Janson's preliminary critique of LFOA, see here:
'The program was an initiative of the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne and was backed by the Australian Curriculum Studies Association.
'Both have told PM they do not want to comment on the leaflet, but they point out [that] the program has been the subject of misguided attacks for years.
'Misguided' attacks. As opposed to the meek submission of - as the Quranic phrase puts it - the 'rightly guided'? - CM
'Keysar Trad from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils says the leaflet is typical of the Q Society and most Australians will dismiss the material.
He hopes. - CM
'"This is more than Islamophobic, this is agitating fear in Australia", he said.
Yeah, some of the najis kuffar, the filthy unbelievers, are waking up to Islam's little Total World Domination project, the 1400-year-old dream of "Islam, Islam Ueber Alles", as John Roy Carlson put it in a chapter of his 'Cairo to Damascus' account of the first modern Jihad against Israel; and Mr Trad doesn't like that. - CM
"When our neighbours and our friends see this disgusting leaflet they will...after ripping it up and throwing it in the bin, they will realize that the Q Society is not a society that is acting in the interest of the Australian community".
It opposes the Islamisation of Australia, no matter what methods that Islamisation is deploying. It opposes the imposition of the sharia because the sharia would mean multiple institutionalised violations of universal human rights; it opposes the idea of the ultimate displacement and replacement of the current Australian polity, by a sharia state in which Muslims would permanently dominate and domineer over any and all surviving non-Muslims. I think Q is most assuredly acting in the interest of all non-Muslims in Australia. - CM
'It is not the first time Q Society leaflets have raised the ire of residents and community leaders.
That is, of some residents and some - mainly Muslim - 'community leaders'. - CM
'Another leaflet rails against (no: rationally criticises - CM) the Halal food industry.
Which industry is becoming a major cash cow for Muslims within the West, since a business must pay a significant fee to have its product certified as 'halal'; a fee that becomes part of the 'cost of production' passed on to the consumer in the retail price. And where the money goes after it is paid to the Muslim certifying body, who knows? It could be going, via zakat, to pay for da'wa - Muslim proselytization - or even for the equipping and training of jihad terrorists. Further, the push to make halal meat the unlabelled norm denies choice to the non-Muslim consumer - who may not want to eat meat that has been killed by the halal method - and has the effect of granting Muslim slaughterers and butchers a virtual monopoly over all but the pork section of the meat industry. - CM
'Push for secularism'
'Q Society deputy president Debbie Robinson says the group has been dropping leaflets in letterboxes nationwide.
'"It's been distributed through Australia in every state", she said.
'Ms Robinson says education about Islam has no place in schools.
'Learning From One Another and bringing Muslim perspectives into our classrooms just appears to be another initiative offering no alternative but to respect Islam as a religion", she said.
"And as I mentioned before, Australian schools on the whole are secular in nature and trying to promote this interfaith understanding so that we understand the Muslim population...I would argue, will they be exposed to the Judeo-Christian roots of Australia?"
'However the Learning From One Another program was not funded by the Australian Government, it was funded by the Myer Foundation.
It is, nevertheless, finding its way into a lot of state schools. - CM
'The foundation says it has proved highly popular with teachers across the country
If so, that is deeply disturbing, for when one reads Ms Janson's preliminary critique, which I linked above, one knows that it does not offer an accurate account of Islam. She points out that, for example, it glosses over the classic historical meaning of Jihad. - CN
'and the foundation is proud to be contributing to cultural harmony and educaton.
"Well as far as I'm aware, the Australian Curriculum Students Association Incorporated was part of that", Ms Robinson said. "But I mean, it's still being promoted in our government schools. Whether it's funded by them or not, it's still being promoted in government-funded schools."
'Ms Robinson says she does not know why the community (that is, 'why some people' - CM) interprets Q Society's objectives as Islamophobia.
"I think the Islamophobic label is a way to shut down discussion",
Exactly. - CM
And now for our second item, which appeared on the ABC news website on the very same day.
"Jihadists remain Australia's greatest threat: ASIO".
'Australia's domestic spy agency ASIO says violent jihadist ideology (that is, Islam - CM) still poses the greatest threat to Australia.
'ASIO's annual report says terrorism (that is, Jihad - CM) remains a real threat, and warns some Australians (that is, 'some Muslims currently resident in Australia' - CM) are being drawn into conflicts in the Middle East.
'The report says ongoing wars - particularly the war in Afghanistan - continues to motivate Australia-based extremists and that some Australians are being drawn to violent conflicts in countries like Lebanon, Syria and Somalia.
'Australia-based extremists.' 'Australians'. In other words: jihad-minded pious Muslims. But if all Australian troops came home from Afghanistan, and if the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Lebanon and Syria settled down, and if a sharia warlord managed to squash everybody else in Somalia and things sort of settled down for a while, jihad-minded Muslims in Australia would still be caught hatching jihad plots. Because the Islamic texts teach them that their duty is to strive continually for the dominance of Islam - of Muslims - over everything that is not-Islam; their duty is to impose and enforce the sharia. It is a mistake for us non-Muslims to be distracted by whatever is the Muslim grievance du jour; the real driver of Muslim aggression against non-Muslims, or against deemed-insufficiently-Islamic Muslims, is the jihad imperative as found in, for example, surah 9: 29 of the Quran. - CM
'The report mentions the violence in Syria, saying it increases the chance of communal violence (that is, of fights among different kinds of Muslims - CM) in Australia, particularly as some people are actively promoting hatred here.
'Some people'. One must assume that this includes A/ Shiite Muslims saying hateful things about Sunni Muslims and B/ Sunni Muslims saying hateful things about Shiites and Alawites. Of course, even if there were no civil war between Alawite semi-Muslims, Shiites and Sunnis in Syria, there would still be the hate that Islam inculcates toward the non-Muslims qua non-Muslims; Jews in particular (and this hate is not caused by the rebirth of Israel, for when it was codified the Jews did not have a sovereign state), and Christians, and 'polytheists' which covers most everybody else. - CM
'Despite the threats the report says a lack of money means it may have to cut staff numbers.
'ASIO's staff numbers have almost tripled this decade but the agency now says budget pressures means that growth will now end.
'In 2000 the agency had 584 staff members, but it has now got more than 1,700'...
And in the same period, between 2000 and 2012, the number of Muslims in Australia has increased significantly; thus increasing the size of the population that - despite the frantic denial of a great many people - requires to be monitored, and therefore making it necessary for us to find and pay more people to do the monitoring.
The harsh reality that has still to be faced by those non-Muslim Australians who shriek 'Islamophobia' at the worried people who comprise groups like the Q Society, is that the Ummah, or Mohammedan Mob, is the sheltering sea within which the sharia-pushers and jihad terror plotters swim, and from which, ceaselessly, they emerge; and their numbers and their aggressiveness grow in tandem with the growth in size - and thus in perceived and actual political power - of that Mohammedan Mob. ASIO did not have to hire all its extra staff members because of the rapid growth in size of the Hindu and Buddhist community in Australia. It was forced to hire them because of the rapid increase in the size of the Muslim presence and the commensurate increase in the number of murderous jihad plots detected. - CM