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October 04th 2015 print

Frank Pledge

The Left’s Unholy Alliance with Islam

Their philosophies are antithetical, but the common ground of their contempt for liberty, free speech and all who disagree has spawned an alliance of convenience. How much longer can a supine West tolerate the erosion of institutions, values and public safety?

 Back in January, when Curtis Cheng was still alive to return every night to his family (below) and nobody had heard of Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, Quadrant Online published the essay below. Today, with PM and Opposition Leader alike reacting to the third Islamic terror attack in less than 12 months — Endeavour Hills, Martin Place and, now, Parramatta — by expressing their immediate sympathy for the Muslim community that keeps spawning these monsters, the topic of Islam’s incompatability with democracy is worth re-visiting.

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For many years we have been sold the idea of multicultural Australia as a significant and energising factor in our national evolution. Cultural differences are supposed to be gradually absorbed into the mainstream, leaving it enriched and reinvigorated in the process. When multiculturalism means colourful costumes, exotic recipes and unusual music, there may be some truth in this. At least there is little appreciable harm.

But what happens when those imported cultures involve more than mere fancy dress, when they arrive with their own power relationships, their own political ideologies and a parallel legal system, all of which is incompatible with Australian norms and traditions? What happens when new arrivals have no intention of relinquishing these features of their cultures and integrating into the mainstream? What happens when the intent is first to modify the host culture and, ultimately, to replace it? How do multiculturalism’s promoters propose to deal with a scenario in which one or more of its celebrated minorities is fully committed to promoting its own political agenda?

Take Islam, which is not simply a religion. Rather, it is a political movement with imperialist intentions, stated quite openly in its sacred texts, and a vision of religion as the ultimate source of legal authority and social control. Rooted entirely in a theocratic conception of the world as it must be, Islam remains in its essence quite incompatible with democracy.

Peter Smith: Church and State, Mosque and Peril

The laws of Islam are those said to have been laid down by Allah via Mohammad in the Koran and Hadiths in the seventh century, and the idea that those religiously mandated laws could be changed or challenged by any democratically elected and secular assembly is fantasy. It is not as if this incompatibility with democracy is unrecognised. Muslims have been saying it openly and without apology for years. Consider this exchange, from 2002, aired on the ABC between Ms. Randa Abdel Fattah, a member of the Islamic Council of Victoria, in an interview with Radio National’s  Terry Lane:

Randa Abdel Fattah: But the whole idea of an Islamic state does differ from a Western concept of democracy, because it’s not about majority rule in terms of the majority deciding what is okay for the time being, and the majority of citizens deciding what is legal and what is illegal, we base it on the Qur’an and what God decides, so that there isn’t any people’s own input into what is moral and what is immoral, that it’s something that God decides, otherwise…

Terry Lane: Are you suggesting that the laws of the Qur’an, in an ideal state, should be the laws of the state?

Randa Abdel Fattah:  In an ideal state, in an Islamic state, yes.

This attitude is widely supported in the Islamic community. When polled in Britain, some 40% of Muslims declared they want to see Britain become an Islamic state under Sharia law. There is no reason to believe that Australian Muslims differ to any great or small degree.

In a previous article for Quadrant Online, I explained that Islam saw two distinct phases in its early development, the Meccan and Medinan phases. This has strong implications for Muslims today. Initially, while based in Mecca and  politically weak and isolated, Mohammad was conciliatory to the local non-Muslim population in which he lived. In this first phase, Allah reciprocated by revealing only moderate and conciliatory verses for inclusion in the Koran. However, after the move to Medina in 622, Mohammad’s political and military strength increased and the agenda of the Caliphate and the enforced conversion to Islam began. During this Medinan period, Allah’s revelations to Mohammad became more and more strident, including the so-called “sword verses” with their calls to wahge war on unbelievers.

Of importance is that Islam includes the Doctrine of Abrogation, in which the early and more peaceful verses are countermanded by the strident Medinan ones.  These early verses, however, remain in the Qur’an. And remember, too, that Islam also includes the Doctrine of Taqiyya — permissible dissembling when under pressure — which allows Muslims to cite those early and conciliatory Meccan verses as required, without mentioning that they have been superseded. Thus, Islam can be presented as the “Religion of Peace”, depending on the political climate and needs of the moment.

Clearly, the Islamic urge is for theocratic control with the political power vested in the same hands as religious power, meaning Western fantasies of democracy taking root in Iraq and the Arab Spring representing secularism’s triumph are denials of an obvious reality. As soon as the military’s influence in Egypt was reduced, the Muslim Brotherhood arose; with General Sisi’s ascent to power, it was forced to retreat.  Likewise, the rise of ISIS can be seen as representing the switch from the Meccan to Medinan persona, brought about by the Syrian civil war’s enfeeblement of the Asaad regime. It is ironic that the notion and hope of secular democracy filling any Middle East power vacuum is Western ethnocentrism on a grand scale.

This delusion is obvious here in Australia, where the political elites are determined to remain blind to the Islamic agenda within our borders. Islam is playing a long game — maintaining that PR-friendly and conciliatory Meccan front while quietly pursuing the Medinan vision.  The boundaries are tested constantly. Will a lone wolf attack prompt a realistic appraisal of Islam, or will it incite yet more multicultural cliches, photo ops and “moderate” Muslims being quoted at length on the ABC? Will ratepayers cop their community swimming pools being reserved during certain periods for the exclusive use of Muslims, or will there be a blunt response that the pool is non-denominational asset for the use of all. Should veiled women be allowed to enter Parliament House? The list of petty challenges to Australian traditions never ends, each concession prompting the next test of the host society’s willingness to draw a line.

Islam’s advancement of its cause by small steps has been aided and encouraged by native leftists, whose methods of infiltration and control Islam echoes. Consider, for example, how Patrick McCauley,  writing in Quadrant, captured the left’s disdain for the flag:

“Somehow, the progressive wisdom has decided that those who fly Australian flags are ‘racists’ rather than ‘nationalists’. So the word nationalism is now, in informed circles, code for the word racism. To add insult to injury, it seems those who fly Australian flags are less intelligent than those who don’t.”

Meanwhile, those who disagree with the punditocracy are dismissed as “bogans” whose unfashionable opinions are symptoms of a galloping stupidity. There is little to be said for Mike Carlton, the failed radio host who departed the Sydney Morning Herald after heaping obscene abuse on his critics, but one of his recent tweets is instructive: “Like so many of those hacks,” Carlton fulminated in reference to the Daily Telegraph’s Tim Blair, “he’s there to distract the bogans while Murdoch, Rinehart et al. do what they want.” See how it works? Disagree and it must be because you are the tool of some evil puppetmaster! This is an anti-democratic agenda to delegitimize the mainstream majority, and legitimise and advance their own position. As Oswald Spengler put it:

“It must be stated again and again that this society … is sick, sick in its instincts and therefore in its mind. It offers no defence. It takes pleasure in its own vilification and disintegration. ”

Antonio Gramsci, the Italian Marxist, would have been proud, for it was he who charted the ‘long march through the core institutions’. From the universities to the ABC to Gillian Triggs Human Rights Commission and scores of other publicly funded bodies where leftists hire leftists, the destinations have been reached and the institutions colonised. Even the military has been unable to resist — its mission to be ready to give battle and defend the country subsumed by the leftist agenda. Here, for example, is an analysis published by the Sydney Morning Herald , is the blueprint for dismantling the military’s “warrior culture”:

“The Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, wants the ADF to fundamentally rethink the way it selects its leaders. She wants to temper the warrior culture that traditionally sees the most senior officers in army, navy and airforce come from backgrounds in combat or command. And she wants to open up more ‘gateways’ to the top Defence jobs from other areas within the military such as logistics, human services and health, where the 14 per cent of the ADF who are female tend to be clustered.

‘Senior leadership positions in all three services are traditionally appointed from categories in which women have been precluded, or in which they are under-represented,’’ she says. “So the ADF will have to create ‘pathways (to leadership) through non-war fighting categories”.’ ”

Two cultures — leftism and Islam — subscribing to incompatible philosophies are working together. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, the old adage goes, thus do we see so-called progressives encouraging Muslin immigration while simultaneously declaring themselves confused as to the motives of men waving bloody knives and shouting “Allahu Akbar”. State the obvious, that Islam is bent on conquest and always has been, and the charge of being an Islamaphobe rings out from the left’s institutional fiefdoms. Each creed, Islam and leftism, is a tool to be used by the other.

To what extent should the mainstream allow itself to be taken over by minority cultures with their own private agendas? To what extent is it legitimate for the mainstream culture to mount Spengler’s “desperate self-defence” against those bent on destroying it? More to the point, how much longer do we have before it is too late to reclaim all that has been lost and suborned?


Comments [8]

  1. Jody says:

    Great article, but very disturbing. I’m afraid it echoes the sentiments of many Australians on the ground who feel that the agenda has been hijacked by the likes of Burnside, Hanson-Young, Ellis, Carlton, Agland and the “frightbats”. Time and again I’ve asked myself what’s in it for these people – to pursue an agenda so alien to Australian mainstream thinking. The penny dropped, finally. They form part of a new left oligarchy (along with Triggs and the High Court) which wants to impose their own glorious, grand vision of a utopia where we all hold hands, make quilts, burn candles in circles but – above all – don’t mention The Church, Conservativism, the “majority”, capitalism; anything like that will remind these players that it’s their self-designated ‘specialness’ which has separated them from we the (bogan) majority. This kind of elitism makes me physically sick because it confers a special kind of moral superiority and vanity which reminds me of some of the images of Mussolini with his grubby nose stuck way up in the air. He was superior too; and he knew better than the people (until he finally and ignominiously gained greater ‘prestige’ swinging from that service station lamp-post!).

    The multicultural horse has bolted. Look at unrest in Germany and other European nations. We now, more than ever, need determined leadership in this country to shut down the oligarchs who want to call the shots in this country (pardon the unfortunate pun)!

  2. [email protected] says:

    Below is a collage of my opinions sent to Quadrant mainly in response to Peter Smith’s excellent series of articles. I just wish there was some way your and Peter’s articles could get the mainstream media attention that they deserve.
    Dennis Boothby

    It is the totalitarian nature of Islam that makes it a real threat to freedom and the Western way of life everywhere, much more so than the theological aspects.
    In times past Theistic religions formed the philosophical and intellectual foundation stones of those societies in which they were present. Almost all were, and mostly still are, philosophically to the left and most were authoritarian, this included Christianity. Some were quite totalitarian, Islam being one of these. Fortunately for the Western world, especially for the English speaking parts of it, Christianity underwent an intellectual renaissance. This was partly due to the efforts of people like Martin Luther and even Henry VIII [albeit that his efforts were largely accidental and did not have an intellectual base]. The Christian renaissance had a lasting and substantial influence on the Catholic Church and its institutions.

    However, one of the unfortunate consequences of the weakening of the ‘authority’ of Christianity has been that the ‘moral compass’ of society is now set by secular forces rather than by religious institutions. Secular institutions in Academia, the judiciary and the media currently have their ‘moral compass needles’ attracted more by Marxist magnetic fields rather than religious ones. This being despite that Marxism is basically a ‘godless’ religion.
    I am an atheist but still regard the lack of values inherent in Marxism to be more harmful to civilisation in the long term than religious values and beliefs have been. This is despite that I regard most religions as being basically based on myths and fairy tales.
    Many secular leftists have the mistaken confidence/belief that they can somehow use Islam to weaken/debilitate Western society/Capitalism to the extent that they will be able to pick up the pieces of what is left of civilisation to establish their ‘socialist utopia’. To me that notion is a masochistic suicidal death wish.
    Would be secular totalitarian dictators in most cases can be bargained with. Even those with nuclear weapons. The lack of belief and values of secular totalitarians, most specifically that of an afterlife was a huge factor in explaining the successes of Reagan, Thatcher and to a lesser extent Karol Wojtyla [Pope John Paul 11] in bringing down the Berlin wall and helping to render communist totalitarianism [even if not Marxism] to a degree of philosophical and political impotence.
    Islamic totalitarians, be they theologians [mad mullahs] or terrorists will not be so easily bargained with or deterred from undertaking precipitous and aggressive actions because they do not fear death. Many even welcome it.
    The intellectual and physical fight against Islamic totalitarianism has been going on since the seventh century and will not be over quickly, if at all, but must be fought.

  3. Gogs says:

    Where’s my apology, dude?

    As the dust settles from the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, politicians appear on TV, speaking on our defence of democracy, freedom of speech, peace and the rule of law.
    Nowhere do I hear anyone accepting responsibility for what has happened: i.e. the changes to our western civilisation brought about by multiculturalism.
    Islam is incompatible with democracy. Period.
    In Europe “no-go” areas are becoming evident in many cities, as migrants from the middle-east establish their own set of rules.
    The politicians who allowed immigration from multiple cultures under the misconception that it would be beneficial, now should explain how we can deal with the terrorists in our midst. Sadly, they are now safely retired on their parliamentary pensions, and they express no liability for the current state of affairs.

    • Davidovich says:

      I have a niece whose work has taken her from Jerusalem to Paris. Perhaps not surprisingly, she feels less safe in Paris than back in Jerusalem where the Israelis are able to provide a greater degree of security even though Jerusalem is a multi-faith metropolis.

    • Tig says:

      I read, quite some time ago, that New Labor under Tony Blair deliberately encouraged immigration into Britain from everywhere with the intent of changing the culture of the UK. Well, if that is true, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, and I hope they are happy with their handiwork because I would not imagine the English are.

  4. Jody says:

    I’m about to leave for Europe for a 3 month stay and anticipate it will be my last. In 2011 I didn’t like the way it was going and this time I expect the situation to have further deteriorated. Angela Merkel (all things to all people) believes opposition to Muslims is about racism and she speaks about people and their dark souls. It is never the business of any politician what people hold in their hearts and believe.

    I agree with the original commentator on this page who said that the Left wants to use multiculturalism to bring down the established order. I’ve long felt that ‘progressivism’ is all about ‘robbing’ conservatives and the status quo/establishment of its core values, beliefs and ideologies so that a new order will deny the Establishment its power base which has, conventionally, been contingent with ‘success’. If you take away those ‘support systems’ and ideologies this makes it harder for that section of the society to be as successful as they had in the past. You know, that group of capitalists who provide the capital and jobs which enable economic growth and development!! Yes, there are problems that need to be addressed with capitalism but the actions and values of naive progressives suggest that the cure is worse than the disease.

    Meantime, the ‘progressive logic’ that you can disempower a section of society by robbing it of its ideologies and values might also be applied to the malevolent fairy tale of multiculturalism – and Islamism in particular. BHP and Rio Tinto don’t carry guns and murder their opponents, but supporters of Islam do. As Robert Frost said, …”and that has made all the difference” (The Road Less Travelled).

  5. Bill Martin says:

    The two ideologies, Islam and the left, are nowhere near as antithetical to one another as it might appear. For a start, true believers in both camps – as distinct from the “useful idiots” – fervently believe that what they advocate is for the benefit of mankind. Both sides are prepared to employ any and all means, no matter how cruel and inhumane, to attain and then maintain their version of a perfect world. True, one side’s ideology terminates with death, while the other’s is eternal, but the difference between them this side of the grave is only cosmetic. Thus it is opportune for both to assist each other in their respective endeavours. The only irreconcilable differences between them is the matter of which side is to be in charge of the perfect world they each aspire to achieve. Should they jointly succeed in destroying western civilisation, the inevitable clash between them will be catastrophical. Islam is almost certain to prevail in that contest, due to their propensity to favour physical violence above or in parallel to more subtle methods. Either way, the rest of us would end up being ruled by a “benevolent” dictatorship of our “betters”. God help us!

  6. Tig says:

    I read, quite some time ago, that New Labor under Tony Blair deliberately encouraged immigration into Britain from everywhere with the intent of changing the culture of the UK. Well, if that is true, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, and I hope they are happy with their handiwork because I would not imagine the English are.