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November 07th 2015 print

Merv Bendle

The High Cost of the Religion of Peace

Vast sums are being spent to combat Islamic extremism, yet George Brandis asserts with a straight face that only "ignorance" can explain the perception that Koranic teaching endorses violence. Either the Attorney-General is a mug or he thinks the rest of us are

parramatta killerIt seems Australia’s Muslim community is very high maintenance. What other religious group needs to have hundreds of millions spent on it to prevent terrorist violence and extremism directed at its host country? And why is this issue always obscured and surrounded by disinformation that treats ordinary Australians as stupid, gullible, and intolerant?

On the one hand, the threat of Islamist terrorism is very real. In the 2015-16 budget the federal government announced spending of $450 million directly linked to combatting terrorism and violent extremism associated with the Muslim community. ASIO will receive $296 million over six years to employ additional staff, information technology and facilities, while the ASIS annual budget in 2015–16 has been increased to $405 million. Telecommunications corporations will receive $131million to assist them implement the mandatory data-retention scheme, and some $22 million will be spent over four years countering online violent extremism. Border security will receive funding for training the new Australian Border Force, new information technology, and smart gates. It was also announced that the government will spend $545 million over four years through the human services budget to support social cohesion and community based programs to complement national security activities.

In addition, we now have the NSW Premier Mike Baird announcing a very elaborate $47 million package to fight violent extremism within the Muslim community. The new program will provide five specialist teams to be deployed throughout NSW schools to respond to incidents of violent extremism and help schools identify students at risk of radicalisation. The teams will be high-powered, and include former principals, psychologists, trained counsellors, and student-support workers; they alone will cost some $15 million. In addition, 200 extra counsellors will be recruited and trained to identify vulnerable students and refer them to support programs. Moreover, school counsellors and teachers will receive extra support and training to identify students at risk, and a hotline will be established to provide advice on how to assist young people exposed to violent extremist influences.

Nor is the expense confined to schools, with $8 million to be given to various organisations to deliver ‘community resilience programs’, while officers of the Department of Family and Community Services will be given training in countering violent extremism. To top it all off, there will be a new ‘expert council’, with representatives from the private, academic and NGO sectors, to advise the government on how to counter violent extremism. Would the three veiled women disparaging Coptic Christians in the picture below, taken at a Sydney protest two years ago, qualify as extremists in need of counselling? Or is fine for Muslims to disparage members of other creeds, but more of that “ignorance” if anyone dares take note of such blatant and provocative belligerence.

islamic ingenuesThese are extremely significant programs and expenditures. Truly vast amounts of money are being diverted from health, education, social security, and many other worthy causes to be spent ensuring that members of one particular community do not engage in murderous acts of terrorism against the rest of Australia.

And all the while, as the money flows and pieties about acceptance and the scourge of Islamophoboia fill the airwaves, the greater public footing the bills for these costs continues to be treated as mugs. Despite the glaring reality of this threat, evidenced by massive government expenditure, we now have federal Attorney-General George Brandis denouncing alleged intolerance towards Muslims as proof of Australia’s “somewhat inconsistent attitudes” towards religious tolerance. Brandis claims

Members of the Islamic community are sometimes the victims of suspicion and hostility directed against them by those ignorantly seeking to blame terrorist violence upon Koranic teaching.

So there we have it, yet again: it is the Muslims who are victims, this time of the broader Australian community, which, in its “ignorance”, dares to deny that Islam is a religion of peace. Unfortunately for the Attorney-General, this is not a view of Islam held by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of modern Iran and the spiritual leader of contemporary Islamist terrorism. As Khomeini insisted in response to the question, “Is Islam a religion of peace?”

Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! … Islam says: Kill the [the non-Muslims], put them to the sword and scatter [their armies] … People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors!

Khomeini was just getting started. He went on to express his contempt for those who prefer to ignore Koranic exhortations to violence:

There are hundreds of other [Koranic] psalms and hadiths [sayings of the Prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.

Whatever George Brandis might claim, a great deal of the Koran advocates violence against non-Muslims. Moreover, Khomeini’s views have been loudly and unreservedly echoed by al Qaeda, Islamic State and other jihadist groups. This is a fact well known to the innumerable people who have studied the issue in the years since the 9/11 attacks and al Qaeda’s declaration of war against the West, the Bali bombings, the London bombings, the Madrid bombings, and the various successful and thwarted terrorist attacks in Australia.

Why, therefore, treat concerned Australians as mugs? Why set them up as ignorant bigots, xenophobes, and racists? To which audience is the government playing? Is it making a bid for the Muslim vote? Does it really think it will lure this away from the ALP? Does it really think it can behave this way without political repercussions? Despite what Malcolm Turnbull’s new regime may claim, there are now political alternatives for conservatives vitally concerned for the future of their country.

None of us appreciates being shot at or blown up, nor do we enjoy being treated as mugs who need to be spoon-fed a diet of mendacity. If it is worth spending vast sums to combat domestic Islamist violence, it is worth acknowledging the truth.

Comments [9]

  1. Bill Martin says:

    Brandis and almost all other politicians are either demented idiots, gutless wonders or despicable sycophants to islam, probably all of the above then some more. Being ignorant of the true nature of Islam is the least likely of those traits, considering the vast volume of informative material readily available from a variety of sources, including the Koran, which clearly proves that our leaders are contemptible, grovelling wretches. How is it possible that a supposedly 2% of Australia’s population, or more precisely a handful of the leaders of that tiny minority, have such an overwhelming, debasing effect on otherwise seemingly intelligent people?

    The absolutely meaningless concept of “deradicalisation” is yet another glaring proof of the hopeless mindset of the political class. What are the “deradicalisers” going to inculcate in the minds is the “radicalised” Muslim youth? Will they tell them that everything they ever heard about their faith is all wrong? If ever there was an appropriate use of the term “whistling in the wind” this would have to beat them all.

  2. Stuart says:

    It must be beyond difficult for Brandis to look into a mirror without throwing up each day. Spineless pukes like George Brandis are the reason this country is in such a confused mess.

  3. Mayan says:

    It’s not the cost in dollars that is galling, but rather the immense cost to our civil liberties.

    Or is that merely convenient for our rulers?

  4. en passant says:

    Bill you really need to learn to spell. When referring to the criminal appeasers of both sides of politics the spelling is ‘psychophants’ as they have to be mentally deranged to either remain blind or ignorant. Then again, it could be part of the master plan and our kumbayah leaders could be taking us on the road to Swedish Nirvana (is it racist or sacrilegious to mention Nirvana when commenting on the peace-loving death cult?)
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/11/03/swedish-news-site-editor-flood-country-with-isis-so-anti-immigrant-swedes-are-exiled/
    Fortunately, Merv has pointed out that unlike Sweden and Canada all is not yet lost in Oz as ‘Despite what Malcolm Turnbull’s new regime may claim, there are now political alternatives for conservatives vitally concerned for the future of their country.’ Having just this year freed myself from 31 years faith in the Liberal Party I am looking at all conservative alternatives. But Malcolm need not worry, my preference will flow to his Party of the Damned, just above Labor, the Greens and the Anarchists with every other candidate above him and his toxic ilk.
    One final point on what has progressively happened to this once sunlit land: I have just looked at a photo of myself in the 1990′s strolling through the unguarded gate of an airport with my unchecked hand luggage, to a plane parked right beside the terminal. Since the black dog of PC immigration rolled over our culture, that photo would have me wrestled to the ground, arrested and an ASIO file opened on me forever more.
    No doubt some politician can (with a straight face and unblinking eye) tell me the ten greatest benefits Islamic immigration has brought to Oz and its culture. I will then balance that with the ten detrimental effects the muslim invasion has blighted on our society. I got the easy one.
    Perhaps Malcolm could delegate the propaganda spinning task to his super-Minister ‘Capability’ Robert?

  5. Although Brandis is nominally LNP on many issues he much further to the left than are many of those who voted for him. Much of the secular left is willing to embrace Islam because many leftists have this deluded sadomasochistic suicidal dream that they will be able to use Islamic terrorism as another means of further weakening the remains of the semi-capitalist [partly free] west to the extent that they will be able to somehow establish their socialist Nirvanas. As an atheist I have the view that all religions are a little bit stupid, but it is beyond doubt that some religions are stupider, and certainly more toxic and lethal than others. The barbarity of the Islamists and the suicidal perfidy of leftists is reason enough for me to defend Christianity.

    • Bill Martin says:

      It is interesting, and perhaps terrifying as well, to contemplate an eventual showdown between the loony left and Islam, in the event that they jointly succeed in destroying western civilisation. At the risk of sounding macabre, my money would be on Islam.

    • Jody says:

      Despite the demonstrated disaster that Communism has been since 1917 in various countries, it is a marvel to see this zombie philosophy still haunting us in its new incarnation as 21st century Progressivism. As usual, the Leftists are positive that control (by them) will lead to paradise (Nirvana), and that the failures of the last century were because there was not really a deep enough implementation of Communism/Socialism. More control over more things, more control over more people, more regimentation, more regulation, more government control and THEN we will have paradise. The willingness and ability of the Left to air-brush the catastrophic consequences of their ideologies continues to beggar the imagination.

  6. Bran Dee says:

    We all agree then that somebody should do something so now we can outline some manageable steps:

    * We urge religious leaders with sufficient backbone from the ‘infidel’ groups to invite mosque leaders, imams, and Islamic Friendship groups, to all join together and make public declaration that no perpetrator, Mohammedan or infidel, who is killed while attacking peaceful citizens in Australia will be called a martyr but in fact will be publicly condemned as having done a vile criminal act that in the opinion of all is an act that is an obvious bar to paradise.

    * Whereas in the Australian constitution we see the separate role of church and state,and independence of the judiciary, we urge politicians to engage with the various Mohammedan sects to view their religio/political ideology and sharia in the same 3 separate divisions.It can then be made clear that appeals to overthrow the state or impose sharia law will be treated as a treasonable offence and not as a religious misdemeanor.Treasonable offences by immigrants or dual citizens will then result in their loss of Australian citizenship and automatic deportation.[History shows that Mustafa Kemal was wise enough to separate Mosque an state in the secular Turkish state that replaced the Ottoman Caliphate after WW1; regrettably that secularisation is now being undone]

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