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December 12th 2015 print

Peter Smith

The Prophet’s False Beard

We are witness to the most successful propaganda campaign ever waged. Each barbarity inflicted in the name of Islam provokes the political leaders of those killed and maimed to proclaim Islam as the Religion of Peace

beard false“Dear Marje, I have had a very bad experience. Please tell me how I can guard against being beguiled and let down by foreign moustachioed gentlemen. Yours sincerely, Neville”

Dear Neville, There are two rules you must follow. First rule: don’t be taken in by sweet talkers, foreign or not, moustachioed or not. They are sometimes ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing, if you will pardon me quoting scripture. Second rule: remember the first rule.” [Purportedly, this comes from the UK Daily Mirror files of Marjorie Proops, that doyen of agony aunt columnists]

Even Putin the Powerful recently called Islam “a great world religion.” Now, at the time, he was getting stuck into Erdogan for Islamizing Turkey and aiding terrorists so he isn’t totally off beam. Nonetheless, he is eligible to apply for honorary listing alongside most political leaders in the West who have said that Islam is both a great and a peaceful religion. With so much political clout vouchsafing its exalted status in the spiritual life of mankind, Islam must surely be the very model of a modern major theology. If not, then indeed extremely persuasive agitprop is at work in the theatre of politics and the media. And indeed it is.

As one of many similar examples, take the pleasant-faced Tasneem Chopra from the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights. There is no end, of course, to Muslim organisations working feverishly to ensure human rights within Islamic countries (just joshing). Tony Jones recently asked her on Q&A (23/11) whether those coming from Islamic countries had different values.

Ms Chopra replied as follows: “No, I think that’s a time old argument that we’ve been hearing for the last 20 years and it’s the convenient political point scorer, but I think, in reality, it amounts to very little because the values are inherently the same. If you’re talking about Judeo-Christian values and Abrahamic faith traditions, it is, you know, it’s very, very similar.”

No, it isn’t; not remotely. But what is familar is the line of patter. For example, here is Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the Cordoba Initiative in the US: “It is important we understand what is meant by Sharia law. Islamic law is about God’s law, and it is not far from what we read in the Declaration of Independence … The principles behind American secular law are similar to Sharia law: that we protect life, liberty and property, that we provide for the common welfare, that we maintain an amount of modesty.”

Ms Chopra and the Imam might be taken aback by the underwhelming support among Australians and Americans – under their respective laws and values — for the administration of the death penalty for apostasy, blasphemy, or for caricaturing Muhammad or the Virgin Mary for that matter. Nor do we approve of the primacy of religious law, of gender inequality, of wife-beating, of marrying off under-aged girls, of polygamy, of chucking homosexuals off tall buildings, of stonings, of punitive amputations, or of intolerance for those peacefully practicing different religions.

Muslim apologists for the Religion of Peace would lead us astray if we paid them heed. They cloud the threat with platitudes at best and sophistry at worst. At least those who advocate Sharia4Belgium, Sharia4Holland, Sharia4Britain and the rest of the like-minded Islamic nut jobs are brutally honest about their aims.

But you have to give them credit. Neither the in-your-face radical imams nor the gun-toting terrorists have prevented the apologists from sweet talking their way into 10 Downing Street and the White House and into other centres of Western political power. Political leaders have fallen for their patter, hook line and sinker, and regularly proclaim Islam’s peaceful purpose. No sooner did the Twin Towers fall than George Bush was extolling the Religion of Peace. He led the way and myriads of Muslim organisations, which have grown like Topsy in the West, reinforce the narrative.

Apparently it is a twisted and perverted form of Islam causing all the trouble. But that is not true. Black is not white. Parts of the immutable and timeless words of Allah in the Koran provide a hateful script for ISIS and other terrorists to follow, as additionally does the Hadith. Now it is all very well to say that most Muslims living outside of Muslim-majority countries do not aspire to lord it over unbelievers, never mind to kill them. But, as two examples among many demonstrate, neighbourliness does not square with Koranic injunctions to slay the idolaters wherever they are found (9:5) and to fight the Christians and Jews until they pay the Jizya and submit (9:29).

There is no way out. To live in harmony with unbelievers, Muslims must explicitly or implicitly disavow their faith and, by doing so, refuse to bow to Islam proper. It is an insult to our intelligence to argue that any of the very words of Allah and the words and actions of Muhammad represent a perversion of Islam. They are Islam. If they are not Islam what then is Islam? I will repeat the question for the benefit of those easily duped. What is Islam if it is not all of the sanctified words of Allah and the sanctified words and actions of Muhammad?

We are witness to the most successful propaganda campaign ever waged. Imagine; each barbarity inflicted in the name of Islam provokes the political leaders of those killed and maimed to proclaim Islam as a religion of peace.

The Quakers better watch out. Their position in the peace stakes is at risk. Many more barbarities committed in the name of Islam will surely elevate Islam to the very pinnacle of peacefulness. Only people consumed with Islamophobia could possibly demur.

Peter Smith, a frequent Quadrant Online contributor, is the author of Bad Economics

Comments [14]

  1. Jody says:

    A report on this morning’s BBC News; officials have located schools in Britain where students are being taught, 20 hours per week, anti-semitic propaganda. Now, for the BBC to report such a thing (and these are one and the same kind of luvvies that we have at the ABC) it is significant. Who, apart from a primary school child, would NEVER imagine something like this possible?

    Comical Aly, the man who smiles and smiles as though he has something to hide, will still airbrush this out of existence.

    The people have to be smarter or they will lose this one. What makes me very annoyed is that the more intelligent and worldly members of society are going to be caught up in something only they could predict.

    As for Britain, Scandinavia and Europe; I’m afraid they deserve what they get.

    • acarroll says:

      Jody,

      The Rulers and ruling class of Britain, Scandinavia and Europe will get what they deserve when the survival instance of European man finally kicks and and ruthlessly sheds these cretins. Massive 3rd world immigration into Europe is making this a certainty.

      Never discount the ingenuity of Europeans.

      What’s more, I think you’ll find that the strain of common sense or raw instinct amongst the not so-educated and worldly have been seeing this coming from the beginning and indeed the first to feel its effects. These are the people that lefty/liberal minded people want dead and replaced.

      • Steve Spencer says:

        Sadly, it is not the “rulers and ruling class” that will suffer as Islam takes hold in Europe, but the ordinary people who foolishly entrusted aforementioned rulers to keep them safe. While ordinary citizens will find their lives affected more and more as Islamic culture spreads, the rulers and the wealthy but ever-so-compassionate celebrities will sit safe behind their walls, CCTV and 24hr security.

  2. Jody says:

    @acarroll:

    Reading between the lines it almost suggests a civil war will unfold. Sometimes these things are the only way of dealing with intractable differences in the polity, sad to say. I wish I could feel optimistic about the “ingenuity” of the Europeans, but I don’t. Educating large swatches of people at universities and then failing to provide meaningful employment pathways to justify that investment has bred a culture of intellectual intolerance for the world outside academe. A scornful contempt for the average punter has resulted. No wonder talk-back radio thrives. If you’ve ever listen you’ll hear people with really good ideas who are marginalized by the educated bien pensant precisely because they feel the great unwashed isn’t educated. Unfortunately for the bien pensant, their educations ended the day they walked off campus.

  3. Davidovich says:

    I presume Western political leaders proclaim Islam as a religion of peace because they think that, otherwise, the proletariat will morph into the same intolerant and violent thugs as the jihadists and start attacking Muslims. At this stage they do their citizens an injustice because we are basically a tolerant society but, if our leaders do not face up to reality and insist on change, then the tinderbox may well explode. Europe and Great Britain are surely bound to erupt into violence if their leaders do not soon control the loss of their culture to the Islamists.

  4. Bill Martin says:

    Muslims classifying themselves as “moderate/peaceful” need to answer some very pertinent questions concerning their professed religion. Kirralie Smith, NSW senate candidate for the new conservative party, Australian Liberty Alliance, has challenged Waleed Aly to provide the answers to such questions on behalf of Muslims living in Australia. You can read about it and see the the questions at http://www.zanettisview.com/story/kirralie-smith-challenges-waleed-aly/1743. Don’t hold your breath, though, waiting for Aly to respond, let alone accepting the challenge. That would take the character Aly and his ilk are bereft of.

    • [email protected] says:

      An Islamic ‘extremist’ is someone who will cut off the head of an ‘infidel’ to ‘persuade’ other people of the validity of his ‘faith’, a moderate ‘Muslim’ is somebody who probably will not commit such an atrocity but will look on and not publicly disapprove of such behaviour.

  5. Jody says:

    The first question I’d like to ask Comical Aly is this; “is there any part of the Koran you disagree with?”. That might, at least, stop his asinine grin in its tracks.

  6. Bran Dee says:

    My first question to an Imam would be to ask if he thought the 15 year old who shot the police employee at Parramatta was a martyr for the faith and would he be in Paradise for killing an infidel as per Mohammedan principle. Same question about refugee ‘martyr’ Man Monis.

    Can one say that university scholars and Christian writers are duped when they say as does Rev Dr John Dickson, ‘Muslims are peace loving, [and] Fundamentalist Muslims — are not real Muslims’?

  7. Bill Martin says:

    A further comment if I may. This article at Pamela Geller’s website is well worth reading, http://pamelageller.com/2015/12/the-muslim-reform-movement-plays-fantasy-islam.html/ as are just about everything else you find there. From there I went to http://aifdemocracy.org/declaration-of-the-muslim-reform-movement-signed-by-aifd-december-4-2015/ and read the subject of the article. It is a wonder that the signatories of the “Declaration of the Muslim Reform Movement” are still alive, assuming that they are. Unfortunately it’s all pie-in-the-sky, but they come across as genuine, which itself is un islamic and, of course, unrealistic. It’s tantamount to declaring Islam null and void.

  8. Simon says:

    Personally I think it is a variant of the Stockholm Syndrome.

  9. Ian MacDougall says:

    It is instructive in my opinion to compare India and Pakistan, which sit side by side at the bottom of the Eurasian landmass as if part of a controlled experiment on the effect of Islam on peoples of a given cultural background and ethnicity. India is a modern economic powerhouse, and Pakistan is a basket case.

    I am inclined to suggest that this is due to Islam, and the control of its clerics over education in Pakistan. India has more religions, and while represented there, Islam is not dominant. The result overall is less power to the clerics of any one of them.

    Islam began as a violent, conquering religion. After it had reached the limit of its spread, it began to become more benign. But its violent origins remained in its bedrock: the Koran and the Hadiths. There is no escape from that reality. Islamism is fundamental Islam.

    It is sadly ironic that the majority of Muslim refugees are seeking refuge from that same Islam, and from the wars and civil strife it has been generating since the days of The Prophet.

    http://surveys.getup.org.au/s3/race?t=NBVn1IN04&utm_campaign=The+Cronulla+riots&utm_content=11191&utm_medium=email&utm_source=blast

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/