Okay, social justice warriors. Here's where we currently stand.
A man can walk into a nightclub, shout "Allah ackbar" and shoot the place up and all you're worried about is where to place the blame so that it doesn't fall on jihadi shoulders.
Fifty people die and you want to blame guns, or christians, or right wing nut jobs rather than a jihadi demonstrating his allegiance to Allah and the umma as personified by the Islamic State.
His father says that it was nothing to do with religion, but his son did actually see two men kissing and that upset him. You're probably okay with this victim blaming. After all, how often to you stop to consider those gays that are thrown off buildings in Syria just for being.... gay? That's right, you don't. You're too busy waving your "Queers For Palestine" banner around. You've got to keep your Hierarchy of Oppression in order.
You want to turn the discussion straight away to gun laws, never mind the bodies cooling on the floor of the club. Never mind that the shooter was a registered security worker and had access to guns. He was on the FBI watch list. Heck, even in Australia young men can get their hands on guns to use on innocent bystanders. But no, let's talk about guns.
Nobody really wants to look at the root causes, because they might have to admit that maybe those bigoted islamophobes are correct. Maybe there is something about islam that leads those who follow it to look at things just a bit differently to the rest of us.
Something like, you know, considering homosexuality as being like alcoholism. Forbidden in islam, but you still have to have compassion for them.
MOHAMAD ABDALLA: Precisely. What we have to understand is that homosexuality is seen as a sin. It does not take a person out of the fold. So it doesn’t become out of the fold of Islam. It is like in Islamic tradition it is very much like alcoholism, if you like. And so people like this should not be seen as outside of the fold. Compassion should be showed toward them. But the culture we have - many Muslims have grown up in cultures that does not tolerate that behaviour. And so we have to have a compassionate approach. We have to approach them...
Note the silence that greets his pronouncement in the video and ponder wisely. "People like this should not be seen outside of the fold." He is talking of gay muslims. He's already waffled about how the islamic teaching is applicable to muslims only (it's not, it's for the whole of the world), and doesn't expand upon what islamic teaching says should be done about homosexuals.
O12.1 The legal penalty is obligatorily imposed upon anyone who fornicates or commits sodomy (A: provided it is legally established) when they:
(a) have reached puberty;
(b) are sane;
(c) and commit the act voluntarily;
no matter whether the person is a Muslim, non-Muslim subject of the Islamic state, or someone who has left Islam.
And what is the penalty (also from the Reliance)?
p17.0 Sodomy and Lesbian persuasion
p17.1 In more than one place in the Holy Koran, Allah tells the tale of the people of Lot, and how he destroyed them because of their perverted practices. There is agreement amongst both Muslims and the followers of other religions that the practice of sodomy is an abomination. It is even more abominable than adultery.
p17.2 Allah, He who is Most High, says :
“"Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males,
"And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay, ye are a people transgressing [all limits]!"
p17.3 The Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and Peace be upon Him) has said:
(1) “Kill the sodomites and those who consent to submit.”
(2) “May Allah damn to perdition those who do what Lot’s people did”
(3) “Lesbian practice by women is adultery amongst them.”
Remind me again why Queers for Palestine is a thing, and take the blinkers off your own eyes. Sure you won't like what you see - especially in the mirror - but at least it will be honest for a change.
Ah, no, but that won't happen. It's too easy to point at soft targets like Christians and Jews and sheeple who won't fight back, who do turn the other cheek.
Not like the muslims. We all know that when they threaten to behead someone there's a very real possibility that they'll attempt to do so.
Deep down, where nobody can see you, you know that those mean, bigoted islamophobes are right but you can't admit it to yourself.
I don't know if anyone else knows or cares, but I have just learned that Lawrence Auster passed from this life on Good Friday.
He wasn't someone that I corresponded with; he was a blogger that I read occasionally - because I had the tendency to get blogged down in his works. He had a lot of worthy and thought-provoking posts.
While it's sad and I am crying, it's also uplifting in a way that some will find difficult to understand.
Good Friday is a good day to die, especially when you have just been received into the Catholic Church.
 And one of those robbers who were hanged, blasphemed him, saying: If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art condemned under the same condemnation?
 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done no evil.  And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom.  And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise.  And it was almost the sixth hour; and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.  And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.Luke 23:39-45
(nb. Circe wrote this a week and a half ago, and I wanted to fill it up with links, as is my wont, before posting it. However, time is short and I can add links later.Please also note that Bolta has a good post on this also.)
IREA Islamic conference: Are Aborigines supporting Islam’s anti-black racist ideology?
The Islamic Research and Education Academy (ie Islamic propaganda and dawah) plans a huge meeting at the Victorian showgrounds on 15th/16th/17th March. According to their meeting in Sydney Rd on the 9th December, to plan this event some very unpleasant people are being invited to speak (eg AbdulRahman Al-Sudais, the imam of Mecca who called on allah to annihilate the Jews whom he said were ‘the grandsons of monkeys and pigs…and they also intend to use gullible Australians to promote their frightening ideology.
The claim is made the ‘we’ve got brothers and sisters from aboriginal backgrounds who have become muslim in the past 2 years ….. there are constant numbers who become muslims’
Here is a man who spends his life under armed guard. He has done so for years, and if you do a google image search of his name, there are very, very few candid snaps of this man who has managed to single-handedly demolish the idea that Australia is a free country.
What doesn't seem to get much comment is what response should there be to these actions?
We have a couple of ossified generations of former radicals enculturating our youth via the media and education organs of State, and politicians who are terrified to upset the prevailing atmosphere of moral cowardice.
The recent riots in Sydney are not the exception, they have become the norm.
Here in Melbournistan, for example, I have attended BDS demos with Colonel Neville, and on one occasion he was hit from behind. When he spoke with the police he was told that he was inciting the reaction and if he had a complaint he could head down the street to the police station.
On another occasion, when the Occupy Melbourne idiocy began, we were warned from going too near the City Square because they occupods wouldn't like my tshirt.
The police followed us around that day.
I guess a couple of white, middle-aged citizens are more of a danger to society than the riffraff who are regularly fired up by extreme politicking from the leftward side of the debate.
Those of us who do know our history, who do like to engage with more than the headlines, who watch the descent of our society into fear and mistrust and hidden anger, will not be surprised to see this:
The only question, apart from Vlad's, is what took so long?
For all the talk we hear about honouring different cultures, about respect and all the rest, this smacks a little of the NIMBY attitude, Austrian-style.
Blow to Alpine Tradition Austrian Court Bans Cowbells After Noise Dispute
The sound of cowbells has left Austrian residents 'at the end of their tether.'
Cowbells are just as much a part of Alpine culture as yodelling and Lederhosen, but the constant clanging can be annoying. An Austrian court has ordered a farmer to remove the bells after residents complained they couldn't get any sleep.
Next they'll be banning yodelling. In a ringing blow to Alpine tradition, an Austrian court on Tuesday banned cow bells from a field after residents complained they weren't get any sleep at night because of the endess clanging.
The owner of the cows had refused to remove the bells from his herd, arguing that they were traditional and had a generally calming effect.
But judge Erich Kundegraber visited the field near Stallhofen, a small town in the southeastern foothills of the Alps, population 3,000, and ruled in favor of the farmer's neighbors.
"They couldn't sleep anymore. They were at the end of their tether," he said, according to Austrian newspapers. Kundegraber could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
The cows were free to roam the field at night and the noise was reportedly made worse by the scraping of their bells against a metal trough.
The ruling confirmed a May court decision which the farmer had appealed. The ruling stated: "Cattle are kept in an unacceptably disturbing way if the animals wearing cowbells are held in a rural area with scattered residential buildings within a fenced meadow and the animals cause a loud noise at night through the clanging of bells that disturbs the nocturnal peace of neighbors."
The court decided there was no need to give cows bells if they were in a fenced field, easily visible and not located in a mountain pasture. It added that cowbells weren't a traditional feature of rural residential areas.
The farmer will face a fine if he doesn't comply with the ruling.
Cowbells were originally used to help trace errant animals and to make it easier for the cows to stay close to each other in mountain pastures.
It remains unclear to what extent the ruling sets a precedent that could lead to the widespread removal of bells from cows across Austria.
cro -- with wire reports
If you've never heard of the NIMBYs, then you've survived those whose mantra is 'Not In My Backyard'. They are often close cousins to the Nanny Staters who are happy for people to renovate their house so long as it's in colours they approve of.
And never, ever consider removing that tree in the corner of your yard. It might not be a good look for the streetscape and the council will have something to say about that. Usually in the form of a hefty fine.
. THE BIRTH AND SUDDEN RISE OF THE UNITED STATES DEFENSE LEAGUE.
The United States Defense League was formed in February 2012 with the full endorsement of the English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, as the old regime was stagnant and non-productive in the cause to fight radical Islam in the USA. This goes against the grain of what the Defense Leagues are all about. At this point, Islam is not as big a problem in the United States as it is in England or in Continental Europe, but we are now experiencing the horror of honor killings, crimes committed by assailants while wearing burqas, sharia in our courtrooms, and more.
As the muslim population in America grows, so will all of these things.