Thursday, October 13, 2005

On we go.

Dear Chris,

Apologies for the tardy reply – I’ve been moving house.

And thank you so much for your replies, I appreciate that you can take the time out for me.

Regarding comments about prisoners, wardens and neutrality: if there are an inordinate number of muslim convicts, surely there should be questions asked as to why they do make up such a large group? Why are there so many representatives of such a small slice of the population at large? Is this a racist issue? Is it a case of muslims being discriminated against by Britain’s judiciary, or could it be that there is that lack of respect for the laws of the United Kingdom in particular and western society in general that seems to crop up regularly around the world?

I’ve been glancing over the CAABU website, and while there appears to be a lot of information about what is going on in the Middle East, for example, there is a dearth of information about what is happening closer to home for you.

Charity begins at home, and if there are so many disaffected Arabic Muslims in Great Britain and British jails, then why isn’t this being addressed?

I’m probably starting to sound like a cracked record; if so, please forgive me. I’m just trying to get my head around the situations around the world and their probable effects on our way of life.

When you talk about extremist jihadis being in the minority, you are implying that the terrorists are an aberration. That might be so, but that still does not excuse the other atrocities. Please note that I do not believe that this is the case. If it were, there would be a universal denunciation of their activities by Muslims of all races. The deafening silence from Muslims themselves tells me that they might not be as unacceptable as non-Muslims wish to think.

No, we can’t hold the majority of the 1 billion Muslims accountable for the actions of the few, but there is a parallel here with Nazi Germany and those who held their tongues as the trains rolled by. When will the majority of peaceful Muslims stand up and be counted in deed as well as word?

I just don’t see that happening.

I do wonder if you have ever had a candid, confidential discussion with migrants from the Middle East who are not Muslim. The stories they have to share are not pretty. They migrated to enable a better, freer, lifestyle. A worthy goal, and one quite attainable in our mutual societies of Australia and the United Kingdom.

However, when we spend our time rewriting our statutes so that we don’t offend minorities who don’t like our way of life then we are cutting off our nose to spite our face. We are making that goal harder to reach, as the freedom we so value is eroded in the name of appeasement.

I’m all for change and tolerance, but it has to go both ways, and all I’m seeing these days is that we have to be careful not to upset Muslims. Whether they be in prison, or objecting to the freedom of the press to publish satire, as in Denmark recently, or in Norway, objecting to a kindergarten teacher wearing a Star of David around his neck. That is not tolerance. That is not respect. That is not advancement.

While we are leading by example, with respect and tolerance, I’m sure that high moral ground is comforting to the families of those affected by the London bombings. I’m also sure the victims of the Muslim criminals who are so upset by the St George Cross that the idea of changing the English flag can be mooted would agree that cultural sensitivities (particularly with regards to centuries’ old history) should be pandered to.

I doubt that this will be solved overnight, or even in my lifetime. I just hope it can be resolved.


Nilknarf Bed


At 2:01 PM, Blogger dag said...

Just checking in. Nice work, Bed.


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