The worst aspect of the Muslim invasion of the West is the alarming way that Islam is undermining Western culture using the West's own democratic processes to do so. Muslims are using our own best philosophy against us and it is working to destroy our own culture, laws, and traditions, not just in the Australia -- where the effect has been less destructive to date -- but also in Europe -- where it has been more pernicious.
Overseas, creeping Sharia has already damaged western societies. One example appears in England where the British have damaged their own legal system by setting up a parallel legal system allowing Sharia -styled pseudo-courts to operate in Muslim enclaves where residents eschew the proper English legal system and are allowed to conduct their own courts. So much for equal under the law. In England it is now "our" laws for us and "their" laws for them. These parallel legal systems are begin pursued by Muslims throughout the West and destroys a cohesive society and undermines western culture.
Another example of the beginnings of the destruction of a western legal system has occurred here in Australia. In a recent court case in Perth a PC infected judge cleared her courtroom of male journalists when a female Muslim had to remove her niqab in order to testify. Instead of requiring this woman to remove her niqab and testify before the court in keeping with the more open western system as she should being an Australian citizen, this PC judge bowed to a foreign ideology allowing it to supplant his own traditions.
Even in the US, creeping Sharia is looming. A school system in Massachusetts, for instance, just announced that it will be instituting a "Muslim holiday" for its students starting next year. The school is not even choosing a particular holiday because it is not actually honouring Islam in particular, but bowing to a politically correct assumption that Muslims "need their own holiday" in the school's holiday schedule.
This is simply a buckling under to a radical foreign ideology, one that undermines our own, and serves as the camel's nose under the tent, if you will. Political Islam itself is wholly incompatible with western systems and any recognition of Islam by government sets us on the road to forcing the tenets of this anti-democratic ideology onto our own system.
Those progressives that claim that tolerance of Islam is the best way to defeat terrorism really misunderstand the entire problem of Islam and the West. It isn't merely terrorism that we are confronting here, but the oppression inherent in Islam itself. Islam is an ideology that is wholly against individualism. It is against individual rights and freedom and if we begin to use government rules and institutions to honour Islam we are breaking down the barriers of our own, more tolerant system and allowing this essentially chauvinistic, authoritarian system to infect ours.
During the US Civil War, Lincoln felt he needed to suspend the writ of Habeas Corpus and opponents said that the suspension itself would destroy the country. Lincoln replied to his detractors on July 4, 1861, saying:
"To state the question more directly, are all the laws, but one, to go unexecuted, and the government itself go to pieces, lest that one be violated? Even in such a case, would not the official oath be broken, if the government should be overthrown, when it was believed that disregarding the single law, would tend to preserve it?"
The case is similar here. Are we to stand by and allow Islam to infect our system, destroy our culture, change our laws, create parallel legal systems, undermine our very ideological underpinnings just to make sure we save the religious freedom of Muslims in every last case? Can we allow one aspect of our system to be used as a bludgeon with which to kill us?
Like everything, there are exceptions to the rule and this war with Islam presents us with one of those exceptions -- in fact, it presents exceptions to many of those rules.
So far, in Australia we have only seen the debate about how we should treat political Islam as compatible with Australian ideals and we are urged to act in strict compliance with our Australian principles of liberty and religious freedom. But, in our parent state, Britain, we have seen their problems progress past the mere debate stage and to the policy stage. Unfortunately for England, they have decided to commit cultural suicide.
As far as the progressive left here are concerned, they claim not to be worried about Sharia infesting our own system. They claim that the numbers of Muslims in Australia are too small to affect it. But this pooh poohing of creeping Sharia ignores the outsized and pernicious influence that groups like the AFIC (Australian Federation of Islamic Councils) and the various state Islamic Councils have on our legal system. These groups aren't interested in the democratic process, they are interested in using our legal system against us and wielding like a hammer the power of our out of control courts to do so.
The fact is, every little indentation that Islam can make into our system is one more step toward our demise and that is the ultimate goal of Islamists everywhere. Were we to allow it to happen in a mistaken belief that we are somehow adhering to our own principles is a conceit that will destroy us all.
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