Tolerance waning in spite of Left’s entrenched dhimitude
One can often despair at the avoidance of the M… word or I … word by our obsequiously tolerant media in Australia.
There is however some light at the end of the tunnel. According to the distinguished international expert on Islam, Daniel Pipes, there is a lesson to be learned from the recent Islamist inspired atrocity in Boston. Westerners, in spite of the pervasive dhimmitude throughout our society crippling intelligent commentary, are starting to wake up to the threat of terrorism.
What it will do is very important: it will prompt some Westerners to conclude that Islamism is a threat to their way of life. Indeed, every act of Muslim aggression against non-Muslims, be it violent or cultural, recruits more activists to the anti-jihad cause, more voters to insurgent parties, more demonstrators to anti-immigrant street efforts, and more donors to anti-Islamist causes.
He says we have evidence of this happening if we look at Europe, which he says is about 20 years ahead of Australia in this regard.
One sign of change is the growth of political parties focused on these issues, including the UK Independence Party, the National Front in France, the People’s Party in Switzerland, Geert Wilder’s Party for Freedom in The Netherlands, the Progress Party in Norway, and the Swedish Democrats. In a recent by-election, UKIP came in second, increasing its share of the vote from 4 per cent to 28 per cent, thereby creating a crisis in the Conservative Party.
Pipes quotes the changing public attitudes in France to Islam. If some in Australia are fearful of visits by the likes of Gert Wilders, we had better get used to a coming change in public attitudes and consequently in the political climate, especially those of the sycophantic Left. This change in attitude is inevitable if Muslims continue to spoil things for themselves. Having travelled extensively in North Africa myself and loved Arab people and their culture — before the Islamist radicalisation since the 1970s — I think this would be a great tragedy. Pipes quotes’ attitudes of the French in a recent survey.
Particularly revealing for an understanding of the media’s poor approach to reporting on Islamic terrorism, but not surprising, is the attitude of the Left towards religion revealed in this survey. It noted that Islam is the only religion in France, including Protestants, Catholics, Buddhists and Jews — that attracts a more favourable attitude from the Left than it does from the Right. Overall however,
• 67 per cent say Islamic values are incompatible with those of French society;• 73 per cent view Islam negatively;• 74 per cent consider Islam to be intolerant;• 84 per cent are against the hijab in private spaces open to the public; and• 86 per cent favour strengthening the ban on the burka.
If this “prejudice” seems unreasonable, how do those who still believe in “moderate” Islam explain away the troubling beliefs within the so-called moderate Muslim communities in the West?
From a Pew Research survey in 2007:
26% of younger Muslims in America believe suicide bombings are justified.
35% of young Muslims in Britain believe suicide bombings are justified.
42% of young Muslims in France believe suicide bombings are justified. (35% overall).
22% of young Muslims in Germany believe suicide bombings are justified.(13% overall).
29% of young Muslims in Spain believe suicide bombings are justified.(25% overall).
This story has some way to go but resistance to the West’s submission is growing. Hopefully this will lead to more intelligent solutions and policies.