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Immigration is making the Nordics less homogeneous
23.02.2013. The Economist has published an article about the dramatic changes that are taking place in the Nordic countries: Immigrants - The ins and the outs. Hat tip Document.
«The cowardly and hypocritical media abandons Lars Hedegaard»
10.02.2013. It is now three days since a European journalist was visited at his
door by an assassin. For three days I have waited for any response to
this. The BBC reported the story in brief, as did the Mail and the Guardian posted the Associated Press story. Thus writes Douglas Murray in The Spectator. He continues:
But where are all the free-speech defenders? Where are all those brave blogs, papers and journals who like to talk about press freedom, human rights, freedom of expression, anti-extremism and so on? Where are all the campaigners? I have been scouring the internet and apart from Mark Steyn at National Review and Bruce Bawer at Frontpage, and a few other US conservative blogs, hardly anybody seems willing even to report events in Copenhagen on Tuesday.
What explanation can there possibly be for this silence? Allow me some guesses:
Lars Hedegaard is a 70 year old white conservative male who is critical of Islamic fundamentalism. He enjoys none of the currently approved ‘minority’ statuses that might have allowed more people to leap to his defence.
I can see the ‘liberal’ blogosphere contorting themselves over this. Yes, he was let off. Perhaps it was all fine. But isn’t it all a bit close? All rather uncomfortable? “I’m happy to defend freedom of speech, but it must be speech I absolutely agree with, otherwise it’s all off.”
But the possibility that the assassin was a Muslim would make this even harder. Surely, in the contortions which the left has got itself into over Islamic fundamentalism, even reporting the possibility that a young Muslim tried to kill a journalist for his views would risk being a hate-crime in itself. Might not even reporting such a fact (if it becomes fact), or mentioning it, let alone deprecating it, not risk causing further tensions?
But there is one other crucial part of this near-unanimous cowardice. Might it not be the case – as the media suggested through their headlines – that as an ‘Islam-critic’ Lars Hedegaard might actually have brought this on himself? Very regrettable and all that, but it has been reported that he has started a new newspaper – Dispatch International – which some reports have described as ‘anti-Islam’. From a cursory look I cannot see that it is. It looks like it is trying to do the job that any mainstream paper would do if they weren’t all so terrified. Leaving alone whether Dispatch International is ‘anti-Islam’ or not, would people be so silent if it looked like an evangelical Christian assassin had just attempted to kill a European journalist because the journalist had published disobliging words about Christianity? I cannot help thinking such a case would lead to a considerable outbreak of ‘brave’ reporting.
Well to hell with them all. We live in a culture of cowards and hypocrites. Our public squares are packed with grandstanders who talk of human rights and freedoms, but when an assassin comes to a journalist’s door they can’t even lift their fingers to their keyboards.
Read the whole article in The Spectator. Hat tip Document.
«If [the Muslims] had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment Islam wouldn’t exist today»
02.02.2013. Yusuf al-Qaradawi has made an interesting statement on apostasy, the crux of which is summarized by Andrew Bostom as follows:
People who apostatize from Islam give up their loyalty to the Muslim nation and pay allegiance, heart and soul, to its enemies. This is denoted in the agreed-upon hadith that clarifies the kinds of people whose blood is lawful to shed and describes among those people the apostate, by saying, “Or someone who abandons his religion and the Muslim community” (Ibn Mas’ud)…. Negligence in punishing apostates who proclaim and call for their apostasy jeopardizes the whole community and exposes it to afflictions whose consequences Almighty Allah only knows. This may lead to apostates’ enticing other people, especially the gullible and those of weak faith, to join them. This, in turn, may lead to those apostates forming a group hostile to the Muslim nation and seeking the help of its enemies against it. In this way, the Muslim nation will fall into intellectual, social, and political disputes and disintegration, which may develop into bloody ones or even into a civil war that could destroy everything.
For additional details, as well as a subtitled version of the interview (just over one minute long) where Qaradawi elaborates his reasons for supporting the death penalty for apostasy, please refer to andrewbostom.org.
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