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    March 01, 2008

    Europe on road to sharia law?

    Posted by: Chris

    Religionofpeace7 There's an excellent column out by gay author Bruce Bawer ("A Place at the Table," "While Europe Slept") about how the liberal multiculturalism has left Europe vulnerable to a rise in attacks by young Muslims against women and gays:

    The reason for the rise in gay bashings in Europe is clear – and it’s the same reason for the rise in rape. As the number of Muslims in Europe grows, and as the proportion of those Muslims who were born and bred in Europe also grows, many Muslim men are more inclined to see Europe as a part of the umma (or Muslim world), to believe that they have the right and duty to enforce sharia law in the cities where they live, and to recognize that any aggression on their part will likely go unpunished. Such men need not be actively religious in order to feel that they have carte blanche to assault openly gay men and non-submissive women, whose freedom to live their lives as they wish is among the most conspicuous symbols of the West’s defiance of holy law.

    Multiculturalists can’t face all this. So it is that even when there are brutal gay-bashings, few journalists write about them; of those who do, few mention that the perpetrators are Muslims; and those who do mention it take the line that these perpetrators are lashing out in desperate response to their own oppression. …

    It’s very clear what’s going on here – and where it’s all headed. Europe is on its way down the road of Islamization, and it’s reached a point along that road at which gay people’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is being directly challenged, both by knife-wielding bullies on the street and by taxpayer-funded thugs whose organizations already enjoy quasi-governmental authority. Sharia law may still be an alien concept to some Westerners, but it’s staring gay Europeans right in the face – and pointing toward a chilling future for all free people.

    Bawer references the attack on me and my boyfriend a few years back in Amsterdam for holding hands in the street. I think most gay Europeans have awakened to the fact that "tolerance" cannot be extended to the intolerance of others; it requires the kind of forceful push-back that Bawer offers.

    But with the Archbishop of Canterbury, of all people, advocating a place for sharia within British law, there's no evidence that realization has reached Europe's liberal leadership.

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    1. Martin Hollick on Mar 1, 2008 6:27:29 PM:

      Wow, that was you? I read While Europe Slept and remember that. I'm so sorry.

    1. MidtownFreak on Mar 1, 2008 9:28:19 PM:

      I stole this from the Wikipedia article about Bawer's book:

      "In his conclusion, Bawer argues that Islamists, who intermarry and import only Muslim spouses and who have a rising birthrate, will come to dominate European society within 30 years unless laws are passed to close the loopholes."

      Although the answer to my question would be to read the book, I wonder what kind of loopholes in European law is allowing for such extremists to gain power and influence so easily?

      Sure, it could be attributed to simple third rail bottlenecks, but where are the liberal Europeans (and by proxy, their governments) complaining loudly about the relative invasion of their continent by a hostile, intolerant force?

    1. Brian Miller on Mar 2, 2008 12:08:15 PM:

      Sure, it could be attributed to simple third rail bottlenecks, but where are the liberal Europeans (and by proxy, their governments) complaining loudly about the relative invasion of their continent by a hostile, intolerant force?

      Misplaced guilt. People in late 20th century Britain, France, and the Netherlands were taught that their countries are shameful imperial oppressors who have done nothing to better the world. They've been taught that to be British is to be something to be ashamed of, to be French is to be a colonialist, to be Dutch is to be an exploiter.

      The corollary to that postmodern crap is the idea that the oppressors "owe" the "oppressed" a bunch of stuff. Free welfare. There's also a bit of self-loathing -- the "oppressed" culture should be allowed to flourish and even dominate the "oppressor's" culture because it's "more worthy" and beyond reproach, whereas the "evil colonial" culture is repugnant and must die.

      Hence the extreme guilt and constant rationalizing that, yes, while extreme sharia law mutilate's women's genitals and throws gay men off cliffs, it still cannot be as evil as British parliamentary law which was used to colonize the Middle East for 80 years.

    1. MidtownFreak on Mar 2, 2008 7:41:47 PM:

      But, it's just plain ridiculous to believe that the Europeans are defending a system of beliefs that dictates secular rule and the shunning of individual rights and freedoms. I seriously doubt that the entire continent is so ashamed of itself that it would rather digress into ruin. After all, wasn't WWII and the Cold War enough of an example of what happens when governments ignore hostile emergences?

      Btw, last I checked, every country in the world that has ever been ruled by imperial Britain is either wealthy, or a leading member within it's peers.

      Not so shameful, in my opinion.

    1. Strict Scrutiny on Mar 3, 2008 12:31:50 AM:

      Well, I don't think Europe is quite on its way to Sharia law, but there is very definitely a rising problem with Islamic thuggery.

      Some European politicians are complaining and trying to take action. However, many more are concerned with the appearance of being racist. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, many Europeans became very sensitive to racism. Generally, I think this was a positive development. Unfortunately, this same sensitivity is now muting criticism of Muslims who refuse to adopt European ideas of equality and human rights.

      I think there is also a concern that more aggressive action might alienate or offend certain large Muslim populations. And the problem there, of course, is social unrest. No one in France wants a repeat of the Paris riots of 2005. And no one Denmark wants a repeat of the Prophet Muhammad cartoon inspired riots of 2005.

      All in all, this is a serious situation. I'm not sure what the best solution is, but I hope that more lawmakers view this problem with the same urgency as the targets of Islamic bigotry.

    1. Scott on Mar 4, 2008 2:01:45 AM:

      I can't stand muslims. They are hateful people. Period. They want to impose their barbaric ways onto everyone else. Religious people have done so much damage in the world but muslims and christians top them all. They never can prove there is a god or gods or any other magical tale because it doesn't exist yet they use these tales to impose themselves on others. Religion is an imaginary thing to divide and conquer people.

    1. Strict Scrutiny on Mar 4, 2008 3:25:02 PM:

      Scott:

      I wouldn't jump so far as to say all Muslims are hateful people. To be sure, there are several who are. But I personally am acquainted with several Muslims, mostly Persian, who are lovely, decent people. I don't think you can make such a blanket generalization.

      I also agree with you that many so-called "Christians" in this country who take great pleasure in disparaging GLBT folks. These people are snakes and bigots to be sure. So, to that extent I agree with you. However, don't forget that there are many moderate and gay-friendly Christians that are also wonderful people...like the friendly, moderate Muslims. Regrettably, the nutbags and radicals have the loudest bullhorn and get the most press. And they give the good religious people a bad name.

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