Saturday, November 01, 2008

Fisking Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

Over the last few months I’ve made a habit of fisking the articles and pronouncements that emerge from the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a collection of Islamic nations that form what might be called the “Muslim UN”.

OIC FlagSince it wields considerable power as a bloc, the OIC has become increasingly influential in the UN itself, and has successfully inserted many elements of its program into General Assembly resolutions. These in turn tend to spread to the EU and individual nations of the West, and serve as models for “anti-Islamophobia” legislation to be used against citizens who object to Islamization. The laws that were used to persecute Ezra Levant, Bart Debie, Jiri Keronen, Dahn Pettersson, Lionheart, and Gregorius Nekschot were in perfect alignment with the models proposed by the OIC in the UN and elsewhere.

As far as suppression of speech is concerned, those countries which possess constitutional provisions protecting free speech don’t seem to fare any better than those which lack them. When the time comes to combat “racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia”, constitutions tend to get tossed aside. Once the Messiah is installed in the United States, it will presumably be our turn to do likewise.

The OIC has a ten-year plan to eradicate Islamophobia everywhere it appears. It has set up a special organization called the Islamophobia Observatory, whose purpose is to monitor Islamophobia throughout the world and report back to the OIC on perceived instances of it, as well as on the progress made towards stamping it out.

The ten-year plan started a year or two ago, so we may assume that the OIC expects to reach its goal at about the same time that President Obama finishes up his second term. By then, to aid the anti-Islamophobia crusade, much of the West will have voluntarily imposed — with the help of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, etc. — censorship on the internet and in the media. The Islamization of Europe will be well along, with parallel sharia legal systems in place in several countries. Popular dissent will be squashed by any means necessary.

If, that is, all goes according to plan.

So it’s a good idea for us to keep an eye on the OIC, the beating heart of international Islamic cooperative endeavors.

The current Secretary-General of the OIC is Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, and since he is peripatetic and verbose, fisking the OIC often means fisking Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. Recently Prof. Ihsanoglu journeyed to the very belly of the beast and spoke in Copenhagen, the home of the infamously blasphemous Motoons. The Secretary-General was anxious to build bridges to the Danes and help them see the error of their ways — but in a friendly, constructive, Multicultural manner, of course.

Below are some excerpts from Prof. Ihsanoglu’s speech on October 22nd in Copenhagen. I’ve bolded certain phrases that will be of interest to other Islamophobes:

Prof. Ekmeleddin IhsanogluThe initiative taken by the Danish Government to host this Conference in Copenhagen is a constructive and visionary step. It is more so in the backdrop of the ramifications of the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by a Danish newspaper in 2005.

I believe that the holding of this conference in Copenhagen will serve as an effort of confidence building on the part of the Danish government and Danish people towards dispelling the tension and mutual misunderstandings that were unfortunately created and since then snowballed into an amalgam of intractable divisions and diplomatic confrontations in various international fora particularly between the European Union and OIC member states.

On its part, the OIC General Secretariat, by actively participating in the preparation process and supporting the organization of this conference, has aimed to emphasize its dedication to foster dialogue and political engagement in order to create much-needed grounds to strengthen the efforts to advocate peace and moderation.

We certainly expect that the Copenhagen Conference would help in ushering a new phase in our collective efforts to promote intercultural and inter-religious understanding and constructive dialogue. The OIC’s decision to be a partner in this conference was largely influenced and envisioned by this expectation. It is our sincere hope that the deliberations and contributions of the reputed and distinguished scholars, politicians and professionals assembled here from Muslim and Western countries will contribute positively towards realizing this objective.

The Secretary-General uses a lot of nice words and expresses himself in a way that resonates with all the best feel-good Western Multicultural ideology.

But what does he (and the rest of the OIC) mean by “dispelling the tension and mutual misunderstandings”? Where does the tension lie? Who misunderstands whom, and in what way?
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If someone asserts that the tension between Islam and the rest of the world is caused by persistent and widespread violence by Muslims against non-Muslims, he is an Islamophobe. By definition.

Those who criticize Islam are Islamophobes, and Islamophobia is bad. It’s a form of racism, and racism must be eradicated. Therefore criticism of Islam is ruled off the table.

Tensions are caused by criticizing Islam. Those who criticize it demonstrate that they are misunderstanding it.

So when non-Muslims cease to criticize Islam, tension is eliminated and there is no more misunderstanding. It’s as simple as that.

That’s what Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu means when he utters these smooth and mellifluous phrases. This is what “intercultural and inter-religious understanding and constructive dialogue” is all about.

In practical terms, as was the case in Rabat Conference, our participation in this initiative as a co organizer is in line with the mandate given to the OIC General Secretariat by the leaders of the OIC member states with a view to countering the increasing trend of prejudice, misinformation, misrepresentation, stereotyping, discrimination and intolerance targeting Muslims and their religions through diminishing or eliminating sources of confrontation between the Western world and the Muslim world and through supporting intercultural and interfaith dialogue projects in cooperation with the international and regional organizations and Western countries.

Now we’ve gotten down to the meat of Prof. Ihsanoglu’s position: the mission of the OIC is to counter misinformation, stereotyping, discrimination, intolerance, etc. And the meaning of these terms will be defined by the OIC itself. Any input from non-Muslims who disagree with these definitions is of necessity Islamophobic, and may therefore be anathematized and disregarded.

In other words, as with so many interactions between Muslims and non-Muslims, tolerance ratchets in only one direction. We are intolerant. We are prejudiced. We stereotype Muslims.

Mention the vile portrayal of the Jews in the Muslim media, or the brutal treatment of women under Islam, or the shunning of Jews and Christians as required by the Koran, and that’s prima facie evidence of Islamophobia, and is not allowed. Such things have nothing to do with intolerance and discrimination, but are in fact further instances of the West’s ill-treatment of Muslims.

One thing you can say about the architects of the OIC’s strategy: they’re not stupid. This is a diabolically clever use of the West’s finest rhetoric against it. With all this magnificent politically correct folderol, we are hoist with our own petard.

And we have been so weakened by all these decades of Marxist-inspired self-loathing that none of our leaders has the guts to stand up and call these scoundrels out on what they’re doing.

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Prof. Ihsanoglu takes a lengthy detour through a lot of boilerplate about education, and then has this to say:

Education is the major source which cultivates values and attitudes that shape the perceptions of individuals, communities, nations and the world. It also informs and translates understanding into action and thus has a vital role in any cultural international dialogue, and in the management of cultural diversity.

How does he propose that we manage cultural diversity? What are the specifics of his program?

Since the context of this sentence is education, I can make a few educated guesses. Based on recent Muslim initiatives in Europe and North America, he means:

  • The acceptance of hijab for girls in state schools.
  • The application of halal standards to all food served in school.
  • The separation of boys and girls in athletic activities.
  • The teaching of Islamic “accomplishments” and the removal of Eurocentric materials from school curricula.

Just to name a few.

But he doesn’t mean that Christian theology will be taught in schools in Saudi Arabia or Algeria. He doesn’t mean that girls in Yemen can choose not to wear the veil. He doesn’t mean that Muslims can convert to another religion without fearing for their lives.

That’s not the management of cultural diversity. Asking for that is Islamophobia.

Another means leading to realizing a successful international dialogue is the promotion of active harmony between culture groups within nations and between nations.

Once again: “active harmony between culture groups” means that mosques, madrassas, and all other Islamic cultural preferences must be accepted in all parts of the West where Muslims reside. It doesn’t mean that Western ways will be accepted in Riyadh or Peshawar.

Not at all.

Education and intercultural dialogue holds deep implications for the well-being of all humanity and our planet. Hence there is an urgent need to coordinate cross cultural understanding and multi-cultural education policies emphasizing diversity, while being conscious of the gaps between theory and practice.

“An urgent need to coordinate cross-cultural understanding” requires non-Muslims to accept all Muslim demands. That’s what diversity is all about.

But Muslims are not required to display reciprocal understanding towards non-Muslims. Asking for that is another example of Islamophobia.

The Secretary-General has much more to say in a similar vein, but I’ll skip a good deal of it. Those who are interested can visit the OIC transcript and read it all for themselves.

Eventually Prof. Ihsanoglu gets around to the real point of his speech, which is to warn the Danes against any repetition of their Prophet-insulting tendencies:

In today’s globalized world there is an urgent need to shun misperceptions and incitement of hatred and intolerance among peoples of diverse religious and cultural beliefs and background. In this regard, we should emphasize that in exercising the fundamental right of freedom of expression, one should act within the responsibility inherent in this freedom, through showing respect to the rights of others, and refraining from incitement for hatred, causing hurt to others or eroding their basic human right.

The right of freedom of expression is not so fundamental that it allows people to draw cartoons or engage of other forms of expression that incite hatred. What about the editorial cartoons, as found in newspapers from Rabat to Jakarta, that depict Jews as vampires, cannibals, pigs, and serpents?

Since nobody in the OIC has objected to these, one must assume that they don’t incite anybody to hatred. Perhaps the hatred is already present, so that there’s no need to incite it.

In any case, only those forms of expression which insult Muslims can be considered incitement to hate. Pointing to the vile abuses of speech that are widespread among Muslims is a form of Islamophobia.

Prof. Ihsanoglu is at pains to emphasize that what he is asking for is drawn from the West’s own human rights laws. We have already sold him the rope, and now it’s time for us to ascend the steps to the gibbet:

As for the OIC, in our efforts in this regard, we are guided by the international human rights documents including the 1966 International Covenant on the Civil and Political Rights making it incumbent upon all governments to take action to take measures against incitement to religious hatred at the national level. I believe that taking this provision and other international legal instruments into consideration will help us in better understanding freedom of expression.

Let me clarify once more that the OIC has never had any problem with the freedom of expression, on the contrary we regard it as a fundamental value and advocate it in the Muslim World within our new vision. The point we have been making is that the abuse of this right, in a way to contradict and violate the international human rights documents, should not be allowed.

Having warned the Danes about the consequences of their sins, he now gives them a little pat on the head:

We have deep respect for the Danish society for being one of the forerunners in the defense of fundamental freedoms. We also acknowledge the capacity of this nation to contribute positively to the efforts to foster dialogue, tolerance and mutual understanding.

There, Vikings! Don’t you feel better now, knowing that you have the respect of Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu?

But what’s this? Is the good professor finally acknowledging that there are actual Muslim extremists?

We believe that we should not allow the extremists and opponents of diversity in both the Muslim world and the western societies to derail our joint endeavors and manipulate and exploit the interaction between the ones who are yearning for respect to their ethnic, racial and religious identities and values and the others who are misled to misperceive that their fundamental human rights of freedom of expression are challenged or under attack by the Islamic world. I believe that when we all strive for and cooperate to reach a consensus on this issue, the key words should be empathy, compassion, understanding, respect, human rights and international law.

Well, not really, because later he goes on to say this:

Some of the perpetrators of the terrorist acts might claim to commit these sinful crimes in the name of Islam. This pretension should not be validated as they have nothing to do with Islam, a religion of peace, compassion and tolerance.

You see, those thousands of murderous extremists who commit all these heinous crimes in the name of Allah are not in fact Muslims. How do we know that? Because they’re extremists!

No matter what they say about themselves, no matter how many times they ululate “Allahu Akhbar” and quote the Koran, they are by definition not Muslims. To maintain otherwise is Islamophobic.

Finally, I’d like to return your attention to this phrase: the ones who are yearning for respect to their ethnic, racial and religious identities.

Notice the little sleight-of-hand that’s at work here. The Secretary-General is smoothly eliding ethnicity, race, and religion, and treating them as a single entity. Objecting to the tenets of the Muslim religion is thus a form of racism, and Islamophobes are racists.

Q.E.D.

The “sin of racism” is the Trojan Horse of Western Civilization. We have rolled it into the city. The door is open, and the enemy is pouring out in our midst.

If we can’t rid ourselves of this idiotic shibboleth, then we are doomed.

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As a counterpoint to what Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu had to say, consider this news story from Indonesia. But don’t expect the Secretary-General to denounce it or even refer to it.

According to Asia News:

In Jakarta Christian Priests and Activists First Target of Islamic Terrorists by Mathias Hariyadi

Police spokesman reports that following the arrest of dangerous terrorists it is becoming evident that some groups are shifting strategy, focusing primarily on domestic targets, like Christians, in order, among other things, to prevent inter-faith dialogue.

Jakarta — Islamic terrorists are moving to a new strategy, opting for attacks against Christian clergymen and activists, targeting vital installations across the country instead of US interests, this according Police spokesman Inspector General Abubakar Nataprawira. Equally the threat of attacks linked to the November execution of three men sentenced for the October 2002 Bali bombings (pictured) remains high.

Inspector General Nataprawira spoke at a press conference, unveiling the results from investigations sparked by the arrest on 21 October in Kelapa Ganding (North Jakarta) of members of a new terror group called Tauhid Wal Jihad.

“They were planning attacks against Christian priests and peace activities involved in peace actions and interfaith activities against terrorism,” the inspector said.

As if we needed any further reminder: “interfaith activities” are not allowed in Muslim countries. They are only allowed in infidel territory, and then only long enough to make sure that Islam becomes ascendant.


Previous posts about Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and the OIC:

2007 Aug 31 The OIC is Barking Now
  Sep 7 OIC: Insulting Islam is an Illness
    12 Sweden Apologizes Again… Or Not
  Dec 10 Countering Islamophobia
2008 Feb 17 Nice Little Civilization You Have Here…
  Mar 6 Our Man in the OIC
    13 An American Dhimmi in Dakar
  Apr 30 Is Europe a “Christian-Muslim” Continent?
  Jun 10 OIC: Time to Crack Down on Provocative Speech
    17 The OIC’s Plan for Fighting Islamophobia
    22 The OIC’s Crusade Against Islamophobia
  Aug 3 The Islam-Aligned Movement
  Sep 25 The OIC Fights Islamophobia at Columbia University
  Oct 11 Confronting Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

Hat tips: Paul Green and C. Cantoni.

5 comments:

Zenster said...

... aimed to emphasize its dedication to foster dialogue and political engagement in order to create much-needed grounds to strengthen the efforts to advocate peace and moderation.

Ah yes, that famous "dialogue and political engagement" we’ve all heard so much about. Why don't we pause for a quick minute and examine the fundamental components of what such "dialogue and political engagement" with Islam might contain.

Dialogue between parties of dissimilar or divergent interests usually takes the form of negotiation. Amid whatever demands and criticisms that may exist, there typically evolves some sort of diplomatic give and take.

The Baron has rather capably outlined what the West is expected to give in all of this. So, why don’t we take a moment to examine what there is that Islam could put upon the table. We’ll start with the five so-called Pillars of Islam:

Shahada: This is the declaration of faith that all Muslims must make. It declares that "There is none worthy of worship except God and Muhammad is the messenger of God."

Salat: These are the five daily prayers, which consist of the following:
1.) Salat ul-fajr – Moring prayer
2.) Salat-uz-zuhr – Early afternoon prayer
3.) Salat-ul-'asr – Late afternoon prayer
4.) Salat-ul-maghrib – Evening prayer
5.) Salat-ul-'isha – Night prayer

Zakat: This is voluntary tithing of one’s wages for the purpose of assisting charity within the Muslim community.

Sawm: Fasting, as demonstrated during the season of Ramadan, is regarded as a form of self-purification.

Hajj: The pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina that is incumbent upon every Muslim who can afford it and should be performed at least once in their lifetime.

In addition to these five generally accepted Pillars of Islam, there are two others that are widely regarded to be of equal stature. These are:

Shari’a: The extensive body of Islamic law that governs every waking moment and physical action of a Muslim.

Jihad: The struggle to ensure that Islam emerges triumphant above all other forms of religion or atheism.

So, which pillar shall it be? How about the Shahada? Well, Islam wouldn’t be much without its declaration of faith, now would it? After all, if you don’t avow the supremacy of Allah and the status of Mohammad as His only prophet, why any tinhorn two-bit wannabe God could come ambling along to supplant Him. So, the Shahada is out.

Then there’s Salat. Given the exceptionally tight rein that Islam keeps upon its adherents, any reduction—not to mention elimination—of those five daily prayers could easily undermine the levels of conformity and obedience that so many imams have come to expect from their sheep … I mean, flock. Not a good thing when you’re trying to convince people that they should fly themselves into skyscrapers or strap on explosive belts.

Well then, what about Zakat? Do Muslims really need to donate all that money to keep their clerical elite farting through silk? Seeing as how it’s the clerical elite who determines what does and does not constitute the given Pillars of Islam, it’s pretty safe to say that elimination of Zakat isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Quite the conflict of interest, I know, but that isn’t unheard of in Muslim lands and why should Zakat be any sort of exception?

So, maybe Sawm, then? After all isn’t going hungry a positive nuisance for all involved? It certainly might be if the general aim was making sure that everyone was at their jolliest. Unfortunately, Islam doesn’t do jolly and the intolerant, violent attitudes required of Muslims are far better served by low blood sugar levels than postprandial depression.

Perhaps we’d be better off considering the Hajj. Then again, perhaps not as the Hajj not only generates untold billions of dollars for Saudi Arabia’s tourist industry but is also responsible for delivering up scads of impressionable young pilgrims into the hands of vicious, puritanical Wahhabist imams who just can’t wait to warp their minds like so many cuts of wet lumber.

So, on we go to Shari’a law. Needless to say (then why say it?), asking Islam to abolish shari’a law is like asking politicians to support campaign finance reform. Let’s just say that you shouldn’t be holding your breath about this one. Emkay?

Well alrighty then, that leaves us with Jihad. Wouldn’t Muslims prefer a less hurried pace than that required by a code which demands you set about forcibly converting every last man, woman and child on earth? I mean, what’s the hurry? Well, I suppose there’s a vast population of imams who would like nothing better than to have the entire world coughing up Zakat so they could have even more layers of silk to fart through. Clearly, eliminating that revenue stream is a real non-starter.

So there we have it. Removing any single one of the aforementioned Pillars wreaks utter havoc on poor little old Islam. Perish the thought of eliminating two or three, that’s right out. Unfortunately, that leaves the negotiating table a rather barren place now doesn’t it?

And that is precisely where we stand today. Islam continues to make all sorts of taxing demands upon the West even as it resolutely defies any suggestion that it moderate, modify or modernize itself. In fact, even Muslims who make any attempt at doing so usually find themselves at the business end of Islam’s pointy hardware, and just as often end up dead for their troubles.

None of this even addresses two other rather nasty habits that Islam partakes of. First off, there is Kitman, a well-established tradition of only partially revealing the truth so as to conceal untoward intentions, delusions of world domination plus all sorts of other naughtiness and generally nasty behavior. Along with that little corker, there also is the delightful notion of taqiyya, which grants every Muslim the God-given right to lie about anything, everything and all points in between. Quite the bit of a deal-breaker, I know, but its all part of Islamic doctrine and not open to negotiation. Least of all by us kaffirs.

Which brings us back to our initial point. This famous "dialogue and political engagement" which dear old Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is so fond of yammering on about seems utterly bereft of that niggling little thing called “reciprocity”. While Islam somehow manages to bring this up without blushing, that in no way obliges us not to get the right hump about such lopsided and patently unfair goings on.

So, here we are confronted by an opponent who insists that we set about constraining even the most fundamental of our liberties and freedoms in exchange for ... zip, zilch, bupkus, nada, as in nada damn thing! On top of that, these Islamic "negotiators" are prone to the very worst deceit, misrepresentation and, let's face it, just plain lying like one of Uncle Omar's cherished prayer rugs.

I can only imagine that it must be the prospect of all those four star catered luncheons which keeps our indefatigable negotiators at the bargaining table. Especially when confronted with such a total lack of anything to negotiate about. Sadly, this is not the case and these rat bastards are so eager to trade the farm for a handful of magic beans that its long past tea for us to treat them to an extensive round of parking lot therapy.

Czechmade said...

This one is the best:

"Some of the perpetrators of the terrorist acts might claim to commit these sinful crimes in the name of Islam. This pretension should not be validated as they have nothing to do with Islam, a religion of peace, compassion and tolerance"

He says in fact that Mohammad and his closest followers have nothing to do with Islam. He calls for ousting of these figures from Islam. He says in fact that Islam abrogates the acts, deeds and words of these figures.

This is very interesting. But it wrecks fully the project of "tolerance" and "mutual understanding". He finds untolerable something which we should find tolerable according to him. He is unable to establish a "mutual understanding" between his two sentences!

Implicitly these muslims discard their own "religion", commit blasphemies every second of their life at will and force us to accept the whole explicitly en bloc.

Do all muslims wage some strange war on Islam?
Was the founder of Islam strictly against Islam? Are muslims islamophobic to the core?

Could they finish their abrogation process proprely before they start talking to us?

Paul Green said...

Excellent essay, Baron, and many thanks for the link.

It bears noting that an anti-"Islamophobia" conference, to be held in the U.S., has been proposed by the Malaysian government at the behest of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. This would follow next April's "Durban II" event in Geneva. The location was stipulated by none other than Ihsanoglu, who, according to Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, "said the United States was chosen as the venue for the convention because of the polemic on Islam in that country as well as the wide media coverage it would get."

The clear intention of this event and its timing is to maintain the operational tempo of the jihad in the propaganda sphere by amplifying "Durban II's" call for "hate speech" legislation criminalizing "Islamophobia." That this would fall on receptive ears in an Obama administration is shown by several remarks Barack Obama has made during the course of his campaign.

More on this here.

Robin Shadowes said...

Soon enough western values won't even be accepted in the west.

NJArtist said...

The fellow has mastered the language art of the diplomats and the professoriate: Long phrases and wording, a fog of words, lies and deceptions clothed in "rationality". His words are undecipherable in the immediate and must be parsed by the uninitiated: the common listener turns off in the cloud of words; the initiate grasps the meaning: a meaning pre-ordained in the back rooms of conspirators.