Thursday, November 03, 2005

Dhimmitude Continues Apace

The headline in the Brussels Journal reads:

Van Gogh Is Dead. Islam Counts Its Blessings
     One year after Theo van Gogh was murdered we are forced to acknowledge that that event has been a benefit to Islam. Anyone who is critical of Islam will still be branded as a “xenofobe” or an “Islamofobe.” Islamophobia is a newly coined word which has already been used by Kofi Annan.
Following the assassination of van Gogh, the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands, Piet-Hein Donner, proposed to reinstate blasphemy as a criminal offence. In the United Kingdom Islamophilia runs amok. The July 7 bombings, which killed 55 people, seem to have reinforced the taboo on criticism of Islam. The London police chief, Ian Blair (Tony’s parrot, though unrelated), said the bombings could not be qualified as “islamic terror” because “Islam and terrorism do not go together.” Politicians and opinion makers assure us that Islam does not condone terror and that we must support the “beleaguered” Muslim community. With every act of terrorism the press becomes more friendly towards Islam. The Guardian has virtually become al-Guardian.
The British government wants to make it a crime to insult Islam and the Muslim community. When the House of Lords rejected this bill the Labour Party, eager to win the Muslim vote, incorporated the proposal into its party platform. Private companies are equally eager to pamper Muslims clients. Piggy banks are banned, as are children’s books featuring piggies, as is pork on the menu in schools and prisons. History has been rewritten to blame the West for the Crusades and the conquest of al-Andalous.
The author of this essay, Koenraad Elst, also notes that sensitive Muslims don’t like to laugh much. Supposedly when you open your mouth to laugh the devil gets in (which no doubt explains the Irish). Here’s his bit of history on the first infidel to die — he did so for laughing:
    … laughter is not appreciated. My Moroccan neighbour never laughs heartily. He has been taught that the devil enters through the wide open mouth of those who laugh. The first blood spilled in the history of Islam was spilled in Mecca when an infidel laughed on seeing some members of the new sect of the Muslims pray with their backsides in the air.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Southern Knight reports that the new Dutch orthography, used for the Netherlands and Belgium, will from now on use the lower case ‘c’ for ‘Christ’… the story doesn’t mention what treatment allah is going to get, but we ought to start taking guesses. That european union will go to any lengths to make their politically correct points, but here’s a bottle of Jameson’s to the first person who finds mohammed with a small ‘m’ in that orthography.

The european union is so busy building houses of cards they don’t even notice that half the place is on fire and the other half is muslim.


felix said...

You are being pessimistic about the weak response in Europe to the radical islamic threat. Unfortunately, I agree with your conclusions.

To think that after the July 7 London subway jihad attacks, the UK would try to approve legislation to make criticism of Islam a crime, that is unbelievable. Still, Tony Blair made his "the rules of the game have changed" speech, so perhaps there is hope.

Thomas von der Trave said...

Since the advent of text messaging the capital letters have suffered cruel neglect. But it takes a Eurocrat to legislate their use.

In the Anglo-Saxon world, we have dictionaries for that. In Europe they have committees.

Dymphna said...

Commenters, all:

Please refrain from using vulgarity in the comments. For example, if you wanted to say - -- in *your* opinion -- what people, or a policy, or a politician is doing that you find objectionable, you may say something like "he has so contorted his body that his cerebellum has been inserted into his lower bowel and things are looking dark."

You may not say: "he's got his head up his a**." That phrasing is not acceptable and if I notice something offensive I will delete it. The standards are mine, you don't have to own 'em, you just have to abide by them whilst here in my comments.

Think of it this way: you have an opportunity to stretch, stylistically speaking.

Thank you for your attention.


PS The Baron has asked me to say that the same standards re comments apply to his posts, also.

CarnackiUK said...

There's a mistake in the extract from the Brussels Journal. It was not Sir Ian Blair who made the comments about 'Islam and terrorism being two words that should never be put together', It was Commander Brian Paddick, an openly gay pot-smoking senior London policeman whose main function in the Met seems to be to mouth PC platitudes such as the above that will appeal to the force's many critics and enemies. I don't think he's very popular with fellow officers.

Dymphna said...


They have a comment section on Brussels Journal...that's a biggie to get wrong. I hope someone points it out to them!