A SHAMEFUL DAY FOR AUSTRALIA
A LOCAL council has banned the construction of a synagogue in Bondi because it could be a terrorist target, in a shock move that religious leaders say has caved in to Islamic extremism and created a dangerous precedent…
The Land and Environment Court backed the decision by Waverley Council to prohibit the construction of the synagogue in Wellington St, Bondi — just a few hundred metres from Australia’s most famous beach — because it was too much of a security risk for users and local residents.
Jewish leaders are shocked the decision appears to suggest they cannot freely practice their religion because they are the target of hate by Islamist extremists — and that the council has used their own risk assessment of the threat posed by IS against it.
What next? Jewish shops also moved out to spare the residents?
Imagine what such a council in Germany would have decided when the Nazis started to target Jewish synagogues and shops. Protect the Jews – or evict them.
WHAT THE ABC’S GAME? SOFT ON MUSLIMS, HARD ON CHRISTIANS
My editorial from The Bolt Report – the ABC latest series on of religion and domestic violence has falsely portrayed Christianity as dangerous to women, and falsely portrayed Islam as safe for women. What better evidence that it is at war with our culture?
FALSEHOOD ABOUT ISLAM
The ABC’s Julia Baird falsely smeared Christians as encouraging wife-beating. In contrast, she falsely clears Islam’s Mohammed. Detect a pattern here?
Research shows that the men most likely to abuse their wives are evangelical Christians who attend church sporadically.
So Baird replaced falsehood that with another smear of Christians:
Overall the international studies indicate that intimate partner violence is just as serious a problem in Christian communities, as it is in the general community.
This, too, was false, and contradicted by another of Baird’s claimed sources:
Professor Bradford Wilcox, says this is not at all what his study found: “The [ABC’s] story fails the basic journalistic test of fairness by presenting an almost completely negative picture of Christian approaches to domestic abuse, one that does not square with the evidence that churchgoing couples, in America at least, appear to be less likely to suffer domestic violence and more likely to enjoy happy marriages.”
So Baird’s agenda is plain. She wants Christianity to seem a danger to women when the opposite is true.
Debate around whether Islam permits wife beating is mostly concentrated on the 34th verse in chapter four of the Koran.
For centuries male scholars have argued that it gives husbands financial and or fundamental superiority over women, as well as the right to physically discipline — or “beat lightly” — their wives.
According to one translation, it states:
“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband’s) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all).”
However, in recent decades a growing number of scholars have argued such interpretations contradict major Islamic teachings of non-violence and gender equality.
The verse should not be read literally, they say, but in context with other Koranic verses, as well as the example of the Prophet Muhammad, who — as has been well-established in hadiths, which document his words and actions — never hit his wives, and encouraged men to treat women with respect.
False. At least one hadith shows Muhammad did indeed hit his wives.
Here is some of Hadith Number 2127 from the Sahih Muslim, considered one of the most authentic collections of sayings about the Prophet, quoting here his wife, Aisha, saying what he’d done after she’d left home without permission:
I, however, preceded him and I entered (the house), and as I lay down in the bed, he (the Holy Prophet) entered the (house), and said: Why is it, O ‘Aisha, that you are out of breath? I said: There is nothing. He said: Tell me or the Subtle and the Aware would inform me. I said: Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be ransom for you, and then I told him (the whole story). He said: Was it the darkness (of your shadow) that I saw in front of me? I said: Yes. He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?
What’s more the Koran is the word of Muhammad, who indeed instructed men to “beat” his wives. And many modern Islamic scholars endorse that – again, counter to the impression Baird gives.
Her agenda is again clear. She wants Islam to seem safe for women when the opposite is true.
What on earth is the ABC doing?
(Via Tim Blair.)