Unbelievable. From denial to appeasement.
First, we warn that Islam preaches hate. We’re told by the ABC establishment this is false.
Then, we show that Islamic preachers do preach hate. We’re told by the ABC establishment that they are just unrepresentative Muslims.
Now, we show that the president of the Australian National Imam’s Council, Sheikh Shady Al-Suleiman, in on-line sermons has vilified Jews, called on God to help “destroy the enemies of Islam”, declared the punishment for adulterers “is stoning to death”, damned Christmas parties as “worship of Satan” and accused gays of “spreading all these diseases” through “evil actions that bring evil outcomes to our society”.
So now the ABC/media Left switches from denial and excuses to appeasement – if not surrender.
Witness this astonishing exchange on the ABC’s Insiders this morning, discussing Sheikh Shady’s attendance as an honored guest at the Prime Minister’s end-of-Ramadan meal:
Nikki Savva: Labor has to deal with the same kind of people that Malcolm Turnbull has to deal with if we are to show, you know, that we have links into the Muslim community. And while this imam is offensive and his views are unacceptable, nevertheless both sides have had contact.
Laura Tingle: He’s got an official position.
Nikki Savva: An official position so he can’t be avoided or isolated….
Mark Kenny: Apparently this guy is regarded by the Government and AFP (Australian Federal Police) and others as important in their deradicalisation dialogue strategy with the Islamic community. And they still regard him as that…. I don’t think this Shady Sheikh would have been the only person with odious views about homosexuals at this thing, and that’s one of the other reasons I think that the parties, the Opposition needs to be a little bit measured in the way it sees this…
Barrie Cassidy: It’s not the only religion with these sorts of views.
That is a despicable low blow, even for this blathering dolt. (SY)
From too few to worry about to too many to resist. Blink of an eye.
Malcolm Turnbull had quietly had a Greens candidate, Lin Hatfield Dodds, made one of the deputy secretaries of his Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, in charge of his social policy.
When asked by Macquarie Radio if he regretted inviting Sheikh Alsuleiman to dinner, Mr Turnbull said: “I do.” …
Mr Turnbull said he had spoken with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, which had compiled the guest list for Thursday’s event.
I have detailed how Waleed Aly repeatedly omits or denies the role of Islam in Islamist terrorism.
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For that impiety I have been savaged by the state broadcaster, the ABC.
ABC presenter Raphael Epstein misrepresented my argument to accuse me of licensing racism.
Most astonishing was the attack on me from the ABC’s religion editor, former Uniting Church minister Scott Stephens, who damned me as “mad”, “lunatic”, “maniacal” and even “idolatrous” for criticising Islam and Aly, illustrated in the piece wearing Christ’s crown of thorns. The then ABC head praised this litany of abuse as ”scholarly”.
That intellectually dishonest and dangerous evasion continues even after the Orlando massacre, with Aly once more aided by disciple Stephens and your taxpayer-funded ABC.
Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens present a taxpayer funded show on ABC Radio National… Last week The Minefield set out to answer this lofty question: “What is a ‘moral’ response to Orlando?”
Firstly a synopsis of what that model moral response from Aly and his mate did not include. Naming the shooter, naming his motivation, naming Islam, acknowledging the victims. A moral response has nothing to do with Islam because according to the celebrity Muslim Aly the terror attack itself had nothing to do with Islam.
Aly’s moral response to Orlando? Get rid of freedom, not Islam.
“Freedom (is one of those narratives that) doesn’t work any more” he said…
I wonder what divinely ordained system Mr Aly could have in mind to replace the dangerous freedom that’s been ruining the world?..
I’ll leave you with Aly’s opener to his show – his chance to advise the world on a moral response to Orlando. As you’ll hear, a moral response doesn’t name the shooter, doesn’t acknowledge the victims, it ignores the shooter’s stated motivation and most importantly, a moral response to Islamic terrorism contains this message.
This had nothing to do with Islam.
Listen at the link.
When you wade through Aly’s verbal sludge “explaining” Orlando, you are left with this message: that an Islamist slaughter is a sign of the sickness of the West, not of Islam. Yes, here is yet another example of Aly blaming the victims of Islamist terrorism:
And if I had to try to explain that – that it would be a lengthy dissertation – but if I tried to do it briefly it would go something like this: That our world is now one that is an increasingly polarised and polarising contest between new frontiers of cosmopolitism on the one hand and quite responsive and symbiotically related frontiers of atavism on the other. And within that lie all of the political narratives that have sustained us through the 20th century that simply don’t work anymore. Narratives like freedom, right, which, you know, expresses its own contradictions in America every time there is a mass shooting. When you see what freedom and a certain conception of freedom ends up looking like – and how an adherence to that kind of ideological idea of freedom prevents you from doing anything about the consequences of it. Where this freedom just kind of ends up consuming itself in a very strange, dark sort of a way.
And at the same time as you have those kind of old narratives going on, I think, you have a world where the ever proliferating notions of identity and self-determination and the celebration of alterities, right. And I suppose you would have to put LGBTQ rights and that kind of civil rights movement in that context with respect to the way society that had operated over the past however many centuries and the narratives that have governed society.
As that happens, as more and more minorities come out and claim their rights – and they’re justified in trying to claim their rights – what you will inevitably get is the response of those who feel like something huge and drastic and epic is being lost. And what is giving way in all of that, Scott, is the centre. And I feel like the centre must give way because we are in a radical time.
We are in a time where the modern world is so at odds with itself, it is so trying to hold together these completely opposing views, these completely opposing vectors, these opposing movements in politics and identity. Societies don’t subsist that way because every now and again you get a reminder of the failure of modern society to subsist under all of these kind of contradictory pressures. I don’t know if I’m explaining myself as well as I feel. To me it feels clear. It’s just very hard to explain it.
Link to the Aly/Stephens show fixed.
More ABC denialism, again sponsored by the ABC, and from another one of Malcolm Turnbull’s top-table guests:
Click here for the audio.
So which “identity” are these young men asserting? Why aren’t non-Muslim men expressing their own :identity” issues through mass slaughter?