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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fundamentalist Islam & Homophobia

I believe that you can judge how civilized a society is by how it treats women, homosexuals and Jews. Oppressive regimes either target these groups or permit them to be harassed through official inaction. Bruce Bawer, a gay American writer now living in Norway and the author of While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within, points out that homosexuals are often the proverbial canaries in the humanitarian coal mine. In January, he examined the rising incidence of homophobia in Europe in an article called First They Came for the Gays : he argues that violent homophobia from fundamentalist Muslims is the first sign of a serious threat to western liberal democracy. Some excerpts:

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.

Never mind that Europe, far from oppressing Muslims, offers personal freedoms and welfare-state benefits far beyond those available in any Muslim country. Never mind that few if any Europeans - certainly not gay people - are doing any Muslim-bashing. Never mind that Hindu and Buddhist immigrants, or immigrants from South America or China, feel no compulsion to react violently against their “oppression.” No, assaults by Muslims always have to be construed as defensive - as expressions not of power but of weakness, not of aggression but of helplessness.

To suggest that the culprits, far from being fragile, sensitive flowers who’ve been pushed over the line by something we did, are in fact bullies driven by an overweening sense of superiority and a deep-seated malice - both of which they’ve been carefully taught at home, at school, and, yes, in the mosque - is verboten.

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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. Pim Fortuyn saw all this coming years ago; most of today’s European leaders still refuse to see it even though it’s right before their eyes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Europeans surrender to fascism, again. No one will save them this time.