Sunday, 31 January 2016

Can Islam reform?

I repeatedly hear the same things over and over... and they are either "They're all the same" or "terrorism has no religion, I refuse to use my brain".

Muslims aren't all the same and to think they are shows a lack of critical thinking and that you too have fallen for the islamist ideology. The other side who refuses to use their brain for fear of being labeled are supposed to be the progressive ones... and yet, by ignoring the overwhelming facts they are regressing and incapable of seeing it.

We must discuss the problems that are fundamentally wrong with islam in an intelligent but also respectful way. People who have been following me for awhile will have seen my views change wildly from "you can't tar them all" to "lets just ban islam because I don't know another solution".... and then I came across Maajid Nawaz who has changed my thinking again and brought it back to a middle ground. Who knows, maybe I'll change my opinion again the more I read and learn, I can't see it turning into a 'mussie loving' view because I've learnt too much, I also cant see it going back to shoot, nuke and deport as, again I've learnt too much. The way I see it these days is that the future of Australia will go one of 3 ways..

1. If we ignore the islamist ideology and repeat prior mistakes history will dictate the future, we will end up just like every other area that hasn't challenged the islamist. Medina, Lebanon, Pakistan etc

2. If we give no room for the good muslims to move, they will turn into their own communities and towards the islamist ideology which will subjugate us all... regardless of how much we say we won't put up with it. Self preservation is a powerful thing and we'll tow the line when and if we need to. Pakistan, Palestine, Lebanon etc

Or 3. Islam reforms and we live together in peace. To do that, we need to give credit where credit is due. Give them an opportunity to critically examine their religion and reform it to be compatible with society, it took hundreds of years but Christianity eventually reformed... islam can too. We need to completely reject ideas that go against our values, but we also need to be decent people and give them reason and room to change.

Maajid is not the only one calling for change. There are a lot, but they get little support from the muslim community. I think that number can change the more we encourage and reject 7th century ways and the more muslims that come out of the closet to support them.

To those muslims calling for change, for equal rights for women... you have my full support. To those calling for a Caliphate, never.

Some links for further reading:


Monday, 25 January 2016

Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free!

Australia Day.

When I was younger, Australia Day was always a day we celebrated living in the lucky country, it didn't matter what colour you were or which country you were from, if you were in Australia on Australia Day... you celebrated. You celebrated everything about the Australia you love.
Now that I'm older and particularly this year, Australia Day is becoming a day which is divisive. Now if you want to 'bogan' up on Australia Day and drape yourself in Red, White and Blue you're tarnished a racist. But it doesn't have to be like that, Australia Day is what YOU make it. If you choose to sit there whining about the problems in our history... well so be it. You are making the choice to sit there miserable while others are out enjoying this great land.

Hell, I'm white with British background and married to Bill who's Aboriginal. I enjoy learning about his culture, he enjoys mine... and together we enjoy ours. Ours that is Australian history. Neither of us were alive 200 years ago and Bill has never made me feel like any of it was my fault or done personally to him, sometimes we joke and he'll call me a convict and I'll call him a spear chucka.. we laugh and move on. THAT is the only way multiple cultures can coexist, it's also the Aussie way. When one repeatedly brings up the past and places the blame on your shoulders when you weren't even alive, it creates bad feelings on both sides, if Bill and I did that we would divorce pretty quickly.... so what makes it any different on a larger scale for the whole Australian community? Nothing, if that's what you choose.

Let it go. Celebrate AUSTRALIA. Celebrate in all its glory because together we share it's history. The good, the bad, the downright ugly.... but most importantly, the fantastic!

So what if Australia day began as a celebration of the founding of the colony of New South Wales, that isn't what we celebrate today. Today it's a celebration of Australia and its beauty.

This Australia Day, make the choice to enjoy all that makes us the best place on earth! Don't confuse culture with race. Celebrate the Aussie culture that we all live & love. We're all different races and we can celebrate one great culture!

Here is but a few reasons for us all to rejoice, not divide... and if you haven't tried some of these, it's about bloody time you did!

You know you’re Australian when…
1. You know all the words for Khe Sanh, Shuddupa Your Face, or Gangajang’s ‘This is Australia’!   Then there’s The Angels' classic ‘Am I ever Gonna See Your Face Again’, many AC/DC tunes, the odd Rose Tattoo number and the happy-pop wonders of the HooDoo Gurus! .

2. You know that snow is a memorable and freakish occurrence. Sometimes it’s even fake, especially at Christmas time.

3. You roll your eyes when someone tells you the origins of the Australia Day celebrations, because that's not what it means to you.

4. You know that “stubbies” are either short shorts or small beer bottles.  You know a “hoon” is an idiot who likes fast cars, someone in trouble is in “strife” and you’re liable to laugh whenever you hear of Americans “rooting” for something.
 5. You know how to abbreviate every word, all of which usually end in -o:  arvo, combo, garbo, kero, metho, milko, muso, rego, servo, smoko, speedo, righto, lezzo, homo, lebo, sudo, maco, abo. Don't be offended, it's not an attack.

6. You know that some people pronounce Australia “Straya” and some pronounce it with a plum in their mouth "Ozstraylia" (the plums usually come from SA) n that’s ok.

7. You know that there is a universal place called “Woop Woop” located in the middle of nowhere… no matter where you actually are.

8. You know that while we call our friends ‘mates’, we don’t use terms like ‘bewdy’ and ‘shrimp on the barbie’, contrary to popular belief.

9. You also know that kangaroos don’t live in most Aussie's backyards, but we will happily pretend they do just to feel superior to people from foreign countries who think they do.

10. It makes you happy when a world famous Hollywood celebrity is actually Australian… Mel Gibson, Geoffrey Rush, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Baz Luhrman, Olivia Newton-John, Naomi Watts, Heath Ledger, Guy Pierce, Eric Bana, Toni Collette. John Farnham ...

11. You know who Skippy is. (And its not the white Australian's)

12. You know that Sydney 2000 was one of our proudest moments in history. We rocked!

13. And our saddest was the Lindt Cafe Siege.

14. You know that Melbourne should be the capital, because Canberra is a hole.... even though it's home to the social justice warriors.

15. You know that Americans think we’re all Steve Irwin clones. And crikey, they couldn’t be more wrong.

16. You have, at some point in your life, slept with Aeroguard on in the summer. Maybe even as perfume.

17. You feel obliged to spread salty black stuff that looks like congealed motor oil on bread… and actually grow to like it. You’ve also squeezed Vegemite through Vita Wheats to make little Vegemite worms. And it pisses you off that it's now halal.

18. You believe that democracy means the freedom to draw caricatures of PM Turbull, mock others, shake it off and remain perfectly civil to each other.

19. You have the ability to compress several words into one – ie ‘g’day’ and ‘d’reckn?’. This allows more space for profanities.

20. You know that the barbeque is a political arena; the person holding the tongs is always the boss and usually a man. He turns the steak ... and the women do everything else. (And you chuck some pork on there as a shit stir to see if your muslim mate will eat it. He will, cause he's not a dick and it doesn't make you a racist)

21. You say ‘no worries’ quite often, whether you realise it or not.

22. You know what fairy bread tastes like, and you can’t imagine your childhood without it.

23. You know the first verse to the national anthem, but still not exactly sure what “girt” means. And you’re ok with that. (It means surrounded, mystery solved.)

24. You’ve drank your tea/coffee/milo through a Tim Tam.

25. You know that backyard cricket is a nice way to bond with family and the rubbish bin. And the ‘over the fence is 6 and out’ rule always applies.

26. You know that we are home to just about all of the world’s deadliest of animals. That’s why if anybody messes with us we’ll get some kangaroos on their arses.  (Oh yeah, you know that an ass is a donkey and a backside is an arse!)

27. You know that in summer a seat belt buckle becomes a pretty good branding iron.

28. Sausage rolls, meat pies and fairy bread. Say no more.

29. You have a story that somehow involves an excessive consumption of booze… but you can’t remember all the details.

30. You know it's 'Macca's' not 'McDonald's', and you know it's OK to have beetroot and/or pineapple on a burger.

31. You know how to slip, slop, slap like it’s nobody’s business
32. You know that the value of a public holiday is measured in terms of alcohol.

33. You refer to someone you like as “an old bastard”, but call someone you don’t like “a bit of a bastard”.

34. You know Drop Bears exist. Positively.

36. You say “scarnon?” instead of “what’s going on?”

37. You understand that “chuck a u-ey” is actually a carefully executed driving manoeuvre.

38. A giraffe taught you about drugs.

And last, but not least...

39. You know Australia IS the best bloody place on earth. Bar none.

So this Australia Day, be like Bill and start rejoicing INSTEAD of pretending this is the worst place on earth, coz quite frankly you look like an dick when compared to other countries problems!

Aussie Aussie Aussie!


Monday, 18 January 2016

Who is teaching your child?

Khoder Soueid, is an islamist teacher at The Australian International Academy, Islamic school in Melbourne who, according to his social networking accounts is sympathetic to the Islamic State.

Soueid ran a Facebook page where he spoke highly of Australians who had travelled to fight with ISIS. The page, which has since been shut down, had more than 3000 followers, including a 17-year-old boy from Greenvale who pleaded guilty to planning to detonate a series of explosives in Melbourne on Mother's Day last year. According to the newspaper, the Australian Federal Police believe the 17-year-old used Soueid's Facebook page to get in touch with other people who had extremist views.

Soueid has been linked to ISIS recruiter Neil Prakash, who is suspected of helping to radicalise Harun Causevic and Sevdet Besim, the two 18-year-old’s arrested over the foiled Anzac Day terrorism plot. On April 18 2015, the day that Melbourne teens Sevdet Besim and Harun Causevic were arrested by police over the alleged Anzac Day plot, Mr Soueid tweeted: "Brothers were today arrested in #Melbourne over alleged 'ISIS-inspired' terrorist plot. Fear mongering at its best."

Prakash made contact with Soueid, who has a large following of young men in Melbourne, via Twitter so the pair could communicate, TWEET 'As Salaamu Alaykum akhee [Hello brother] please follow me,' Prakash wrote. Soueid ‘followed’ Prakash enabling the two to private message each other.

Khoder Soueid blamed Tony Abbott and The Australia Government on Twitter for the death of Numan Haider who was shot dead in 2014 after attacking two policemen with a knife. TWEET “Today Muslims are mourning the loss of our young brother Numan Haider, who was shot dead by police last night. The circumstances surrounding his death appear suspicious and will never be known. I hope Tony Abbott and the Australian government are pleased with the outcome of their fear-mongering.”

Mr Soueid has been a guest preacher at the Hume Islamic Youth Centre in Cooloroo, which has been attended by a number of young people who have travelled to Syria or Iraq to fight with Islamic State, including Jake Bilardi and Dawod Elmir.

Soueid has described one of Islamic State's most senior leaders, Sheikh Abu Malik al-Nashwan, as a "martyr". Nashwan was seen speaking in a video in which 28 Ethiopian Christians were executed. Nashwan has since been killed by a US led air strike in Homs, Syria

Soueid has tweeted against western air strikes in Syria and Iraq, describing the actions of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS as “cowardly.”

Soueid is listed as a guest speaker at Gaza Fundraising Dinner held 19th November 2014, the funds from this fundraiser are going to Human Appeal. Human Appeal is a UK-registered charity accused by the CIA and FBI of being "a fundraiser for Hamas." The charity is a proscribed "Hamas-affiliated" organisation in Israel, and both the US Internal Revenue Service and State Department consider it to be a terror-funding entity. Human Appeal International has often promoted extremist preachers in Britain. In 2011, for instance, the charity hosted an event with Haitham al-Haddad, an Islamist preacher who regards Jews as "enemies of god, and the descendants of apes and pigs" and has stated that, "Allah's law [will] govern the whole earth, and for no other law to remain."

Am I the only person alarmed at the access this man has to vulnerable youth in the community? ASIO head, Duncan Lewis, warns that teenagers are becoming radicalised quickly, sometimes within weeks, and as he issued a "call to arms" for families and communities to provide the first line of defence against Islamic extremism. So why is Soueid still teaching? It appears counterproductive to me. Mr Lewis said the intelligence community was working very effectively with police but added that "you would not need to be the smartest guy in the world to think we can't get them all". No, but we can get the one’s we KNOW are posing a great risk to the community by encouraging a radical interpretation of islam.

You don’t need to be an ‘islamaphobe’ to see there is something wrong here.


Some more of Soueid's tweets.


Friday, 15 January 2016

"We're not in an Islamic country, we're in Australia"

Those that have been following me for a while know that I love a good debate, recently the popular defence for muslims is;

"We're not in an Islamic country, we're in Australia"

Is this a valid point? In my opinion, yes AND no, mainly no. On one hand we are in Australia and have better intelligence services than most, if not all, islamic countries. But, is our intelligence enough when we cannot address those causing the problem as that would be racial profiling such that those thinking with their bleeding hearts tying the hands of our authorities when they attempt an operation to keep us safe? For example, recently the Immigration department launched an operation to target those working in Melbourne illegally, Mel Gregson and her outragee's rallied at an hour’s notice because it wasn't fair to racially profile people *waaah*. How else could they target those working in the community illegally? These SJW's don't speak for the silent majority who are placing their faith in the police to keep us safe, though it certainly looks that way!

History shows us that non islamic countries are lost to muslims when we feel with our bleeding hearts instead of thinking with our brains. Time after time muslims take over a country with very little opposition from the population because you 'can't tar them all with the same brush'. The moderate muslims fall into line under islamist rule to protect themselves when the numbers start to grow. It happens every time. By the time the public realise what is happening, it's too late... and they STILL face opposition from those who can't see the forest for the trees.

For example, In response to the Cologne sexual assaults on NYE 2015, A German police officer named Bernd K told Bild Newspaper that law enforcement cannot efficiently tackle crime among refugees without being accused of excessive violence or racism, while many dangerous incidents are played down or kept secret to maintain desirable statistics. People do not know what happens in reality, even when it comes to violence or physical abuse, as the general picture looks softened, he continued. “One asylum seeker wanted to cut his fellow’s throat. But the crime scene report included only severe injuries rather than a murder attempt. This looks better for the statistics” Bernd K. explained. In his view, the crime rate among refugees far exceeds that of the local population: “For the last couple of months, I had only one criminal charge against a German, the rest of the suspects were refugees.” Referring to abuse and harassment against women, similar to those that took place in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, the officer said such cases are widespread in Bavaria as well. “At the train station, women are sexually harassed and offended on a regular basis. When we speak of an entry ban to an area, they would shout at us: ‘You are not my police. You are a racist’.” However, when a refugee needs to be controlled, the police cannot arrest him even for a while, the officer said, citing “superior orders” prescribing not to use coercive actions. “Our domestic rule is – better to let him run away".

Read more here.

There are hundreds of examples such as this one, you only need to look. They are even happening in Australia to a lesser extent, gang rapes and assaults by migrants aren't spoken about in the media for fear of being labelled a 'racist', you only hear about them by word of mouth. We already have high ranking police ordering our police not to do anything about migrant crimes. When is enough going to be enough? When it's too late? When it's you or your loved one targeted for being a white infidel?

How can we ever expect to live in peace with migrants and share our boundless plains if we treat them with reverse racism by expecting them to be incapable of adhering to the same community standards as the rest of the population?

So Islamic countries ARE relevant in this debate because they are examples of what will happen to us if we continue to ignore history, islamic doctrine and the situations in countries such as Germany. If we stop tying the hands of the authorities and let them do the job we put faith in them to do then maybe this argument will become relevant. But until then, it's perfectly reasonable to look to the situation in other countries and be afraid for the future of Australia.