Europe grapples with Muslim culture of female inferiority

We’ve all been appalled at the story of almost 100 women being assaulted and/or raped in Cologne this past New Year’s Eve by Muslims.

This article explains that this wasn’t an isolated incident. Europe has been under siege with what can genuinely be called a culture of rape among Muslim men immigrating to Europe. The article is very well documented with many links to other stories and studies. Well worth a read and some prayers.

Makes you wonder what’s in store for Canada with the rush to admit so many Muslims.

We repeat our point once again: not all belief systems are equal in terms of how they foster human rights and peace.

Only Christ can liberate sinful humans from their darkest tendencies.

Islam’s ongoing challenge with terrorism

When Islamist extremists commit acts of violence, Muslims must resist the temptation to simply say the extremists “are not Muslims,” emphasized Naser Khader, a member of the Parliament in Denmark of the Conservative People’s Party. Simply denying that the extremists are true believers excuses the moderates from having to advocate for reform in Islam, he explained.

“We cannot say that the Islamic State are not Muslims. That is what they call themselves,” he said. ISIS has a state built on a “jihadist vision of Islam,” he said, murdering and enslaving other people “with the Koran in their hands.” (Source)

Even Muslims like Mr. Khader can see the stupidity of political correctness.

The positive statements from Muslims related in that article are a good start. I strongly commend them for speaking out against radical Islam.

But several parts of the Koran and other Islamic literature openly and plainly call for violence against non-believers. This represents a formidable challenge for Islam which is struggling to find a peaceful answer within its own belief framework to justify coexistence with “infidels”.

Of course, not all Muslims are terrorists. But nor are they very eager to denounce it. This article from Jihad Watch does a masterful job of running through a list of protests held by peaceful Muslims against terrorism. None gathered more than 50 people. The list includes a “rally” in Toronto in 2013 which drew only 25 people. In contrast, the article shows how thousands participated in protests against cartoons of Mohammed or Charlie Hebdo’s satire.

Let’s face it: while most Muslims aren’t terrorists, there’s nonetheless a worrying asymmetry in how they react to terrorist attacks vs. attacks against Islam.

Notice also that Muslims who denounce terrorism typically don’t do it by quoting from the Koran. In the article quoted at the top, one Muslim invoked “common sense” to refute a direct quote from the Koran instructing to “kill the Mushrikun” i.e. those who believe in a God other than Allah.

Obviously, this need to highlight the contradiction between the Truth and the Koran shows that the latter is not from God. It also shows how the solution to Islam’s problems are being proposed from outside Islam. That’s a risky proposition because you’re asking Muslims to reject their scriptures in favour of a Christian-flavoured approach to human rights and the respect of others. Can it succeed? I personally don’t find it very promising. That Muslim above who refuted the Koran is probably seen as a compromised liberal by many Muslims.

Pope Benedict was way ahead of his time, at his Regensburg lecture in 2006, when he asked if Islam could find arguments for religious tolerance within its own spiritual and intellectual resources. So far, it’s not looking good.

It’s entirely possible that the rise of Islam is on much shakier ground than it seems. A wise priest told me that many Muslims in the Middle East are attracted to Christianity, but they can’t act on it because they and their families could be put to death even for merely showing interest in another religion.

The “common sense” invoked by the Muslim above is a manifestation of the natural law inscribed in every heart. If it takes hold in a sufficient number of hearts in light of the increasing atrocities perpetuated in the name of Islam, we could see a critical mass of change. But again, that would be a change originating from outside Islam’s tradition, since the natural law is not part of their beliefs. I’m not optimistic about Islam finding a Koran-based solution to religious tolerance, but I do believe in the power of the Gospel to convert hearts.

May God help us.

Mark Steyn takes on tough questions about radical Islam

Mark Steyn has been writing and giving a lot of interviews since the tragic Paris attacks. Much of what he says is bang on.

Radical Islam is not like any adversary that modern western nations have faced in the past. It transcends international borders, has a very long-term world view, and is merciless in pursuing it’s goals. Speeches and photo ops by Western leaders ain’t gonna amount to a hill of beans because there’s no real resolve to fix this problem.

As he says:

The west cannot win this thing with a schizophrenic strategy of targeting things and people but not targeting the ideology, of intervening ineffectually overseas and not intervening at all when it comes to the remorseless Islamization and self-segregation of large segments of their own countries. (Source).

Why on earth is President Hollande bombing targets in Syria, but ignoring the ‘no-go zones’ right in Paris and other European cities, where even the police can’t go because radical Muslims have taken over the neighbourhoods?

Many in the mainstream media have worked tirelessly to deny the existence of ‘no-go zones’. But the Belgian government just flashed a Death Star-sized spotlight on them by conceding that it doesn’t control parts of its national territory.

As it turns out, one of those rogue regions called Molenbeek has been linked to several terrorist plots in recent years. At least one of the Paris attackers came from there.

Remind me why Hollande isn’t directing his gaze to Belgium instead of Syria?  The mastermind behind the attacks was born in Belgium. One of the alleged conspirators actually worked for the immigration department. Gee, ya think he might have let other terrorists into the country? That’s how deeply they’ve infiltrated some European nations. I bet that some have infiltrated airport security, which allows them to blow up planes. This is like a horror movie.

But Hollande doesn’t want to touch that can of worms. It makes for a much more spectacular news story to rapidly bomb Syria than to deal with the reality that the enemy is already within the gates; that not all cultures and value systems are created equal; and that moral relativism is suicidal when faced with a confident and determined opponent who not only believes in right and wrong, but where a sufficient number are willing to kill those in the ‘wrong’.

Quebec bill targets “people who write against the Islamic religion”

“Bill 59 assigns new powers to the Quebec Human Rights Commission (QHRC) to combat hate speech, as well as a variety of other provisions meant to protect against extremism, by censoring speech that promotes ‘fear of the other.’ Ominously, the bill would allow the QHRC to pursue websites that in its estimation describe and denounce Islamism….Jacques Frémont, the commission’s president, explained that he planned to use the requested powers to sue those critical of certain ideas, ‘people who would write against … the Islamic religion … on a website or on a Facebook page.’” (Source)

Just when you thought these Star Chambers were on the way out….here they come again out of the blue and with a vengeance.  You’d think that Quebec would be different because they have been the most intolerant of Muslim practices of all the provinces in Canada. Should be interesting to watch as Quebecers have been the most free-speaking bunch as well.

Trudeau has no clothes on niqab

Would Trudeau be comfortable with a hooded Klansman taking the oath of citizenship? Or a Nazi wearing a swastika armband? Or an anarchist wearing a balaclava? Even if you defend the niqab on religious lines, you run up against the fact that not all religious beliefs are defensible. Would it be OK for a man — either Muslim or Christian — to bring his four wives to the citizenship ceremony, because his God says plural marriage is a right?

This isn’t about the right to choose a burka over a bikini. This is about upholding the fundamental values of the country in which you wish to make your home. (Source)

Absolutely. The Catholic Church actually recognizes that the right to religious freedom can’t be exercised at the expense of the common good. What other religion or ideology is so lucid? Why don’t you join us?

Islamic leader denounces ISIS, but sounds almost as violent

This is a sad case of missed opportunity, one could say. Following the burning of a Jordanian pilot by ISIS last week,  Egypt’s top Muslim authority, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, Ahmed al-Tayeb, expressed his “deep anger over the lowly terrorist act”. Thanks for that statement. We certainly need Muslim leaders to denounce the Jihadists.

Unfortunately, the Grand Imam added that the Qur’an prescribes “killing, crucifixion and chopping of the limbs” for those who kill innocent people, i.e. ISIS.

Not so thanks.

While violence may be required to stop ISIS, we don’t need to descend to their level of barbarity by slicing and dicing body parts.

I pray that we’ll see peace soon. Through this, perhaps the world will come to see that only through Christ’s grace can fallible humanity achieve true peace and mercy.

Je Suis Charles Martel

The slogan Je Suis Charles Martel is beginning to make its way around Saint Blogs.  Here is some information on the grandfather of Charlemagne who stopped the advance of Islam into what became France in 732 at the battle of Tours.

Read the rest over at American Catholic.

The difference between Charles Martel and us, however, is that our victory will not mainly come through weapons, even though it appears justified to use force to stop the slaughter of Christians in Iraq and Syria. Instead, we mainly need to convert our culture so that it becomes grounded in truth and empowered to address the many challenges we face. Most notably, someone who’s grounded in the Lord will not radicalize and start blowing stuff up. Nor would such a person engage in gratuitous insulting of objects or persons considered sacred by other religions. That doesnt mean they’ll never get offended, because sincere dialogue in the search of truth will sometimes hurt, but it’s done gently and with the purpose of bringing others to see the light, not just for kicks.

We can’t effectively convert the culture if we aren’t converted ourselves. That’s why everyone reading this needs to make an honest introspective assessment of themselves to determine just how hard they’re working towards becoming a better person who’s closer to the Lord. When is the last time you read a robust spiritual book? I’m not talking about a blog post or a magazine article. I’m talking about something meaty, like St. Francis De Sales’ Introduction to the Devout Life, or Dom Lorenzo Scupoli’s The Spiritual Combat, or Fr. Faber’s Growth in Holiness, or Fr. Walter Ciszek’s He Leadeth Me.

Reading one of these books with a view to applying it’s contents will transform your life. You will never be the same. And that’s a good thing. We could all use an upgrade in our souls.

You can’t give what you don’t have. If you aren’t in a close relationship with God, you’ll have trouble transforming the world around you.

If you don’t have it, what are you waiting for? Let’s get to work!

Establishment continues to insist that jihadism is our fault

“The wider radicalization in Belgium might have something to do with the field politics toward the Muslim community,” [historian Pieter] Van Ostaeyen said. “The fact that the number of people without a job in the Muslim community is rather high. And the fact that they perceive themselves as second-rank civilians.” (Source)

Politics towards Muslims, unemployment, and being perceived as second-rank. In other words, it’s our fault. That’s all their blinders will allow them to see. They just can’t bring themselves to admit that this is an ideological problem.

Go and ask those jihadists and they’ll tell you that it isn’t about politics or unemployment. They simply believe that infidels must be exterminated. Period. Create as many jobs as you like, it won’t make much difference. Europe is doomed until they get to the root of the issue.