Thursday, November 19, 2015
Turkish Crowd Refused to Observe a Moment of Silence for Paris Victims
Muslims in Western countries sometimes disown the deeds of ISIS but what they really think can be gauged from what Muslims in Muslim countries do
At a soccer game between Greece and Turkey held in Istanbul, the crowd was asked to observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Islamic terrorist attack in Paris. How did they respond?
Loud chants of ‘Allahu Akbar’ filled the stadium in Muslim Istanbul at a friendly soccer match Tuesday evening between Greece and Turkey.
Attendees were asked to observe a moment of silence in honor of the victims of last Friday’s Islamic terror attacks in Paris.
Derisive whistles and boos also rang out during the attempt to honor the victims.
Turkey was once the model for blending Islam and modernity, but over the last few decades many have reported of growing Islamic extremism. Under Erdogan, who has played to that crowd, disaffected young Islamist men are in abundance. Erdogan's AKP has helped advance that fundamentalism, in a slow effort to transform a forward thinking nation into an Islamic state. It appears his policies have been a great success.
Those in the west who harbor any illusions about radical Islam should watch this video and reconsider.
Paris, Brussels, and 21st Century Europe
Some time ago a former student emailed me a video clip that I now show my Major European Governments course. It’s a five-minute news piece by Dale Hurd of CBN News, a conservative Christian outlet — the rare kind of place where you see reports like this. The piece was on radical Islam in Europe, specifically in Belgium, and it was based on Hurd’s interview with a Muslim leader in Brussels, the very heart of modern Europe, of secular Europe, of the European Union, and of everything Islamic fundamentalists despise about Europe.
“Allah makes the laws and tells us what is allowed and what is forbidden,” Abu Imran told Hurd.
Imran is leader of Shariah for Belgium, and insists there’s no such thing as a “democratic Muslim.” Such a notion, he maintains, is as absurd as a “Christian Jew” or “Jewish Muslim.” “It’s impossible.”
Imran says that real Islam and Shariah law are “inseparable.”
Imran’s group wants what it calls “Belgistan,” and foresees Brussels as an “Islamic capital” within mere decades. He cites numbers to back his optimism. Imran says that in some cities in Belgium, such as Antwerp, 40 percent of the children in schools are Muslim. And though Muslims comprise only 25 percent of religious believers in the country, that is enough to make them the largest religious group, given that Belgium, like most of Europe, has rapidly de-Christianized. Imran’s group expects Muslims to be the majority in Belgium within 20 years.
Notably, that rise is coming from nothing unusual among Muslims. They are simply reproducing, whereas natives of Belgium, like natives of Europe, are not. For many modern Europeans, sex is about recreation, about fully separating intercourse from reproduction, about having as much sex as possible without the undesired outcome of a child. For faithful Muslims, sex is still about babies.
Like many major European cities, from London to Oslo, the most popular baby name in Brussels last year was “Mohammed.” In fact, reported Dale Hurd, “Mohammed” was the most common baby name in Brussels each of the last four years. I do not see that trend changing anytime soon.
Dale Hurd noted in his report that Shariah for Belgium is a “small group that a lot of people do not take seriously.” I bet they are now.
Obviously, I’m sharing this with readers now because the ringleaders of the terrorist assaults in France last week — the worst attacks inside France since World War II — were reportedly based precisely in Brussels.
Unlike Mr. Imran and his group, the ISIS-affiliated Muslims who attacked last week are blatant jihadists. They aren’t patient enough to wait for their babies to grow to adulthood. They’re not awaiting a demographic time-bomb to bring Islam to Europe. They want “victory” now. They are happily (yes, happily) willing to detonate themselves at this very moment. Their method is bombs rather than babies. They don’t want victory via life by outgrowing native Europeans. They want victory via death by killing native Europeans.
Regardless of those violent methods, Islam is poised to triumph in Europe in the long-run. Over time, a native population that fails to do the most rudimentary thing of any native population — that is, give birth to the next generation — will by sheer sex and math give way to the outsiders who have entered the country and are giving birth to the next generation. Muslims in Europe can make love, not war — love that brings babies rather than blocks babies.
The clashes we are witnessing between ex-Christian Europeans and current Muslim Europeans is just the start. The Europe of the 21st century is going to be extremely chaotic.
Syrian Christians Are in Greatest Peril, But Least Likely to Be Admitted As Refugees
President Obama said Monday that calls from some quarters for the U.S. to admit only Christian refugees from Syria were "shameful," yet the reality is that today's refugee system discriminates, not against Syrian Muslims, but against Christians and other non-Muslim minorities.
Critics say this is because the federal government relies on the United Nations in the refugee application process - and since Syrian Christians are often afraid to register with the U.N., they and other non-Muslims in invariably left out.
Fleeing persecution at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other jihadist groups, Syrian Christians generally avoid U.N. refugee camps because they are targeted there too.
Most refugees considered for resettlement in the U.S. are referred by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Applications are then handled by one of nine State Department-managed resettlement support centers around the world, a process that includes vetting and interviews by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and takes an average of 18-24 months. There are occasions when a process can begin without UNHCR referral, but this usually applies in cases of close relatives of refugees already in the U.S.
Of 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted into the U.S. since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, only 53 (2.4 percent) have been Christians, according to State Department statistics updated on Monday.
Ninety-seven percent are Muslims, with the remaining 0.6 percent accounting for other minorities including Yazidis, Baha'i and Zoroastrian.
Updated figures of Syrian refugees admitted into the U.S. since the Syrian civil war began. Only 53, or 2.4 percent, of the 2,194 total are Christians. (Data: State Department Refugee Processing Center)
By comparison, Syria's population breakdown in early 2011, before the civil war's death toll and refugee exodus roiled the demographics, was 90 percent Muslim (including Sunnis, Shia, Alawites and Druze) and 10 percent Christian, according to the CIA World Factbook.
In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, some Republican presidential candidates and governors are calling on the administration to reconsider a plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in the current fiscal year.
On Monday, Arkansas Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman also called for a temporary moratorium, but as part of a broader new policy on Syrian refugees that also deals with the U.N. referral problem.
"The United States' reliance on the United Nations for referrals of Syrian refugees should also be re-evaluated," they said. "That reliance unintentionally discriminates against Syrian Christians and other religious minorities who are reluctant to register as refugees with the United Nations for fear of political and sectarian retribution."
According to Patrick Sookhdeo, international director of Barnabas Fund, a charity campaigning to help rescue Christians from Syria, Christians fleeting ISIS "seldom go to the main refugee camps in neighboring countries because they are marginalized, abused, and at serious risk of violence in these Muslim-majority shelters."
Sookhdeo says Western governments "must understand that vulnerable Christians are being overlooked in rescue program that take only those in the camps to safety. Fully aware of the victimization that is likely to await them in refugee camps, Iraqi and Syrian believers are mainly taking shelter in schools, churches, and apartments, or with relatives where possible."
As a result, some refugee advocates say Western diplomatic missions should work through churches in urban areas in the countries neighboring Syria, to offer refuge for vulnerable Christians.
Prioritize the ‘most victimized'
In September Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced a bill that would give Congress an up-or-down vote on Obama's plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees - and would also require the administration, when considering applicants from Syria and Iraq, to prioritize the resettlement of "persecuted" religious minorities.
On Sunday, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that U.S. efforts to help Syrian refugees should focus on Christians, "who have no place in Syria anymore. They're being beheaded, they're being executed by both sides. And I think we have a responsibility to help."
Obama, speaking in Turkey, said calls to admit Syrian Christians but not Muslims were "shameful" and "not American."
Other Western countries are also grappling with the controversial issue.
Last September George Carey, a former leader of the world's Anglicans, urged the British government to prioritize Christians among the Syrian refugees "because they are a particularly vulnerable group."
Carey said in an op-ed a government plan to admit thousands more Syrians by way of refugee camps located in the region "inadvertently discriminates against the very Christian communities most victimized by the inhuman butchers of the so-called Islamic State."
"Christians are not to be found in the U.N. camps, because they have been attacked and targeted by Islamists and driven from them," he said.
Carey also tackled the sensitive Christian versus Muslim issue.
"Some will not like me saying this, but in recent years, there has been too much Muslim mass immigration to Europe," he wrote. "This has resulted in ghettos of Muslim communities living parallel lives to mainstream society, following their own customs and even their own laws."
"Isn't it high-time instead for the oil-rich Gulf States to open their doors to the many Muslims who are fleeing conflict?" Carey asked. "Surely if they are concerned for fellow Muslims who prefer to live in Muslim-majority countries, then they have a moral responsibility to intervene."
In Australia, Muslim groups accused the government of bigotry forannouncing in September that a plan to admit an additional 12,000 refugees from the conflict will prioritize "those most in need - the women, children and families of persecuted minorities."
The Islamic Council of Victoria spokesman said it would be discriminatory to reject desperate Syrians, "based on their adherence to Islam."
The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils said then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott must "take the high moral ground and stop bigots in his party from dividing the Australian community" by wanting to screen refugees on religious grounds.
GOP candidates balk at accepting Syrian refugees
Question links to terrorism following attacks
GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Sunday said the United States should no longer accept Syrian refugees because it’s impossible to know whether they have links to Islamic militants — an apparent shift from earlier statements in which he left open the prospect of migrants being admitted with proper vetting.
"It’s not that we don’t want to, it’s that we can’t," Rubio said Sunday on ABC’s "This Week." "Because there’s no way to background check someone that’s coming from Syria. Who do you call and do a background check on them?"
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush on Sunday told NBC’s "Meet the Press" the United States should admit Syrian Christians, after vetting. Other Republican candidates have called for a ban on allowing Syrians into the United States. All three Democratic presidential candidates have said they would admit Syrians but only after background checks.
Friday night’s mass killings in Paris offered possible evidence to back up what many, including Rubio, had warned: People with secret ties to Islamic militants could flow across borders in waves of refugees.
Authorities said a Syrian passport found near one of the Paris attackers that had been registered last month and traveled through three countries along a busy migrant corridor known for lax controls. It was not clear whether the document was real or forged.
A spokesman for President Obama said Sunday that the administration is moving forward with its plan to vet and admit up to 10,000 Syrian refugees.
Since Friday, several Republican presidential candidates have called for Christian refugees to receive different treatment than Muslim refugees. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said the country could continue to provide "safe haven" for Christians but not "refugees that may have been infiltrated by ISIS."
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana called for sealing off US borders, while former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee wants to halt the arrival of any refugees from countries with a "strong presence of ISIS or Al Qaeda." Ben Carson, a retired doctor who has embraced some of Trump’s views, said Sunday that accepting Syrian refugees is "a suspension of intellect."
The Obama administration has said it wants to host an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming year — which some liberals argue is not nearly enough. During the Democratic debate on Saturday evening, Hillary Clinton and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley said the United States should increase that number to 65,000. Both said those refugees need to be heavily vetted. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont wouldn’t put a number on it.
Michigan’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, who has bucked many party leaders by welcoming Syrian refugees, is putting efforts on hold following the deadly attacks in Paris. Snyder said Sunday the state is postponing efforts to accept refugees until federal officials review security methods. He added Michigan is "proud of our rich history of immigration" but it’s "priority is protecting the safety of our residents."
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
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