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Interesting link. It was a bitch finding this video *not* attached to a blatantly racist, screamingly right wing idiot. Which is a shame. Because in parts I think he manages to make a lot of sense. Is he kind of angry about it? Yes. And that's okay. I recommend you watch the video. Because I'm clearly psychotic I've also transcribed it below. Grammar oddities are my fault.

The man in the video is Pat Condell. I don't think anything about him beyond that. After I watched the video I looked him up and found his site which put a few things in context. But beyond that I don't really know much. As far as I know he's not involved in politics beyond posting about it online.

Recent events in Brussels have confirmed for us in Europe what we have long suspected. That we are governed by unprincipled, vote whoring, cultural apologists who can't wait to dismantle our heritage in order to show how culturally sensitive they are and who'd be quite happy to see us all living under Sharia Law as long as it keeps them in office. As a result we've got a situation now in Europe whether it's Halal meat for Danish school children, or German judges quoting Sharia Law, polygamy legalized in Germany now - for Muslim men only, of course -, or an Italian court allowing a Muslim man to brutally beat his daughter when anybody else would be imprisoned, Islamic values are now being imported wholesale into Europe and are being imposed on a population to whom they're about as welcome as a melanoma.

No other religion gets these privileges. And some people in Europe are so angry at this creeping Islamisation of their culture that they're started to protest against it, when they're allowed to. Only, September the 11th this year in Brussels they won't be allowed to because a peaceful demonstration intending to mark the anniversary with a minute silence outside the European parliament has been banned by the mayor Brussels in case certain members of the Religion of Peace react violently. After all, we wouldn't want to offend people who were dancing in the streets on September the 11th. That would be disrespectful.

And before somebody decides to call me racist, or Islamophobic yet again, you can save your breath. Islamophobia is not the label of shame it might have been had it been a more honest word. Thanks to radical Islam and its open hatred of everything we stand for, calling somebody in Europe Islamophobic is now more likely to be taken as a compliment than it is as an insult. And our politicians have only got themselves to blame for that. Because what they need to realize is that we in Europe, we reject Sharia totally. Not because it's different, but because it's barbaric. We once also employed mutilation and gruesome death in the name of religious justice. We called it the Inquisition. But then we came to our senses. Dare I say it, we became more civilized. And before somebody reminds me that Islam preserved ancient scientific knowledge when Europe was still going through the dark ages, well yes, that's very commendable, but you get the impression that Islam wouldn't do that now. Because "modern Islam" if you'll pardon the expression, seems to be more about bulldozing ancient statues than preserving ancient texts. Apart from its own ancient texts of course and the results of that are there for all to see in any country where Islam has control. Notably in the leading Sunni state, Saudi Arabia or the leading Shia state, Iran. Both barbaric regimes with brutal iron age values.

And we don't want that in Europe any more. I'm sorry to be so racist and Islamophobic and everything but we've seen how every concession to Islam is the thin edge of an even bigger wedge and we don't want religious police patrolling our streets. Not anywhere for anyone. We don't want legalized rape, amputation, stoning, beheading, or any of the other niceties of Islamic jurisprudence. Where a man's word is worth twice that of a woman. As long as he doesn't let on that he's secretly gay, of course. That would be a fly in the ointment. And what a dilemma for the judge. He wouldn't know who to stone to death first.

What I'd like to know from our European politicians (if they can spare a couple of seconds to step down off the gravy train) is, when will it be time to stop showing respect for Islam? Will it be when they take away your wine and your beer because they disapprove of it? Would that do it for you? Or perhaps when your wife is beaten up for showing her face in public. Or maybe you'll wait until your daughter is raped and then punished for it. Would you show less respect then or would you continue to be culturally sensitive and suck it up like you're sucking it up now? Because if that's the case, then my advice for the future people of Europe is: don't be a woman. And don't even think about being gay.

I wonder how long it will be before the first European is actually stoned to death for adultery. If that catches on there'll be hardly anyone left in France. Although, that's not strictly true because according to current birth rate projections France will be a majority Muslim country anyway in about 50 years. But something tells me that nobody will be breaking out any champagne.

Our friends in America have their critics here in Europe as we know, but I get a lot of emails from Americans who think that Europeans are spineless. And I think they're right. Yes, we confronted Hitler, but only after a lot of hand wringing. We could see it coming a mile off but we only acted when we no longer had any choice and by then it was too late. To make matters worse, most people living in Europe nowadays have never actually had to fight for the freedom they enjoy and so I think we've forgotten its true value. And this is precisely why our politicians feel they can trade it away so cheaply for the sake of their own miserable careers.

So I say cultural sensitivity be damned. Some things are more important. Peaceful protest and free speech are not negotiable. And anyone who's offended by that can damned well stay offended. Personal faith should stay personal, it has no place in other people's lives. Centuries ago religion may have had a role to play in maintaining social order but now it's a threat to social order. It's a threat to world peace, quite frankly, and I think its role should be seriously reassessed in all civilized countries. We need to devalue faith as a currency, especially here in Europe, if we're to survive. We need to put a stop to all religious appeasement. So, let's prove the Americans wrong and show them that we do have a spine. We can set them an example of how to get the cancer of religion out of public life for good because they could certainly use one.

Peace to everyone - especially the mayor of Brussels and his Muslim constituents, who keep him in office - for the time being.


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Aug. 27th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Wheeeeeee thunk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IYx4Bc6_eE

A lot of this anti-Islam oooh they get it all their own way oooh the concessions we make for them they're taking over the country bollocks is Christians/Catholics moaning because we've moved past the point where for example shops can only open for 4 hours on a Sunday. We don't care if someone makes a joke about Jesus or the Bible since we've been hearing them for decades and are desensitized. I know it's not so much the case in wacky old America, but the christian groups here don't have a lot of power. In fact the church has had to accept FEMALE priests, and the Archbishop of Canterbury has quite mellow views on homosexuals. It's only when the Christian Right really get organised and protest something that's offensive often for other reasons that they tend to get results.

So because of the way a large percentage treat our own religion as non-essential to daily life, I suppose we expect other religions and cultures to be equally jaded about theirs, and when they aren't and we have to find a way around the problem and we give in to their demands. Which pisses off our own religious types because we don't give a toss about their complaints, yet some johnny foreigner appears and we bend over. So religion, anti-europe and nationalism come together in one glorious ball of pathetic xenophobic jealousy.

Well that's my thoughts on the matter anyway.

also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAVrM29MjR8 bad quality video, ace audio
Aug. 28th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
That first link is wonderful. Political correctness in the UK isn't quite the same as in the US - but it's close enough that his statements still apply.

This guy in the video I posted isn't *exactly* what you're talking about as he's an atheist. He believes that there should be NO religious interference or influence in the world at all. When he says he wants religion out of public life - he means religion as a whole, not just Islam.

The "rules" of Sharia law are pretty horrendous. I myself am pretty much a cultural relativist (something the man in the video wouldn't like) and I think the idea of the sanctity of white European culture is something that needs to be sat on the back burner for a bit. White Europeans (and their american offshoots) have had plenty of it. And while I personally and with my own moral structure find Sharia law repugnant - I also understand that it comes from a separate cultural background.

I think Islamophobia is an apt description for how this man feels (he's frightened of Islam). I was just surprised that someone managed to put it all so clearly and without screaming. It's very easy to hear what he says and immediately just discount him as a racist but I don't think that's what he is. I think he's just very atheistic and has a complete contempt for all things religious.

His crack about France though was pretty stand out given the French political/racial predilictions lately.

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