The Australians have such style, such finesse:
|Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law should get out of Australia, a senior government minister has said, hinting that some radical clerics might be asked to leave.|
Peter Costello is Australia’s treasurer and hopes to replace John Howard when he retires. Looks like he might make it, based on these statements:
|“If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you…”|
|“I’d be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia, one the Australian law and another the Islamic law, that that is false.|
|“There’s only one law in Australia — it’s the law that’s made by the parliament of Australia and enforced by our courts. There is no second law.|
|“If you can’t agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country which practices it, perhaps, then, that’s a better option,”|
In addition to all this plain speaking, Prime Minister Howard called a meeting of mainstream Muslims, all of whom disowned Osama and pledged to fight Islamic terrorism.
It doesn’t look like there will be any Ottawa-style Sharia courts in Sydney real soon. And don’t hold your breath for the Law schools to start hiring Sharia professors.
Sounds like Australia has made a firm commitment to reality. How refreshing.
Hat tip: American Digest. Look in the Side Notes.
Refreshing indeed! Thanks for bring this to our attention.
Don’t you just love it when someone else get it too!
Common sense is wonderful thing,but more rare than you might expect. Costello has his head on straight.
For Muslims here in the West, the most draconian punishment is not imprisonment but deportation. This is not because deportation from the West will reduce their standard of living, but it will reduce the opportunity to wage Jihad against the Infidel state. A reduction of standard of living for a limited time on earth, is of limited value when compared to the eternal pleasures of paradise, for themselves plus their immediate family. For this eternal joy in paradise, they will say or do anything in the short term to attain the paradise forever. You will notice that the incidence of finding “moderate muslims” increases in direct proportion to the calls for the removal of radical islamists.
I’m thus extremely sceptical what comes forth out of the mouths muslim spokesmen. Their mission is to establish the pre-eminence of islam in the West, and they will say anything to achieve that end.
So let us consider the hypothetical situation that ALL muslims at present living in the West, accepted the call to clean their communities of extremism. They even went further and made the changes in their teachings of the koran and the jihad. Such an outcome would no doubt come as a relief to many on this site and elsewhere. But I counter, that all such changes were being done merely to protect the ummah while it grows at ever increasing pace in the West. Once a near majority is achieved, that future generation of muslims will simply revoke any changes and return to the traditions of the unchanging and unchangeable koran. They will even praise this generation of muslims for having done what was necessary to protect islam.
How many moderates will show up? Is their word to be trusted? I seem to recall a recent radical-in-moderate-disguise named Alamoudi.
You are correct to be skeptical. Only the least-informed Pollyanna will take their word at face value. And the Koran teaches that strategy.
I’ll believe in moderate Muslims when I see those moderates ride the radicals out of town on a rail (to coin a Southern expresssion).