Hushing Up Rape In Sweden

Cultural Enrichment News

In the last few years, Sweden has become known as the “Rape Capital of Europe”, and with good reason. Not only are women there more likely than anywhere else in Europe to experience the unwanted attention of culturally enriched men, but the Swedish media do their best never to mention this trend or report on sexual assaults by immigrants.

One of our Swedish contacts sent this video about an incident at a public swimming pool when eleven- and twelve-year-old girls were attacked and raped by Muslim immigrants. He included this note:

There are a lot of stories about what Sweden calls “alone refugee children” who immigrate in large numbers to Sweden. They are, however, most often not children but around seventeen or older. They lie about their age and throw their IDs away. They are not “alone”, either since many later bring their families with them. And they aren’t refugees either, for that matter.

In any case, there have been many reports of violence by these immigrants (mostly from Somalia and Afghanistan), and the latest incident may be seen below. This hasn’t been reported by mainstream media yet but… I think the story is true, especially after considering that there have been other rapes at that bath house before.

Note: “bath” in this video refers to what Americans would call a public swimming pool:

For a complete listing of previous enrichment news, see The Cultural Enrichment Archives.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/25/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/25/2011Thousands of protesters marched in the streets of Amman, Jordan today, led by a coalition including the Muslim Brotherhood and the Communists. Meanwhile, in Libya the situation remains chaotic and violent, with rebels now said to be in control of the eastern oil fields, three quarters of which are closed.

The anticipated refugee crisis in the Mediterranean is causing grave concern in the EU, which has allocated €25 million to handle the emergency. The Libyan regime had acted as a de facto border control for illegal African immigrants into Europe, and that control has now vanished.

In other news, Pakistan is disregarding the diplomatic immunity of CIA agent Raymond Davis, and will put him on trial for the alleged killing of two men in Lahore.

To see the headlines and the articles, open the full news post.

Thanks to C. Cantoni, Caroline Glick, DF, Fjordman, Insubria, JD, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Commenters are advised to leave their comments at this post (rather than with the news articles) so that they are more easily accessible.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

Hell or Jail or Canada

Margo says that Rudy Felsh is a nasty vulgar kid.
Someday he’ll go to Hell or jail or Canada.

         — Shel Silverstein

As I reported earlier today, the Canadian government barred Dr. Srdja Trifkovic from entering Canada yesterday to speak at the University of British Columbia after being invited by the Serbian Students Association.

Dr. Trifkovic has posted an account of what happened at the Chronicles website:

Banned From Canadistan
by Srdja Trifkovic

Srdja TrifkovicOn Thursday, February 24, I was denied entry to Canada. After six hours’ detention and sporadic interrogation at Vancouver airport I was escorted to the next flight to Seattle. It turns out I am “inadmissible on grounds of violating human or international rights for being a proscribed senior official in the service of a government that, in the opinion of the minister, engages or has engaged in terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide, a war crime or a crime against humanity within the meaning of subsections 6 (3) to (5) of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.”

It appears that my contacts with the Bosnian Serb leaders in the early nineties make me “inadmissible” today. As it happens I was never one of their officials, “senior” or otherwise, but the story has been told often enough (most recently in one of my witness testimonies at The Hague War Crimes Tribunal). The immigration officer at Vancouver decided that what was good for The Hague was not good enough for Canada; but her decision evidently had been written somewhere else by someone else well before my arrival. (She was so out of her depth that she asked me if President Vojislav Koštunica had been indicted for war crimes.)

I’ve visited Canada some two dozen times since the Bosnian war ended; ironically, one of those visits, in February 2000, was to provide expert testimony before the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa. Why should the Canadian authorities suddenly decide to keep me out of the country now, and for transparently spurious reasons? Well, because the Muslims told them so. The campaign started when a Bosnian-Muslim propaganda front, calling itself The Institute for Research of Genocide of Canada, demanded to have me “banned” from speaking at the University of British Columbia on February 24. The ensuing campaign soon escalated into demands to keep me out of Canada altogether. The authorities have now obliged.

Dr. Trifkovic goes on to remind us of what Ambassador James Bissett said last week:

During the war in Bosnia, the Muslim leadership in Sarajevo became furious when General Mackenzie—who was representing the UN—was not deceived (as many journalists were) by the blatant propaganda generated by the Muslim side and by his insistence at remaining impartial. In an attempt to have him replaced, the Muslims concocted false charges of rape and misconduct against him. These charges were so obviously fabricated they were summarily dismissed by responsible authorities. As the general was able to prove, he was not even in Bosnia when many of the alleged offences took place. Despite the facts, the “Genocide Institute” continues to slander the good name of General Mackenzie. Its web site contains a long list of so-called rape victims who relate in lurid detail how they were raped … by the Canadian officer. They even claim that during some of these rapes the general was “protected ‘— not by UN troops but by heavily armed “Chetniks.” The stories are so obviously fabricated that to those who know the General personally—as I do—can only wonder at the seriously psychotic nature of individuals who would repeat these lunatic charges.

There’s more at Chronicles.

Writing about this atrocious incident at Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer summarizes what is at stake:

I strongly believe that we have to reply energetically to all such charges; the “hate speech” weapon is increasingly used by the thuggish Leftist/Islamic supremacist axis to silence its opponents, and if we ignore the false charges made, they will be assumed true by those who are naive and unaware of what game is being played.

The Harper government has shown admirable backbone from time to time, as demonstrated by its recent insistence on screening Iranium at the National Archives in Ottawa. Yesterday’s events in Vancouver, however, are a reminder that prime ministers may come and go, but the leftist state bureaucracy is forever.

Spackle’s Excellent Adventure at Barnes and Ignoble

Barnes and Noble: Vampires

Spackle is a regular reader and occasional commenter at Gates of Vienna. In an email to us he described a recent culturally enriched encounter he had with a sales clerk at Barnes and Noble. It was so very much a “Barnes and Noble sucks” moment (B&N Sucks has a Facebook page with various improvisations on that theme) that I asked his permission to post the story. Besides, I wanted to share one of my own.

First, Spackle’s Story:

I just wanted to share something amusing that happened to me this weekend.

I went to my local Barnes and Noble to pick up a copy of God’s Battalions. I remember hearing about it when it first came out, and then was reminded once again from this past week’s news feed.

[note: The full title of the book, an historical account, is God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades. You can check out the link for the customer reviews, sixty-one all together, of which thirty seven are five-star recommendations while the others break along some unpredictable lines. – Dymphna]

I searched first in the history section, but could not find it. So I went to the customer service desk for help. There was another man in front of me being helped by a beautiful young girl behind the desk. Just as the man in front of me was wrapping up I happened to drop some change on the floor. After I finished picking it all up instead of a beautiful young girl standing before me, there was a fully bearded Muslim male in his mid-twenties.

“Okay,” I thought, “this is going to be interesting…” In the beginning he was warm and friendly, and asked how he could help me. I told him I was looking for a book called God’s Battalions. Okay, so far so good. He typed away on his computer, and then all of a sudden his face and demeanor changed when what I was about to purchase sank in. The book cover says, “God’s Battalions — A case for the crusades,” and I assume there was a book description as well on his computer screen as he took far too long just to discover where it was located and if it was in stock.

He then very coolly asked me to follow him. The whole time I observed him closely to watch body language and demeanor. He led me to of all places the Christianity section! I said that it seemed odd to put such a book in the Christian section. I must admit I was fishing a little. No reply from him at all.

He eventually found it and handed it to me like it was burning a hole in his hand, and got away from me as quickly as possible without ever looking at my face again. I thanked him to his back and he kind of grunted back at me.

I suppose I should be thankful that he didn’t just tell me it was out of stock straight away. While there was nothing dramatic or overtly hostile in his behavior, it was still very interesting observing the whole episode from beginning to end.

I should also mention that if he wasn’t born and raised here he had at least been in America since he was a young child. His accent and mannerisms were distinctly American. Actually, I would dare to say that he would be classed as one of those mythical animals we always hear about but never actually see, the “moderate Muslim”.

I guess “moderate” in this case means that he didn’t try to bash my infidel brains in for purchasing such a horrible book. Or maybe “moderate” meaning he served me with clenched teeth and a thin veneer of professionalism? Professionalism being the only thing holding him back from freeing the beast inside.

In retrospect I would rather have talked to the beautiful girl. And the book is fabulous.

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Spackle’s story reminded me of one of my own Barnes and Ignoble moments. Mine have been political. After all, the B&N I used to frequent was in Charlottesville – known to many of us as Berkeley East, though I prefer to call the town “Li’l Kumquat”. That is, if New York City is the Big Apple, then Charlottesville tends toward another fruit, one that is sweet on the outside, sour and seedy in the middle. Not really edible unless you mush it into marmalade.

Spackle’s story falls within the “Cultural Enrichment” genre. My experience was merely the usual political clash conservatives in Charlottesville experience at the hands of their betters, the Leftish, Loutish Majority. I’m sure than many people on the right of the political spectrum who are doomed to live and work amongst these Orthodox Lemmings have had experiences similar to mine.

I told Spackle:

Every conservative has at least one B&N moment. Mine came a few years ago when I picked up several books to peruse while I drank my latte. But first I went to the restroom, leaving the books on the table outside the door, as the sign directed.

When I came out, a woman was looking over my choices, a curl of disdain distorting her mouth. I asked if I could retrieve my books — one of which was David Horowitz and another a dismissal of AGW. She took her time leafing through them and then shoved them into my hands. Walking away, she hurled back a comment about this country becoming polarized. I’m usually quick on my feet, but that time I was simply glad to have the books back. I hadn’t planned on buying one (I’m one of those mooches who buys coffee and reads. Who can afford books? I shouldn’t even be spending the money on latte. But it’s a long drive home and caffeine really boosts my pain medication…or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).

This time, however, I made a point of buying the global warming denial book. Back then, it was really swimming against the tide. The cashier looked at me sternly… hey, it’s Berkeley East in Charlottesville. They’re all like that.

Hope the Muslim didn’t take your picture.

I should add that despite the bookstore’s obvious political leanings, they did have the skeptic’s book . But that was only because I insistedin the first place that they stock at least one argument for the other side. So they did: exactly one copy of one book., the sole dissenting opinion on the subject in the store. Since they’d gotten it in at my behest, I bought it.

I’ve often wondered how a conservative bookstore would fare. It would have to offer a variety of conservative and libertarian opinions since there is much more disagreement among those on the Right than there is among the Leftists. The latter have certain hot button issues, call them orthodoxies, that don’t diverge much from one person to another. All too often, you can say their lines along with them. On the Right, there is a spectrum of disagreement – as Russell Kirk says in the introduction to his Ten Principles of Conservatism,

Perhaps it would be well, most of the time, to use this word “conservative” as an adjective chiefly. For there exists no Model Conservative, and conservatism is the negation of ideology: it is a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the civil social order.

The attitude we call conservatism is sustained by a body of sentiments, rather than by a system of ideological dogmata. It is almost true that a conservative may be defined as a person who thinks himself such. The conservative movement or body of opinion can accommodate a considerable diversity of views on a good many subjects, there being no Test Act or Thirty-Nine Articles of the conservative creed.

In essence, the conservative person is simply one who finds the permanent things more pleasing than Chaos and Old Night. (Yet conservatives know, with Burke, that healthy “change is the means of our preservation.”) A people’s historic continuity of experience, says the conservative, offers a guide to policy far better than the abstract designs of coffee-house philosophers. But of course there is more to the conservative persuasion than this general attitude.

Indeed. And more to conservatism than the liberals who lurk in Barnes and Noble could dream of.

Feel free to share you B&N moments… or your ideas about the feasibility of a conservative bookstore. Of course, it would have to take into account the necessity for security. Odd, isn’t it, that the more to the Left one moves, the more likely one is to pick up a rock or a spray can of paint?

Pat Condell in Greek

This video below (“Free Speech in Europe”) by Pat Condell is from a couple of months ago. Not long after it was released, MaggieTh prepared a Greek translation for us, but Vlad ran into technical difficulties with the character encoding — the Greek subtitles couldn’t simply be imported as a text file, which is the usual procedure for languages using the extended Latin character set.

The technical troubles have at last been overcome, and the Greek subtitles are now available. Many thanks to MaggieTh for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for all his hard labor getting the subtitles to work. The video and a full transcript are below the jump:


0:00   Η σημερινή Ευρώπη είναι παγκοσμίως φαεινό παράδειγμα για το πώς κατουράει κάποιος το νερό που πίνει.
0:06   Σε ολόκληρη την ήπειρο θεσπίζονται νόμοι για να καταπνίξουν τον ελεύθερο λόγο
0:11   και οι άνθρωποι εγκληματοποιούνται επειδή διατυπώνουν τη γνώμη τους.
0:14   Στα τέλη του μήνα η Ελίζαμπετ Σάμπαντιτς-Βολφ δικάζεται στην Αυστρία,
0:18   κατηγορούμενη λόγω “περιύβρισης θρησκευτικών διδασκαλιών”, κατηγορία της Ιεράς Εξέτασης.
0:23   Το έγκλημά της; Επεσήμανε το σημείο του Κορανίου που επιτρέπει στον άνδρα να δέρνει τη γυναίκα του.
0:28   Γι’ αυτό αντιμετωπίζει το ενδεχόμενο τριετούς φυλάκισης.
0:32   Καλώς ήλθατε στη δικαιοσύνη τύπου Ευραβίας.
0:35   Ακούω πως Ολλανδοί πολιτικοί ανησυχούν για τη διεθνή
0:39   υπόληψη της χώρας τους, τώρα που το Κόμμα για την Ελευθερία (PVV) στηρίζει την κυβέρνηση.
0:42   Δεν θα έπρεπε να ανησυχούν· η υπόληψη της χώρας τους
0:45   δεν θα μπορούσε να είναι χαμηλότερη απ’ ό,τι τώρα, χάρη στους ίδιους
0:48   και χάρη σ’ έναν ανέντιμο νόμο, που επιτρέπει να σύρεται ο δημοφιλέστερος
0:52   πολιτικός της χώρας σαν εγκληματίας στα δικαστήρια επειδή λέει την αλήθεια,
0:55   ενώπιον μιας έδρας φανερά προκατειλημμένων δικαστών
0:58   που ως τώρα αποδείχτηκαν ανίκανοι να χειριστούν μια απλή δίκη σκοπιμότητας,
1:02   γιατί δεν διαθέτουν τη σοφία ή την αυτοπειθαρχία για να τιθασεύσουν τη μεροληψία τους.
1:06   Τη στιγμή όπου τα βλέμματα του κόσμου έπεφταν στην ολλανδική δικαιοσύνη,
1:11   οι ανέντιμοι δικαστές του Άμστερνταμ υψώθηκαν στο ύψος της περίστασης
1:14   και επέδειξαν με τόση δεξιοτεχνία την οικτρή ανικανότητα και μεροληψία τους,
1:17   ώστε η δίκη αναγκαστικά διακόπηκε.
1:20   Ενδιαφερόμενοι περισσότερο για ιδεολογία απ’ ό,τι για δικαιοσύνη,
1:22   φάνηκαν ανίκανοι να κρίνουν ακόμη κι ένα σόου μωρών.
1:26   Ένας απ’ αυτούς είχε μάλιστα το θάρρος να κατηγορήσει τον κ. Βίλντερς
1:28   ότι υπονομεύει το δικαστικό σώμα, αλλά, ειλικρινά,
1:30   δεν χρειάζονται τη βοήθειά του αφού οι ίδιοι εργάστηκαν έξοχα
1:33   για να υπονομεύσουν όχι μόνο το σύνολο του ολλανδικού δικαστικού σώματος,
1:37   αλλά τα ίδια τα θεμέλια του Δυτικού Πολιτισμού.
1:41   Η εισαγγελία δεν θέλει να προχωρήσει.
1:43   Λέει ότι δεν υπάρχει κατηγορία προς αντιμετώπιση,
1:45   αλλά οι δικαστές προχωρο,
1:47   γιατί είναι αποφασισμένοι να τον αρπάξουν.
1:49   Βλέπετε, η αμερόληπτη δικαιοσύνη δεν ήταν ποτέ ο σκοπός αυτής της δίκης, ή της άλλης, στην Αυστρία.
1:54   Ο σκοπός είναι να φιμωθεί παραδειγματικά η διαφωνία,
1:57   και να επιδειχθεί σε όλους ότι θα διωχθούν σαν κοινοί εγκληματίες
2:01   αν τολμήσουν να εκφράσουν αρνητική άποψη
2:03   για την πιο υπανάπτυκτη, μη ανεκτική και βίαιη θρησκεία του κόσμου.
2:06   Αυτή είναι η κατάσταση της Ευρώπης σήμερα –
2:08   σαν απομεινάρι της Σοβιετικής Ένωσης.
2:11   Εκπλήσσομαι που δεν επιχέιρησαν ακόμα να εγκλείσουν
2:13   τον κ. Βίλντερς σε ψυχιατρείο – ίσως συμβεί όμως.
2:17   Κι ακόμα χειρότερα, και μάλιστα πολύ χειρότερα:
2:20   Δεν έχουμε να παλέψουμε μόνο ενάντια σε ανέντιμους δικαστές και ασπόνδυλους νομοθέτες,
2:24   ενάντια σε οκνηρούς και φατριαστικούς δημοσιογράφους
2:26   που εκφαυλίζουν τη γλώσσα και αποκρύπτουν την αλήθεια,
2:29   που συκοφαντούν οποιονδήποτε μιλήσει για Δυτικές αξίες
2:32   σαν “ακροδεξιό”, σαν “φασίστα”, σαν “κάπηλο του μίσους”,
2:35   σαν “ρατσιστή” – σημασία που πηγάζει από το “ακροδεξιός”.
2:38   Η αλήθεια είναι ότι σήμερα στην Ευρώπη,
2:40   η αριστερά είναι εν πολλοίς η νέα ακροδεξιά,
2:43   και τούτο φανερώνεται χονδροειδέστατα εδώ στη Βρετανία
2:46   στη μορφή ενός αντιδημοκρατικού ετερόκλητου συρφετού, που μισεί τον πολιτισμό του·
2:49   σχετισκιστές, σπυριάρηδες φοιτητές, ισλαμιστές,
2:52   αντισημίτες και αριστεροφασίστες,
2:54   που συνιστούν τη σαρκαστικά επονομαζόμενη οργάνωση “Ενωθείτε Ενάντια στο Φασισμό”,
2:59   η προτιμούμενη τακτική της οποίας είναι να σκορπίζει βία σε ειρηνικές συγκεντρώσεις
3:03   με τις οποίες διαφωνεί, σαν ορμαθός αρβυλοφορεμένων φασιστών,
3:07   επειδή φοβούνται τον ελεύθερο λόγο,
3:08   και γνωρίζουν ότι προασπίζουν ανεπίδεκτους προάσπισης.
3:12   “Ενωθείτε Ενάντια στο Φασισμό”, αλλά όχι στο θρησκευτικό φασισμό,
3:15   γιατί αυτό θα μπορούσε να θίξει τους φασίστες – Θεός φυλάξοι!
3:19   Αλλά μην ανησυχείτε όλοι εσείς, δεν χρειάζετε να ντρέπεστε για τους εαυτούς σας,
3:22   -λες και ξέρετε το πώς- γιατί όλοι εμείς ντρεπόμαστε αδιάκοπα για σας,
3:25   με ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον.
3:27   Τέτοια πράγματα συμβαίνουν σήμερα σε όλη την Ευρώπη.
3:30   Όποιος οργανώνει ειρηνική διαδήλωση υπέρ της δημοκρατίας
3:33   ή των Δυτικών αξιών πρέπει να αναμένει ότι θα του επιτεθούν
3:37   συμμορίες αυτών των βίαιων, φαρισαϊκών ηλιθίων,
3:40   που χρωστούν την ελευθερία τους στην προθυμία άλλων να την υπερασπίζουν,
3:43   ενώ οι δικοί τους πενιχροί ορίζοντες εκτείνονται μόνο στο μέτρο
3:46   της καταπίεσης της θεμιτής διαφωνίας.
3:49   Οποία προοδευτικότητα!
3:51   Και βέβαια όλοι αυτοί δεν αντιτίθενται στο φασισμό!
3:54   Αντιτίθενται στην ελευθερία, στην ελεύθερη σκέψη, στον ελεύθερο λόγο,
3:57   και σε οτιδήποτε ελεύθερο, εκτός από τις ελεύθερες αντιτίμου κρατικές ελεημοσύνες.
4:01   Όπως βλέπετε οι αριστεριστές και οι ισλαμιστές έχουν έντονη την αίσθηση της αξίωσης
4:05   απέναντι στην κοινωνία που προσποιούνται ότι καταφρονούν.
4:08   Είναι λοιπόν ενωμένοι στην υποκρισία όσο και στην μη ανοχή,
4:11   άγνοια, ηλιθιότητα και μίσος.
4:15   Η πολυπολιτισμικότητα στην Ευρώπη έχει πεθάνει,
4:18   όπως έδειξαν όλες οι πρόσφατες εκλογές.
4:21   Ακόμα και οι πολιτικοί το παραδέχονται τώρα.
4:23   Ορισμένοι εξακολουθούν να γατζώνονται σ’ αυτήν την αυταπάτη,
4:25   όπως οι Σοβιετικοί γατζώνονταν στην αυταπάτη του κομμουνισμού
4:28   που όμως κατέρρευσε, και αυτές οι δίκες αντιφρονούντων και οι βίαιες επιθέσεις
4:32   είναι συμπτώματα της επιθανάτιας αγωνίας της.
4:34   Είναι οι απελπισμένες πράξεις απελπισμένων ανθρώπων
4:36   που εκτροχιάστηκαν.
4:38   Η ποινικοποίηση της γνώμης είναι η παραδοχή, ότι οι νομοθέτες έχασαν τον έλεγχο,
4:42   και προκάλεσαν μια κατάσταση που δεν μπορούν πια να χειριστούν.
4:45   Αυτά συμβαίνουν όταν οι άνθρωποι δεν ρωτούνται ποτέ για τη γνώμη τους,
4:49   και, όταν την εκφράζουν, αυτή περιφρονείται.
4:51   Τώρα δεν μπορεί πια να περιφρονείται,
4:53   και δεν θα περιφρονείται.
4:55   Οτιδήποτε συμβεί σε αυτές τις δύο δίκες,
4:57   είναι μόνο η αρχή.
4:59   Το πνεύμα ξέφυγε από τη φιάλη στην Ευρώπη,
5:02   και κανείς πολυπολιτισμικός φασίστας δεν θα το ξαναβάλει μέσα.
5:06   Χιλιάδες ανθρώπων εκφράζονται πια ανοιχτά
5:08   και κάνουν τις φωνές τους να ακουστούν
5:10   αντιτιθέμενοι στην απηνή ισλαμοποίηση της κοινωνίας μας,
5:14   και σύντομα θα είναι εκατομμύρια.
5:16   Άνθρωποι που μπούχτισαν την πολιτική ορθότητα,
5:18   μπούχτισαν να τους υπαγορεύουν τι θα σκεφτούν και τι θα πουν,
5:21   να τους επιβάλλουν να σέβονται μια θρησκεία που δεν σέβεται κανέναν.
5:26   Κι ενώ μιλούν άφοβα ανακαλύπτουν
5:28   ότι δεν είναι μόνοι κι ότι στην ουσία δεν είναι φασίστες,
5:31   κάπηλοι του μίσους και ρατσιστές, παρ’ όλα όσα τους καταμαρτυρούν τα δειλά, ανέντιμα ΜΜΕ.
5:37   Όπως πολλοί απ’ αυτούς, αντιτίθεμαι κι εγώ στο ισλάμ, μόνο και μόνο
5:41   επειδή το ισλάμ αντιτίθεται σε εμένα και σ’ όλα όσα πιστεύω.
5:45   Δεν με νοιάζει πώς νοιώθουν οι μουσουλμάνοι.
5:47   Δεν με νοιάζει πώς νοιώθει οποιοσδήποτε,
5:50   ούτε είναι θεμιτό να μου το απαιτούν.
5:52   Πιστεύω ότι η εξοργιστική συμπεριφορά του Ισλάμ απέναντι στις γυναίκες
5:57   είναι έγκλημα κατά της ανθρωπότητας, και τίποτα λιγότερο.
6:00   Είναι χίλια τοις εκατό λανθασμένη.
6:02   Δεν υπάρχει κανένα αμφισβητήσιμο πεδίο.
6:04   Το ισλάμ είναι αδίστακτο και ασυγχώρητο, και δηλητηριάζει όλον τον κόσμο.
6:08   Δεν είναι “διαφορετικό” ή “σχετικό”; είναι υπανάπτυκτο και απολίτιστο.
6:12   Αυτό είναι αδικαιολόγητο, όσο και το ότι κάποιοι το υπερασπίζονται.
6:15   Το πιστεύω απόλυτα.
6:20   Και μπορεί να διαφωνείτε, όπως και έχετε το δικαίωμα,
6:23   όπως και εγώ έχω το δικαίωμα να λέω αυτά,
6:25   και επιμένω στο δικαίωμα να λέω αυτά
6:28   όσο ανοιχτά, όσο συχνά, και όσο μαγαλόφωνα θέλω,
6:33   κι όποιος επιλέγει να προσβάλλεται
6:35   ας το κάνει, κι ας πάει να τσακιστεί, μου είναι αδιάφορο, με όλο το σεβασμό,
6:40   ιδίως εκεί κάτω, στην Ισλαμική Δημοκρατία της Αυστρίας.
6:44   Η χαλιναγώγηση του ελεύθερου λόγου είναι σαν τη φορολόγηση του αέρα.
6:47   Κανείς δεν δικαιούται να το πράξει, οποιοσδήποτε κι αν είναι
6:50   ή νομίζει ότι είναι, όσο κομψή κονκάρδα κι αν έχει στο πέτο,
6:54   οποιοδήποτε ιερό βιβλίο κι αν κρατάει στα βρόμικα χεράκια του.
6:57   Ας περάσουν λοιπόν όποιους νόμους τους αρέσουν,
7:00   κι ας τους αρμαθιάσουν όλους μαζί σε χάρτινη αλυσίδα, αν θέλουν,
7:03   ή ας τους βάλουν σημαία στους μιναρέδες όλων των τζαμιών.
7:07   Θα υπάρξει αντίδραση, και θα ανατραπούν αυτοί οι νόμοι,
7:10   γιατί είναι νόμοι δειλών και κατευναστών,
7:13   που το σάπιο πολυπολιτισμικό ψέμα τους
7:16   πολύ σύντομα δεν θα ‘ναι παρά μια δυσάρεστη κηλίδα στην ιστορία,
7:20   κι όσο πιο σύντομα τόσο καλύτερα – αν μπορώ να το πω έτσι.
7:26   Ειρήνη.
7:27   Αυτό μάλιστα!

O Allah, Make Their Children Orphans!

Cultural Enrichment News

The unenriched passengers on board this French bus must have known they were being culturally enriched when they heard the chants recorded in the video below, but they may not have realized the exact nature of the litany that was being invoked against them.

Many thanks to Mohamed the Atheist for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:


0:01   O Allah, make their children orphans! — Amen!
0:04   O Allah, widow their women! — Amen
0:07   And make their children orphans! — Amen.
0:09   O Allah, grant Islam victory everywhere! — Amen.
0:12   O Allah, grant victory to our helpless brothers in Palestine! — Amen.
0:15   O Allah, grant victory to our helpless brothers in Palestine! — Amen.
0:19   Allahu Akhbar! (Allah is greater)
0:22   Allahu Akhbar! (Allah is greater)
0:25   There’s no god but Allah!
0:31   And the Zionist is the enemy of Allah.
0:36   There’s no god but Allah!
0:41   And the martyr is loved by Allah.

For a complete listing of previous enrichment news, see The Cultural Enrichment Archives.

Banned From Canada

I posted yesterday about Dr. Srdja Trifkovic’s planned speech at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. A Bosniak pressure group had written a letter to President Stephen Toope of UBC protesting Dr. Trifkovic’s appearance, but as of yesterday he was still scheduled to speak.

If President Toope was hesitant about suppressing free speech at UBC, the Canadian government was more forthright: it denied Dr. Trifkovic entry at the border. Our Serbian correspondent Gray Falcon quoted the following explanation from the Canadian government:

Inadmissible on grounds of violating human or international rights for being a prescribed senior official in the service of a government that, in the opinion of the minister, engages or has engaged in terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide, a war crime or a crime against humanity within the meaning of subsections 6 (3) to (5) of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.

Remember: this is Canada we’re talking about, a country that admits (and often celebrates) representatives of Islamic theocracies, terrorist front groups, and Hamas-lovers like George Galloway. Not to mention being a long-time fan of Fidel Castro.

Srdja Trifkovic, in contrast, represents no state and no political organization. He speaks for no one but himself. His only offense is to question the dominant narrative about what happened in Bosnia in the 1990s.

Welcome to Modern Multicultural Canada.

Many thanks to Kitman for alerting us to this news video from Canadian television about what happened yesterday:

Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/24/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/24/2011Libya is on the verge of collapse as violence and chaos continue. In his latest statements, Col. Qadaffi’s blamed the insurrection on Al Qaeda, and compared himself with Queen Elizabeth. One of his sons is said to have joined the rebellion.

The withdrawal of Libyan oil from the market, coupled with the political instability of the entire region, has sent the price of oil skyrocketing. Gasoline prices in parts of Western Europe are expected to rise to the equivalent of more than $8 a gallon in the near future.

In other news, a judge in Britain has ordered the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden to face trial for sexual assault.

To see the headlines and the articles, open the full news post.

Thanks to C. Cantoni, DF, Fjordman, Insubria, JD, JP, KGS, Mary Abdelmassih, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Commenters are advised to leave their comments at this post (rather than with the news articles) so that they are more easily accessible.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

The Westward Push of Islam

Many thanks to A. Millar for sending this guest-review of Rebecca Bynum’s new book.

Allah Is Dead: Why Islam is not a Religion
by Rebecca Bynum

Reviewed by A. Millar

Allah is Dead by Rebecca BynumBooks on Islam are a saturated market, an editor friend of mine told a few months ago. At the time I thought she might be right. I had only recently read a couple of works that, for want of a better description, read like second-rate Bruce Bawer. Maudlin and self-absorbed, these books (which shall remain nameless) tell us more about the authors than they do about radical Islam. Former boyfriends, Holland in the Springtime, and hints that the Pulitzer Prize went to the wrong author, are punctuated with references to female genital mutilation, terrorist acts, and hook-handed radical preachers.

It is as if one were wandering around an Impressionist exhibition only to discover someone has scribbled images of Palestinian terrorists in thick black marker pen all over the Monets. Yes, the juxtapositions is jarring, but the average person living in the West is assaulted by contradictory messages every day, whether on the stream of billboard adverts he passes on the way to work or in an evening’s television-watching. Consequently, such books fail to shock, and, indeed, to force us to see the crisis of the West as an existential threat. Our jaded culture, and cultural relativism, allows us to believe that the graffiti might be the real art. And one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter anyway. So what’s the problem?

It’s this kind of cultural relativism, and cultural suicidal tendencies, that Rebecca Bynum confronts in Allah Is Dead: Why Islam is not a Religion (New English Review Press). At 152 pages, this work is slimmer than those like the aforementioned, but it is denser and far more challenging. Few, if any, will agree with everything that is said. But this book was not written to be agreed with. It was written to shake things up, and push the reader outside of his comfort zone. An engaged mind is more important to Bynum than a nodding head.

Western culture is in sharp focus throughout Allah Is Dead. Sometimes a crack in the dam of the West is spotlighted — from promiscuous notions of equality to churches that want to rethink Christ so as not to offend Muslims. At other times it is contrasted with Islam. As such, Allah Is Dead is in the vein of Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam by Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) and Marcello Pera, and, to a certain extent, Eric Voegelin’s Science, Politics and Gnosticism. But the pace is different.

More complex, more academic, more confrontational, drawing on the Bible, Tocqueville, and Milton, as well as contemporary intellectuals, reading Bynum’s work is like taking a white-knuckle ride with Jesus, drag racing against Islam and Western sell-outs, and slamming into any car with a politically correct bumper sticker. There are plenty of those on the road, it turns out. But there are no pleasant side roads to lead us from the ghettos, on fire with rioting, to that cozy wine bar off the Champs-Élysées. All escape routes are blocked. For Bynum, there is no Wahhabi, Shiite, Sunni, or Sufi Islam. There is only Islam. People like me who insist on differentiating between Islam and Islamism are sissy learner-drivers who need to get off the road — I paraphrase, but you get the picture.

Bynum’s work is provocative from the first page — actually, the cover. As she was undoubtedly aware, few people would worry about reading a book in public with a title as, say, The God Delusion or God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Exchange “Allah” for “God” and “Islam” for “religion” and one is liable to feel considerably more nervous. Nietzsche’s “God is dead” fails to get a reaction, but a title like Allah Is Dead will, as we know, will send shockwaves through the “equalities”-educated class. We can already hear liberals howling “racism” and “Islamophobia”, although “God is dead” would not provoke even a single charge of self-loathing or Christio-phobia. Why? And how did it come to this?

Throughout Allah Is Dead, we are forced to face why the West appears so effete in confronting Islam, not to mention its own pathologies. Bynum makes a number of keen observations about the situation in which we find ourselves. Our perceptions of religion, spirituality, and politics are all critiqued.

Having thrown out Christianity, Bynum says

[M]oderns are left with no outlet for their natural, inborn religious impulse and so religion soon reverts back to magic and charms as we see so prominently displayed in the “New Age” movement, or the religious impulse may continue to revert even further to fetishism and taboo as in Islam. (p. 17)

Voegelin noted the rise of neo-paganism in pre-Nazi Germany (it was, at that point, far-Right, although, today, neo-paganism is today mostly Left-wing and pacifistic). The notion that Islam and the New Age might exhibit similar tendencies (particularly “fetishism”) is, I think, a new idea, but one well worth contemplating. Even leaving aside the nature of Islam, clearly, as a minority religion attracting primarily White female converts, in Britain at least, it is clearly appealing as a kind of “alternative” religion. (Perhaps unorthodox spiritual beliefs, widely held, act as a receptacle for more virulent and intolerant ones.)

Toward the end of the book, Bynum observes that many in the modern West have “turn[ed] on the faith which sustained [their] ancestors for centuries and label religious individuals ‘crazy’“ (p. 137.) The “latest effort to destroy God is also a religious act, though [it is] unrecognized as such”, she says.

If we consider that spirituality is, for many people, concretized in a (political) multiculturalism that embraces all of the religions as expressions of a universal truth, Bynum’s assertion appears to be accurate, although perhaps it is not always “unrecognized”. In the political multicultural worldview, morality is represented through “anti-racist” and anti-religious-hatred legislation that often appear to be used or misused to attack the established culture and religion. Take, for example, the case of the Christian evangelists who were threatened for arrest for preaching from the Bible in a “Muslim area” in Britain.

“Many people”, Bynum says, “fear a resurgent Christianity as much or more than they fear a resurgent Islam” (p. 53). Apparently so. She notes the words of one theologian who did not wish to offend Muslims by claiming to believe in the Lordship of Jesus. “The definition of God”, she tells us, “goes to the very core of this struggle, for it in turn defines the nature of civilization. The question is: shall we allow Christ to define himself as the historical record of his life and teachings indicate, or shall we allow Muslims to define him for us as Isa, the ‘Palestinian Muslim,’ divorced from Judaism, with no historical foundation for this assertion whatsoever?”

This phenomenon is of crucial importance, especially in relation to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic militancy. Like the Palestinians, the Nazis also remade Jesus in their image — in the latter case, as a Germanic hero who rejected the Jews. But the notion of Jesus as a Palestinian “freedom fighter” is far more innocuous, and regurgitated by fashionable Left-wing students in the West.

Bynum contrasts Mohammed with Jesus, noting that the latter “did not repudiate the Jewish scriptures”. (The Koran portrays Islam as the authentic Abrahamic faith and Judaism and Christianity as corruptions or “schisms” of Islam.) This, and Jesus’s “historical Jewishness” are essential components of Christianity, and, thus, of Western civilization, Bynum suggests. As such, she reasserts the “Judeo-Christian” tradition, the very notion of which we find attacked in the media for not including Islam as an “Abrahamic faith.”

Allah Is Dead takes aim at Christian leaders as well, especially the Archbishop of Canterbury (sometimes nicknamed the “Grand Mufti of Canterbury”) for his speech in which he suggested that Britain accommodate some aspects of sharia. Speaking of the Archbishop and others of a similar mental ilk, Bynum tells us that “The history of the decline and fall of Eastern Christianity is filled with such well-meaning fools” (p. 61). Nevertheless, Bynum is also rightly perturbed by the secularization and misuse of Christ’s injunction to turn the other cheek, which has transformed the sentiment into a fetish for cultural masochism.

Hence, if Bynum sees Islam as a politics, she is no less scathing about the fusion of Christianity and politics in the West. Unusually — and refreshing in her consistency — she objects not only to those on the Left (such as the Archbishop of Canterbury) but to those Churches in the US which have allied themselves with the Republican Party. “Both sides, to a greater or lesser extent”, she says, “have abandoned the primary mission of religion, and the care and fostering of individual spiritual growth” (p. 84) Some of these churches even indulge in a form of “disguised voodoo” (p. 85), soliciting donations with the promise that it will be returned several times over — miraculously.

The West is hollowing itself out from the inside, confusing politics with religion, and even belief with unbelief. Atheists, not Christian students, she observes, are the most likely group on campus to believe in the paranormal (the embrace of Islam by socialists is undoubtedly another example of this confusion). “This unconscious manifestation of a religious drive is difficult to locate let alone criticize”, she says, “So rather than benefiting from honest criticism, religion is manifesting itself as an unexamined force which is changing our world in ways we do not fathom” (p. 87). Taken as a whole, Bynum’s argument suggests that this “unconscious manifestation” is acting as the perfect receptacle for Islam.

Certainly the tradition of critiquing scripture and belief, inherent to all profound religious tradition, is denied by the vogue for fetishizing religion. Like the primitive who believes that a spirit or god is literally present in his statues, so the West has come to believe that there is a format to religion — i.e., that it has a founder, holy book, a notion of God, heaven, etc. — that proves it valid. The actual teachings are irrelevant to the culturally relative. The widespread belief that the “holy book” of one religion is, by virtue of being regarded as a holy book by its devotees, the equivalent of another, shows a profound dumbing-down of the intellect. Does anyone belief that the books of Jacques Derrida are the equivalent of those of John Locke, simply because they are both works of philosophy? Or that one can understand the works of Goethe by studying those of Shakespeare, just because great literature deals with the same themes of life and death, relationships, sickness, and human emotions, etc.?

If an amorphous spirituality appears to have soaked through Western society, Bynum nonetheless diagnoses a certain insensitivity to the transcendent both in one aspect of the West and in Islam. (Such a contradiction might seem implausible if we were unaware of atheist believers in the paranormal and Marxist admirers of Islam.) “Like Western materialism there is no effort to differentiate the tangible and intangible in Islam”, she says. “Worship itself is brought down to the material level, being thought of as the equivalent of obedience to Islam [i.e., as sharia]” (p. 123). Later, in the final chapter, where she lays out why she believes that Islam is not a religion (at least as the West has traditionally understood it), she asserts that “Islamic rituals, as elaborate as they are, have little or no symbolic meaning beyond [emulating Mohammed]” (p. 147). Although I suspect that mystical Sufi Muslims in particular would reject Bynum’s diagnosis, it is certainly true that many Wahhabis do seek to emulate Mohammed in every way, from wearing trousers of a particular length to the manner in which he cleans his teeth, although these do not have any symbolic value.

All in all, Allah Is Dead: Why Islam is not a Religion is a complex and challenging book, but one that tackles the crisis of the West and the Westward push of Islam thoughtfully and seriously. One is unlikely to agree with Bynum on everything — and perhaps one might even firmly disagree with her on some things — but this is, on balance, more of a positive than a negative. Far too many books are written to avoid controversy. In contrast, Bynum succeeds in making us think through our situation, and rethinking our response to it. This might prove uncomfortable at times, but it is also essential. Rebecca Bynum’s Allah Is Dead: Why Islam is not a Religion is available from or direct from the publisher (in the latter case, copies can be autographed on request, at no extra cost).

Tearing Down Walls — Egyptian Style

For the last three days the Egyptian army has been systematically destroying the protective fences that Coptic Christians recently built around three of their monasteries.

Three ancient monasteries in Egypt are among the oldest continuously functioning Christian religious establishments in the world. Until the recent insurrection and the overthrow of the Mubarak regime, the monasteries could count on the police protection from marauding Muslim zealots and thieves looking for valuable icons.

When civil order vanished from Egypt a few weeks ago, the Copts appealed to the army for protection. They were told that the military could not protect them, that they must protect themselves. And so they did, building protective fences around the monastery.

Unfortunately, it seems the army prefers that the monasteries remain unprotected: on Sunday soldiers with bulldozers arrived and began destroying the fences. Any Copts who attempted to interfere are being shot at by troops.

Here’s the latest from AINA

Egyptian Armed Forces Fire at Christian Monasteries, 19 Injured

by Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) — For the second time in as many days, Egyptian armed force stormed the 5th century old St. Bishoy monastery in Wadi el-Natroun, 110 kilometers from Cairo. Live ammunition was fired, wounding two monks and six Coptic monastery workers. Several sources confirmed the army’s use of RPG ammunition. Four people have been arrested including three monks and a Coptic lawyer who was at the monastery investigating yesterday’s army attack..

Monk Aksios Ava Bishoy told activist Nader Shoukry of Freecopts the armed forces stormed the main entrance gate to the monastery in the morning using five tanks, armored vehicles and a bulldozer to demolish the fence built by the monastery last month to protect themselves and the monastery from the lawlessness which prevailed in Egypt during the January 25 Uprising.

“When we tried to address them, the army fired live bullets, wounding Father Feltaows in the leg and Father Barnabas in the abdomen,” said Monk Ava Bishoy. “Six Coptic workers in the monastery were also injured, some with serious injuries to the chest.”

The injured were rushed to the nearby Sadat Hospital, the ones in serious condition were transferred to the Anglo-Egyptian Hospital in Cairo.

Father Hemanot Ava Bishoy said the army fired live ammunition and RPGs continuously for 30 minutes, which hit part of the ancient fence inside the monastery. “The army was shocked to see the monks standing there praying ‘Lord have mercy’ without running away. This is what really upset them,” he said. “As the soldiers were demolishing the gate and the fence they were chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘Victory, Victory’”.

He also added that the army prevented the monastery’s car from taking the injured to hospital.

The army also attacked the Monastery of St. Makarios of Alexandria in Wady el-Rayan, Fayoum, 100 km from Cairo. It stormed the monastery and fired live ammunition on the monks. Father Mina said that one monk was shot and more than ten have injuries caused by being beaten with batons. The army demolished the newly erected fence and one room from the actual monastery and confiscated building materials. The monastery had also built a fence to protect itself after January 25 and after being attacked by armed Arabs and robbers leading to the injury of six monks, including one monk in critical condition who is still hospitalized.

The army had given on February 21 an ultimatum to this monastery that if the fence was not demolished within 48 hours by the monks, the army would remove it themselves (AINA 2-23-2011).

The Egyptian Armed Forces issued a statement on their Facebook page denying that any attack took place on St. Bishoy Monastery in Wady el-Natroun, “Reflecting our belief in the freedom and chastity of places of worship of all Egyptians.” The statement went on to say that the army just demolished some fences built on State property and that it has no intention of demolishing the monastery itself (video of army shooting at Monastery).

Father Hedra Ava Bishoy said they are in possession of whole carton of empty bullet shells besides the people who are presently in hospital to prove otherwise.

The army attack came after the monks built a fence for their protection after the police guards left their posts and fled post the January 25th Uprising and after being attacked by prisoners who were at large, having escaped from their prisons during that period.

“We contacted state security and they said there was no police available for protection,” said Father Bemwa,” So we called the Egyptian TV dozens of times to appeal for help and then we were put in touch with the military personnel who told us to protect ourselves until they reach us.” He added that the monks have built a low fence on the borders of one side of the monastery which is vulnerable to attacks, on land which belongs to the monastery, with the monks and monastery laborers keeping watch over it 24 hours a day.

The monks of St. Bishoy are now holding a sit-in in front of monastery in protest against the abuse of the army by using live bullets against civilians

Nearly 7000 Copts staged a peaceful rally in front of the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, where Pope Shenouda III was giving his weekly lecture (video), after which they marched towards Tahrir Square to protest the armed forces attacks on Coptic monasteries.

The army’s claim that no demolitions took place is belied by several videos that were taken by Copts on the scene, including the one below. Many thanks to Mohamed the Atheist for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling. The video and a transcript are below the jump:


0:17   Oh god, oh god
0:23   Oh god
0:29   Oh Jesus
0:42   Oh Jesus, oh god
0:49   Oh Jesus
0:51   Oh Jesus
0:54   Don’t throw rocks!
0:56   Don’t throw rocks!
1:04   They are firing live ammunition, right?
1:07   This is live ammunition.
1:46   Oh Jesus
1:59   Oh Jesus
2:04   They’ve destroyed it. God is going to make you pay..
2:07   They’ve destroyed it
2:11   They’ve destroyed it
2:21   They’ve destroyed it
2:33   Oh Jesus!
2:36   Sons of bitches!
2:42   Watch out, boy!
2:53   Call for help!
2:55   Call for help, quickly!
3:10   Oh Jesus!
3:20   They destroyed the wall, father!
3:32   Oh Jesus! Oh Jesus!
3:36   Oh god!
3:45   What are we going to do then, father?
3:52   He was shot, they shot him.
3:57   Bring the car.

Banned in Vancouver?

On March 3, 2009, the president of the University of British Columbia felt compelled to send out the following letter (pdf) to the university community:


UBC logo 6328 Memorial Road
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z2

Telephone (604) 822-8300
Fax (604) 822-5055

Professor Stephen J. Toope
President and Vice-Chancellor

Respectful Debate
3 March 2009

From:   Stephen J. Toope
    President and Vice Chancellor
To:   Members of the UBC Community:

As a globally influential university, UBC is not, nor could it be, immune from conflicts half a world away, These conflicts are both a reminder of the rare peace we enjoy in Canada and a challenge to community values of respect for human dignity and the special place of free expression that universities protect.

When these external conflicts threaten to divide our own community, we need to pay special attention to the rules that govern our conduct as members of the university and as citizens or residents of Canada.

This week a segment of UBC’s student population has planned events that are being publicized in a manner offensive to another segment. While the locus of attention of these events is the political situation in the Middle East, the means of publicity at UBC and other Canadian universities has created a chilling impact for some members of our own community.

As a university community, we place a paramount value on the free and lawful expression of ideas and viewpoints, As scholars, we believe that discussion across boundaries and across pre-conceptions is a necessary condition for the resolution of even the most intractable conflicts. At the same time, we are a community that values respect for all others, even those with whom we disagree fundamentally.

For a university, anything that detracts from the free expression of ideas is just not acceptable. Robust debate can scarcely occur, for example, when some members of the community are made to feel personally attacked, not for their ideas but for their very identity. When this happens, university disciplinary policies come into play, and there may be recourse to provincial human rights and federal anti-hate legislation,

Forms of speech should not be banned simply on the grounds that they are “offensive,” but if the speech is designed to preclude any speech in response, if it amounts to a threat against a person or an identifiable group, then a line will have been crossed.

As we navigate the shoals of political conflict, I call upon each and every member of our community to display the reason, generosity of spirit and forebearance that must define debate within the University of British Columbia. If these values are threatened, the university will take all necessary action to defend our community life.

When a university president in Canada warns his students that their free speech may have to be abridged, you know that a member of a particularly reviled group has been invited to appear on campus — an Israeli cabinet minister, say, or an American conservative, or an advocate for democracy in Iran, or perhaps an opponent of abortion.

This is what I call the “Free Speech, However…” Syndrome, and it is not confined to Canadian universities. It is endemic across the entire West, in schools, universities, the media, and in general public discourse. The rationale for the syndrome runs something like this:

A university (or school, or news service, or corporation) is a place in which the free market of ideas is crucial. Our society is enriched by the expression of diverse viewpoints, even controversial ones.


Expressions that veer into hate speech or tend to exclude will not be tolerated. Opinions which are hateful, and thus will not be permitted, include:

  • Opposition to Multiculturalism
  • Objections to gay marriage
  • Denial that anthropogenic climate change is significant
  • Opposition to abortion
  • Assertion of biological differences between the sexes (or among “genders”)
  • Investigation of biological differences among different ethnic groups
  • Expressions of patriotism and national pride
  • Criticism of Islam
  • Support for the State of Israel

And so on and so forth.

Included in the forbidden categories of speech is any questioning of the received narrative on what happened in Srebrenica in 1995. If you question the Bosniak take on what happened, doubt that a genocide occurred, or point to the evidence of a propaganda hoax by Bosnian Muslims, you are beyond the pale.

With Srebrenica in mind, President Toope’s formula for “respectful debate” was dusted off in anticipation of an event scheduled to take place today on the campus of UBC Vancouver. Dr. Srdja Trifkovic, a Serbian-American historian and author, was invited to speak by the Serbian Students Association. This would not do, not at all, at least according to a group known as the Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada, which finds “revisionism” on Srebrenica to be completely unacceptable.

Here’s what the IRGC website had to say last week:

The protest letter of the IRGC to the President of the of the University of British Columbia

Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada
Published: February 17, 2011

February 17, 2011.

Office of the President
The University of British Columbia
6328 Memorial Road [map]
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
Fax: 604.822.5055

Dear Professor Stephen J. Toope

The Institute for Research of Genocide of Canada {IRGC} was informed that Srdja Trifkovic, a Serbian-American ‘scholar’, will be holding a lecture on Thursday February 24th at 5pm at the University of British Columbia. It is organized by the Serbian Students Association.

IRGC is shocked that the University of British Columbia would allow Srdjan [sic] Trifkovic, who has repeatedly and openly denied the Srebrenica genocide to speak at this respectable academic institution. A historical revisionist like Trifkovic should not be allowed to lecture in an academic context. His version of events in the Balkans is inaccurate (as proven by his denial of the Srebrenica genocide) and the Serbian Students’ Association should not be allowed to pass him off as a reliable source.

Denial of genocide is widely considered to constitute a form of racist hate propaganda that is incompatible with Canadian values. Recently, the Parliament of Canada has recognized the Bosnian Genocide that took place in the enclave of Srebrenica in July 1995.


The Srebrenica Genocide is not a matter of opinion; it is a judicial fact recognized first by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and subsequently by the International Court of Justice.

IRGC calls on all Canadians, friends of truth and justice to protest against Trifkovic’s lecture at the University of British Columbia.

IRGC will send a request to the Canadian Parliament and Government to ban Trifkovic’s lecture.

On behalf of more than 50.000 Canadians of Bosnian origin, some of whom are victims of the Bosnian genocide and almost all of whom are victims of the war, the IRGC implores you to prevent this lecture from taking place at your University.

Professor Emir Ramic
President of the Congress of North American Bosniaks, Canadian Branch
Director of the Institute for Research of Genocide Canada
7. Southside Place, Unit 6
Hamilton, Ontario, L9C 7W6
905 385 3606

As you can see from its website, the Institute for Research of Genocide Canada, despite its token inclusion of the Holocaust, is really only interested in a single “genocide”: the one that the politically correct histories of Yugoslavia have assigned to the Bosnian Serbs with the Bosnian Muslims as victims. No re-examination of what happened in Bosnia during those years is acceptable. The history of the period is now considered as “settled” as the science of global warming.

James Bissett at the the Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies had this to say about the incident:

“The Institute for Research of Genocide of Canada”: Genocide Deniers, Hypocrites, Character Assassins
By James Bissett

A Bosnian-Muslim propaganda front, calling itself The Institute for Research of Genocide of Canada, has tried to have Dr. Srdja Trifkovic “banned” (South African Apartheid-style) from speaking at the University of British Columbia next Thursday, February 24. What is outrageous is that, over the years, the “Institute” has indulged in World War Two genocide denial of the sort that would make David Duke blush. It has also attempted to blacken the reputation of one of Canada’s most highly respected soldiers, and to make patently false claims about its standing in the “Bosnian-Canadian” community.

Genocide Denial — Before the “Institute’s” director, Emir Ramić, and his cohorts remove the incriminating material, please take a look at their featured article “Examination of Serbian Deaths in Jasenovac Camp” — a nauseating piece of Holocaust denial — and then contrast it with an authoritative source, such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Contrast the “Institute’s” hate-filled ravings with the entry on “Jasenovac” by Menachem Shelach, Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, 1990, p. 739, which says, “Some six hundred thousand people were murdered at Jasenovac.” The Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team estimated “that close to 600,000 … mostly Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies, were murdered at Jasenovac.”

“A historical revisionist like Trifkovic should not be allowed to lecture in an academic context,” says the “Institute.” This is the moral and intellectual equivalent of David Irving demanding measures against the Yad Vashem Center (at which Dr. Trifkovic, incidentally, delivered the keynote speech at a symposium on the Holocaust in Yugoslavia in June 2006). Historical evidence clearly suggests that the magnitude of the crimes that were committed at the Jasenovac death camp during the Second World War exceed anything that happened at Srebrenica in 1995 by not less than thirtyfold. In nature those crimes were unspeakably more gruesome.

Selective Memory — What happened to the Armenians during the First World War constitutes a genuine case of “genocide,” unlike what happened to any one side during the Bosnian war of 1992-95. Nevertheless, I am not aware of the “Institute” seeking to ban or castigate as “genocide deniers” those Turkish government officials — meaning ALL Turkish government officials, from Prime Minister Erdogan and foreign minister Davutoglu downward — who are adamant that what happened to the Armenians is NOT a genocide.

Character Assassination — An indication of the lengths this disreputable organization will go to misrepresent the facts and slander the name of anyone who might take a different (i.e. more objective) view of the events that took place in Bosnia in the early 1990s is the item posted on their web site on December 26, 2010, entitled “The Shocking Account by Raped Bosniak Women and Criminal Undertakings of Lt. General (Ret.) Lewis Mackenzie.”

During the war in Bosnia, the Muslim leadership in Sarajevo became furious when General Mackenzie — who was representing the United Nations — was not deceived (as many journalists were) by the blatant propaganda generated by the Muslim side and by his insistence at remaining impartial. In an attempt to have him replaced, the Muslims concocted false charges of rape and misconduct against him. These charges were so obviously fabricated they were summarily dismissed by responsible authorities. As the general was able to prove, he was not even in Bosnia when many of the alleged offences took place.

Despite the facts, the “Genocide Institute” continues to slander the good name of General Mackenzie. Its web site contains a long list of so-called rape victims who relate in lurid detail how they were raped — sometimes seven or eight times — by the Canadian officer. They even claim that during some of these rapes the general was “protected” — not by UN troops but by heavily armed “Chetniks.” The stories are so obviously fabricated that to those who know the General personally — as I do — can only wonder at the seriously psychotic nature of individuals who would repeat these lunatic charges.

Misrepresentation — Outrageously, Emir Ramic purports to speak “on behalf of more than 50.000 Canadians of Bosnian origin” when demanding a “ban” on Trifkovic. Bosnia is primarily a geographic term, and people of “Bosnian origin” are in fact Serbs, Croats, or Muslims (who have taken to calling themselves “Bosniaks” in the 1990’s). Statistically, of those 50,000 Canadians some 22,000 are Muslims, 17,000 Serbs, and 9,000 Croats. It is to be hoped that the Bosnian-Muslim community in Canada has enough common sense not to allow Mr. Ramic to claim to speak on its behalf. As for the Serbs and Croats, the claim is patently preposterous. It is the equivalent of the IRA claiming to speak on behalf of all Northern Irishmen, Protestants included. It is the equivalent of Hezbollah claiming the authority to represent all people of “Lebanese origin,” Christians and Druze included.

Hypocrisy — When it suits its peculiar agenda, the “Institute” wants to promote the decisions of international bodies, such as The Hague Tribunal (ICTY), as sacrosanct and final: after the Tribunal’s verdict is pronounced, for instance on Srebrenica, no debate is allowed — the issue is no longer a matter of opinion. At the same time, its activists demand the revision of the 1995 Dayton Accords and in particular they clamor for the abolition of the Republika Srpska established under Dayton. This demand is in clear contravention of a key political decision of the highest international body of them all, the United Nations… the body which is the founder of The Hague Tribunal itself. A subsidiary is to be kowtowed to unthinkingly, but its originator is to be defied, as it suits the political needs of the “Institute” and its abettors.

As for the University of British Columbia, let me note that the UBC powers-that-be have not responded directly to the call for Trifkovic’s “ban,” but rather by re-circulating the 2009 “Respectful Debate” memorandum to students and staff by the University President, Professor Stephen Toope. Written in the context of the controversy surrounding an event related to the Middle East, it reiterated the University’s respect for free speech and its demand for respect for opposing viewpoints. Only indirectly does it address the attempt of one group to prevent another from articulating its views, thus thwarting “discussion across boundaries and across preconceptions” that Professor Toope asserted the UBC favours.

Personally, I would have preferred a more specific answer to this issue. The reaction to a specific wrong should include, but should not be limited to, a blanket condemnation of all similar wrongs. Pope Pius XII has been criticised, rightly, for using oblique and indirect language to condemn real and present wrongs. While not of the same order of moral magnitude, the reaction by USB authorities is not qualitatively different.

Just a Coincidence? — Let it be noted that the “Institute for Research of Genocide of Canada” uses for itself the acronym “IRGC.” That acronym is more commonly associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. While conceivably accidental, the coincidence is not altogether inapt.

The last I heard, Dr. Trifkovic was still scheduled to speak at UBC today. Stay tuned for further reports.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/23/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/23/2011A police captain in Tulsa, Oklahoma has filed a federal lawsuit after refusing to attend an “outreach” event at a local mosque when ordered by his superiors. He was reassigned by the police department, and is being investigated for refusing a direct order. His lawsuit is based on the First Amendment, and he says that the police department cannot order him to attend an event that violates his religious beliefs, nor require him to enter a mosque except on a police call as a part of his duties.

In other news, there’s Libya. And Algeria. And Bahrain. And Saudi Arabia. And Jordan. And Egypt. And Morocco. And Libya again.

Col. Ghedaffi continues to cling to power, and remains defiant. The eastern third of Libya is said to be almost entirely in rebel hands. Various estimates place the death toll so far between 1,000 and 10,000 people. The European border agency Frontex is expecting a flood of refugees in the coming weeks, with estimates ranging from 500,000 to 1.5 million. The flow of oil from Libya to Italy has been cut off, but the Italian government says it has other sources of supply.

In related news, protest demonstrations inspired by those in the Middle East have been mounted in three North Korean cities.

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We’re Still Not NPR

Not NPR!

2011 Winter Quarterly Fundraiser, The Wrap Up

Or should I say the “rap up”?

Really, the bleg only lasted a week. It just seemed longer to some of us, especially since no one gets any mugs and we’re not raffling off dinner for two at the Dew Drop Inn or a weekend getaway to a bed-and breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley.

Hmm… that’s an idea we’ve discussed before. We could become the NPR of the blogosphere!

Or maybe not. That’ a concept badly in need of rebranding and refurbishing — though perhaps they’ve improved in the years since I quit hitting my head against the wall of listening to their “news”. The relentless repeated tales of PoorPalis oppressed by those mean Israelis, or their moral equivalents, the poor American homeless oppressed by those heartless Republican administrations. Funny thing about the American variety: they disappear like shadows dispersed by the beneficent sun of Democrat presidents, only to reappear shivering and destitute when the Left loses power.

Of course, the perennial PoorPalis are with us always, stateless and shoeless victims of their evil neighbors. Just ask NPR.

Tip jarAnyway, despite our lowered expectations for this quarter’s fundraiser (due to the economy and the coincident eruptions all over North Africa and the Middle East), we had more new donors come to the door this time than ever before. The bottom line is a bit thinner than usual, but so are many wallets. That people show up and share their resources at all continues to be a source of deep encouragement for us. We’re obviously on the right path, doing what we should be doing. Y’all are amazingly generous in helping to shoulder the burden of the Baron’s work.

This has probably been my most enjoyable fund-raiser in a long while. My health has improved so much that I no longer fret over how long it takes to respond to everyone who gave to the cause. I know I’ll write to everyone eventually because now I have the energy to do so.

And, oh my, the variety of people who read us and write to say what they like about Gates of Vienna. For one fellow, the news feed is “pure gold”. For another it’s our coverage of the EDL. For someone else, it’s the window we provide to Europe. I don’t have permission to tell the stories, but you are an incredible lot with an astonishing breadth of experiences. As I read your stories, I feel so white bread standing next to you.

But that’s no matter; it simply means that sometimes you are able to lead us into areas we’d not have been able to consider otherwise.

You have shared your hope and optimism along with your concerns. You have exhibited grace and courage in isolation from others who share your convictions. As one woman who works in a Lemming Land University environment said, “I share with a few people anyway. Perhaps it plants a few seeds.” That’s optimism. It’s also courageous in the face of a possible shunning for her efforts. Yet if one seed falls on fertile ground, who can tell where the resulting flowers will spread?

We all work in a largely hostile environment on this side of the political spectrum. Socialism and its ills have become the dominant paradigm. By its legion of names, socialism has been tunneling through our culture for a long time. When the Berlin Wall fell, we naïvely thought the war was over, but what really happened was that the cap came off the pressure well and the fires spread. The fronts of war changed and expanded to encompass far more than those simplistic tripartite worlds, the ones where we lived in the First World and worried about the rest.

“The center cannot hold”? More like the center disintegrated two generations ago and we were so distracted by all the pretty baubles of an unsustainable consumerism that we failed to notice the ground shifting, even as the wiser among us warned about the coming catastrophe. Heck, even the Baron was muttering about the real estate “bubble” when I first met him thirty years ago. And he continued to mutter until it was finally not considered insane to talk about it out loud.

We’ve all learned a lot, haven’t we? We know that freedom isn’t what we thought it was. In fact, it probably never was that simplistic. “New World Order”? More like old world disorder and chaos, spreading like a plague no one has the vaccine to stop. We have the same old cowardly leadership, their whitened knuckles gripping the sweaty wheel of fortune they think is the steering wheel of power.

We have the same old rebellions over fundamentals like food and shelter, with the leaders on both sides as hollowed out of any moral considerations for the people they lead/drive that we’ll end up with further examples of Cuba, Iran, Cambodia, North Korea — you name a place and then match it with its current thug leader making the same treacherous promises leading to more oppression. Meanwhile, the numbers of hungry fleeing refugees will inundate countries already overwhelmed by their own fragile economies. The only “order” on the horizon bears a distinct resemblance to the schoolyard bullies of our childhood nightmares.

Leadership from the EU? Hardly. Just orders from headquarters to keep impossible laws in the face of floods of humanity. Leadership in the US? Obama dithers like Carter, speechifies like Hamlet (as long as he has his teleprompters). The OIC? They’re rubbing their hands with glee at the thought of this crisis-driven opportunity to gouge for petro money, of whatever denomination. However, with China buying up all the wheat, and Islam not known for utilitarian practices like farming, they may learn the sad lesson that you can eat neither money nor oil. Sand’s not so palatable, either.

When it comes to moral direction, we live in a vacuum. Our leaders are, at best, simply ignorant. The worst are malign opportunists. If you’ve noticed, it’s difficult to tell them apart.

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I’ve wandered from the wrap up to the rap upside the head. It’s hard not to do so when the world keeps impinging on our week’s work of money-raising to keep the Gates open. Meanwhile, I’m worrying about the people in New Zealand. Someone asked today if we’d heard from the person who so nicely volunteered, out of the blue, to begin our Facebook page. We haven’t heard at all, and now the thank you notes wait a bit longer as we try to find out if they’re safe.

Meanwhile, the Baron has collected the countries and states who stepped up to the plate this time around:


California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, N. Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, W. Virginia, and Washington

Near Abroad:


Far Abroad:

Australia, British Virgin Islands, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

Thanks to all of you, every one. Those who haven’t gotten an acknowledgement yet, be assured I’ll get there soon.

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Western Quran Schools Are “Terrorist Factories”

The following essay by Nicolai Sennels concerns the use of madrassas as terrorist training centers. It was originally published at Europe News.

Western Quran schools are “terrorist factories”

By Dr. Nicolai Sennels

How would you turn normal human beings into murderous and hateful psychopaths who blindly obey their totalitarian systems and its authorities, suppressing and killing innocent people? In short: How would you create a terrorist?

Violent and murderous political, ethnic, and religious regimes have used the same effective methods all over the world throughout history. The procedure consists of two simple steps that are repeated again and again:

1. You force a person to repeat the system’s doctrine over and over for months and years until he knows every word by heart and it pervades his or her whole way of thinking and it is the only truth he believes in.
2. You beat and scare the person (best if done randomly and severely), thus forcing him to become insensitive and unempathic in order to be able to bear the physical and psychological suffering and to increase his feelings of anger, frustration, and fear — feelings that are then directed against the system’s enemies.

In this way you will create a person whose whole being is pervaded by the system’s doctrine and who has lost the ability to feel both his own and others’ pain. You will have an emotionally cold person who blindly follows his leaders and their political or religious doctrine. If you use this method on a child who is in the process of developing his personality, the learned doctrine will simply become a part of the child’s personality. The psychological impact of the physical abuse will also be deeper. As children and youth are dependent on adults for acceptance, they are easier to influence.

Being a child psychologist, I was shocked to realise that this is exactly what is done to millions of Muslim children in both the Muslim world and the West. Tens of thousand of madrassas and Quranic schools all over the world are making their students repeat the Quran and the Hadiths again and again, until they know them by heart. They are told to believe every word and never to question either the way or the goal.

It is normal in these schools that the defenceless and innocent children are randomly beaten and humiliated by the teachers and older students — who themselves are emotionally destroyed beings who have been abused in the same way that they now use against their pupils. They personify the goal: The abused becomes the abuser.

Britain has more than 2,000 madrassas, where more than 200,000 children aged from four to their mid-teens are taught the Quran on weekday evenings.

Investigations show that extreme violence is common in the British madrassas: “Students have been slapped, punched and had their ears twisted, according to an unpublished report by an imam based on interviews with victims in the north of England. One was ‘picked up by one leg and spun around’ while another said a madrassa teacher was ‘kicking my head — like a football’… Hiba, 7, was slapped across the face so hard by her madrassa teacher that her ear was cut. It later became inflamed and she had to have emergency medical treatment.” The teachers reportedly punish the children whenever they mispronounce a word or forget a verse of the Quran. One private investigator reported that “the victims had grown to accept the abuse. ‘They all joked about it. There’s a culture that accepts it.’”

Another investigation disclosed that the children are taught to hate non-Muslims: “‘You’re not like the non-Muslims out there,’ the teacher says, gesturing towards the window. ‘All that evil you see in the streets, people not wearing the hijab properly, people smoking… you should hate it, you should hate walking down that street.’” The same investigation reports that during less than three hours of lessons the teacher beat children as young as six at least ten times. In one occasion during the secret filming, one child is held down by an older student while another older student threatens to beat him with a small table.

These reports are from the West, where thousands of madrassas exist and millions of Muslim children are learning the traditional Islamic teachings by heart, while many of them are physically and psychologically traumatized. Research show that in Muslim culture “moral education seems to be neglected in favour of punishment”, which may explain the wide acceptance of the abuse by the children’s parents. Everybody is welcome to look for videos, for example on YouTube, about madrassas in Muslim countries, where the conditions and are even worse.

Seen from the perspective of a child psychologist, the many thousands of madrassas and Quran schools are literally terrorist factories creating an army-like Muslim population of youths and adults inside Western countries. From an early age they have been brainwashed to think that every word of the Quran should be taken literally, and they have been made hateful and emotionally cold by the physical and psychological punishments. To make the schools non-violent would require immense amounts of year long of control.

This also includes changing a central pattern of the Muslim culture — child-rearing — and the Muslim culture’s massive failure to integrate into non-Islamic cultures has proven that changing basic cultural values and behavior within the Muslim communities is almost impossible. If we, despite the immense challenges, were able to remove the widespread abuse, the children would still be learning the Quran by heart and would be taught to take every word at face value, which is exactly what Islamic terrorists do. Millions of children attend the madrassas, and when they and subsequent generations grow up, the consequences will be huge.

Nicolai Sennels is a psychologist and the author of “Among Criminal Muslims: A Psychologist’s experiences with the Copenhagen Municipality”.

Previous posts by or about Nicolai Sennels:

2010   Jan   6   The Eternal Victim
    Feb   19   Youths, Crime, and Islam
    Apr   11   The Stigmatization Fallacy
    May   8   Islam Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry
    Jul   28   Nicolai Sennels: An Open Letter to David Cameron
    Aug   5   Rape by Proxy
        10   Islam and Inbreeding
    Dec   17   The Connection Between Muslim Inbreeding and Terrorism
2011   Jan   10   The Dhimmification of the Red Cross
        12   Was Muhammad a Gelotophobe?
        26   Food Crises are Caused by Overpopulation
    Feb   10   Send in the Midwives!