Note: This post was originally posted on October 1, and was a “sticky” feature for several days. Scroll down for more recent posts, including a subtitled video of Geert Wilders’ speech before parliament about the Islamic State, an interview with Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolffabout the new Islam Law in Austria, the latest from Bill Whittle, a victory over CAIR in Tennessee, an interview with an apostate who used to attend the same mosque as the Oklahoma beheader, and last night’s news feed.
Takuan Seiyo’s latest essay concerns the “Islamophobes” of the Czech Republic, and includes translated material on the topic from Polish media.
In the land of assertive kafirs
by Takuan Seiyo
(Based on materials translated from Polish and Czech sources)
I am a lifelong admirer of the Czechs’ sober, ironic approach to life.
Unlike so many other societies, America’s in particular, the Czech people have learned and drawn conclusions from their history. They are Christian but not fanatic; shame and sorrow over the trial and execution of Jan Hus and the horrific Hussite wars have taught them that. They can fight, and produced some of the best fighting men in Europe — from Jan Žižka in the 15th century to Wallenstein in the 17th, to the Czech commandos who attacked SS monster Reinhard Heydrich on a Prague street on 27 May 1942 — but they take a dim of view of fighting for others (e.g. Good Soldier Svejk in World War I), and find less heroic and hopeless means of resistance against overwhelming odds than their neighbors famously have in armed combat like the Poles’ against Hitler’s and Soviet armies in 1939 and the Hungarians’ against the Soviet Army in 1956.
The Czechs evince a similar skepticism concerning all of the West’s current shibboleths as well. They remain skeptical and ironic relative to the multiculti fantasy, the European Union, Western liberalism, Western Islamization, and Islam itself. Remarkably, such sentiments are often expressed by men in the highest positions in the Czech government.
“The Czechs don’t want Muslims in the Czech Republic,” headlines an article by a Czech reporter, Jana Zlamalova, in Poland’s largest newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza.
“Arab clients’ invasion of the famous hot spring resort in Teplice led to a local war involving political parties and Muslim organizations. Some even want to enact a ban on wearing face-covering scarves in public places.
When in 2012 then-Health Minister Leoš Heger cut subsidies for pensioners’ visits to the hot spring resort, he probably did not expect what an impact it would have on the life of Teplice. The number of Czechs visiting the resort fell by 45 per cent, several thermal bath establishments went bankrupt, and many focused on catering to Russians and to citizens of rich Arab countries.
Hot springs are very popular especially among the latter; in 2014 three thousand of them are expected. They often come with family and servants. And as the number of beds is limited, the Arabs decided to buy 60 lots around the town and build four condominiums.
Not all local residents like this invasion, and complaints about noisy behavior at night or littering are the order of the day. Some pubs and restaurants do not allow Arabs in; they are shooed away under the pretext that someone has rented the premises.
Pigs and cross
Screen shot from a You Tube video posted by the organization ‘We Don’t Want Islam in the Czech Republic’
Police are analyzing a video that appeared two weeks ago on YouTube. In the video one can see that on the plots purchased by the Arabs, someone had buried pigs’ heads under a wooden cross with the caption “Islamists’ plans will be thwarted by our fat pigs”. Pigs are regarded by Muslims as unclean animals, and such action is for them extremely offensive.
Jiri Barták of the “We Don’t Want Islam in the Czech Republic” organization posted the video on its server. The organization has been active for five years and has more than 70 thousand Facebook fans [in a population of 10.5 million]. Barták assures that he has received the material by an anonymous e-mail.
“Teplice will attempt to tackle and stop the Islamic colonization,” Barták said, “that does not bring progress and development to the indigenous population, only medieval methods and security hazards; fighting weapons that they have at their disposal.”
Local politicians became active too. Iva Dvorakova, a councilor for the right-wing Civic Democratic Party (ODS), appealed to the members of the city council to force the Ministry of Home Affairs to adopt a ban of the face-covering scarf (niqab) in public places, as happened in France. In an interview with iDnes.cz she explains that Muslims who want to follow Czech regulations will not have anything against that; and the most conservative ones simply will not come to visit.
The leader of Czech Muslims, Mehdi Hassan Alráw, tried to solve the problem. The Muslim Religious Council began handing out leaflets to Arab visitors, warning about the night curfew; it also wants to get involved in cleaning the city and surrounding areas.
In turn, Teplice authorities plan to provide customers from the Gulf countries plastic bags, together with information that they should keep garbage in them and then throw them in the bin.
Zeman: Islam is anti-civilization
Dvorakova is not the only politician trying to gain popularity with populist actions. Deputy Prague Mayor Vladimira Ludková, also from ODS, sparked outrage with her blog post commenting on the official request for the creation of a non-public cemetery in the Czech capital intended for Muslims. The application was rejected and Ludková stated: “I think that centuries of development of our culture can not be squandered in the name of Multiculturalism and saying to everyone, “You are welcome here.” This could lead to someone showing up in your apartment who will announce: “You no longer live here, get out!”
Prague City Hall has distanced itself from the words of Ludková.
The Dawn of Direct Democracy party also caused a scandal when, before the last elections for the European Parliament, it used the campaign poster of the nationalist Swiss People’s Party (SVP), in which black sheep throw from their circle the white ones.
The present leftist President and former Prime Minister Milos Zeman also criticized Islam in 2011, before he became head of state. During the international conference “Europe United and Free?” he said that Islam was “anti-civilization.”
In this way, politicians are embedding themselves in the way of thinking of the average Czech. As is clear from this year’s European survey Euvox, two-thirds of Czechs believe that Islam threatens Czech cultural traditions, and 90% are, in varying degrees, opposed to Islam. Michaela Vojtková of the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Science emphasizes that this is the least tolerant position among European Union countries.
Against the status of “Church”
It is difficult to determine exactly how many Muslims live in the Czech Republic today, because disclosure of religion is not mandatory in the population census. In the last census, in 2011, only three thousand people declared faith in Islam. Estimates by Muslims themselves say that there are several times more, probably about 20 thousand. According to opponents of Islam, this is a lowball figure; the number is closer to 50 thousand.
Resistance against alleged Islamization is so large that the Muslim Religious Community has problems. As of September 17, ten years have passed since its registration, and legally it can apply for full status of an official Church, thanks to which it could apply to teach Islam in public schools, create religious schools, send imams into prisons and the military, and have Muslim marriages recognized.
There is already a petition in the parliament with 22 thousand signatures collected by the “We Don’t Want Islam in the Czech Republic” organization, with a demand to block a possible higher degree [sic] of registration. Opponents of expanding the rights of Muslims remind of the controversial statements of the mosque in Brno that called for the liquidation of Jews and hatred of all things non-Muslim. The chairman of the Prague [Muslim] community Vladimir Sanka was charged with distribution of a controversial book by a well-known Canadian teacher of Islam Bilal Philips, Fundamentals of Tauhid, promoting religious hatred and strict rules of Sharia such as flogging for drinking alcohol and amputation of hands for theft. For this reason, he has been refused entry to Germany, the UK, Australia and Kenya. Investigation into the distribution of the book continues.”
The article ends here, but the activists’ work has only begun, and they are less sanguine. Jiri Barták, aka “Sheik Kuffar Al-Bartaki” relays in his blog: “How I became a Muslim for one afternoon” about his difficulties with waking the sheeple.
In the manner of the American conservative provocateur James O’Keefe, Barták and a female friend disguised themselves in full Muslim garb and stood by the entrance to the Department of Social Studies at Masaryk University (in Brno), pretending to collect signatures for a petition to respect sharia law for Czech Muslims, instead of the law of the land. Barták explicitly iterated sharia punishments of transgressors such as stoning and cutting off the hand.
The results of the experiment, he relays, were “pitiful.” From about 80 prospects, one quarter signed the petition. What’s worse, Barták relays, only one, a young man, rejected the appeal, and Islam with it, clearly and without relativistic mumbo-jumbo.
About half of the respondents hesitated and eventually did not sign. Another third argued in the manner of “mosques do not bother me” or “I have many Muslim friends”, but did not sign, and the remainder, seeing a “Muslim,” behaved in a “xenophobic” manner and simply fled [sic, the three fractions add up to more than 1, but the drift of the experiment is clear].
At the end of his post, Barták addresses those 20 who signed the petition. “I bear you no grudge,” he writes, “but you make me sad, especially in your lack of solidarity with ex-Muslims whom you have let down in the name of perversely conceived ‘tolerance’: murder without batting an eye. Meditate upon yourselves.”
He ends with an exhortation to everyone: “Do not be lazy. Sign the petition against sharia. It’s even worse than most of us expected.”
The locus of “perversely conceived tolerance” is always in the universities, from which it spreads to such professions where university education in the soft disciplines is mandatory, such as K-12 teaching, the practice of law, journalism, and most managerial jobs, especially in the public sector. The Czech Republic is no different in this respect from Finland or Canada, though everywhere there are the rare exceptions: individuals with clear sight and an inability to lie to themselves or to others.
Martin Konvicka, a zoology professor at the University of South Bohemia is also a blogger who comments on society’s sickness from “nature’s point of view.” Dr. Konvicka is also a well known “Islamophobe” in his country. His blog regularly features an “Islamophobe of the Day”, among other intelligent musings on the nature of the Religion of Peace and its followers.
In one of his posts, Dr. Konvicka cites how the “Empire struck back” — a severe, formal reprimand from the Chancellor of the University of Southern Bohemia, distancing the university from the “eruption of conflict, aimed hostility and loutish utterances” by “Associate Professor Konvicka at the Faculty of Science.”
The Chancellor pours out more of the same stuff that a trained monkey with a PhD and access to a typewriter could and does pour out wherever there is a university in whiteyland. To wit, the University of South Bohemia is “democratic and open to all regardless of ethnic, racial, or religious affiliation” and the chancellor is very disturbed at the “escalating boorishness” of the “xenophobic” and “racist” Islam-critical statements and their “social dangers” that bring shame to the university. To cap the salvo, the Chancellor demands that Prof. Konvicka end this “disgraceful activity.”
To which Dr, Konvicka answered with the same cry of the martyred-for-truth in every Western country, with careers snipped and lives destroyed just because the labels “xenophobic” and “racist” can be stuck to the truth that’s being voiced.
I consider the current expansion of Islam as one of the most serious threats to our society, he explains in the same blog post. My statements are not a caprice but the result of many years of study and contact with the domestic Islamic community, with its opponents, with ex-Muslim apostates who are now threatened with liquidation, death and alike. Based on these experiences, I articulate opposition to Islam, publicly and openly, trying at the same time to avoid any racism or xenophobia, because these are the opposite of my attitudes. He cites, further, opponents of Islam in the Czech Republic who are of Pakistani, Indian, Russian, and Arab origins.
Dr. Konvicka ended that statement by demanding, at the threat of a lawsuit, that the Chancellor withdraw publicly the accusations of xenophobia and racism, or show, concretely, what justifies them. The accusations have been withdrawn, and the Chancellor’s statement is now posted in a redacted version, half the original length quoted by Konvicka.
And so it goes, day by day, in every Western country, every Western city, gate by gate opened to Islam’s Trojan Horse and jammed open by threats and sanctions against voices of truth and probity: the human tragi-comedy, an endless Sisyphean wheel. The scales tilt toward sanity in Central and Eastern Europe alone, particularly in the Czech Republic. One hopes that sanity will prevail, at least there.
Takuan Seiyo is a European-born American writer living in exile in Japan. For links to his previous essays, see the Takuan Seiyo Archives.