Al Capp was an American cartoonist whose greatest creation was the comic strip “Li’l Abner”. The strip, which was very popular, had its heyday back in the 1940s and ’50s. In addition to the eponymous hero, Mr. Capp gave us Mammy Yokum, Daisy Mae, Marryin’ Sam the preacher, Senator Jack S. Phogbound, and many other memorable characters. He also created a new American institution: Sadie Hawkins Day, when single females chase down bachelors and force them into wedlock.
And then there is the shmoo.
Shmoos (also shmoon) have an overwhelming desire to provide any and every service to humanity that the latter could desire, including turning themselves into delicious food, or into leather for our shoes. Shmoos have no limits to what they’re willing to sacrifice for us.
Dymphna has written a number of times in the past about the tendency of Westerners to turn themselves into shmoon when faced with the problem of Islam. Here’s what she said when I asked her about it earlier today:
While it’s true we haven’t yet figured out a way to create free food out of nothing just to feed Islam, we’re getting closer with each self-abnegation.
Perhaps soon (especially if they happen upon any ancient Al Capp comic strips) Islam will be able to declare us halal meat, and our various body parts permitted sources of protein for all believers, especially during Ramadan. At that point, the imams will have beaten even Jesus’ miracle with the loaves and fishes.
It must be a continuing source of wonder for Muslims when they see how anxious many infidel sheep are ready to lie down with Islam’s wolves in a show of perverted “brotherly love” — also known nowadays as “interfaith”.
But we have done it to ourselves: Islam has but to stand around looking martyred and aggrieved, and before long we shmoos are falling all over ourselves to bare our necks.
I bring all this up because Australia now seems to have more than its share of shmoos. The Muslim into whose frying pan a lot of Aussies are eager to jump into is an imam named Sheikh Feizel Chothia, an immigrant from South Africa who now lives in Perth.
Last Thursday the well-known Australian opinion writer Andrew Bolt departed from the preferred shmoo-narrative and wrote about the sheikh, who — like any other devout Muslim — advocates the death penalty for homosexuality:
“Capital Punishment for Homosexuals.” Why is This Sheikh Still Preaching Here?
The Turnbull Government this week cancelled the visa of an Iranian-resident Muslim cleric, Farrokh Sekaleshfar, who says gays should be killed.
But it still allows Feizel Chothia, a Muslim cleric from South Africa, to live and preach in Perth.
From Chothia’s book Sex and Sexuality in Islam:
Islam prescribes capital punishment for Homosexuals. While such punishment may seem cruel, they have been instituted to maintain the purity of society and to keep it clean of perverted elements…
It is one of the major sins Islam. The Holy Qur’an says:
“And We sent Lut as a Messenger: Remember that he said to his people, “Have you become so shameless that you commit such indecent acts as no one committed before you in the world? You gratify your lust with men instead of women: indeed you are a people who are transgressors of all limits.” (7: 80, 81)
Here and at other places the Holy Qur’an declares that sodomy is a heinous sin that warrants the wrath of Allah…
European nations in the modern world… are doing their utmost to propagate and have succeeded, to a large extent, in giving this filthy act legal sanction…
As if this wasn’t bad enough, many homosexuals (and some heterosexuals) enjoy hurting or being hurt by their partners, through tying each other up, whipping or hitting each other!
Who let him in? How many other imams think gays deserve execution? And is Islam compatible with a society like ours?
Sheikh Feizel Chothia is a qualified Islamic scholar, author and an experienced instructor. A member of the Council of Muslim Theologians — South Africa and Western Australia, Sheikh Feizel has served as Imam in numerous Mosques both in Australia and South Africa and is actively engaged in Islamic instruction and developing Islamic Studies curricula and materials for Islamic elementary and secondary schools as well as Islamic enrichment programs for non-Muslim audiences.
Here is how the West Australian newspaper has described the sheikh:
Sheikh Chothia… heads a collection of moderate Muslims known as the Lighthouse Group…
If this is moderate, imagine what the hard-liners are preaching.
What is the Turnbull Government going to do about this?
Now let’s take a look a recent article from Scoop. It’s part of a seemingly endless wave of puff-pieces about Islam that now flourish in the Western media like toadstools after a summer storm.
Entitled “Not in Their Name”, its subhead tells us:
WA Muslims face a growing tide of misinformation and ignorance about who they are and what they believe. It’s time to sort the facts from fantasy and fiction.
OK, fantasy vs. fiction — let’s take a look.
I couldn’t bear to read most of the smarmy feel-good interfaith gobbledygook in this piece. It’s the kind of article that makes me throw up my hands in despair and cry, “We’re all screwed!”
However, I did notice that Dr. Anne Aly, an Egyptian-born Muslim academic at Curtin University, “specialises in research into violent extremism.” This is evidently the Australian branch of the “Countering Violent Extremism” project, a Muslim Brotherhood/OIC special. The whole point of CVE is to make sure that “right-wing extremists” are targeted at least as much as Muslim terrorists. To be fair. To avoid “profiling”.
But I digress… I want you to pay special attention to a fictive “moderate” Muslim in the Scoop article. He’s partnered up with an Anglican priest named Peter Humphris in a Western Australian Church, where Muslims come to pray every Friday:
The collaboration between Sheikh Feizel Chothia and Reverend Peter Humphris at St Paul’s Anglican Church sets a standard for interfaith community.
Yes, that’s right: it’s the very same Sheikh Feizel Chothia, whose book emphasizes the necessity for putting down homosexuals. Check the photo in bolta’s piece — it’s the same dude.
So who has the better handle on the facts — Dr. Anne Ely? Or me, Andrew Bolt, and all the other “Islamophobes”? Well, we must be wrong, of course. What we say doesn’t fit the Narrative. We’ve just made the mistake of believing our lyin’ eyes.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if St. Paul’s has set up a lovely memorial to the victims of the Orlando massacre, with lots of candles and flowers and rainbow flags and stuffed koalas and so on. Which Sheikh Feizel’s congregants had to mince their way around on the way into the church last Friday, where they prayed and maybe heard a sermon about their righteous martyred brother in Orlando who executed Allah’s sentence against forty-nine sodomites and brought joy to the entire Ummah.
Yep, that’s the crowd that the Gutmenschen of Beaconsfield invited into their church for a nice heart-warming batch of “interfaith”.
Here’s more about the sheikh and his pet shmoos, if you can stand it:
Sheikh Feizel Chothia, a South African-born Islamic scholar who teaches and preaches in Perth, gives another perspective. He lays the blame on what is happening in the Middle East on a mixture of centuries of meddling by the West, and on Wahhabism, a violent jihadist movement.
“Firstly, I need to emphasise Wahhabism is not part of mainstream normative orthodox Sunni Islam,” he says. “Secondly, it is a factional subversive movement that has always been a terrorist entity in the Islamic world, and that has simply been co-opted, firstly by the English in the wars against the Ottoman Empire. It re-emerges in modern history, with America emerging as a dominant world power, its need to co-opt these extremist groupings in the subversion and even subjugation — brutally so — of target populations, and the Muslim world is that target.
“Also, it represents a very convenient pretext to justify any unjustified incursion into Muslim lands. For example, Australia sent a couple of bombers and SAS military under the pretext of protecting the poor Syrians from these brutes — the Wahhabi extremists. So it just becomes a very convenient pretext.”
Friday prayers at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Beaconsfield, W.A.
So politics again intertwined with religion, then. Or maybe, just maybe, religion can find a way forward through political difference by working together. Sheikh Feizel relates how he was searching for a place to hold Friday prayers in the Fremantle area, and knocked on the door of St Paul’s Anglican Church in Beaconsfield to ask if there was a room he could borrow.
He was unaware at the time that the vicar was a man very open to other religions. In fact, the Reverend Peter Humphris had Muslim prayer mats that he’d brought back from his travels in Asia, kept in a meditation room in his church.
“We don’t know God — we’re looking for God, and we need to be attentive to and mindful of those who are also looking,” says Rev Humphris, explaining that faiths should be seen as circles which overlap, rather than segmented boxes. “If you don’t look in the overlap, your vision is limited.”
And how did his parishioners react to his welcoming Muslims to pray on St Paul’s church grounds on Fridays?
“No-one has voiced any open objections,” he says. “Not one.”
Nobody objects! Not a single person! And that’s not surprising, because they’re all SHMOOS!
They don’t object to being fried up for a halal Ramadan dinner. They love it — they’re eager to jump in the pan.
But isn’t the rector of an Anglican Church required to do due diligence when arranging a partnership such as this one?
And what about the vestry? Assuming Australian Anglican churches have vestries.
And what about the parishioners? Due diligence, anyone? Maybe a quick Google search on the name of your esteemed partner in monotheism?
No, they’d rather be shmoos, and give up themselves for kebabs and shoe leather to be distributed to the sheikh and his zealous followers.
God help the Anglicans of Perth. And all the other good shmoos of Australia.
And God help the rest of us, too, because we’re really, really going to need it.