Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/20/2019

The conservative coalition that won an upset victory in last weekend’s Australian elections has obtained an absolute majority in parliament. This means that Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be able to proceed with his agenda without having to cut deals with independents.

In other news, Nigel Farage was milkshaked at a Brexit Party rally in the northern English city of Newcastle.

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A Tale of Two Opinions

Europeans are of two minds.

One of those minds is a small one, shared by relatively few people — European commissioners, most members of the European Parliament, the leaders and members of establishment parties in the member states, elite academics, and media apparatchiks.

The second mind is the one shared by ordinary European citizens.

The first mind is of the opinion that Islam belongs in Europe: “Everyone knows that!”

The second mind believes that Islam has never belonged in Europe, does not belong there now, and never will belong there.

The first opinion is well-represented by Frans Timmermans. Mr. Timmermans is currently serving as first vice president of the European Commission, and is in line to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the European Commission. That is, if the new “populist” European Parliament doesn’t withhold its support for him; we’ll know after this week’s elections. The European Commission doesn’t answer to the European Parliament, or any other body but itself, but it might be reluctant to seat a new president who had already been given a vote of no confidence by its alleged “parliament”.

Anyway, here’s what Mr. Timmermans had to say about Islam in Europe. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

In contrast, the video below highlights the results of a phone-in poll in Germany. More than 95% of the callers said: “No, Islam does NOT belong in Europe.”

Mind you, this was a self-selected sample — people who watched a certain TV program and decided to call in. But it’s still significant. And I doubt the citizens of France, Britain, Denmark, or Italy are any less “Islamophobic” than the Germans.

Once again, Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Frans Timmermans is Dutch. Maybe the Dutch are more tolerant and understanding than the Germans. Maybe they, unlike the ignorant and unwashed of the European hinterlands, are aware of Islam’s rich place in European history, which it has held since 600 years prior to the time it was founded.

Video transcript #1:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/19/2019

In the Swiss referendum on stricter gun control, more than 60% of voters favored tightening restrictions on firearms to align with EU regulations. Although Switzerland is not a member of the EU, its membership in the Schengen Zone might have been endangered if it had failed to tighten its gun laws.

In other news, according to the latest polls, Social Democrats in Sweden will face their worst-ever result in the European parliamentary elections.

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A Casualty of the Long March Through the Institutions

Unlike Europeans, Americans are protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, which means they have the right to speak freely — unless, of course, they want to keep their jobs.

The following report by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff recounts what happened to Karen Siegemund, the president of American Freedom Alliance.

A Casualty of the Long March Through the Institutions

by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

I am currently finishing up another tour here in the United States, educating patriotic Americans about the state of free speech in Europe and how America’s First Amendment rights are under siege.

Two weeks ago I attended a conference hosted and organized by my dear friend Dr. Karen Siegemund, president of American Freedom Alliance, in Los Angeles. The topic of the conference was prescient in so many ways:

“The Long March Through the Institutions: The Left’s Revolution by Other Means”

The roster of knowledgeable speakers included David Horowitz, Trevor Loudon, Jim Simpson, Maj. Stephen Coughlin, Charlie Kirk, Michael Walsh, Bill Whittle, and many more. In short, Karen assembled an astounding line-up of experts on the subject matter who were able to educate the large crowd.

Little did she know it, but Karen was about to become the latest victim of the Left’s destruction of America’s liberties. Only a few hours after the end of this successful conference, Karen was told her teaching contract would not be renewed. She was fired for being too outspoken about her political views.

As Ann-Marie Murrell wrote at Politichicks:

For the past several years [Karen Siegemund] has been teaching Advanced Math and Ancient Greece at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, a private “dual language international” high school in Los Angeles. As an added bonus, she teaches these subjects in French.

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Dr. Karen Siegemund should never have been fired (or “not renewed”) from her job simply because her employers didn’t believe the same way she believed. Karen probably didn’t like their politics either but that didn’t stop her from wanting to teach the children at that school. But that’s the difference between Totalitarians and true Americans. Americans believe in Freedom for all people. The ones stealing our Freedom of Speech only believe in freedom for a select few.

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German Feminist Departs the Narrative on Islam — And Pays For It

Alice Schwarzer is a prominent journalist and feminist in Germany. She isn’t someone who would normally be described as a “right-wing extremist”, but when she veered off the Narrative on the hijab (“a garment of modesty”, “empowers women”, etc.), she became one, and thereby got herself into hot water.

She must not have heard that Islam trumps every other leftist dogma — whether feminism, LGBTQ, abortion, or atheism. If one of those comes into conflict with sharia, then sharia wins. If Ms. Schwarzer didn’t know that before, she surely knows it now.

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

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Farage’s Fatal Flaw

The European parliamentary elections are coming up next weekend, and it looks like Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party will all but run the table when Britons choose their new crop of MEPs. But where does Mr. Farage stand on the issue of Islam? Michael Copeland’s new essay takes a look at the topic.

Farage’s Fatal Flaw

by Michael Copeland

Nigel Farage is remarkable. He knows his EU subject matter completely. His assessments are perceptive, his responses quick, forthright, and to the point. He is not afraid to speak his mind. The British like that. He has worked hard and persistently over the years after founding the United Kingdom Independence Party, UKIP.

It is very largely due to Farage that the British people have been made aware of the undemocratic nature of the EU. He has exposed the fact that its leaders are not elected but appointed by each other, that they cannot be dismissed by the voters, and that the European Parliament has no power to introduce legislation, but is given only the role of endorsing what the unelected leaders supply to it. He has left UKIP. At a time when British voters have hugely lost confidence in the traditional main parties, his newly-formed Brexit party seems likely to sweep the coming elections for the European Parliament. It is a testament to his leadership.

There is one important area, however, where Farage is not an authority, and that is Islam. Robert Spencer, a considerable expert on Islam, writes:

Nigel Farage… reveals his abject ignorance of Islam and the jihad threat…

No politician today can afford to be in that position. The danger is too great.

What “we absolutely must do”, insists Mr. Farage, is to “get the vast majority of muslims on our side against the bad guys.”

No deal, Mr. Farage. Learning curve needed. The “vast majority of muslims” are not available: Islam has walled them off: they are only permitted to be on Islam’s side and to do what Islam instructs. There is no mileage in that stratagem. It is a dead end. Muslims are not allowed any leeway by Islam’s rules. The doctrines set out in the texts are neither negotiable nor optional. Control is total:

It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. (Koran 33:36, part of Islamic law)

Muslims are not permitted to choose: they are instructed, and they have to submit. The word Islam means “submission”. There is no room for conscientious objection. Dr. Salah al-Sawy, the Secretary-General of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, issued a ruling, or fatwa, citing the above verse:

For things which have been stipulated in the texts of Islam, the [Muslim community] possesses no power except to acknowledge and obey.

The famous Pakistani scholar Abul Ala Maududi (d.1979) stressed:

No one can regard any field of his affairs as personal and private… the Islamic State bears a kind of resemblance to the Fascist and Communist states.

There is no private conscience in Islam. The Egyptian sheikh Yassir al-Burhani makes this clear in an interview:

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Open Season on “Right-Populists” in Germany

The noble warriors of Antifa are getting bolder in their attacks on “right-wing extremists” in Germany. In the past we’ve covered the case of Frank Magnitz, the local AfD leader in Bremen, who was severely beaten on the street. Now it’s the turn of Oliver Flesch, a journalist and activist who was attacked in Berlin by antifas carrying poles and clubs. The police response was to officially prohibit him from using the street on which he was attacked.

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

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/18/2019

In a surprise upset, the Liberal Party won today’s elections in Australia, confounding all the polls, which had predicted a clear victory for Labor. Scott Morrison will remain prime minister, and Bill Shorten has resigned as the leader of the Labor Party.

In other news, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian “Boy” Kurz has called a snap election after a scandal emerged involving Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and a drunken conversation with a Russian agent.

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Søren Grinderslev: “There is Something Rotten in Denmark, and That Needs to Be Changed”

Below is a campaign video by Søren Grinderslev, who is standing for parliament in Zealand as a member of Rasmus Paludan’s Stram Kurs (“Hard Line”) party.

Many thanks to Tania Groth for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Red-Pilled by the Bataclan

In the following excerpt from a roundtable discussion on French TV, a woman explains how the terrorist attack at the Bataclan restaurant in 2015 made her understand the danger that Islam poses to Western Civilization. She lived in the same building that housed the administrative offices of the Bataclan, and she knew one of the victims who was killed.

At the end of the clip she addresses a question to Daniel “Danny the Red” Cohn-Bendit, the notorious Green/Communist politician and pedophile, but we never get to hear his answer. I also noticed that Eric Zemmour was among those listening to her story.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/17/2019

With just a week to go until the European parliamentary elections, the Brexit Party has reached a new high of 35%, according to the latest polls. Meanwhile the Tories have sunk to 9%, the lowest polling figure in the party’s history.

In other news, two British women have been jailed in Oman for attempting to help dogs who were abused by their owners.

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An Interview With Rasmus Paludan

Rasmus Paludan is a Danish lawyer and anti-Islam activist who is currently running for parliament. His party, Stram Kurz (Hard Line), is currently polling well enough to make it likely that he will be sitting in Folketinget this time next month — although, as Vlad mentions in the interview, he will almost certainly be excluded from any possible coalition by the cordon sanitaire that always draws around Islam-critical parties in Europe. It has happened to the PVV, Sverigedemokraterna (the Sweden Democrats), Vlaams Belang, the AfD, and all the other “right-wing extremist” parties.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for conducting the interview and uploading the video:

A Syrian in Germany Confounds the Narrative on the “Civil War” in Syria

The following video features the remarks by a Syrian-German named Manaf Hassan. Mr. Hassan’s parents were actual refugees, not like the “Syrian” “refugees” that are currently flooding the country.

His talk was a part of a symposium hosted by the Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) on May 15 entitled Die Zukunft Syriens — Perspektiven eines zerstörten Landes, “The future of Syria — Perspectives of a ruined country”. As far as I can tell, the video of the full event is here, but I didn’t have the patience to watch the whole thing in order to determine whether Mr. Hassan’s remarks were actually included in the footage.

The Greens had gathered to weep over the puir wee bairns and other victims of the war in Syria, and to condemn the evil actions of the dictator Bashar al-Assad. They were plainly agitated and discomfited by what Manaf Hassan had to say, since he veered off the Narrative and said any number of things that are not permitted to be spoken in public.

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

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Send ’Em Back!

In the following series of street interviews, Dutch citizens in ter Apel are asked their opinion about a new poster that advocates putting migrants on a bus back to wherever they came from. Midway through the clip, a group of culture-enrichers shows up to harass and threaten the reporter and the cameraman.

The translator includes this note:

At 1:50 two of them show up, swear and try to attack the cameraman. They speak German. I assume they stayed in Germany for a longer period and were rejected, so now they’re trying their luck in the Netherlands.

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

Video transcript:

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