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.

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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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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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Ha! Nazi, Schmazi!

Rasmus Paludan is a Danish lawyer and anti-Islam activist who is almost certain to become a member of parliament after next month’s general election.

In the following excerpt from a TV panel discussion, a retired politician named Mimi Jakobsen — who was Minister of Culture for the Centre Democrats back in the 1980s — likens Mr. Paludan to a Nazi. In the ensuing argument, he flings the same insult back at her. Before the program is over, she hints that she’s planning on suing him for his impertinence.

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

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Integration Isn’t Working, Time to Go!

In the following video, Rasmus Paludan leads his colleagues in a little song while they burn a Koran. Mr. Paludan is a Danish lawyer, anti-Islam activist, and the founder of the Stram Kurs party, which is expected to earn enough votes to win seats in parliament next month.

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

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Guy Bechor: Progressive Jews Are More Dangerous to Israel Than Iran

In the following TV panel discussion from Israel, the journalist Dr. Guy Bechor explains that American Jewish Progressives are the enemies of Israel and their fellow Jews, and should even be denied the right to return to Israel, since they are a danger to the Jewish state.

He also highlights the prominence of Progressive Jews in the “Russia collusion” conspiracy against President Donald Trump.

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

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The Plight of Jews in the Netherlands

The following documentary about culture-enriching Jew-hatred in the Netherlands comes from MandinerTV, a Hungarian center-right media outlet. The interviews are conducted in English and subtitled in Hungarian, but the questions are displayed on the screen in Hungarian.

Many thanks to CrossWare translating the questions, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Hat tip: László.

Video transcript (questions only):

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Rasmus Paludan: “Either You Throw Out the Muslims, or They Take Over”

Early yesterday morning I posted a brief clip of Rasmus Paludan, the Danish lawyer and anti-Islam activist. It was an excerpt from a longer four-minute video. Since the latter was close-captioned rather than subtitled, I posted only the short video and just linked to the longer one.

Shortly after the post went up, YouTube took the longer video down for violating Danmarks Radio’s copyright. Fortunately, Vlad Tepes had saved a copy of the file, and Tania Groth has kindly translated it for subtitles. This was a good opportunity to provide a more comprehensive translation of the rapid-fire exchanges in the candidates’ debate.

Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line) have come up from nothing in a short period of time, and are now poised to enter the Danish parliament after next month’s general elections. When you watch the video below, you’ll see why Mr. Paludan is giving the political class such a bad case of heartburn. As Steen says, “Stram Kurs is indeed turning the tables in Denmark.”

I must note once again that it is Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, about halfway down the line of debate participants, whom Mr. Paludan is specifically addressing:

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Sheep to the Slaughter

That’s what these clueless students remind me of. They attend a Catholic school in Brazil, and have been betrayed by their teachers and school administrators, whether the pedagogues and functionaries realize it or not. Not only have the Catholic authorities been gulled into allowing an imam onto the premises for an “interfaith” event, but the wily Muslim has used the occasion to lead the children in a recitation of the first chapter of the Koran, which specifically denigrates Jews and Christians.

The students haven’t a clue, but you can bet that any Muslim who watches this video grasps the full significance of the moment.

Many thanks to Ibn Al-Malek for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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I’d Like to Buy the Ummah a Coke

Coca-Cola has launched a new marketing campaign in Norway for Ramadan in attempt to cash in on the Muslim demographic. And, based on the ad at the top of this post (which I found somewhere on the intertubes), it’s not just in Norway — that pitch is plainly from somewhere in the Middle East.

Many thanks to Tania Groth for translating this article from the Norwegian daily Dagbladet:

Islam campaign causes a stir — Risky

Coca-Cola is courting Norwegian Muslims in a new campaign.

In connection with the Islamic fast Ramadan, Coca-Cola will this week launch a major campaign across the country. On the advertising posters, we will see the well-known logo in a new form, namely with a crescent moon — an important symbol in Islam.

Why are you doing this?

“In Muslim countries we have a long history of observing Ramadan, just as we in this country have tradition for Christmas campaigns. Now for the first time in Norway we want to celebrate Ramadan together with Norwegian Muslims,” says Johanna Kosanovic, marketing manager in Norway.

[Photo (woman with earrings): LONG HISTORY: Johanna Kosanovic says the campaign continues a long story where the company has used its power to promote diversity. Photo: Coca Cola]

Apart from selling more soda, what do you want to accomplish with this campaign?

“We want to show our clear stand on diversity and how important it is to society. Diversity and inclusion have always been important to Coca-Cola. For example, many do not know that in the 1950s we were actively engaged in the civil rights movement, and that Coca-Cola was the first to feature women in advertising campaigns.”

Do you have other plans to mark Coca-Cola as an inclusive brand in other areas, such as sexual orientation etc.?

In general, I can say that we have a long history of taking an active position on issues related to diversity and gender equality. An example from recent times is how we in Norway are the main partner for the SHE conference. And in Sweden, women’s football is supported with as much money as the men’s football in connection with the World Cup. Beyond that, we never comment on plans for upcoming products and campaigns.”

What are you waiting for?

“We believe most share our values, such as the importance of community and joy. So we understand that not everyone would like us to take an active stand for cultural inclusion. It’s quite OK.”

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Rasmus Paludan to the Prime Minister: “Danes Are En Route to Becoming a Minority in Their Own Country”

Long-time readers are familiar with Rasmus Paludan, the Danish lawyer and anti-Islam activist who has repeatedly staged provocations in culturally enriched districts of several Danish cities. The first time we saw him in action was in January of 2017, when he was chased away from a “community center” in Nørrebro by a group of anarchists and Muslims. Mr. Paludan had worn a kippah while filing a video report at the center, to see what would happen.

As we reported last month, Mr. Paludan’s Koran-burning demonstrations had upset Muslims so much that they rioted in response, burning cars and looting and throwing rocks and engaging in all their other favorite youthful pastimes. As a result, the police banned any further such demonstrations, saying they were a “danger to the public peace”.

Mr. Paludan recently collected enough signatures to put his political party Stram Kurs (Hard Line) on the ballot in next month’s general elections. This has catapulted him from a minor nuisance to a major political irritant, since by law he is allowed to participate in televised political debates.

After you watch the video below, I think you’ll agree that Rasmus Paludan is one of the main reasons why the state has just cracked down on Steen, Jeppe Juhl, and other anti-Islam activists. Mr. Paludan’s actions have forced a national conversation on a topic that the Powers That Be would prefer to leave undiscussed.

By the way — the jowly man who is seen near the end of this clip, looking somewhat morose and thoughtful, is Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of the Venstre Party, which leads the current coalition government.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

Our group didn’t do the translation, so I can’t provide a transcript. An electrifying four-minute video, from which this one is excerpted, is available here. You’ll need to set “CC” on to see the close-captioning.

A Mega-Mosque for Mulhouse

A mega-mosque, the largest in Europe, is being built in Mulhouse in eastern France. Here’s what one of our French-speaking correspondents has to say about it:

It will be the largest Islamic centre in Europe (in the Alsace region of northern France), with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. It is a project of Qatar Charity’s “Ghaith Initiative”:

2015 — Qatar Charity has announced the launch of its global Ghaith initiative to serve Islamic projects worldwide. The GHAITH initiative aims to introduce the Islamic culture and strengthen its presence in Western communities in particular and the world in general, the statement notes, adding: “It also seeks to sustain the economic resources of Islamic educational and cultural organisations, marketing its programmes professionally and implementing various initiatives to keep pace with upcoming developments.”

Qatar Charity’s chairman, Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser bin Jassem Al Thani, said the project reflected the charity’s eagerness to “strengthen the Islamic identity of Muslim communities in Europe, supporting the idea of peaceful coexistence between different cultures, promoting a proper understanding of the values and principles of Islam and reflecting a moderate interaction with Muslim communities”.

It was stated that the centre is being overseen by Qatar Charity UK, whose deputy chairman, Salah al-Hammadi, is the son of the Qatari missionary preacher Sheikh Dr Ahmed al-Hammadi, the driving force behind the Ghaith Initiative.

In June 2015, shortly before the launch of the initiative, Sheikh Ahmed could be seen tweeting, with Islamic chauvinism, that “the historic impact of the Muslims on Europe remains to this day, and cannot in fairness be denied”, and that “leading scholars in Europe testify to the major role of the Muslims in its renaissance”.

He was already fundraising on Twitter and on local TV channels for Islamic schools in France, where he said there were 12 million Muslims (at least double most other estimates) and that 10,000 people a year were being brought into Islam. “The Al Noor Centre is a quantum leap in terms of projects in Europe,” the younger al-Hammadi said at the French delegation’s press conference.

Qatar Charity says the centre will be “strategically located in the border region between France, Germany and Switzerland” and serve 200,000 Muslims in the area.

The project will cost €27 million ($29.4 million), of which nearly half had been raised by June 2016, and it has the backing of Qatar’s Ministry of Awqaf (Islamic endowments) and Islamic Affairs.

It will cooperate fully “with all local authorities and institutions working for the public benefit and fighting against Islamophobia, racism and incitement to hatred, contributing to Muslim community service, helping them to practise their religious duties, meeting their cultural needs and activating the spirit of active citizenship and positive partnership and commitment. It will also teach Arabic language and Islamic education to more than 800 children and young people — including Quran memorisation — and incorporate a regular school which will accommodate 300 students, providing them with a good level of education which will allow them to ultimately enter the most prestigious local universities.”

The French nationalist group Génération Identitaire is protesting the new mosque in Mulhouse, and has made the following video in response.

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

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