20 January 2007

The Words of the Mufti - Worth Fighting Against

A lot of noise has been raised over the past two weeks concerning Sheik Feiz Mohamed, the so-called mufti of Australia and New Zealand, and his fervent beliefs. I’ll give you three guesses what kind of rancor he’s been spouting.

You probably only needed one.

Taken from the online version of The Australia, here’s one of the core desires of this “holy” man, in his own words:

"We want to have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam," he says. "Teach them this: there is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid. Put in their soft, tender hearts the zeal of jihad and a love of martyrdom."
Of course, all of this needs to be put “in context,” according to Mohamed. So, I suppose that means the standard “jihad has an inner aspect – it’s really all about peace – what I meant to convey was” kind of tripe that those who don’t “understand” the inner workings of this man’s “religion” are expected to swallow in the name of tolerance? I won’t buy it.

And, wonder where that martyrdom might be played out? Here’s what the man said on Egyptian television recently (from here):

"The Anglo-Saxons arrived in Australia in shackles," he said. "We (Muslims) came as free people. We bought our own tickets. We are entitled to Australia more than they are".
That this man lives (or lived) in Australia (at times, illegally, according to Wikipedia) and spouts this kind of speech doesn’t surprise me all that much. In the Western world of free speech, there seems to be some disconnect between a person saying anything he would like and taking responsibility for those words. Note that I haven’t even mentioned his comments on women (that when a woman is sexually attacked, she bears more responsibility than the male attacker) or Jews (calling them “pigs”).

Perhaps these hate-filled words are somehow tied in some people’s minds with freedom of religion…that, because this man is (in someone’s eyes) a religious official, he can say anything he wishes to without any backlash. But isn’t it odd that, if this is the case, that those who practice fanatically (and flawed) Islam are afforded a level of tolerance which they themselves wouldn’t dream giving to anyone else?

And, what if this man weren’t a Muslim? Would that make a difference? Perhaps not here in Australia, but in other Western countries, I think it would.

Hopefully the Australian authorities are willing and able to keep this man out of the country. If someone openly calls for violence against the government, the violent overthrow of the government, perhaps they should have their citizenship revoked. Expulsion is an underused measure.

If he does come back, hopefully the authorities arrest him for inciting violence or, better yet, sedition. Words have meaning, and it doesn’t take much to figure out what Mohamed means in his speeches. Words also have repercussions, and it’s high time those who advocate the overthrow of the West are held to account for their words.

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