Everywhere all over the Western world it’s the same story: Muslim groups are growing ever more aggressive in demanding concessions to Islamic law and practice, and Western authorities are responding with eager submission, even when such concessions involve restrictions on long-cherished freedoms. And in every instance, the mainstream media focuses public attention upon those who are determined to resist the advance of Islamic law, as if those standing up for freedom were the problem, not those trying to destroy it.
I’ve just completed a two-week speaking tour of Australia, hosted by the Q Society, an Australian human rights group. While there, I heard the Q Society’s Vickie Jansen report on the situation on the ground in Australia: “La Trobe University has its Muslim-only toilets and prayer rooms. The group Aussie Muslims is campaigning for exclusively Muslim prayer rooms in a western Australia hospital on the basis that they need to avoid the idolatry that may occur if they share. Our public schools are adapting to a Muslim Perspectives curriculum project in which, among many other things, not just female-only swimming is recommended for our Muslim students, but exclusively Muslim-only swimming (these are all sounding much like apartheid practices). Some public schools are catering to diversity by ensuring truckshops [cafeterias] are exclusively halal.”
This coincides with similar initiatives in the U.S., where (until public attention compelled them to take it down) the Muslim Brotherhood group known as the Muslim Students Association’s website featured a “Muslim Accommodations Task Force” page. It included PDFs of pamphlets titled “How to Achieve Islamic Holidays on Campus,” “How to Establish a Prayer Room on Campus” and “How to Achieve Halal Food on Campus.”
The demands of Muslim groups all over the Western world for separate facilities are in the service of a supremacist ideology that emanates from the Koranic assertions that Muslims are the “best of people” (3:110), while unbelievers are the “vilest of created beings” (98:6). Unbelievers are unclean (9:28)–which leads to the conclusion that Muslims should avoid contact with them. Every capitulation made to demands for Muslim accommodation only feeds these supremacist notions, working directly against the principles of equal justice and equal rights for all.
Nevertheless, Left-leaning Western politicians are eager to accommodate these demands. While I was in Australia, the Deputy Premier of Queensland, Andrew Fraser, denounced the Q Society for fliers protesting against the sale of halal meat that was not labeled as such, and the introduction of misleading and whitewashed material about Islam into Australian schools. “Modern Australia has a proud multicultural heritage,” thundered Fraser. “This kind of prejudicial rubbish has no place anywhere, let alone here in Queensland.”
So in Fraser’s view, to advance an apartheid-like system that institutionalizes the oppression of women and non-Muslims serves Australia’s “proud multicultural heritage,” but to resist that system in the name of freedom and equality of rights for all is “prejudicial rubbish.”
That is precisely the position that Islamic supremacist groups take in the U.S. and Australia–and Fraser, like so many opportunist politicians stateside, eagerly parrots their line. Officials in Australia’s Victoria state on Sunday urged Muslims to be more energetic in reporting alleged “anti-Muslim” hate crimes–for such crimes, even the spurious ones that Islamic supremacist groups such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have not infrequently advanced, are the engine powering the entire Islamic grievance industry. They provide the justification for the energetic accommodation of Islamic customs and practices even when they contradict the law of the land. These accommodations are based on the contention, which all available evidence contradicts, that hate crimes against Muslims are common and growing, and therefore Muslims require special consideration and protection.
In reality, such demands are part of the stealth jihad that endeavors to advance Islamic law in Western countries through nonviolent means–and what better way to accomplish this than by playing on the West’s fears of racism and bigotry to win concessions as a victimized group? The irony here is that the Australian and American politicians who allow themselves to be used in this way are abetting the advance of a system that is far more repressive and ridden with inequalities than anything in any modern Western country. But they will probably only realize this when they themselves fall victim to that system, as–if it continues to advance–they certainly will.
By Robert Spencer