Kit Slater wrote:
Now you’re off the rails.
No other minority has as its avowed aim bringing the world into line with its own religious dominance. No other minority seeks to displace democracy with theocracy. No other minority mandates death for leaving it. No other minority anywhere in the world causes so much strife. No other minority has a moral code totally incompatible with the West’s. No other minority manages the sort of cognitive capture that causes the culpable blindness affecting the media. No other minority manages to sow confusion and deception about its history, its beliefs and its goals, while not-so-discreetly bringing about its own success. No other minority manages to create distrust in every country it invades. No other minority changes forever the way we fly, or requires a total review of national security, or to build walls and fences to protect inhabitants, or has to have deradicalisation programs, or seeks to control food and alcohol production, or seeks to change marital standards, or impose its own modesty standards . . . And much, much, much more.
“Every facet of life is being eroded by Islam, but at such a glacial pace that a lot of people are simply unaware.”
Not in New Zealand – there are much greater threats to the quality of life in New Zealand.
“No other minority changes forever the way we fly, or requires a total review of national security, or to build walls and fences to protect inhabitants”
Most Mexicans aren’t Muslim. It wasn’t German Muslims kept behind the Berlin wall or the inner border.
“or seeks to change marital standards”
The Marriage Act was significantly changed here not long ago – that was strongly opposed by some.
“or seeks to control food and alcohol production”
There are extensive controls on food production in New Zealand and elsewhere in the world.And there are continual calls for more.
Prohibition and alcohol restrictions have been major issues in many countries for a long time – and alcohol is involved in far more problems than Islam in New Zealand.
If you obsess about the threat of Islam and overstate it you run the risk of ignoring other greater risks.
Take climate change for example – I don’t think you can blame that on Islam.
Far more damage done to the well being of people in the Western world is self inflicted. Poor diets and overeating is a major threat to health.
Donald Trump is potentially a bigger threat to the stability and well being of the world right now than any Iman.
I don’t agree with Islam – or any other religion, there are others in recent history that have also been oppressive. Even now the Catholic Church opposition to condoms and birth control is a major health and wellbeing issue.
I know there are serious issues caused by a small minority of Muslims, and there are growing problems in Europe in particular. But they are just some of many challenges faced in our world.
Ostracising and condemning all followers of a religion due to the actions of a few is likely to cause more problems than it solves. And it isn’t rational, it isn’t decent – and it isn’t ‘Christian’.
I have no problem with confronting and debating Islam related issues, some of them are significant threats. But they are far from the only threats we face – and the threats related to Islam won’t go away by talking up modern crusades with an apparent aim to eradicate a religion (and it’s followers).
That just doesn’t work.
Every facet of life is being eroded by Islam, but at such a glacial pace that a lot of people are simply unaware. It takes certain observational capabilities to realise what’s going on. Something a journalist should be ashamed of not possessing.
If one is too obsessed with one cause of problems and doesn’t use their observational capabilities to see that there are many other serious issues facing the world, and especially facing New Zealand, should they be ashamed?