Pretend Feminists take note: Muslim girls beaten for not wearing the hijab

Muslim girls who don’t wear the hijab all the time are beaten, says Gerd Fleischer, of Self-Help for Immigrants and Refugees (Seif).

“In my office, women cried brave tears over having to go with a hijab. Countless young women despairingly told me that they don’t have the hijab on all the time, they’ll get a beating.”

“These don’t dare appear in the public debate,” Fleischer told VĂ¥rt Land.

She’s upset that young Muslim women say they are free to choose if they want to go with a hijab.

She says that the proud educated women who appear with the hijab, know too that their sisters are coerced. But they speak little of it. Fleischer says it should be part of their women’s liberation to also support them. The coercion many women experience, is barely mentioned as an aside.

She says young girls have to move to other places in the country and live in secret addresses, also because they don’t want to go with a hijab.

“Parents often beat their daughters into obedience and virtue and the hijab as a rule constitutes part of the control,” says Fleischer.

She agree with Progress Party (Frp) head Siv Jensen that the women’s movement of the left in Norway doesn’t care about non-Western women.

Liberal politician Abid Q. Raja will head the parties work with the minority issue. He thinks the Labor Party (Ap) wronged the immigrants more than the progress Party.

“Frp just used scolding, but Ap completely neglected the problem areas for fear of being called racists. Not making demands from fellow citizens is not taking them seriously. We don’t need to be pissed on behind our backs,” says Raja.

Source: Aftenposten (Norwegian)

Yes, sometimes the Head Heretic gets a bit hot under the collar

(I wrote this shortly after the surge began last year. It has been slightly edited due to the fact that I am not quite as pissed off now.)

O.k. I am getting very upset at the hard-core Liberals now. I have to admit it was getting to be a bit boring being angry at the neo-cons while simply being contemptuous of the spineless liberals. But this is too much people.

Let me be clear as to what I mean by hard-core Liberal. To be liberal in almost anything is not usually bad. Just about all social progress since the beginning of man has sprung from the liberal side of our hearts.

But that does not mean that to be conservative is bad either. It is the conservatives of history who held things together and usually saw the worst threats to their societys first. Of course they made up quite a few threats as well, but that’s for another article.

By Liberal I mean someone who runs everything through a political sieve that is not particularly “liberal” but conforms to an unrealistic “ideal” against which the real world OF THE OPPONENTS must be tested. Their own inconsistencies are never examined. but because they are supposed to be in support of the underdog and have warm-fuzzy hearts we are just supposed to assume their motives are pure and their menas the best.

Take Bi-lingual education. It just is not nearly as effective in getting a person through the transition to a new language as immersion. In fact it is shown in study after study that children that are bilingually educated have a much harder time becoming fully fluent in the new language.

Now if the Liberals want to champion the little guy while making sure his kids can’t do more than clean their pools I guess they picked a good tactic. On the other hand if they want the kids of non-English speaking parents to assimilate and have the best opportunities they should put them in an immersion class for one year then mainstream them. Children are so plastic in their language even just mainstreaming them is highly effective.

Within a couple weeks they acquire a basic working use of the language and in a year they are fluent. Which method is more “compassionate”?

Now on to why I am so angry.

I think everyone would like to see Iraq concluded as soon as possible, with the possible exception of Haliburton. But if we learned anything from Vietnam is has to be that to cut and run instead of winning is a crime against both the people of that nation as well as our own. To simper away like cowards is to betray every promise of what America is about. We messed in that place now WE MUST FIX IT! That means we MUST STABILIZE IT BY WHATEVER MEANS POSSIBLE. In other words, we have to WIN.

I have watched and said nothing for far too long about the Left of the left and their garbage because of the clear and present excesses of the Right. But no more.

You had no problem yelling and whining about too few troops in the beginning, and you were right, THEN.

This is Vietnam all over again alright; a bunch of clueless cowards sabotaging any effort to win while demanding a quick resolution!

You know what I have learned in my 43 years of watching the circus we call politics? The worst things that people like that fat ass Limbaugh have said about liberals is TRUE…about the HARD Left.

Of course it is equally true that the just as fat opportunististic Michael Moore is right about the hard-core Neo-cons.

but neither is right about the whole “opposing” philosophies being evil. They are not even natural opposites, just different aspects of how we look at things.

It is obvious to anyone with half a mind that more troops would be a good thing toward making things secure. How do you tell your son in uniform that he is safer as we withdraw in humiliation before an arrogant bunch of fanatics with fewer and fewer people behind him.

The sooner we can get to a point where we can gracefully depart the better. ANY other resolution would be a national disaster for us and THEM you bleeding hearts! Think about that! If you are so freaking worried about Iraqis you should be asking for MORE troops! We still should be trying to hang everyone in the particular chain of command of things like Abu Graib (right up to the VPres. Mr. Cheney) but you need to stop being hypocrites and support a RESOLUTION to the war that is good for everyone, not just a hook you can use to gouge the opposition in the next election.

O.k. it is a civil war, so we put it down!!!!! If you actually look at sources on all sides you will see that depending on where you look people hate us or are hopeful that we might actually get off our butts and keep them safe.

Last year there was a demonstration in the streets of Baghdad with over ten thousand people. Guess what they were protesting. The violence, the killing OF IRAQIS BY FACTIONALISTS!!!! The majority of Iraqis want things to stop blowing up, little more.

We need to act decisively against military targets and PROTECT THE PEOPLE and win the war. For criminy’s sake it is a flippin’ desert, how hard would it be to secure the borders (the killer problem with Vietnam militarily) with MORE TROOPS?

The hard Left whined and moaned about inadequate armor and troops in the beginning, now the Hard Lefties want Your sons and daughters to die, well equipped but too few to survive so they can reap the political fallout here!

When are the moderates of both sides going to stop letting evil minds and hearts control their thoughts? When are the military people going to stop playing the politics game and tell everyone what they need and how they need to use it. The government should put limits on what they can do, THEN GET OUT OF THEIR WAY!

Things like Abu Graib and Guantanamo didn’t come from a professional soldier’s mind I guarantee that! They came from an evil, political worm. And those worms eat the apple from both sides! And we and the Iraqis’ keep bleeding!

Update: the Surge has worked and things are much more stable.

Ask and you shall receive an answer

I have been asked why I include so many articles critical of Islamist thought and action in this blog. Basically it comes down to a focus on nations and ideologies that I see having actual potential to disrupt lives here and around the world.

I am not a big fan of totalitarian thought and will never apologize for highlighting it when I see it. I will and HAVE argued toe to toe vehemently standing up for someone to have the right to say things I thought were stupid and even what I would call evil. That is words. Actions are something different.

I have also always felt that to deny someone else’s rights is rude and simply wrong. To me, any organization or group or religion or whatever that tries to force it’s opinions on people is, by default, wrong. I do not believe that ANY philosophy that includes a need for “thought police” can find many VALID conclusions in its search for “truth” with a capital T.

Whether we are looking at a group of Biblical Literalists or a sect of hyper-conservative Jews or Wahabi Islam branch we are looking at a Neo-Platonic mindset that is simply not compatible with the Post Reformation, Post Enlightenment Western way of life and thought. The world we live in is not the world that matters to these people. What matters is an idealized “other place” where all things are perfect and from which all things of this world are IMPERFECTLY reflected. This perfect plane (heaven if you will) contains the “perfect being” that in incomprehensible to this world. Human reason in this vision of reality is incapable of finding ANY great truths at all. Imperfection is built into everything and no amount of time or study will bring a person closer to real “truth”. To even try is to commit a crime against the “State” or “God”.

This is a world of revelation not inspiration. a world of doctrine, not one of discussion or debate. The “least imperfect” elite must absolutely control the masses to channel them into “proper” behavior against their imperfect tendencies and inherent nature to do things wrongly. The Radicalizing Imams, the Militant Rabbis and the Christian Identity Preachers all hold the concepts and ideals of Plato’s Republic close to heart whether they admit it (as the Marxists and Nazis did) or not.

In the West the religious attachment to these ideas has faded before the glare of the Enlightenment, a rebirth and vindication of the Aristotelian mindset that has its roots solidly in the idea that reason is useful and the world does have an order of it’s own that can be seen and understood with time.

The very idea that revelation is the only proper source of “morality” is easily refuted simply by noting that even when using wholly secular logic and psychology the non-platonic moralist arrives at the same, almost universal, concept of Do Unto Others etc. that is shared by most religions.

It should be noted that the only notable examples of philosophies and religions (i.e. Soviet Communist, Fascism, Radical Rightist Christian and Jewish groups and Wahabi and Taliban style Muslims) that do NOT accept the basic Humanity and worth of non-members are all Neoplatonic in philosophy using their “revelations” to dominate and control the “unenlightened” masses.

In the end what I disseminate and comment upon depends on how influential I think a group or movement is at the time. In the 80’s and 90’s It was radically political Christians (which is funny as the way I read the Bible Jesus was EXPLICIT in telling his followers to NOT get involved in politics lest they compromise their relationship with God) that worried me the most domestically and abroad it was the Soviets and the White Power movements abroad that troubled me most.

Today the only major threat to world peace and stability seems to be the persistence of an extreme, neoplatonic ideal in the Islamic world. Debate is not allowed. Questioning of authority is not just bad it is immoral. All reform is seen as heresy and any dissent is a crime against God rendering the perpetrator less than Human not just in the eyes of the law but in the eyes of GOD!

Whatever neoplatonic foolishness that has existed in Christianity (Mostly perpetrated by the Greek influenced Paul) has, in the West, has faded before the Aristotelian philosophy of the Reformation and Enlightenment yielding a new dawn of ideas, inventions and political evolution.

With the beginning of what looks to the beginning of depolitization of American Christianity and the disappearance of the U.S.S.R. and it’s style of Communism hardline orthodox Islam is the last one standing that seems to be a real threat to civilization in general.

Jews and Christians abound who posses a devout love of God. Yet they do not feel they are required to blindly embrace every barbaric tribal injunction that resides in their Scriptures. They follow the words of Jesus and Hillel and temper The Law they feel God wants them to obey with a recognition that ANY application of “God’s Law” that does not reflect the LOVE of God and the LOVE by God FOR Man is misguided and legalistic and should be thrown out.

There is an instructive story in in a man who was seen by his Rabbi to break the Sabbath in a small way to help a neighbor in trouble. The Rabbi told the man that if he did not realize what he had done the man’s own Rabbi should admonish him for violating the Sabbath. But, he said that if the man DID understand what he had done he deserved his Rabbi’s PRAISE! To express the Love of God in the form of love for your neighbor is seen here as being more in tune with “God’s Law” than a literal letter by letter adherence to that same law!!

Contrast this tale to any of the neoplatonic philosophies I have mentioned. Imagine a Communist or a Nazi or a Saudi Muslim telling their authorities that their breaking of the letter of the Law was actually a truer expression of the ruling philosophy.

Deviations and reinterpretations can be accepted but ONLY if they come from the top of the hierarchy. A groundswell of feeling from the masses is only seen as an evil deviance to be extinguished, never inspiration to be seriously considered. This is also why these organizations tend to rarely have peaceful transitions of power. In the political arena Total Control is sought after and ruthlessly maintained until wrested away by another faction who begins the game again. Anything less than total authority is seen as horrible compromise with evil that can only be tolerated for short times and specific goals.

As for me, I will take the Aristotelian Western view over the Platonic worldview now and forever. One works, the other only works evil. All modern sciences from the physical to the political are based in Aristotle’s ideas, why? Because they work!

Plato’s theories are today mostly confined to the remnants of two political religions , Communism and National Socialism, and the conservative sects of one major religion, Islam. Each one degrades the human worth below that of the “state” (or “God given law”) and each has resulted in a steady worsening of the general Human condition in areas they have controlled.

It can be argued that the only reason that the Nazis did not experience a serious loss of scientific advancement was that they did not have power long enough for their thought police to fully harden into place. Despite this lack of time studies of the intellectual changes in Germany over the Nazi period itself do show the stifling effect of a Platonic authoritarian system.

Another theme possessed by all of the Neoplatonic schools of thought: Exclusion of outside thought. The Communists and Nazis were great book burners. They both felt it a duty to root out and destroy any dissenting thoughts and ideas. So too the radical Christian and Jews as well as the Orthodoxy of Islam forbid their followers from even seeing certain ideas.

In a thousand years fewer books have been translated into Arabic than the number translated into Spanish in ONE YEAR. If one group (The West) can allow competing thoughts to freely enter and still retain it’s identity what does that say about the validity of another society that claims it’s only hope of survival is the exclusion of any idea that is in any way non-orthodox? One of the biggest social issues in Europe now a immigrants that come to Europe but refuse to participate in European culture OR allow it in their enclaves. Competition is stifled.

Are human reason and progress evil fantasies propagated by deluded agents of darkness? Are we all doomed unless we enslave our God-given minds and hearts to a rigid adherence to an unforgiving code that can only be interpreted by authorized agents? Are we to take it on faith that once the mind enslavers have total control of us all THEN peace and harmony will prevail? I for one know where I stand and I will continue to make that stance known.

Just what we need one more apologist for evil.

(HH here: you will notice one glaring omission in this “report” from sometimes dhimmi BBC. WHY would this or that house be suddenly a target of the Israeli Air Force? Are we to believe that the Israelis just pick a building at random, call to warn the occupants, then bomb it for no purpose? OR maybe these buildings are arms stores and safe houses of militants? Rockets or mortars may be fired just recently from this house or that. What is noble and likely to gain “praise” from the world in putting your children between your “warriors” and the enemy and HOPING that the enemy will be civilized enough to not just bomb and be damned???? This is the Palestinian version of “non-violence”? “We shall provoke you and plan for your destruction but when you come for us, as any sane person would, we will hide behind our children.”)

Schoolgirls chanting their defiance of Israel were among the crowd that gathered to defend the two-storey home in the town of Beit Lahiya.

Along with the girls had come old men, neighbours and militants.

All of them were ready to defy the Israeli air force. They were ready to put themselves in the line of fire.

But they knew too that a similar human shield tactic had worked a few days earlier.

The Israelis had backed off knowing that to strike would cause large numbers of civilian casualties which would, of course, have played very badly in the court of international opinion.

For years Palestinians have been completely at the mercy of the Israeli air force.

But they clearly believe that now they have found a weakness.

If they know an attack is coming they can probably foil it by massing in the target zone.

The Israelis can no longer expect to limit civilian casualties by calling ahead and clearing people out.

From militant leaders to schoolgirls, Palestinians can unite in confronting their enemy and the passive resistance of the human shields will be admired from around the world.

(HH again: Resistance to WHAT? retaliatory strikes after Gazan initiated assaults? Boys armed with flags trading places with the militants who just fired a rocket???)

The boys on the roofs, armed only with Palestinian flags and facing down war planes, are a David and Goliath image for the modern age.

But nobody should imagine that the likes of Hamas are suddenly being won over wholly to the strategies of pacifism.

If they possessed anti-aircraft guns, they would surely blaze away at the circling planes.

(HH here: this piece is truly worthy of a dose of epikak the way it glories in an evil tactic and avoids any mention of why those “unarmed” kids might be under attack in the first place in that location. Don’t you love how at the end the writer even admits that these “kids” are only prevented from being real killers by the lack of effective weapons!!!!!)

If you have a strong stomach click on the post title to read the whole thing.