If you clicked on this post, you may be wondering, why is there a picture of a pig? If the WordPress blogs on Islam are anything of a guide, I should have a picture of a suicide bomber, Shahada flag, or of some bearded lunatic screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’!!
However, to my mind, Islam is unwelcome in a Western society for reasons that stem far beyond terrorism. Bomb blasts or ‘lone wolves’ are usually what steal headlines in conversations surrounding Islam. As a consequence, we have dialogue in the mainstream media that is almost entirely centered around acts of terrorism. Discussions merely extend to the death toll of a terrorist event, or how to prevent future attacks. I say this not to detract from the significance of these losses, but to divert some attention to other areas.
More discussion needs to be focused on the antithetical values that Islam presents, to our Western societies. A quote which I find particularly compelling, and makes sense of much of the Muslim responses and integration in the Western World, came from Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of Iranian Islamic Revolution. “Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.”
Across Australia, and all other parts of the free world, we must ask ourselves a fundamental question; why why would we want a wholesale importation of these values? Australia is renowned as a beer drinking, sport and dog loving, pig eating and tolerant country, along with being a major upholder of free speech.
To the contrary, alcohol is forbidden in Islam. Muslims also have backward ideas associated with women playing sport, and have a profound hatred towards dogs, as well as pigs. More notoriously, Muslims react in outrage towards homosexuals, and against those who depict Muhammad (I call him just Muhammad, because he certainly isn’t a prophet).
There is clearly an intense and indisputable opposition towards anything that isn’t considered Islamic, or in adherence with these values. There is an unreasonable, arrogant and deluded mentality, that people of Western countries should give Islam the ‘respect’ it deserves, and in doing so compromise their own beliefs. Respect, and trust in the context of a friendship, a relationship, or relations between groups, is something that is earned, not given. Given its current path, I see no reason to tolerate or ‘reach out’ towards Islam, when it shows complete contempt towards our democratic and life- loving way of existence.