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Australian Muslim Cleric Calls for Beheading -- Who Cares?
Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2010 | Larry Elder

Posted on 09/23/2010 6:28:31 AM PDT by Kaslin

What happens when an Australian Muslim cleric calls for the beheading of a Dutch politician?

Not much.

What happens when an American pastor no one ever heard of threatens to burn a Koran?

It ignites an international outcry.

Terry Jones, pastor of a 50-member church in Gainsville, Fla., threatened to burn the Koran as a protest against the proposed construction of a mosque near the site of the World Trade Center. Democrats and Republicans denounced Jones. Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, warned that Jones' action would put American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan at risk, and he personally telephoned the pastor to dissuade him.

Those who would desecrate the Koran or who would draw a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad or who would otherwise "disrespect" Islam run the risk of being murdered. This is quite a response from followers of what President George W. Bush called a "religion of peace," the "hijacking" of which motivated the 9/11 hijackers. Bush repeatedly distinguished between a war against Islamofascism and a war on Islam. But the distinction apparently collapses if one pastor doesn't get the memo.

How dare this pastor of some church-nobody-heard-of show insufficient respect for Islam, many of whose followers support a global jihad that demands replacement of all non-Islamic governments, as well as the conversion of all to Islam, by force if necessary?

Where is the international outcry from this recent story from Reuters?

"A well-known Australian Muslim cleric has called for the beheading of Dutch anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders. ...

"The Sydney-born (Feiz) Muhammad has gained notoriety for, among other things, calling on young children to be radicalized and blaming rape victims for their own attacks.

"(De Telegraaf, the Netherlands' largest newspaper) posted an English-language audio clip in which he refers to Wilders as 'this Satan, this devil, this politician in Holland' and explains that anyone who talks about Islam like Wilders does should be executed by beheading. ...

"Wilders is currently on trial in the Netherlands for inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.

"The Freedom Party leader made a film in 2008 which accused the Koran of inciting violence and mixed images of terrorist attacks with quotations from the Islamic holy book.

"Wilders was also charged because of outspoken remarks in the media, such as an opinion piece in a Dutch daily in which he compared Islam to fascism and the Koran to Adolf Hitler's book 'Mein Kampf.'"

Civil libertarian groups vigorously defend vile but protected speech. Where are the free-speech groups denouncing Wilders' prosecution for making abrasive comments? Or does the right to free speech only apply to the nasty comments routinely made on cable shows by Sarah Palin/Glenn Beck/tea party-hating lefties?

If a proposed Koran burning generates international news and condemnation, isn't the call by an Australian Muslim cleric for the beheading of a democratically elected European politician worthy of a few moments on the network nightly news?

Offensive acts by non-Muslims provoke calls for sensitivity and understanding. Offensive acts by Muslims generate indifference rather than denunciations of the barbarous statements and acts that Muslim clerics and others call for in the name of Islam.

Why the double standard?

Dr. Fred Gottheil is an economics professor at the University of Illinois. He calls himself a "Keynesian-type economist" who is "not afraid of deficit spending" -- not exactly Reaganesque.

In January 2009, some 900 academics signed a four-page petition calling for a U.S. abandonment of the support of Israel. Gottheil learned that many of the petition signatories belonged to faculty from women's and gender studies departments. He decided to conduct an experiment.

Would the same professors sign a "Statement of Concern" over the anti-human rights, anti-gay, anti-woman practices in the Muslim Middle East? Gottheil composed a four-page document citing evidence of atrocities, along with the names of Muslim clerics and scholars defending these violations of human decency. He e-mailed his statement to 675 signers of the anti-Israel petition.

What happened? "The results were surprising," Gottheil said, "even though I thought the responses would be few. They were almost nonexistent."

Bottom line: Barbarity in the name of Islam is not even remotely condemned to the degree that the West condemns insensitivity by cartoonists, politicians and anti-Islam clerics. Why? A denunciation of Muslim practices suggests a superiority of American values and culture. The left finds the very notion objectionable.

Gottheil put it this way: "If leftist 'progressives' really cared about women, gays and lesbians, then they would be fighting for their rights in places where such rights are really violated -- like under Hamas in Gaza and under the mullahs in Iran. But doing so would legitimize their own society and its values and therefore completely cripple their entire identity and life purpose, and so their purported concern for women, gays and lesbians has to go out the window."

It is a bizarre and dangerous double standard that allows a Pastor Jones to become more notorious than a Feiz Muhammad.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: australia; beheading; beheadings; crushislam; geertwilders; islam; islamicfascism; islamicviolence; islamofascism; koran; mosque; muslim; muslims; obama; palin; rop; sharia

1 posted on 09/23/2010 6:28:33 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Behead the cleric.


2 posted on 09/23/2010 6:30:09 AM PDT by IbJensen (Our government is a disease masquerading as its own cure.)
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To: IbJensen

He should lead by example.


3 posted on 09/23/2010 6:31:36 AM PDT by allmost
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To: Kaslin

commit him to an insane asylum asap


4 posted on 09/23/2010 6:32:27 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys)
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To: IbJensen

Dog bites man, not news. Man bites dog, this is news.


5 posted on 09/23/2010 6:32:35 AM PDT by dalight
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To: IbJensen
Behead the cleric.

Agreed. This "cleric" has shown himself to be a terrorist and deserves to be treated like one.

I am going to go out on a limb and assume that making terroristic threats to people is a crime in Australia. Will this terrorist be prosecuted for it?

6 posted on 09/23/2010 6:33:14 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Kaslin
Offensive acts by non-Muslims provoke calls for sensitivity and understanding. Offensive acts by Muslims generate indifference rather than denunciations of the barbarous statements and acts that Muslim clerics and others call for in the name of Islam.

Why the double standard?

Non-Muslims are expected to be kind, gentle and understanding. Muslims are expected to be short tempered, misogynistic, viciously violent and accepting of no one but those who share their particular belief.

7 posted on 09/23/2010 6:39:23 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: R. Scott

no joke. it used to be crime to threaten someone


8 posted on 09/23/2010 6:41:58 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin

Why the outrage when a CHRISTIAN pastor says he’s going to burn a savage indoctrination book?

Why kind, loving words of acceptance when a JIHADI says he’s going to chop a non-jihadi head off?

Why tender words of forgiveness when a jihadi slices a Jewish neck and makes a video of it?

Why outrage over the people who are outraged over the jihadi actions? Why is Robert Spencer called intolerant and hateful when he is outraged over jihadis cutting heads off? Why?

Because the people who create and fuel outrage hate Christians and love the savages who slice Jewish necks.


9 posted on 09/23/2010 6:44:02 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Annoying liberals is my goal. I will not be silenced.)
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To: Kaslin

bookmark


10 posted on 09/23/2010 6:45:49 AM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: yldstrk

There’s also the fear factor. If a Muslim is castigated – or worse, arrested for doing what is expected Muslims rise up and go on a killing rampage.


11 posted on 09/23/2010 6:56:12 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Kaslin
Borrowing from Michelle Malkin, it is the Religion of Perpetual Outrage.


12 posted on 09/23/2010 7:03:22 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The battle lines are drawn: On one side, are Dems and Repubs. On the other, the Tea Party (us).)
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To: Kaslin

the only beheadings in that country occur during footie matches


13 posted on 09/23/2010 7:33:50 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: IbJensen

“Behead the cleric.”
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Sounds like a winner to me. Issue our own “Fatwa” on these clowns and put the shoe on the other foot for a change.


14 posted on 09/23/2010 7:57:53 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Clem Hussein Kadiddlehopper would be a vast improvement.)
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To: Kaslin

Ho, hum... I’m really getting tired of all the air time these jerks get with their, “BEHEAD THEM! SILENCE! I KEEL YOU!!” But, of course, the suckupmedia will never stop giving them all the publicity they want. ...sigh...


15 posted on 09/23/2010 10:10:53 AM PDT by redhead (Abortion: The number one killer of human beings. Period.)
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To: Kaslin; Quix; SJackson; knighthawk
It is a bizarre and dangerous double standard that allows a Pastor Jones to become more notorious than a Feiz Muhammad.

Just as the islamists would like, no doubt.

16 posted on 09/23/2010 11:28:03 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Kaslin

it’s time they got a tour of crocodile island


17 posted on 09/23/2010 11:53:27 AM PDT by 1000 silverlings (everything that deceives, also enchants: Plato)
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To: RipSawyer

Re: “...Issue our own “Fatwa” on these clowns and put the shoe on the other foot for a change.”

There’s a thought.

In the old days the Mafioso called it a “contract” or a “hit”.

Trouble is I think that the Mob - or what’s left that serves for it - is in the White House and is closely allied with the Mullahs now.

The Muzzies know that no one has the resources or the nads to reciprocate for their Fatwas, so they can terrorize globally with total impunity. What’s left of civilization cowers at their feet, and by and large does not dare break wind if it might offend a Quranic.

I mean; how many of them are hiding out under assumed names in remote bunkers? Oh; I don’t count OBL; our gov’t knows right where he is, but the Saudis won’t allow us to touch their darling boy. Why did we give him several hours of cease fire to get away from Tora Bora?

I doubt very much that he’s holed up in a cave somewhere.
He’s probably living in luxury back in Saudi Arabia laughing at us and planning the next major attack, should we fall behind in our tribute payments or disobey an order.

It’s almost like they’ve won already, isn’t it?


18 posted on 09/23/2010 1:15:44 PM PDT by George Varnum (Liberty, like our Forefather's Flintlock Musket, must be kept clean, oiled, and READY!)
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To: Lazamataz

Those photos are proof Neanderthal is not extinct!


19 posted on 09/23/2010 5:01:23 PM PDT by XHogPilot (A thief might rob you, but politicians can rob your family for countless generations.)
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To: R. Scott

Oh, “castigated” not...well, nevermind.


20 posted on 09/23/2010 6:39:18 PM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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