Islam, Modesty and Feminism – how will this affect women in the West?

Islam, Modesty and Feminism – how will this affect women in the West?

Islam, Modesty and Feminism – Sarah Haider, Hiba Krisht & Ghada

In recent weeks I have been thinking a lot about the place of women in the West if Islam increases its influence and Sharia gradually gets a foothold in our societies and ends up controlling the lives of our grandchildren.  I considered this in my piece on Muslim immigration and our children’s future.

Our culture is full of wisdom in the ordinary things.  One of the pearls I love is the saying that goes: The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

In many ways, I have lived this as I have lived and worked in Muslim majority countries for a significant amount of time and my wife hails from a Muslim majority country in Asia (as a non-Muslim minority).  Yet I lived there as a male non-Muslim and because I worked for international organisations I was in many ways isolated from the personal control of Sharia in my life (but still had to obey Sharia in public).  But you never really understand something unless it is dominant in your life.  You can only judge the quality of something after you have tried, used, or experienced it.

So what is it like for a woman to live under Sharia regulations?   What would it be like for women living under Sharia and stripped off all the rights provided by Western society?

These three women discuss it and give their personal experiences of it.  It is part of the work of Ex Muslims of North America – an organisation well worth following.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethnocide in the UK

Ethnocide in the UK

A multicultural family and ethnocide

The definition of ethnocide can be found below:

The deliberate and systematic destruction of the culture of an ethnic group.

‘ethnocide is being carried out against the indigenous people by the destruction of our way of life’
Genocide, the physical extinction of a people, is universally condemned, but ethnocide, the destruction of people’s way of life, is not only not condemned, it’s universally celebrated as part of a development strategy. Wade Davis

I recently returned to the UK after a year living and working in Siera Leone in West Africa.  Having worked in South East Asia, the Middle East (including Afghanistan), East and West Africa this was just one in many overseas assignments in my career.  Many had been with my family when the children were young.  In recent years it has been a case of working overseas with my family being based in the UK.  This assignment reinforced the belief that the heritage and culture of the UK is worth fighting for because it is superior, in my opinion, to all other value systems and cultures.  It also reenforced my commitment to fight against the ethnocide of British culture and its heritage.

Being a mixed race family, combined with our overseas experience, you would think that we would be the perfect example of how individual multiculturalism works in real life.  For us, this is the beauty of the British way of life, a way of life where acceptance of different cultures is embedded in our belief system.  We bestow the same rights and freedoms to all others and all we ask is that you respect our way of life and obey our laws – be a good citizen.  Yet acceptance of other cultures and value systems does not mean that we believe that all cultures and value systems have the same value, nor do we (most Britains I believe) accept that our culture and heritage is inferior to other cultures or belief systems.

You would think that our family experience would lead us to be globalists who believed in and supported open borders with all the associated belief in and commitment to the following:

  • All religions are the same and of equal value – if you take a positive view of religion in the world (which of course many do not).
  • All cultures are of equal value, thus multiculturalism only brings positive outcomes and thus should be encouraged.
  • No overarching value system is superior to any other value system (similar to the above point but not exactly the same).

In fact, in a past life, I bought into Tony Blair’s view of the world and that mass migration, mostly for economic reasons, was a good thing for the UK in many different ways.  I was a supporter of ethnocide (subconsciously) in the UK because I bought into the ideology of the left.  An overall view of Tony Blair’s legacy can be found at MPI: The Immigration Legacy of Tony Blair.  A very interesting read is the Guardian’s (left wing to the core): How immigration came to haunt Labour: the inside story.

Jacqui Smith is quoted as saying:

“I used to tell the cabinet, ‘There’s an enormous distinction in the way people feel about immigration between those who live in London or other big cities and those who live in places like my old constituency of Redditch. I don’t think you understand the cultural and emotional impact of sudden change. This isn’t people being racist, but they see their country changing.’”

This rapid change of our culture and values due to mass migration was something large portions of the British population did not sign up to nor want.  When Brown responded to the question of did he get it by answering yes he got it it was obvious that neither he nor a vast majority of the political, academic and media elites did not get it.  People are not racist because they love their own heritage and culture above other cultures.  Believing your culture and national heritage is superior to others is not being bigoted and racist, it only means you love your country above all others and for the life of me no one has given me a rational and intelligent reason why this is so wrong.  For someone like myself who has traveled extensively and been exposed to many different cultures and value systems, it seems logical to love Britain’s heritage and culture.

A rejection of the ethnocide of British culture

As mentioned above I was a great supporter of Blair’s position on the benefits of multiculturalism because I had no real understanding of what it meant.  I was a product of a working-class family that had worked hard and went through university with all the left wing influences that a British university education brings to bear.  My thought processes had never been subjected to a diversity of thought on most issues and the left’s rhetoric and sound bites were appealing to a naive working-class man.  Although I am from the Ulster Scot community in Northern Ireland I had abandoned my communities traditional cultural and political position in favour of left-wing politics. In reality, I had come to a place where I had a distaste for everything that was seen as capitalist (British) and its exploitation of the world.

Anthony Browne puts how I felt well in his article The Left’s war on Britishness

Britain’s self-loathing is deep, pervasive and lethally dangerous. We get bombed, and we say it’s all our own fault. Schools refuse to teach history that risks making pupils proud, and use it instead as a means of instilling liberal guilt. The government and the BBC gush over ‘the other’, but recoil at the merest hint of British culture. The only thing we are licensed to be proud of is London’s internationalism — in other words, that there is little British left about it.

This recounts perfectly my journey to the left and its hatred of everything British.  The answer, of course, is to make sure there is `little British left about it’ [Britian].  So by the time I graduated university in Northern Ireland in 2000 (at the age of 38), having gone through the Open University and the University of Ulster, I had arrived at the above destination.  A loathing of everything British and Western.  I had come to support the left’s position that the answer to this evilness, this abusive cultural and political system was to bring as much non-British culture as possible into Britain.  Only then would we see real social justice and equality in our nation because we would achieve ethnocide of this pernicious culture.

It is significant in my journey to a real understanding of our British heritage and cultural identity (which is the Judeo-Christian heritage) started when I was exposed for the first time to a non-Western culture (when I met my soon to be wife).  After our marriage in 2000, I was asked on numerous occasions why British people hated their own heritage and culture when in fact it had brought so much good to the world.  Why do we despise the real freedoms that we have?

Anthony Browne’s article goes on to say:

Britain is one of the few countries where it is a source of pride to despise your country. We are all repeatedly taught the things to be ashamed of about Britain, but what about the things to be proud of? The truth is that Britain’s self-loathing is as unique as it is unwarranted. Britain really is great. These small rainswept isles off the western end of the vast Eurasian landmass have contributed far more to the well-being of the rest of humanity than any other country, bar none.

An Asian immigrant challenged me to look at more than one side of the story yet I was resistant.  When I did think about it I had to admit that what Browne points out in his article is correct – Britain influenced the world more than any other country, ideology or political system.  Our heritage is not something to be ashamed of, or to despise, but something to be proud of and to embrace.  This is why we should resist the ethnocide of our culture.

The Ethnocide of British culture and heritage?

In his book, The Strange Death of Europe Douglas Murray looks at the 2015 mass migration into Europe and how this will likely affect Europe politically, culturally and most likely in every way that is important to the future of Western Civilisation.  In many ways, he outlines the ethnocide of Europe’s heritage and culture because those coming into Europe are, in many ways, opposed to the very nature of Western liberal democracy.  A large proportion of these migrants are Muslim’s from countries that are not supportive of Western liberal values and as Murray points out, in many of his writings, such people do not miraculously become like us (Europen) in the way they think and behave.  They bring their own belief systems with them and as we have seen in recent years expect Europe to change in order to accommodate them.  They want to see the ethnocide of Western culture and replace it with their own.

Murray and others argue that because Europe has a self-loathing of its heritage and culture it is open to losing itself because when these aggressive migrants. with their strongly held belief systems, come to Europe culturally we are unable to resist.  If we are ashamed of our own heritage and culture why would we defend it?  Those that are not ashamed of their heritage and culture are branded racist and bigots and thus are silenced by European elites leaving us more vulnerable to this cultural take over of Europe.  For the left, if mass Muslim migration hastens the ethnocide of Western culture all the better.

In his article: Death of Europe: Europeans are losing the place they call home. Murray asks the question: IS OUR continent on a suicide mission?  He goes on to say:

I have travelled to the places where migrants continue to land and the places where they keep ending up. Everywhere I have gone I have come to the same conclusion: our continent is in the process of self-murder.

His conclusions in this article (and his book) is that if we continue down this road we are heading for the ethnocide of everything Europe was (is) and that Europeans will lose the only home they have.  As he points out we Europeans have nowhere else to go – we have only one home and if we lose it we lose everything.

An example of what the current form of multiculturalism brings to Britain

As noted above the left in Europe, and elsewhere, have been pushing the ideological position that our heritage and culture has nothing in it to be proud of and we must replace it – usher in ethnocide.  I, like many, bought into this ideology until I started to be challenged about it.

Having just finished a year in Sierra Leone which is in many ways a beautiful country.  Its people are friendly, welcoming and mostly non-violent towards others.  This is especially true of people from a British background as they see Britain as one of their friends in the world.

Yet having said the above there is a real dark side to Selone culture which illustrated to me once again that all cultures do not have equal value and that the multicultural mantra that we have to embrace every culture as having equal value is wrong.

For those of us that grew up in the UK being taught Western liberal values,  values that guarantee us such things as free speech and the right to be protected under the law – that every person is treated equally under the law no matter what religious, ethnic or cultural group they are from.  It does not matter whether you are from a minority, or not, you have the protection of the law as well as all the freedoms that come with living in the UK.

Under British law, there are things that are wrong: stealing, rape, violence against others (including murder) and child abuse to name just a few things that we believe are wrong in every circumstance.  For example, it is always wrong to kill a young woman for `dishonouring’ her family.  We also believe in equality when it comes to individuals and groups of individuals.  In the UK we have developed these freedoms and protections over hundreds of years and our forefathers fought and died (in many cases) to protect these freedoms from those that would have taken them from us.

The author’s individual journey to understanding the heritage that was provided to him as a British citizen, started with a challenge from his wife and developed as he lived and worked overseas and experienced many other cultures first hand.  It lead to the question: do all cultures have equal value?  It led to the conclusion that all cultures do not hold equal value and although there are many elements of different cultures and belief systems that do have value, every element of a culture may not have value. On the contrary, should be rejected as a violation of our values.

A perfect example of this is Female Genital Mutilation

This is described by the NHS as:

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there’s no medical reason for this to be done. It’s also known as “female circumcision” or “cutting”, and by other terms such as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez and khitan, among others. FGM is usually carried out on young girls between infancy and the age of 15, most commonly before puberty starts. It is illegal in the UK and is child abuse.

On Saturday 17th May, a nine year old Sierra Leonean girl died from female genital mutilation (FGMSL Report Flyer). This case is unusual but only in that it was made public and reported. Despite being widespread in Sierra Leone FGM is shrouded in secrecy and rarely openly discussed.

You can follow the link to the report by clicking the report cover (to the right).  You can find reports on numerous countries on the 28TOOMANY website.

When you spend some time in Sierra Leone you soon learn that there are dark aspects to the countries culture.  Since there are significant numbers of Leone’s in the UK should we accept this aspect of their culture as having equal value to British values and culture?  According to the 2001 census, there were 16,972 Leone’s living in the UK that were born in outside of the UK.

FORWARD gives us the following facts about FGM in the UK:

FORWARD’s work on FGM FORWARD works in the UK, Europe and Africa to safeguard girls at risk of FGM and support women affected. We do this through direct community engagement, advocacy and strategic partnerships. You can read more about our work in the UK here, Europe here and our work in Africa here. 60,000 girls under 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK 137,000 girls and women are living with the consequences of FGM in the UK

The Guardian has an interesting article on FGM (supporting their campaign against it):  FGM is banned but very much alive in the UK

Reports that “cutters” are at work, some working in expensive private clinics, have come out of major cities including London, Birmingham and Bristol, says Sarah McCulloch, from the Agency for Culture and Change Management. “Wherever [ethnic minority] communities [that practise FGM] are residing, it is a problem,” she says. “Because why would they stop? Why should they stop? What will make them stop? Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you Read more “No one is giving them information. If they arrive in this country, they do not know the laws of the land – they come with their cultures and hold on to them.”

They come with their cultures and hold on to them.  This is a telling statement and confirms what Murray and others have been telling us for years.  The law of the land is clear.  This practice is against our law yet those committed to this `cultural’ practice do not take our laws seriously.  Why should they, there are no consequences for breaking our laws.

The above is just one example of the harmful cultural practices imported to the UK.  We could also list:

  • Forced Child and women’s marriage
  • `Honour’ killings – predominantly of women
  • Blasphemy laws were people are punished (sometimes with threats of death, sometimes with actual death) – in Islam
  • Apostasy laws where people can be killed for leaving Islam
  • Homosexuality a criminal offense – ultimate punishment in Islam is death)
  • Sharia law – the law of Allah being supreme (a theocracy)

The above are just a small sample of things that are not compatible with British/Western values and norms.  Yet within our society Islam is protected/given special treatment and seems to possess an unrivaled position with our elites.  Yet Western heritage and culture (especially Judeo-Christian heritage) is being attacked and undermined.  The left would rather import cultures and value systems that would destroy the evil heritage of the West – because it helps them achieve the ethnocide of British culture and heritage.

In the video below Faith Goldy interviews George Hutcheson, Director of Students for Western Civilisation in Toronto for an in-depth look at the ethnocidal face of multiculturalism.  They ask the questions:

  • What is the relation between multiculturalism and ethnocide?
  • How have the neo-Marxist doctrines of critical race theory and decolonization played into European consciousness in Canada?

Although this concerns Canada we can ask the very same questions (and get the same answers) about the UK.  It seems obvious that the letf’s war on Western culture and its heritage to the world is worldwide.  It, as an ideolgy, wants the ethnocide of Western culture and if gringing in cultures and value systems that are not compatable to Western values then so be it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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