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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Ajaan Hirsi Ali in Sydney: A Controversial look at Islam

Page 2 of the Pepperdine Public School full Catalog for 2006/2007. Daniel Pipes is 'visiting Professor' there from Jan. 1, 2007. In spite of the Pepperdine commitment to traditional values (which explicitly includes support for "mosques" (!)), Pipes managed to get it to host his extremist international conference against Islam and 'Eurabia'. This venerable institution that doesn't hide, as you can see, it's staunch belief "That God is uniquely revealed in Christ" (third slogan on the picture). Will Ayaan Hirsi Ali feel at home there?

Before taking a plane to California, to attend on June 10/11, 2007 the "Collapse Of Europe?" conference with Daniel Pipes (see next post), Ayaan Hirsi Ali stayed in Sydney, Australia. Her Dutch website reports about her new instance of ranting about Islam, down under, citing the Sydney Times:

Times Writers Group: 'Infidel' gives controversial look at Islam

Source: Times/St. Cloud

Islam needs to veer away from these radical fundamentalists using religion as their vehicle to control their millions of followers, according to controversial political figure Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Ali, whose autobiography "Infidel," was published earlier this year, says today's fundamentalist Muslims preach hate and violence as a tenet of their religion and insist on total control of half of their own population — women.

While Ali acknowledges Islamic leaders did teach such positive lessons as being compassionate and showing charity to others, too often this approach was overshadowed by the vengeance, anger and control preached in the Islamic holy book, the Quran.

As Ali says of this document ... "the Quran is not a holy document. It is a historical record, written by humans. It is one version of events, as perceived by the men who wrote it 150 years after the Prophet Muhammad died. And it is a very tribal and Arab version of events. It spreads a culture that is brutal, fixated on controlling women, and harsh in war."

[The '150 years afterwards' proposition is what Daniel Pipes, the well known US Islam-basher, maintains in his books and articles. He even says, he is not sure if Mohammed ever existed. Having been appointed by president Bush in 2002 as president of the American Peace Institute, he pleads for an 'inevitable' preventive WAR of the West against Islam. Ayaan agrees also with Pipes, that "moderate" Islam (like the AKP-version in Turkey) is even more "dangerous" than the fanatic and extremist currents of Wahhabism and Al-Qaeda, for instance.

Even if Muslims are loyal to Western laws and attitudes, they do so, in the view of Ali and Pipes, only to be able to impose afterwards Sharia laws "by surprise". The Malibu international Conference at the Pepperdine University is so extremist, that is only tacitly supported by the Neoconservatives. A closed session on Monday June 11 is going to distribute American taxpayers money among Ayaan and her friends from Germany, France and Holland, in order to 'counter' Islam in 'Eurabia' and its "EU-bureaucracy".

The latter is declared an "enemy combatant", because of the fact, that the EU recently warned against a military coup in Turkey against the elected Turkish Government. For a more close look at the fundamentalist Christian Pepperdine University, Daniel Pipes, his "Campus watch" against Islam and the composition of the group of keynote-participants from Europe, see next post.]

The Sydney Times continues:

Ali says the West cannot continue to tolerate behavior among her people that it would not allow among fellow Westerners.

Then, as usual, the 'Dhimmis' are being attacked:

"In reality, these Westerners [who say, that most Muslims would not even think of re-creating seventh century Mecca in Europe, HR] misunderstand Islam. The Quran mandates these punishments. It gives legitimate basis for abuse so that perpetrators feel no shame and are not hounded by their conscience or their community. ..."

And then, she says something that makes the Neoconservatives very uneasy:

On a broader scale, she says the kind of thinking in today's Islamic countries "is incompatible with human rights and liberal values." It's as if the most radical Christian fundamentalists were running the Western world on the beliefs of the seventh century and insisting the rest of the world had to join them in this approach.
For, as you will know, the NeoCons lean exclusively on just that kind of Christian fundamentalist support. Support from people who believe in earnest, that all prescriptions of the Bible (written down from the 3rd century BC on to the 2nd after JC) have to be followed by the letter. The racist and thundering Reverends of the Mid-West are the "mass movement" without which they would shrink into a marginal, exotic sect of world-dominance dreamers.

That is why the neoConservatives keep their distance from people like Hirsi Ali and Christopher Hitchens (who adores Hirsi Ali, but loathes Pipes). But , as you never can know if they will serve somehow, somewhen their dream of an "American Century", they facilitate, from behind the screens, their playing with some money from the State Department (Peace Institute) and the Pentagon (Disinformation Program, started by Douglas Feith), in order to undermine Europe, stop Islamic modernization and leave a free hand to the US in the Middle East.

The Aussies got their first taste of it this week. More agitation and disinformation is in stock for them.

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