Friday, August 05, 2005

Extremist Islam and Immigration

Yesterday I argued that the 'War on Terrorism' is actually a war within Islam. Thus the targets are extremist Muslims. This Muslim author agrees, who titles her opinion piece: "The Muslim mind is on fire". She gives an example of a Muslim mind on fire:

"The Muslim fundamentalist who attacked the Dutch film director Theo Van Gogh in the Netherlands, stabbed him more than 23 times then cut his throat. He recently proudly proclaimed at his trial: "I did it because my religion - Islam - dictated it and I would do it again if were free." Which preacher told this guy this is Islam? That preacher should be in jail with him

He most certainity should be. But we should be aiming to prevent these radicals from coming here in the first place. In France, they expelled an Imam who preached anti-French customs like supporting a man's right to beat his wife. This is good and a step in the right direction, but shouldn't we be seeking to identify these people at the border?

Daniel Pipes has long promoted the idea that "Militant Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution. This has led many to ask, what is moderate Islam?
Pipes has already answered this and came up with a list of questions. Here's some of his suggested questions:
Should non-Muslims enjoy completely equal civil rights with Muslims?
May Muslims convert to other religions?
May Muslim women marry non-Muslim men?
Do you accept the legitimacy of scholarly inquiry into the origins of Islam?
Should Muslim women have equal rights with men (for example, in inheritance shares or court testimony)?
Is jihad, meaning a form of warfare, acceptable in today's world?

Should these questions be on our immigration applications? These questions
may have prevented Ahmed Zaoui from entering (as security concerns certanity won't do) NZ.
Anyway there is no shortage of Muslims who would give the wrong answers to the above questions. An example, a melbourne radical Islamic teacher openly praises Bin Laden and claims his "religion doesn't tolerate other religion . . . Jihad is a part of my religion". He believes in the usual Islamic conspiracies (Sept11 wasn't Bin Laden's plan, but probably a Jewish plot). 'Sheikhs of death' like this guy ought to be identified as early as possible and denied immigration.
The US seems to already be doing this. For example, they denied visas to both Tariq Ramadan (a popular Islamist scholar. Read this too) and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens).They were denied visa's precisely because their beliefs were seen as promoting terrorism. Its about time other Western nations begun doing the same.


At 3:57 pm, Anonymous Ruth said...

Much as I admire Pipes, he has a politically correct way of disseminating knowledge of the Death Cult. He does more good than harm as a Middle East expert, so I forgive him.

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