The #Unexpectedly Chronicles: Australian “Islamophobia” Edition

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The #Unexpectedly Chronicles: Australian "Islamophobia" Edition

Def­i­n­i­tion of pho­bia

  1. : an exag­ger­ated usu­ally inex­plic­a­ble and illog­i­cal fear of a par­tic­u­lar object, class of objects, or situation

Mer­riam Web­ster Online

I wish I could say I was sur­prised by this story:

A LOCAL coun­cil has banned the con­struc­tion of a syn­a­gogue in Bondi because it could be a ter­ror­ist tar­get, in a shock move that reli­gious lead­ers say has caved in to Islamic extrem­ism and cre­ated a dan­ger­ous precedent.

The deci­sion, which has rocked the long­stand­ing Jew­ish com­mu­nity in the iconic sub­urb, was upheld in court this week as the nation reeled from the alleged air­line ter­ror threat and debate raged over increased secu­rity mea­sures at air­ports and other pub­lic places.

The Land and Envi­ron­ment Court backed the deci­sion by Waver­ley Coun­cil to pro­hibit the con­struc­tion of the syn­a­gogue in Welling­ton St, Bondi — just a few hun­dred metres from Australia’s most famous beach — because it was too much of a secu­rity risk for users and local residents.

And this story is a twofer for those who believe in lib­erty, because it’s a great exam­ple of Bureau­cracy gone wild to wit:

Iron­i­cally, the coun­cil and the Land and Envi­ron­ment Court appeared to use the proposal’s own risk assess­ment and secu­rity mea­sures in the pro­posed design — includ­ing using set­back build­ings and blast walls — as evi­dence the site was too much of a secu­rity risk.

Yet in a clas­sic catch-​22, the coun­cil also said if the design was changed to boost secu­rity this would be unac­cept­able because it would be too unsightly.

Or to put it sim­ply, the steps you’ve taken to increase secu­rity at the site prove that it’s too much of a secu­rity risk to allow you Jews to wor­ship here.

The folks at Elder of Ziyon says this is all about obey­ing the over­rid­ing rule of the mid­dle east:

The entire his­tory of Mid­dle East peace attempts are based on this rule. Not inter­na­tional law, not jus­ti­fied claims, noth­ing like that. it is all a smoke­screen to cover what the real imper­a­tive is: Don’t Piss Off the Muslims.

News­pa­pers, TV news and Hol­ly­wood have all enthu­si­as­ti­cally adopted this rule above all oth­ers, using the excuse of “pre­vent­ing Islamophobia.”

Edi­to­r­ial car­toon­ists and news­pa­per edi­tors cen­sor them­selves because they embrace the rule of Don’t Piss Off the Mus­lims. Depic­tions of Mohammed, only for­bid­den under Sharia law, are now effec­tively ille­gal any­where because of the rule, Don’t Piss Off the Muslims.

Pres­i­dent George Bush made sure that he ful­filled this rule by specif­i­cally going to a mosque while the World Trade Cen­ter was still burn­ing and Mus­lims around the world cheer­ing over the death of thou­sands of Amer­i­cans, say­ing that “Islam is peace.”

Even the Prime Min­is­ter of Israel embraces this rule, remov­ing non-​obtrusive detec­tion tech­nol­ogy at the entrance to a holy site and severely lim­it­ing the free­dom of wor­ship of Jews and Chris­tians there, claim­ing — exactly like the Aus­tralians — that unde­fined, neb­u­lous secu­rity con­cerns are more impor­tant than basic human rights.

But the real rea­son is the rule: Don’t Piss Off the Muslims.

And if you judge by the attack/​body count at Reli­gion of Peace™ you might think that make a lot of sense.

But if you think about it, isn’t what the Bondi coun­cil rul­ing actu­ally saying.

It’s say­ing that it is not pos­si­ble to pro­tect Jews in their com­mu­nity because Mus­lim Ter­ror­ist would tar­get them

It’s say­ing that attacks by Mus­lim Ter­ror­ists are so much of a threat that the cur­rent res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity can not be pro­tected if Jews are wor­ship­ing nearby.

It’s say­ing that the secu­rity mea­sures tak­ing by Jews at wor­ship only con­firm that Mus­lim Ter­ror in Aus­tralia is a clear and present dan­ger to the cit­i­zens in Bondi.

Maybe it’s just me but wouldn’t’ such asser­tions, by def­i­n­i­tion, be con­sid­ered Islam­o­pho­bic?

If I was a left­ist I would orga­nize protests, hold marches, and shout slo­gans against this. I would enlist local Mus­lims and national known Imams. I would con­demn most strongly the deci­sion of the coun­cil, I would stress that such a rul­ing implies a per­cep­tion of Islam as some­thing other than peace­ful and that it’s imper­a­tive that said syn­a­gogue be allowed to be built, prefer­ably with­out the extra secu­rity mea­sures, in order to counter the exag­ger­ated, inex­plic­a­ble and illog­i­cal fear of Islam , peo­ple who fol­low Islam and so called “Islamic Ter­ror” which the west has defined as “Islam­o­pho­bia” has no basis in reality.

Because to do oth­er­wise is a pub­lic dec­la­ra­tion to the world. that the “pho­bia” con­cern­ing Mus­lims and ter­ror­ism is not so irra­tional after all.


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Definition of phobia

  1. :  an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation

Merriam Webster Online

I wish I could say I was surprised by this story:

A LOCAL council has banned the construction of a synagogue in Bondi because it could be a terrorist target, in a shock move that religious leaders say has caved in to Islamic extremism and created a dangerous precedent.

The decision, which has rocked the longstanding Jewish community in the iconic suburb, was upheld in court this week as the nation reeled from the alleged airline terror threat and debate raged over increased security measures at airports and other public places.

The Land and Environment Court backed the decision by Waverley Council to prohibit the construction of the synagogue in Wellington St, Bondi — just a few hundred metres from Australia’s most famous beach — because it was too much of a security risk for users and local residents.

And this story is a twofer for those who believe in liberty, because it’s a great example of Bureaucracy gone wild to wit:

Ironically, the council and the Land and Environment Court appeared to use the proposal’s own risk assessment and security measures in the proposed design — including using setback buildings and blast walls — as evidence the site was too much of a security risk.

Yet in a classic catch-22, the council also said if the design was changed to boost security this would be unacceptable because it would be too unsightly.

Or to put it simply, the steps you’ve taken to increase security at the site prove that it’s too much of a security risk to allow you Jews to worship here.

The folks at Elder of Ziyon says this is all about obeying the overriding rule of the middle east:

The entire history of Middle East peace attempts are based on this rule. Not international law, not justified claims, nothing like that. it is all a smokescreen to cover what the real imperative is: Don’t Piss Off the Muslims.

Newspapers, TV news and Hollywood have all enthusiastically adopted this rule above all others, using the excuse of “preventing Islamophobia.”

Editorial cartoonists and newspaper editors censor themselves because they embrace the rule of Don’t Piss Off the Muslims. Depictions of Mohammed, only forbidden under Sharia law, are now effectively illegal anywhere because of the rule, Don’t Piss Off the Muslims. 

President George Bush made sure that he fulfilled this rule by specifically going to a mosque while the World Trade Center was still burning and Muslims around the world cheering over the death of thousands of Americans, saying that “Islam is peace.”

Even the Prime Minister of Israel embraces this rule, removing non-obtrusive detection technology at the entrance to a holy site and severely limiting the freedom of worship of Jews and Christians there, claiming – exactly like the Australians – that undefined, nebulous security concerns are more important than basic human rights.

But the real reason is the rule: Don’t Piss Off the Muslims.

And if you judge by the attack/body count at Religion of Peace™ you might think that make a lot of sense.

But if you think about it, isn’t what the Bondi council ruling actually saying.

It’s saying that it is not possible to protect Jews in their community because Muslim Terrorist would target them

It’s saying that attacks by Muslim Terrorists are so much of a threat that the current residents of  the community can not be protected if Jews are worshiping nearby.

It’s saying that the  security measures taking by Jews at worship only confirm that Muslim Terror in Australia is a clear and present danger to the citizens in Bondi.

Maybe it’s just me but wouldn’t’ such assertions, by definition, be considered Islamophobic?

If I was a leftist I would organize protests, hold marches, and shout slogans against this.   I would enlist local Muslims and national known Imams.   I would condemn most strongly the decision of the council, I would stress that such a ruling implies a perception of Islam as something other than peaceful and that it’s imperative that said synagogue be allowed to be built, preferably without the extra security measures,  in order to counter the exaggerated, inexplicable and illogical fear of Islam , people who follow Islam and  so called “Islamic Terror”  which the west has defined as “Islamophobia”  has no basis in reality.

Because to do otherwise is a  public declaration to the world. that the “phobia” concerning Muslims and terrorism is not so irrational after all.


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