I obviously haven’t been very creative when it comes to writing on my blog for a couple of days now so I’m just throwing up a video for you guys to watch. Those of you who only understand English will probably be happy because it is an American radio interview with one of the Sweden Democrats’ MPs, Kent Ekeroth, expressing his views on immigration and Swedish culture and another British contribution. Enjoy!
In our multicultural age, many liberals are reluctant to criticize the subjugation of women in Muslim countries and Muslim immigrant communities, fearful of promoting the notion of Western superiority. This is the essence of cultural relativism and it is pure evil. Even in academic feminist groups criticisms of the patriarchal oppression of women in Muslim countries are often met with hostility unless accompanied by disclaimers that Swedish women too are oppressed.
Being a classical liberal, it is natural for me to accept all sorts of ways of living your life in a society. This goes as well for being Muslim. It does not however have to mean I like it. I am a strong critic towards Islam and Christianity. But I want them to co-exist in and with our society. As long they respect a free and open society, we should respect them and their ways. But of course they have to adjust to laws and order built on our basic human rights. If they cannot accept this, they have no place in our society and ought to leave if they constituate a threat to our civilization.
Furthermore, Islam is a different religion on the matter it mixes religion and politics in a way other religions tend not to do in the same way. Islamic law is above “human” law. The result is called theocratic-fascism, in political science. The final destination is a Khalifah, with a ruler appointed by a minestry of priests. This means that Islam is incredibly dangerous. Especially because Islam (as Christianity, but not in the same way) is a missionary religion and want to spread all over the world.
I have been having relationships with girls from Muslim families (Kurdish, Arab, or Persian background). And it has more or less always been the same problem. I am not blaming Islam entirely for these problems I’ve encountered since it is more linked towards cultural traditions than to Islam, but Islam is not exactly making it easier or condemning such behavior. I have been having an affair with a Christian girl with roots from Lebanon as well and she did not have this problem. If Islam does condemn and prohibit suchlike behavior I would like to get a list of references on that, please.
And yes, it is my firm belief that – after what I’ve seen, experienced, and learned and according to Islam in practice in the world today (where Islam is not a minority religion but the main one) – Islam is pulling society backwards. Muslims ought to stop bragging about Islam’s Golden Age. It is OK to be proud about it but it died out and ended with an even longer period of backwardness and poverty for the Muslims. They should concentrate on fixing that instead! And to do that, an update is needed, but that has Islam shown itself unwilling to do when it comes to go through and change your inheritance laws and property laws written down by Islamic scholars 1500 years ago. Islamic civilization collapsed after exhausting its resources in internal fighting. The Mongols expanded and smashed the Islamic culture to bits and pieces. And the Plague kept returning to the Islamic world up to the 19th century!! And freedom of thought, investments in philosophy, astrology, finances, and science turned a totally different direction around the middle of the previous millenium!! Illiteracy swept over the devastated lands and life expectancy dropped. But it is not only due to outer factors the Islamic civilization ceased to be civilized, but it lagged behind that of the West because of it became stagnant in itself! It didn’t update, and meanwhile Europe grew stronger after around 800 years in a coma and developed more modern laws of ownership and trade, they still had serious limitations of Islamic partnership law and inheritance law. This restricted the growth of Middle Eastern enterprises, and prevented the development of corporate forms. This shows quite well that civilizations and countries who adapt liberal economic policies thrive and flourish, to the exact opposite to those who don’t.
Let me make it clear; using the language of tolerance to justify oppressive practices is a grotesque perversion of liberalism. But no amount of rhetorical sleight of hand can disguise the fact that the veil makes women, literally, more or less faceless. Especially the full-face burqa or the niqab. Some Muslim women in the West may choose this way of life but their explanations often reveal an internalized misogynistic view of women as creatures whose very existence is a sexual provocation to men. What’s more, their choice helps legitimize a custom that is imposed on millions of women around the world who have no choice.
Tonight we commemorate the Kristalnacht, which took place 1938 on this date. It started off because of a German diplomat got shot by a Jew in Paris and Hitler called for retribution – and then the German Jews had to pay the price. Jewish homes were ransacked, temples smashed, and people got killed. And their only crime was their cultural and racial belonging.
This was the beginning of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. Sadly, this was neither the first or the last racial pogrom in our history. In former Yugoslavia, Soviet Union, Africa, in Israel-Palestine there have been genocides and hatred campaigned against folk groups. It seems that it is a tragic thing we humans tend to do where ever we live.
This week has been both hectic and fun. A lot of my friends from the Nordic countries came here for a visit. We went out to the bars almost every night and had interesting debates and discussions all the time. They came here because of the Nordic Council (and the Youth organization as well) session. It always takes place on week nr 44 each year. It is an intergovernmental forum for co-operation between the Nordic countries. So we were literally swimming in politicians on our little island this week.
It is working among other things for a common labor market and free movement across borders within the region. It is a noble cause which too many of us sadly take too much for granted.
I also had an article published about the issue on Newsmill. It is in Swedish though.
American voters’ message to Obama: No, You Couldn’t!
The midterm election (for the Senate and the House of Reps.) has been a disappointment for Obama and the voters have sent their criticism to show to the White House. However, we are in the end of the midst of a financial crisis (the recovery period) and it is almost a law of nature that the sitting administration face a lack of trust from the voters during a recession. But it is not only that. It is also the way Obama enforced the reformations within the American health care sector and that these transformations of the American society, whatever we might think of it and brand it as, have not been deeply rooted and established among the grassroots in America. It is highly likely that the average voter do not care much for a socialist track within the health care sector and that it goes against what America stands for: liberty and personal responsibility. To find a way to make the American health care sector LESS costly (the % they pay for it of the GDP is on an insane high) for the American tax payers but in a way which allows the change to be applicable within also the ramifications of the American tradition and its founding ideas is a must for the future.
And I don’t care much for the Tea Party, either. They are a hostile bunch and I dislike people who brand Obama as a communist or a new Hitler. It’s on a intellectual low-water mark equal to the Mariana Trench. But it is such a diverse group and there are some bright stars within it. I have to of course send out my greetings to Rand Paul, son of Doctor Ron Paul. God speed and hopefully you will over-shine Sarah Palin.
Abortion is probably one of the worst topics to discuss in politics. Mostly because it is so emotional people get extremely hot-tempered about the issue. It is also a hard topic for liberals (libertarians) to take a stand in. Whatever position you take, you have to infringe the freedom and human rights for a person – the unborn child or the woman. And either way is not a suitable solution, but I have come to the conclusion that born citizens must have greater right to their life and liberty than unborn ditto. That is why I am pro- choice! But it is NOT a clear case, and it is not easy at all, but these are my thoughts regarding abortions from an agnostic Libertarian point of view …
I was being wished for. I thank my parents for that. But many have to give births to children they cannot afford to keep or simply do not want, because of religious extremists who want to run other people’s lives. In this case innocent women’s lives. And I will always fight that. And no Government or Church/Mosque has no right to tell a wo/man what s/he ought to do with his/her body.
Christianity and Conservatives worldwide are the direct cause of over 100 000 women’s tragic death due to banning of abortion rights. We must remember that it is not between legal abortions and no abortions at all, but between legal safe abortions and illegal and unsafe abortions. Christianity and all those in favor of these hideous atrocities are a(n) (in)direct cause of every mutilated vaginas and wombs there is in this world.
A fetus is a fetus and human beings who have been born have more right to their life than things who have not, especially when infringing the freedom of life and freedom of the woman who carries the child.
Malin Jonason is a Swedish humanist, working as a junior level teacher in Sweden. She is a former member of the Swedish organization “Humanisterna”, a non-politically attached interest group for people who are humanists. She resign herself from the organization because it’s (according to her) “tendency to mock and ridicule religious people”. And she does this with writing a pretty harsh column in Svd (Swedish) stating that the organization has a culture which is incompatible with classical humanist views.
I strongly agree with her. It is incredibly immoral to mock and ridicule someone (anyone, really) for their political or theological believes. It ought to, of course, be legal, but one cannot help but questioning the intelligence and motives of a person whose only way of debating is to annoy and to irritate his or her opponent. Read carefully now: you must have some deeper thought or idea with what you are arguing for then you have more space to discuss within – to mock someone just because it is fun just means you’re a retarded bully. Get some ideas of your own and tell them aloud letting people know why the others are wrong. Then you ridicule them much better than if you just ridicule them.
I also agree that this is probably also inconsistent with calling oneself a humanist. I don’t know. I have never really seen myself as a humanist or thought of it as anything important for me to define myself as. I like liberalism and freedom and all other concepts which is attached to that and that is enough for me.
My problem with her and many others like her is however her despicable cultural relativism. And sadly, since all of her criticism regarding the Swedish Humanist organization is built on it I cannot give her anything but being wrong in all her accusations. Her problem is that she defines cultures as islands floating around independently from economic rules, development, progress, and human values. She sees development as something relative and that all cultures have their experiences and memories and if they choose to have a society where bestiality and standardized rape ceremonies within the family are custom it is ok. It is culture. It is there ways. She think it is WRONG of the Swedish Humanist organization to give criticism to Muslims who advocate a society which contains this AT BEST and defend it with that it is their traditions and this custom are assent by a book given to an illiterate Arabic businessman by someone with wings attached to his back??! Or that the president of the Swedish Humanist organization gave harsh criticism to our Minister of Education who wanted Christianity to have a special role in our Swedish schools. And said that he was wrong (according to Jonason, a cultural relativist, it is wrong to say that someone is wrong). Sometimes a lot of people are wrong, Malin! It doesn’t mean they have to be bad people, it just mean they are wrong. And it is nothing wrong with being wrong at times. Seriously, Sweden is NOT a Christian country. I am not Christian and I strongly dislike that school traditions are taking place in churches. The only ones getting away from those are children who are (or children who are brainwashed and forced by their religious parents) religious but within a different religion. And I think it is terribly wrong. But the discussion I want to have here is not about that, it is about the cultural relativists who state that you CAN say that 1+1=3 and it is equally beautiful and “right” as if you would have given the correct answer!! Wrong is wrong always and having a society where beating up your wife is being sanctioned by highest level of law ARE wrong and always will be wrong. It is a lie that all cultures are equally right and as much worth. Development and progress must happen everywhere with the adjustment to objective human rights (which are all based on the basic human right – the right to your own life) and if a society does not develop it will slowly (in different paces) die out. Either it will get exterminated by other highly advanced cultures but of which are warlike and martial. Or they will get sucked into other cultures, freely and willingly, because people are better off there and their “old ways” where inferior when it came to human value and the value for the individual’s own life. Or they will just slowly die out because they are not able to adjust themselves to modern times.
A civilization must develop otherwise it comes within a stalemate and dies out. The less liberal (both in an economical and societal sense of the word) a civilization is the more inferior it is. A society which hangs beautiful women because they have dared to have sex before marriage is NEVER – in any world – a “right” society, the same way as 1+1 NEVER can be 3! And as long as these culture relativists back up their arguments with saying that it can, they can never ever be right, in anything!
Another culture relativist at work