Hodjanernes Blog

22 juli 2010

Tyrkiets vej ind i galskaben – og vestlige medier holder mund – de har jo travlt med Israel

For all the attention Turkey has gotten lately, very few Americans are aware that the Roman Catholic bishop serving as apostolic vicar of Anatolia was stabbed to death and decapitated last month by an assailant shouting, “Allahu Akbar! I have killed the great Satan!”

There are fewer than 60 Catholic priests in all of Turkey, and yet Bishop Luigi Padovese was the fifth of them to be shot or stabbed in the last four years, starting with the murder of Fr. Andrea Santoro in 2006, also by an assailant shouting, “Allahu Akbar!” (An Armenian journalist and three Protestants working at a Christian publishing house — one of them German, the other two Turkish converts — were also killed during this period.)

What’s going on? Why has traditionally secularist Turkey, with its minuscule Christian community (less than 0.2 percent of the population), lately become nearly as dangerous for Christians as neighboring Iraq? And why has this disturbing pattern of events so far escaped notice in the West?

In a nutshell, all these violent acts reflect a popular culture increasingly shaped by Turkish media accounts deliberately promoting hatred of Christians and Jews.

As it happens, Bishop Padovese was murdered on the same day (June 3) that the Wall Street Journal published an eye-opening report on how Turkey’s press and film industry have increasingly blurred the distinction between fact and fantasy, especially since the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) took power in 2002.

“To follow Turkish discourse in recent years has been to follow a national decline into madness.” That’s how Robert L. Pollock, editorial-features editor of the Journal, summed up the trajectory of the daily fare that shapes Turks’ attitudes toward the outside world — and toward non-Muslims in their midst. Indeed, much of what passes for fact in Turkish public discourse would be comical if not for the deadly consequences.

Take, for instance, the wildly popular 2006 film Valley of the Wolves, later serialized for television. An earlier Journal piece summing up the plot as “a cross between American Psycho in uniform and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion” hardly does it justice. The plot turns on blood-crazed American soldiers committing war crimes for fun and profit in Iraq. These include the harvesting of body parts from murdered Iraqi civilians on an industrial scale (overseen by a Jewish doctor, of course) for shipment in crates clearly labeled New York and Tel Aviv.

Valley of the Wolves is the most expensive and most commercially successful Turkish feature film ever. Worse yet, it comes with the endorsement of leading AKP figures, such as the speaker of the parliament (“absolutely magnificent”) and the mayor of Istanbul (“a great screenplay”). Mr. Pollock’s judgment? “It is no exaggeration to say that such anti-Semitic fare had not been played to mass audiences in Europe since the Third Reich.”

Unfortunately, this film — with its poisonous blood libel against Christians and Jews — falls well within what is now mainstream Turkish public discourse.

Consider only some of the wilder rumors given credence by the Turkish press — for example, how the United States intends to colonize the Middle East because of an impending asteroid strike on North America, or how the 2004 Asian tsunami was really caused by secret U.S. nuclear testing. The latter claim was so prevalent in the Turkish media that the U.S. ambassador at the time, Eric Edelman, actually organized a conference call with Turkish journalists to refute the calumny.

This is the overall context in which incendiary published accusations are made that Catholic priests, sometimes identified by name, are engaging in proselytism — that is, seeking to convert Muslims, often with cash payments. I happen to know just how implausible these claims are, based on my own experience as a Catholic seminarian living and working in the Middle East a decade ago. I found that pastors of the historic Middle Eastern churches almost always go out of their way to discourage prospective converts, rightly fearing agents provocateurs from the security services or Islamist groups. In the rare case where a conversion does occur, the person is generally baptized outside his home country, in a place where apostasy is not criminalized or barred by powerful social norms, such as preservation of family honor.

What local Christian clergy actually do is to tend shrinking flocks without seeking to add to their numbers. (These little congregations increasingly include migrants like the Filipina nurses and domestic workers who are ubiquitous throughout the Middle East.) Some also provide public goods such as education and health care for Muslims and Christians alike on a non-sectarian basis. Others serve the pastoral needs of pilgrims visiting places (like Turkey) where Christianity once flourished. Nearly all see themselves as silent witnesses for Gospel values in places where prudence now bars the Gospel’s open proclamation.

There are vanishingly few Christians and Jews in Turkey. So the numbers of non-Muslims in the country cannot begin to explain the mounting popular hostility — not simply toward Americans, Europeans, and Israelis, but toward Christians and Jews as such. Turkey’s population (roughly 77 million) is more than 99.8 percent Muslim, with its tiny Jewish and Christian populations (perhaps 25,000 and 150,000, respectively) looking like a rounding error. Yet more than two-thirds of all Turks (68 percent) expressed a negative view of Christians in the 2009 Pew Global Attitudes Survey, as opposed to the results in nearby Muslim-majority states with much larger Christian minorities, like Jordan (44 percent negative) and Egypt (49 percent). Hostility toward Jews, moreover, has spiked recently, with those self-identified as “very unfavorable” jumping from 32 percent in 2004 to 73 percent in 2009.

The short answer to the question why Christians keep getting attacked in Turkey is that ideas have consequences, with bad ones often leading to deadly consequences. In the current issue of Commentary, Michael Rubin offers a masterly step-by-step analysis of the way in which Turkey’s current Islamist rulers have systematically undermined and dismantled Atatürk’s secular legacy and have put in place an embryonic Islamist state. Ideas once expressed on the fringes of Turkish society have now become mainstream and respectable.

It is precisely this darkening climate of public opinion that provides the essential context for the spate of attacks against Catholic priests. Here it’s worth noting that, historically, Catholics were not regarded as enemies of modern Turkey in the way that Greeks and Armenians were. The Holy See was one of the first states to exchange ambassadors with the newly formed Turkish Republic in 1923; and one of its first ambassadors (from 1933 to 1944), still fondly remembered, was Angelo Roncalli, better known today as Blessed John XXIII.

So too is it a fact that Catholic clergy serving in trouble spots like Turkey have sometimes (though not always) enjoyed a certain immunity from violence or arbitrary arrest. That’s because the Vatican is widely perceived as a powerful entity that can command diplomatic and media attention (especially as compared to Christian evangelicals, who lack similar institutional support). That several Catholic priests have now been attacked in Turkey is a troubling new development that may reflect political Islam’s implacable hostility toward Pope Benedict XVI. Recall that what angered Islamists most about Benedict’s 2006 Regensburg lecture was not an injudicious quotation from a 14th-century Byzantine emperor. It was Benedict’s observation that while reason without faith leads to nihilism (Europe’s problem), faith without reason leads to fanaticism and violence (Islam’s problem).

But it’s also a fact that the killing of Catholic clerics in Muslim-majority states tends nowadays in the West to be passed over in silence or treated as business as usual. Imagine for a moment what would happen if — God forbid! — a very senior, foreign-born Muslim cleric were murdered in the U.S. in circumstances amounting to a hate crime. It is not difficult to imagine the likely aftermath: wall-to-wall media coverage, repeated international condemnations, and multiple presidential apologies.

In the case of Bishop Padovese, one close observer makes explicit the connection between pervasive media vilification and violence against Catholic clergy. Fr. Bernardo Cervellera, whose Asia News broke the story of the true facts surrounding the bishop’s murder, maintains that “there’s a campaign against Christian priests in Turkey. The government says it’s not true, the Turks say they don’t believe it, but it’s quite enough to watch television or read the newspapers to realize that indeed it is true.”

These facts — and their necessary implications — are a long way from the Islam-is-a-religion-of-peace happy talk peddled by both the Bush and Obama administrations. Little wonder that there’s practically no understanding in the U.S. that Turkey’s beleaguered religious minorities — and their co-religionists elsewhere in the region — serve as canaries in the coal mine, bellwethers for major policy shifts that our foreign-policy establishment is slow to grasp. Or indeed that the plight of these minorities mirrors, at least roughly, the state of U.S. interests and ideals in the region.

It wasn’t always the case that Americans paid no attention to the plight of Middle Eastern Christians. In the wake of World War I, the New York Times could safely assume a lively interest (and some Biblical literacy) among readers when editorializing in 1922 about the mass expulsion of ethnic Greek Christians from the new Turkish state: “Is this to be the end of the Christian minorities in Asia Minor — that land where, 13 centuries and more before the Turk came to rule, Paul had journeyed as a missionary through its length and breadth, and where the first ‘seven churches that are in Asia’ stood, to which the messages written in the Book of Revelation were sent?”

But that was then; and this is now.

By John F. Cullinan
National Review Online

Holland: Somaliere præsterer dårligst i skolen – og samfundet

Filed under: Demografi, Europa, Evidens, Holland, Immigration, Kriminalitet, Undervisningssystemet — Tags: — Hodja @ 23:33

In the annual report on integration of the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau mention is made that Somalis have extremely high percentages of school dropouts, unemployment and drug addiction.

Many of them become criminals according to the General Intelligence Service (AIVD) and warns that they might radicalize.

Netherlands: 25% of young immigrants unemployed

BNP: Muslims Protesting in Wales Against Un islamic Laws In The West

Hollands ‘establishment’ med kongehuset i spidsen er udemokratiske – prøver på at omgå valgresultatet

Dutch Queen Beatrix does not like Member of Parliament Geert Wilders, the winner of the recent elections in the Netherlands; she is attempting to prevent the formation of a right-wing coalition that includes him.

The maneuvers to exclude Mr. Wilders have angered ordinary Dutchmen. Asked to comment on television, many voters could be heard complaining, “What is the use of going to vote when we are not listened to anyway?”

June’s general elections in the Netherlands resulted in a clear victory for the right. The Dutch Constitution, however, grants the Queen the power to appoint a person (or persons) of her choice to initiate and direct negotiations for the formation of a government coalition. By appointing the Labor politician Herman Tjeenk Willink to the position of formation facilitator, the Queen has made it clear that she wants a coalition that includes the Labor Party and excludes the Freedom Party of Geert Wilders.

Afshin Ellian, a 44-year old Dutch professor of law at Leiden University, criticized the Queen for her role in obstructing a right-wing government.

Prof. Ellian came to the Netherlands in 1989 as a political refugee from Iran. He is a human rights activist and one of the Netherlands’ most outspoken critics of Islam. “Sometimes one learns more about political and constitutional realities in two weeks than other times in decades,” Ellian wrote on his blog. “Queen Beatrix,” he said,” has lost her impartiality in the eyes of many right-wing Dutchmen, The major winners of the past elections, namely the VVD and the PVV, have not been able to play a decisive role in the formation of a new cabinet.”

Hvordan Hussein Obama svindlede med valget

Filed under: Politik — Tags: , , , — Hodja @ 22:32

Narreflåden var et led i implementeringen af den jihadistiske ‘Istanbulerklæring’

The Gaza flotilla initiative was a step in implementing the jihadist “Istanbul Declaration,” issued at a conference called “Gaza Victory” and held in Istanbul on February 14-15, 2009.

The conference was attended by 200 Arab and European Sunni sheikhs and clerics as well as members of Hamas, and bore the signatures of 90 participants (See Appendix). According to a BBC reporter who attended the event, “speaker after speaker called for jihad against Israel in support of Hamas.

Nyttige idioter fra hele verden går altså jihadisternes ærinde – der er ingen af dem der har taget afstand til hvad der skete på skibet Mavi Marmara.

Misbrug af børn i Saudi Barbarien mere udbredt end i Vesten – og barbarernes ‘kultur’ forhindrer dem i at tackle problemet

Af KHALAF AL-HARBI Fra Arab News via Elder of Ziyon:

Two studies have been issued on the issue of child abuse in the last two months. The first one, conducted in the United States, claims one in six children would be subjected to sexual abuse.

The second study, conducted in Saudi Arabia by Dr. Nura Al-Suwaiyan, director of the family safety program at the National Guard Hospital, revealed one in four children is abused in the Kingdom.

This clearly shows that children are far more likely to be molested in the Kingdom than in the United States!

I know that such a result will shock many of us who believe that we are living in utopia, while American society is devoid of any ethical values. These people will reject the results of these studies or at least doubt the credibility of the researchers. They are dreaming. They are determined to provide a picture of our society as one that is completely flawless.

As it is useless to talk to these dreamers, I will address citizens with a more realistic outlook in our society and tell them that child abuse rates in the US will come down with time, while it will increase in our society.

The reason for this is the way each country deals with the problem. From a legal point of view, while sexual harassment against children in the US is considered a heinous crime, we look at it as a mistake or a wrongdoing, not as a crime, unless the child has been raped.

The child molester in America is considered a dangerous criminal while for us he is a man who committed a mistake that does not necessarily entail informing the police!

In the US, there is a detailed description of child harassment. Showing a pornographic picture to a child or talking to him about sex in the US is considered molestation, while in the Kingdom sexual harassment cannot be considered abuse unless actual sex act has taken place.

From a social point of view, it is a duty of parents and adults in America who notice their children being abused to inform police, but in our society parents would feel ashamed to tell officers if their son or daughter has been molested!

The Americans can confront this problem because they know that they are human beings and hence liable to make mistakes, while those in Saudi Arabia are unable to deal with this problem because they want to adhere to the imaginary idea that we are the purest society in the whole world. (klfhrbe@gmail.com)

Muslimsk misbrug af børn rapporteres også fra UK: British Mosque Faces Child Physical Abuse Probe

Helle, Villy og fagforsteningerne i perspektiv

Penge & Privatøkonomi skriver i julinummeret:

“Hvor det før var 50,1% af de samlede personlige indkomstskatter, de rigeste 20% betalte, er det nu 49,5% af festen, den rigeste femtedel punger ud for. Omregnet svarer det til 200 milliarder kroner. De 40% lavest lønnede betaler 10% af skatterne eller 40 milliarder.”

Penge & Privatøkonomi 7. juli 2010.

Det fortæller DDR og journalisterne aldrig.

Se iøvrigt Uriasposten angående den borgerlige regerings ‘smadring af velfærdsstaten’.

Villy via Skattetryk.

Rottefængeren fra Kolding

Fra venteværelset

Når man er mere muslimsk end muslimerne selv.

Vi kan vist roligt gå ud fra at den omtalte klinik fortrinsvis søges af gakkologiske tilfælde:

Algemeeen Dagblad: Den hollandske kunstner Sylvia Bosch er forbitret over at tre af hendes malerier med grise er blevet fjernet fra poliklinikken “Linge” i Leerdam. En patient – som ikke selv er muslim – ville skåne muslimer fra at blive konfronteret med grise og klagede over billederne. Klinikchefen reagede prompte: “Vi lægger vægt på at vore patienter føler sig veltilpasse i vor klinik”.  (Tip: Politically Incorrect)

Klasse-TV

Politisk korrekthed – d.v.s. løgn – har endnu ikke helt overtaget tysk fjernsyn.

Den tyske fjernsynskanal “Das Erste” har formået at bevare lidt af den oprindelige idé med TV, nemlig muligheden for at illustrere væsentlige samfundsproblemer i realtid – eller i det mindste lave reportager derom. Så længe det varer…

Sådanne udsendelser er ganske vist sjældne, så sjældne at Tyskland største politiske blog, Politically Incorrect, gerne dedikerer en hel postering nogle dage i forvejen for at gøre opmærksom på begivenheden. Udsendelserne programlægges dog altid uden for ‘prime time’, fortrinsvis ved 01-tiden om natten, men stationen er dog så lidet dhimmificeret at den arkiverer dem i et ‘mediathek’. Hvilket betyder, at vi andre som forlængst har kørt hjerne-fjerneren på lossepladsen også har mulighed for at se rigtigt TV (vi betaler så sandeligt også rigeligt til venstrefløjens partipropaganda for at kunne se udenlandsk fjernsyn). En sådan udsendelse er just blevet tilgængelig HER. Den drejer sig om en kommuneskole hvor de tyske elever nu er i mindretal og følgelig prygles, mobbes og intimideres af det muslimske flertal. Især focuseres på de muslimske piger, som  ikke alene holder sig totalt isoleret fra de tyske, men også fra drengene. De synes at benytte skolegangen som en slags fristed, hvor de kan forlade hjemmets fængsel og møde andre piger – dog ikke tyske. De deltager dog i undervisningen, men naturligvis ikke i idræt, såsom svømning. Alligevel er deres fremtidsudsigter mildt sagt trøstesløse – hvorfor skal man uddanne sig til en tilværelse som avlskvæg?

Udsendelsen er naturligvis på tysk, men vi håber at nogle af vore læsere har gået i skole før Mare-Ritt fik elimineret også dette fag fra Folkeskolen. For de øvrige læsere er her en glimrende mulighed for at tilegne sig vort store nabolands klassiske sprog inden det udskiftes med ‘Döner-Deutsch’. Se udsendelsen (43 minutter) og tænkt på hvad man kunne have fået for licenspengene dersom vore egne TV-stationer havde kendt deres besøgelsestid…