Category: Islamic extremism

The Litmus Test – Death of Apostates

Any organisation or ideology that imposes a death sentence on people who leave it should not be funded by us.

There are several verses of the Koran that mention apostasy (leaving one’s religion, in this case specifically Islam). Such as, “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” — Quran 4:89

Interpretations vary, but the general consensus, on verses such as the above, seems to be that apostates (people who leave Islam) should be executed.

Certainly many Islamic countries agree, because (depending on the stats you use) 23 consider apostasy a crime, and 13 call for the death penalty for the simple act of leaving Islam. Yet by contrast no non Islamic country calls for the death penalty for the act of leaving one’s religion.

If you think it is just the governments of these countries that think this way, then think again. A 2013 Pew Research Center report found that many Muslims thought that apostates should be killed, indeed up to 88% of Egyptians and 62% of Pakistanis. Though to be fair many other Muslims in other countries showed far less support for execution of apostates, for instance only 1 in 7 Lebanese felt this way. But considering the amount of Lebanese migration to Australia, a figure such as 1 in 7 is still of high concern.

Of course any religion that has such text is offensive, but it does appear that Islam is the only major religion that actually currently practices this. For instance, whilst I’m not aware of any similar Christian/other religion apostasy surveys, I think you would be hard pressed to find a Christian today who believes that the death penalty should be imposed, no matter how disapproving of apostasy they may be.

And considering that apostasy is still punishable by death in a number of Islamic countries there would be many who are trapped in this religion too afraid to leave.

On the other hand those who are voluntarily participant in this religion, support an ideology that does not allow others to leave, and therefore enforces rules on these others that they do not wish to follow.

Of course the argument goes that Muslims in the west don’t live under the same onerous rules, but to my mind that makes it worse, because they are getting to enjoy the freedom and benefits of a secular society whilst supporting a religion that enforces others to stay and imposes draconian rules on them.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one example, just because she left Islam and criticised it she is living under a fatwa of death.

But if you think this kind of extremism isn’t going on in Australia, then you only have to visit Bankstown to see it in action. Bankstown Library to be specific. A leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir was giving a speech there on Saturday (which begs the question, what is on for next week’s schedule at the library, a visit from the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, or perhaps a reading of Mein Kampf?  But I digress).

‘When asked, “Do you want to kill ex-Muslims?”, it is alleged that Uthman Badar, Hizb ut-Tahrir leader replied: “In Islam is clear that apostates do attract capital punishment, we don’t shy away from that.”’

Well of course the usual defence to any of us who would point out how wrong this is (apart from the cries of Islamophobia), is that Islam is so wonderful that no one would leave anyway. The other argument is that if Muslims had a problem with this why aren’t they speaking up (yes the blatantly obvious answer that they are too scared does not seem to register to those who would call us Islamophobes, though I guess the argument could be made that we, and the ex-Muslims, are indeed Islamophobic – afraid of Islam).

Well as it turns out some brave (very brave) ex-Muslims are speaking up. So courageous in fact they attended the meeting and have allowed their faces and names to be recorded on the news. They expressed their fears to a 7 News reporter who recorded the event.

One said, “The main reason that I left my own country was that I was worried about my own safety,” And now that I’ve come over here I know that they’re the same people, they’re already over here and they want me dead as well.”

Another ex-Muslim, “These people are making a willing choice to leave a religion that they don’t agree in, I made that choice three years ago, and for that you’re going to kill me.”

You can read more of their story at the link below.

This, by the way, is the same Hizb ut-Tahrir that a few years back wanted to hold a speech at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, called  “Honour killings are morally justified.” And more recently they are the group that SBS/ABC celebrity darling Yassmin Abdel-Magied turned to for advice after the resultant fallout from her recent famed Q and A spot where she stated her support for sharia. Currently a petition asking for her to be sacked has chalked up more than 30,000 signatures.

This report about Hizb ut-Tahrir has reaffirmed to me that there are indeed people who are compelled to live under this religion, and we need to rescue them from it, and we need to stop supporting this religion that enforces people to stay.

Yes there are many Muslims who are willing participants of this religion, but we must support those who are trapped in this religion, and not those who would support a religion that traps others.

So this is the litmus test for me, any organisation, or one that is backed up by an ideology that has the death sentence for people who leave it, should not be funded by us. Therefore Islamic organisations should not receive any funding or assistance from the Australian government.

Ethical Easter – Boycott funding Islam through Halal

With terror and other Islamic atrocities on the rise, one small thing you can do – Boycott Cadbury chocolate this Easter!

Have an Ethical Easter – let’s stop funding Islamic atrocities through it’s Halal Certification rort, let’s start with boycotting Cadbury!

Emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 22, 2017. See PA story POLICE Westminster. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Unfortunately I have just heard there has been another Islamic terror attack, this time in London.

As some of you know from my previous post, Halal Certification has been linked to female genital mutilation (FGM), I’ve been working tirelessly to get this information out to people but unfortunately few people know. Indeed the majority of our groceries are still Halal Certified, meaning that our shopping purchases are contributing to the genital mutilation of little girls.

Now with today’s terror attack in London this has reinforced to me that we need to stop funding Islam.

Yes I know that not all Muslims are terrorists, and indeed I myself know nice Muslims and I don’t wish for them to be discriminated against, but the point is when we fund Islam how do we know if the funding is going to the nice Muslims or the ones committing terrorism and human rights violations?

Well in fact as ABC Four Corners discovered part of Halal Certification funding goes to MUI (Majelis Ulama Indonesia). MUI are supporters of female genital mutilation (FGM), and indeed mass FGM ceremonies are performed on Indonesian schoolgirls, this is well documented in articles from newspapers such as The Guardian and The Jakarta Post. UNICEF have confirmed that at least 49% of Indonesian schoolgirls have undergone female genital mutilation.

UNICEF research clearly shows that female genital mutilation is worldwide a predominantly Islamic problem, with 9 out of the top 10 countries by FGM prevalence by population being majority Muslim nations.

Female genital mutilation, sometimes also referred to as FGM, female circumcision or cutting, is the mutilation of a girl’s genitals. The severity of this varies and can include the complete removal of her clitoris and sewing her vaginal lips together. Therefore the UN has declared any such procedure as a human rights violation, as it serves no medical purpose and indeed it is a barbaric, harmful practice designed to control women’s sexuality.

We also know that there is a huge problem with Islamic terrorism worldwide, and in Muslim majority nations there are many discriminatory laws against women, gay people, apostates, atheists, and people of other faiths under their sharia law system. Laws such as women can’t leave their house without permission/accompaniment from a male relative. Women can be stoned to death for adultery, yet when a man wants to commit ‘adultery’ he just marries another wife.

Having gay sex can lead to execution, and indeed simply leaving the Islamic religion or criticising it in anyway can also lead to execution. Even Bill Maher, a comedian, staunch atheist and critic of many religions including Christianity, admits that Islam is the worst as it is the “the only religion that acts like the mafia, that will f**king kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book.”

I want to make this clear I do not wish to see Muslims discriminated against, many are suffering in hellholes like Iraq and Syria, but we need to stop funding the actual ideology that is suppressing so many people’s rights and committing so many atrocities. We can still help Muslims as individuals get medical help, education and employment, but there is nothing in our constitution to say that we have to fund any religion, particularly one as violent and oppressive as Islam.

What can you do?

Firstly, please share my post.

Secondly and simply,  this Easter boycott Cadbury chocolate.

Why Cadbury? Well it is Halal Certified. Having said this so many of our groceries (including other chocolates) are Halal Certified, and even more frustrating it is rarely labelled as such, therefore it is very difficult without looking up an app like Halal Choices (though an excellent app by the way) to determine what few products you can buy, however as Cadbury is one of the biggest chocolate producers, by boycotting them at their busiest time this would send a clear message to Cadbury and others who pay for Halal Certification that we want them to stop chipping into Islam.

So let’s have an Ethical Easter – boycott Cadbury and stop contributing to the genital mutilation of little girls and other Islamic atrocities.


Your grocery purchases may be funding female genital mutilation

A significant amount of halal certification cash, goes to Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) – a leading supporter of female genital mutilation (FGM). Female genital mutilation can include partial or complete removal of a girl’s genitals. MUI’s fatwa has led to many Indonesian girls being genitally mutilated, not only have at least 49% suffered this human rights violation, many Indonesian school girls are forced to endure being genitally mutilated in mass ceremonies.

ABC Four Corners found that a significant amount of Australian halal cash, goes to Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) – a leading supporter of female genital mutilation (FGM). Due to the author being Australian, this story primarily focuses on the Australian situation, however countries all around the world pay halal certification fees which end up with MUI, therefore Americans, Brits and many others are also unwittingly contributing to this atrocity through our purchases.

MUI, as Indonesia’s top halal authority, runs the World Halal Food Council.  The majority of Australian meat and other groceries are now halal certified (though often not labelled as such). MUI is also Indonesia’s most senior Islamic group, and a quasi government organisation.  They act as an interface between the government and Indonesian Islamic groups.

According to the JakartaGlobe, Indonesia has legislated that by 2019 it will be “‘mandatory for products that enter, are distributed and are traded in Indonesia to be halal certified.’ It goes on to define those products as ‘goods and/or services comprising of food, beverages, medicines, cosmetics, chemical products, biological products, genetically engineered products, as well as items that are worn, used or made use by the public.’” And MUI, who helped draft the legislation, is receiving money from producers all around the world, via halal certification, “For one thing, the law puts the council temporarily in charge of overseeing the certification process, for which producers, importers and distributors of affected products will be charged a fee.”

Female genital mutilation, sometimes also referred to as FGM, female circumcision or cutting, is the mutilation of a girl’s genitals. The severity of this varies and can include the complete removal of her clitoris and sewing her vaginal lips together. Therefore the UN has declared any such procedure as a human rights violation, as it serves no medical purpose and indeed it is a barbaric, harmful practice designed to control women’s sexuality.

Not only have MUI released fatwas stating that FGM is a religious obligation, part of sharia law and should be done to control women’s sexual desire, but at one stage they also managed to get an FGM ban overturned in Indonesia.

MUI’s endorsement of FGM has no doubt contributed to the fact that at least 49% of young girls there have undergone FGM, this is based on data released by the Indonesian government and recently published by UNICEF.

Even more alarming is that an Islamic foundation subordinate to MUI organises and pays for mass FGM ceremonies on schoolgirls annually.  Marie Claire editor, Abigail Haworth, witnessed one of these FGM events.

UNICEF estimates that at least 200 million women worldwide have undergone FGM.

Nine out of the top ten countries that practice female genital mutilation (FGM), in terms of prevalence by population, are Muslim majority nations according to statistics released by UNICEF and combined with PEW Research Center religious population data. These top ten countries are all situated in Africa, and statistics show that the majority of their females aged 15 to 49 years old have suffered FGM—as many as 98% in Somalia.

Whilst FGM also has high prevalence in some African countries with non Muslim majorities, UNICEF themselves have stated that whilst other religious groups practice FGM, “the majority of cut girls and women are Muslim.”

Since then the Indonesian statistics have become available and UNICEF has now declared that Indonesia is also one of the prime FGM offenders in the world.

More and more evidence is mounting that reveals other Islamic links to FGM.  For instance some Islamic nations thought to have a low incidence of FGM, such as Iraq and Malaysia, have turned out to have a much higher prevalence than thought.

This barbaric procedure is often carried out under primitive conditions whilst the girl is held down, leading to a lifetime of health problems, as well as making sex a painful act.

Somalian born model, Waris Dirie, has given her own account of the suffering that she endured at the age of 5. “Mama tied a blindfold over my eyes. The next thing I felt my flesh was being cut away. I heard the blade sawing back and forth through my skin. The pain between my legs was so intense I wished I would die.”

ABC Four Corner’s episode, “The Truth about Halal” found that the worldwide halal market is currently valued at up to $2.1 trillion dollars, and FGM endorser MUI is getting a significant cut of that.  Considering MUI is a quasi governmental organisation, halal is also a nice little earner for the Indonesian government, due to their passing of the legislation that all products sold in Indonesia must be halal certified.

Halal is a set of religious rules for Muslims relating to food purity and what is permissible to eat, yet despite just over 2% of Australians identifying as Muslim, many Australian food producers are paying Islamic organisations for halal certification.

Halal certifiers in Australia send huge amounts of halal cash to MUI, particularly as a large percentage of Australian food is halal certified (we are number 2 in the world on the ‘Halal Food Indicator’), however as many goods in many other Westernised countries, including Britain and America, are also halal certified, and some of that money makes its way to MUI, therefore every time one of us buys groceries, and indeed other products, we may be contributing to a little girl forcibly having her genitals mutilated.

The World Halal Food Council, run by MUI, also endorses sharia law. Sharia law is Islamic law that discriminates against and oppresses many groups, including women, gay people, apostates, atheists and people of other faiths. Punishments meted out under Sharia law can include, beheadings, stoning to death, amputations and eye gouging. In this photo an Indonesian woman was caned for having pre-marital sex.

However it is almost impossible to avoid buying halal foods, because it appears that the majority of Australian meat and grocery producers pay for halal certification, but most of it is either not labelled halal, or poorly labelled. Therefore if Australians wish to make the ethical choice and avoid buying halal foods it is almost impossible to do so.

Here are just a few examples of our non meat Halal Certified products (despite the fact that these foods being non meat are intrinsically ‘halal’ according to Islam, and therefore should not need any Islamic certification). Most of our meat is also Halal Certified.

But it is not only through our weekly grocery shop that the average Australian consumer might be unknowingly funding Islamic bodies that potentially support female genital mutilation; alarmingly, a number of high-profile Australian halal certifier organisations also have charitable status!

For instance, The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), Australia’s peak Muslim body which is also known as Muslims Australia, is a registered charity and is thus exempt from the reporting and tax obligations of most Australian businesses.

However, voluntary financial statements from the AFIC revealed that in 2012 it made $647,722 profit from halal-certification fees.

The high prevalence of female genital mutilation in Indonesia puts paid to the often quoted idea that Indonesia is a ‘moderate’ Muslim nation.

What is worse is that we Australians, and many other citizens around the world, are unwittingly contributing, through our grocery and other purchases, to the genital mutilation of young girls. Not only is this a human rights violation, it is one of the worst forms of child abuse imaginable.


Videos re the Halal Certification link to FGM

A short video about the link between Halal Certification and Female Genital Mutilation is below:

A longer video with references is below:

The above videos can also be found on youtube.

You can also read the following report which includes many of the references used for this post:

Other references can be found in my other post which explains all you need to know about Halal Certification: