Is tolerance love?
Most Australian adults have heard of the ancient art of Chinese foot binding. It was officially banned in 1911 but continued through until 1949. Here is a link http://www.visiontimes.com/2013/07/26/chinese-foot-binding-in-pictures-some-photos-are-graphic.html
If you and I abhor the practice of foot binding of course that doesn’t equate with you and I hating the Chinese people. An article in The Telegraph Wednesday 09 March 2016 states,
Even today the Chinese government feel uncomfortable about the topic, wary of its negative connotations.
So I think we can agree that hating a practice is not the same as hating a people group.
I also abhor Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and honour killings but in the same way it does not follow that I hate the people that are currently practicing it. According to the BBC, “Women’s advocacy groups suspect that more than 20,000 women are killed [by honour killings] worldwide each year.”
Human Rights Watch defines “honour killings” as :
acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male family members against female family members, who are held to have brought dishonour upon the family. A woman can be targeted by (individuals within) her family for a variety of reasons, including: refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or (allegedly) committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that “dishonours” her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life.
I don’t hate the victims and I don’t even hate the perpetrators but I do hate the ideology that perpetrates it. I will not attempt to tolerate such practices under the names of political correctness or cultural diversity.
The movement that eventually turned the foot binding culture around began with Christian missionaries in the 1860s but what if the missionaries feared being labelled a racist or a bigot and chose to embrace foot binding as an act of showing tolerance to cultural diversity. I expect today those same Christian women would be accused of being ethnocentric bigots rather than what they were – selfless women who had a heart to see little girls and women set free from their needless pain and suffering. What would have happened if Wilbur Wilberforce tolerated slavery or Edward Stone Parker tolerated infanticide as a legitimate form of cultural diversity? What will happen if we tolerate Islam in Australia?
It was William G Sumner who coined the term “ethnocentrism”. He characterized it as often leading to pride, vanity, beliefs of one’s own group’s superiority, and contempt of outsiders’ but surely there is a point when we can say, and must say – ENOUGH – foot binding, slavery, infanticide, honour killings, child brides and FGM is wrong? Not just wrong for me or wrong for you but it is wrong for the human race just as rape and all forms of abuse is wrong. We can say, and must say without any malice or hate, that Sharia Law is wrong and therefore Islam is not compatible with the Australian way of life. Islam is not compatible with do not lie or do not kill; it is not compatible with freedom of speech or gender equality. It is not compatible with our Westminster system of government.
So what is love? Love is what unbound the Chinese women. Love is what will defend and maintain our Aussie freedoms of speech, religion, gender equality and our sovereignty. Tolerance of cultural diversity will never do that. We need to stand against political correctness. We need to ignore the cries of bigot and racist and anti Muslim from the ill informed, and stand up for truth to protect Australia and our most vulnerable of Australia’s women and girls.
Andy Andrews published a little book titled, How do you kill 11 million People? As you read the book you find the answer was you lie to the people.
For Australia perhaps we could retitle the book, ‘How do you destroy a culture of freedom?’
Hitler said to his inner circle,
How fortunate for leaders that people don’t think. Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
What lie do we believe? Islam is a religion of peace? Let’s reflect and then let’s acknowledge, if were honest, the discord inflicted by Islam upon the Western democracies throughout Europe. Perhaps we need to reflect on the failure of multiculturalism. When we speak of multiculturalism we are not talking about art, clothes, dance, food or literature which have positively enriched our lives; we are talking about trying to have one law for one worldview and another law for another worldview all within the same state or country. We are talking about the impossibility of Sharia Law/Islam being compatible within our Western democracies. If we contemplate the reality and not the rhetoric perhaps we won’t be so easily deceived and perhaps our leaders will be made accountable to us, the people of Australia.
Let’s Rise Up Australia and keep Australia Great.