The Welfare State and Islam

The reality of Islam is that it is a political ideology first and a religion second. When you remove the political component of Islam, and de-fang its core ideology of expansion through warfare, Islam becomes pretty much harmless, exactly as Islamophile and counter-insurgency expert (and young convert to Islam) Christian Snouck Hurgronje documented.

However, when you give Islam political power, do not then be surprised when its ugliest aspects come to the fore:
A controversial Muslim cleric who lives off benefits is urging his followers to also sponge off UK taxpayers by claiming their 'Jihadseeker's allowance'.
Anjem Choudary, who in the past has planned to disrupt the minute's silence on Remembrance Sunday, also openly mocked hard-working Britons, calling them 'slaves'.

The Sun newspaper secretly filmed him saying Islam will overrun Europe, David Cameron and Barack Obama should be killed and calling the Queen 'ugly'.

The father-of-four takes home more than £25,000 a year in benefits and lives in a £320,000 house in Leytonstone, East London.
He told a crowd of around 30 fanatics: 'People will say, 'Ah, but you are not working'. But the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar (non-Muslim).

'So we take Jihadseeker's Allowance. You need to get support.'
In another video a grinning Choudary is recorded telling his disciples that it is justifiable to take money from non-believers.
He said: 'The normal situation is to take money from the kuffar. You work, give us the money, Allahu Akhbar (God is great).
I am continually astounded by the willful blindness of those who continue to claim that Islam is somehow a "religion of peace" and that is core message has been "hijacked" by "extremists". Islam is not a religion, it is a political ideology. Islam is not peaceful, warfare against unbelievers is an absolutely integral part of its worldview. There is no such thing as "extremist" Islam, there is only Islam; claiming otherwise is like claiming that the death of Christ on the cross was just a politically motivated murder and not the ultimate sacrifice to bring redemption to untold billions.

This particular episode is just the latest in a long string of evidence that in a rational world would show the world exactly what Islam's core ideology entails. Under Islamic law, Muslims cannot be taxed (go look it up), which is why taxes are levied on kafir (unbelievers), and which is also why an Islamic state has to be in permanent expansion mode (again, go look it up). What Anjem Choudhary is advocating is not extreme, it's part of what makes Islamic law what it is. When you combine a welfare state with a large population of Islamic immigrants, you have the perfect recipe for disaster. Islamists do not consider welfare to be a temporary means of supporting themselves until they find productive work. They consider it lawful and just tribute from unbelievers to the shahid (witnesses) of Allah's laws. Bottom line: political influence and Islam do not mix well.

I know this better than most. I lived in Indonesia for the better part of a decade, in a very moderate part of the country (which has since turned rather more hardline; it's funny how deposing an iron-fisted secular dictator tends to do that). The Muslims that I knew there were perfectly decent, ordinary people- but their religion was kept in check by being forced out of the political process. When you combine a welfare state with political influence and mass Islamic immigration, the mix becomes toxic to the host nation very quickly. Britain is only now discovering this. Sweden and Holland are pretty much lost cases now. American cities like Detroit and Minneapolis are getting there, fast.

[I suppose at some point I should try to distinguish between Muslims who emigrate in order to make better lives for themselves and those who seek to export their virulent ideology, but the fact remains that Islam is what it is. If you know individual Muslims, you probably find them to be perfectly normal people who just want to be left alone, and that is for the most part true. I guess the best guiding rule is, "do not judge Islam by Muslims you know, and vice versa".]

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