Let's call a spade a spade. Even if some decide that "shovel" is a more appropriate term for a spade, it's still a fucking spade.
And the name of the particular spade Walski's talking about is fascism. Doesn't matter what creed one holds - fascism is as fascism does.
From Malaysiakini (subscription required - emphasis by myAsylum):
One of the demonstrators (pic right), wearing a green and white Malay Student Front (GPMS) shirt, started the verbal melee when he grabbed hold of a microphone and lashed out at the crowd of about 100 participants.
“I represent Umno. Stop this forum” declared the unidentified individual who also uttered “Don’t insult Islam” and “You! Chinese, Indians, go to hell!”.
(text & picture source: Malaysiakini)
How the heck could anyone come to the conclusion that a closed door forum discussing "Conversion to Islam" be deemed as a threat to Islam and Muslims at large? Ok, well, technically, it is possible, provided the following conditions are met:
- One has no ability to logically reason.
- One has no clue whatsoever what the forum is all about, but decide to demand it's cancellation anyway because the rest of your mob want it so (even if they're equally clueless)
- One believes that discussion equals threat
- One believes that the status quo is ordained by God
Bonus condition: that one is an utter moron.
Walski has no clue what religion these belligerent antagonists (regardless of political ideology) believe in, but it certainly isn't the Islam that Walski knows. The Islam Walski knows promotes understanding through dialog (which this mob successfully aborted), and upholds justice. Not justice only for those who claim to be Muslims, but Justice for ALL.
Aren't forced conversion of minors, corpse-grabbing, and other grey areas that the courts cannot (or will not) address, pertinent issues that demand to be discussed? Oh, of course not... since it's you-know-who that's condoning the forced conversions and corpse-grabbing... all JUST acts since they're the ones doing it. Any attempt at dialog, and immediately Islam is under threat.
With that kind of mindset, is it any wonder that Muslims are in the state their in? And instead of being introspective, it's always the ubiquitous OTHER that's to blame.
Give them an inch... and they'll insist that the entire tape-measure is rightfully theirs, and will seize it from you, at whatever cost.
(selfishness the root of all evil, and more, in the full post)
On the one hand, these so-called "Defenders of Islam" lament that the media at large paint Islam in a negative light. Can anyone in their right mind tell Walski what positivity can be derived from what this mob did yesterday?
CAUTION!! Bar Council, Don't Play With Fire... that's the English translation of the banner above (picture from Malaysiakini). Meaning what? That Muslims in this country are so damn insecure and emotionally unstable, and will go amok at the slightest perceived provocation? Nice positive way to paint yourselves, isn't it?
GPMS, certain members of PAS/PKR, UMNO, Perkida,
PEMBELOT PEMELA... nothing but a bunch of mindless, fascist thugs. In the name of Islam. Well, no matter in whose name, fascism is as fascism does...
From another related Malaysiakini report (emphasis by myAsylum):
The protesters, many of whom are from Muslim welfare organsation Perkida and Islamic party PAS, shouted, “Hancur Bar Council” (Crush Bar Council), “Hidup Islam” (Long Live Islam) and “Batal forum” (Cancel the forum).
They are carrying placards saying “Jangan cabar Islam” (Don’t challenge Islam) and “Bar Council, Don’t play with fire”.
and later in the same report:
The demonstration was generally peaceful, but several forum participants were subjected to verbal abuse and profanities when they exited the Bar Council building.
Shouts of “babi”, “pengkhianat” and “balik China” were heard as forum participants trickled out of the venue.
Yes, very exemplary and Islamic... pig, traitor and go back to China. Not only fascist, but racist as well. And you want the media to picture you as how again?
In an environment where sensibility and rationality are assets the Islamist mob mindset is totally devoid of, perhaps the Bar Council should have made the forum invitation-only. Even then, though, come to think of it, the mob would probably have reared its ugly head nevertheless. With a mindset that dialog is "challenging Islam", and behaving like thugs is righteous, ANY discussion of any form in any setting would have resulted in the same kind of shameful action.
Even before the event, there were calls to cancel the forum, including from the BN-led Government, whose message implicitly encouraged the protest. Not to mention, calls for invoking the ISA on the Bar Council from everybody's favorite mufti, Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria.
Partial transcript (translated):
Timeline 0:19 - 0:27
Harussani: "... they even want to touch the Constitution, right? It's best that for people like these, we take action against. And the most appropriate action, I think, is the ISA... catch them."
To be fair, Harussani advised those who were to attend the protest not to use force, to act peacefully, and show that "we don't hold to principes of terror" (0:32 - 0:42). The YouTube interview video was made by Islamist blogger Mahaguru58, who also echoes the use of the ISA, later in the video.
How convenient... self-proclaimed protectors of Islam calling for the use of the most UN-Islamic of legislature. When it suits them, of course. There's one word that immediately comes to mind:
Speaking of the dreaded ISA, an unconfirmed report (via Mahaguru58) states that PKR MP for Bandar Baru Kulim, Zulkifli Noordin, who was an active participant (by virtue of him being part of Pembela) in yesterday's mob action, has been arrested under the draconian act. This has also been reported by Rocky's Bru (although not specifically mentioning ISA).
In no way, shape, or form, does Walski condone the use of the ISA. Let's make that crystal-fucking-clear. But really... ask, and thou shall receive? In any case, the report remains unconfirmed as of the time of posting this.
Incidentally, Rocky, in his post commenting on the Bar Council forum bust-up, posed a rhetorical question: Would PR (Pakatan Rakyat) be more tolerant of such a discussion on Islam?
Walski thinks that the answer is NO. This endemic mindset transcends politics and who's in government. Walski bases his answer on the fact that members of both PAS and PKR (component parties of Pakatan Rakyat) featured prominently in yesterday's mob action.
In a somewhat related fascist development, as Walski had correctly predicted, KL PAS Youth, having successfully prevented Inul from performing, now wants the Avril Lavigne concert banned, on the grounds of - get this - being unpatriotic and blemishing the memory of those who fought for our independence (hat-tip to The Malaysian Insider). Instead, the government should "hold patriotic and civilised concerts as well as organise history-writing contests and historical exhibitions in conjunction with the 51st anniversary of the country's independence".
What the fuck is a civilized concert?
Fascist, and delusional to boot. Nice combination. And by history-writing contest, Walski presumes that KL PAS Youth means history re-writing contest, ensuring that only Islamic and/or Malay elements of history are promoted. These idiots severely need a dose of Farish Noor's "Di Balik Malaysia"... (more on this important book once Walski has had the chance to finish reading it).
Fascism is as fascism does... and it doesn't matter what faith a fascist professes - actions will always speak louder than piety...
The sale of handbaskets in Malaysia has never been more brisk...