Best of 2016: Living with Muslims

The Muslims are copping it at the moment, not just here but throughout the Western world, it would seem. The irony of it is that I am sure the vast majority of these people just want to get on with their lives, just like the rest of us — it is a vociferous, fanatical minority who are responsible for most of the problems besetting us at the moment, and an answer to it is very hard to find.

It’s not even as though this was the first time such a situation was dumped on an unwary world; it has happened many times before and will undoubtedly happen again too.

Just take your mind back to the late-1930s (or look it up, if you’re too young to have experienced it), when a particular German gentleman named Hitler gained power in Europe, with a comparatively small band of henchmen to assist him, plus an amazing ability to mesmerise masses of people into his way of thinking. It took about 10 years to get rid of him, five of them in a war that killed millions of fine young men from all over the world.

Since his day there have been several other contenders for the throne of ‘world ruler’, people like Idi Amin and Gadafi in Africa and now some religious zealots in the Middle East, calling themselves ISIS! This latest lot is just about the most dangerous of them all, prepared to kill anyone to reach their ends, even themselves, and to do it in the most cowardly fashion, hiding behind masks and radio controlled devices which kill women and children as much as any military opposition.

I suppose the destruction of the World Trade Centre was about the most awful thing these zealots have done, with thousands of individuals slaughtered at a single stroke — the leaders of ISIS no doubt looked on that as a great success.

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The most horrible thing about all this is the fact we have no way of knowing who the perpetrators of such atrocities are. They look and act exactly as the moderate members of their race do, they wear the same clothes and many of them work at ordinary jobs, just like those all around them. They don’t have uniforms on, they don’t display weaponry, except when they are about to use it.

In my opinion, the Federal Government is going about this whole problem in the wrong way. It is showing the world just how weak Australia is, prepared to put up with all sorts of inconveniences, simply to avoid angering a minority group. It’s swiftly getting to the stage where Christmas can’t be celebrated, food has to be specially prepared, to a foreign standard and special laws look like being created just for the benefit of these people.

Unless the Australian Government ‘bites-the-bullet’ and figures out the way we can eventually beat the trouble-makers, we are in great danger of completely losing our carefully assembled Western identities, to be governed by laws that are foreign to us and religious thinking that is outside our own system.

I’m not a religious person at all, but I do appreciate that the religion they wish to follow is important to them, but it should NOT be at the expense of our beliefs and customs. If they are offended by our ways, why did they come here in the first place. They only have to accept that our laws take priority, with anything they believe in coming a distant second, just as it would be if we were in their homelands.

Follow this simple rule and we can very easily exist, side-by-side.

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What are your thoughts on those who come to a new country looking to call it ‘home’? Do you agree with what Brian has to say?

This piece was originally published on Starts at 60 as ‘Living with Muslims’. It was one of our most popular contributions by the Starts at 60 community in 2016.

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