Benevolence and benefits of Sharia Law explained

multicultural billboard, AustraliaIt is really unfortunate that so few of us, including myself, remain ignorant of Islam, and what it stands for. It really came to the fore when  last week’s Q&A featured a verbal fight between senator Jacqui Lambie and the  engineer and Muslim activist  Yassmin Abdel-Magied.  It seems that Islam is more tolerant of Christianity than the other way around.We should try at least understand what Islam and Sharia law means.

Islam and Sharia law are not, as so many believe all about female subjugation by men,  beheadings, stoning, cutting limbs. It is astonishing how much nonsense about Islam and Sharia law gets dished out by those that do not even go to the bother of at least getting an understanding of something they are so keen to demonise. It’s plain stupid. I wonder if those that have such racist and xenophobic views have ever taken the trouble to talk with an Islamic person?–in-fiery-qanda-debate/8267212

In the meantime till about 20 minutes ago, 377 incidents of domestic violence have been reported to the police nationwide.

” Australian police deal with an estimated 657 domestic violence matters on average every day of the year. … Those figures are based on data provided by police services around the country about how often their officers work on domestic violence cases. … attendance at suspected domestic …”

I assume that most of those crimes are committed by us, good old Christians.   Let’s also not delve too much in those hundreds of cases now before the Royal Commission on sexual abuse on children committed by countless priests and bishops. Perhaps, before we again try and vilify people with a different faith we should reflect on our own beliefs and values.

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29 Responses to “Benevolence and benefits of Sharia Law explained”

  1. leggypeggy Says:

    Thank you, Gerard, for being a voice of reason.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I believe it is better to get on with people than not, Leggypeggy

      . Unfortunately, Australia has gone backwards in tolerance towards others of different faiths and beliefs.

      Education is the way forward in lifting ignorance and the resulting intolerance.

      I don’t know if the basics of different religions or faiths are taught in schools. It should.

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      • leggypeggy Says:

        I agree with all that you said. An additional way forward is to have leaders who say with commitment that ‘Australia is about tolerance for all.’ I find that sorely missing.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        The government on both sides are sorely lacking in saying good and kind things about Islam and Muslims. If they do, it is often done condescendingly. They make very little effort in condemning racism when it involves Muslims.
        The Greens are about the only ones that keep on about the injustice locking up indefinitely the refugees on Manus and Nauru.

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  2. Says:

    As no member of any confession, I can only add that people are never speaking about the common things of these 2 religions, for example that Jesus is regarded as a prophet by Muslims or that they both refer to Abraham as a forefather etc. pp. And we owe the Muslim world for example Greek philosophy (Platon, Aristoteles) which was saved and preserved only by them when in Europe there was just a very dark age. And the last witch trial took place in Germany only about 200 years ago, so this dark age is really not very far away. The epoque of Enligtenment has still a lot of work to be done and accomplished also in Western countries while very dark clouds are again appearing and spreading everywhere.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      You are right. Let’s talk about what we share and have in common. We are all each other’s brothers and sisters.
      There are dark clouds appearing and intolerance is raising its ugly head in many places.

      Holland has a very intolerant political leader ramping up distrust and hatred against Muslims, Geert Wilders. I can’t believe that the Dutch will tolerate him to vent his hatred. France has Marie Le Pen. All spreading intolerance.

      But, I hope that sanity and acceptance of the foreign will prevail. People have to speak up. Building walls and keeping refugees locked up is not the answer.

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  3. Happy Go lucky Says:

    Gerard has made the understanding of Islam so much easier for me. How can Jacqui Lambie and other red necks who are highly regarded by their followers be so stubenly Ignorant of the facts. They only need to see that they are so,easily available. Does this not prove that our education system is somewhat lacking and/or there is some racism in them ? Having or given the facts I believe Australians generally are not racists at all. Our polies backed by certain press barons have a lot to answer for.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      That is true. Politicians will massage anything if it gets them votes. George Brandis and Scott Morrison are masters of manipulating the people. Totally without scruples or community conscience.
      Brandis was asked at the last Q&A if refugees locked up on Manus and Nauru had committed any crime. He answered they had broken immigration laws. When asked; why haven’t any been charged, he did not or could not answer.

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  4. stuartbramhall Says:

    You make a good point. In my view Christianity oppresses women just as much as Islam does.

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  5. jennypellett Says:

    Hear hear. Well said Gerard.

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  6. gerard oosterman Says:

    Thank you, Jenny.
    I still know very little about Islam and their religious faith. Sharia law might well be somewhat comparable to our own Ten Commandments. The trouble I had when young, with some of those commandments. So glad, I finally questioned it.

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  7. Happy Go lucky Says:

    How can politicians who unashamedly lie and cheat looking at the public in the eye sleep at night has got me beat. Maybe thats what makes them “good polies” in this country anyway ? Thank God, Buda and Allah, that not everyone falls for it !

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  8. Christine Says:

    Gerard, in earlier times we were counselled to avoid discussing politics and religion. It worked well.
    Now with social media et cetera, everyone’s a commentator with an opinion. And people get ‘passionate’.

    I’m afraid there is much to fear (for our children’s children) – if there is the slightest possibility of living under Sharia law.

    I await your books, Gerard; nearly here, they tell me.
    I believe they’ll be terrific.

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  9. gerard oosterman Says:

    Yes, Christine. Politics and Religion were off-limits. I was never sure of its benefits. It wasn’t encouraged in Holland. On the contrary, we all were encouraged to have opinions. Hence, the Dutch are some of the most opinionated people on earth.

    I have fears of the unknown but try and get this more known in order to overcome my fear.

    I have always been surprised when Muslim women are being interviewed. Even when interviewed in countries like Saudi Arabia, Syria or Iran, the women don’t seem to conform to the image of being the male dominated timid weaklings. They are strong.

    When I look at the women surrounding Trump, I wonder if they really are as empty as they look.

    Glad the books are almost there, Christine.

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  10. rangewriter Says:

    The statistical breakdown of violence in America is similar to your findings about Australia, although our president would like to blame every American problem on Islamists, Mexicans, and deplorable women. It is absurd and heartbreaking that this malady seems to be spreading around the globe. Religion is always about power and interpretation. Texts that govern various world religions are so old that translation and interpretation can never be precise, so how anyone can take a line out of a religious text and allow that to govern their actions? The Christian saying “An eye for an eye.” Yeah right. What did that really mean at that time? Same with Islamic texts.

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  11. gerard oosterman Says:

    Judaism, Christianity and Islam all are supposed to have Abraham as the tribal leader. So, at least it is ground for getting together and be tolerant. There are bad Christians as there are bad Muslims or Jews.

    An eye for eye would not be my favourite law. Neither was commandment Nr 6. ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery.’ which in my time included masturbation. It was punishable by eternal fire. How do you think that came across at a boy-teen of 13 years of age?

    I would hold off at the max for two weeks and then sin, copiously. A stream of warm water would ignite me.The guilt, the guilt!

    As for Nr 10. ‘thou shall not covet your neighbours wife, with in the same sentence, her oxen and asses.’ What would she think I would do with her oxen?

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  12. petspeopleandlife Says:

    A very nice and informative post. This is a good thing to know.

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  13. Happy Go lucky Says:

    Christine. With due respect I totally disagree with you on Sharia law. Read up on It and you will see what I mean. Like Gerard quoted there are some bad People in all cultures and religions including Muslims. No need to look further than the current inquiry on the abuse of people including children by “respected people of the faith” !!!

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    • Christine Says:

      Well, we’re fortunate to be able to disagree, Happy Go Lucky.
      And do it with respect on Gerard’s cheerful blogsite.
      I appreciate that.
      One would have to live under Sharia law to know for sure.
      I, for one, do not want this for my children’s children.

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      • Happy Go lucky Says:

        Christine, if you “don’t know for sure”, how can you then state that you don’t want it for your grandchildren ? Would you not leave that decision to them when they are adults. I have friends that respect and live with Sharia and Australian law. They certainly wouldn’t want to live under Catholic rules. They are terrified of what they read about priests, bishops etc sexually abusing children.

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      • Christine Says:

        Fair enough. Let’s try to be happy go lucky and not too terrified, yes? Peace!

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      • theempoweredmuslima Says:

        Saying peace just means that you no longer want to reflect on what is being said to you. As a Muslim I don’t want to live by the man made concepts of Sharia Law but by the basic and simple guidance within the Quran. I feel this does not compromise or diminish my western views and upbringing. The point is if I am free why can’t I choose? And everyone else choose for themselves indi

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  14. Happy Go lucky Says:

    I agree Auntyuta. The ignorant like Lambie and Hanson tend to put all Muslims in one (terrorist) pot.

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