Malaysia’s piously Muslim Prime Minister Najib (in photo) needs to remind the faithful just who the enemies of Islam, and hence the Malaysian government, are. The timing of his pronouncement is no accident, coinciding with the start of Islam’s ‘holy’ month of Ramadan, which started today in Malaysia. Najib has intoned to Muslims, and hence to the rest of us, that those enemies include ‘liberalism’, ‘pluralism’ and LGBTs (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered persons). These enemies will be henceforth presumably cleansed from Malaysian society.
But haven’t Imam Rauf and many other Muslim spokespersons in the West repeatedly assured us that Islam and Sharia are fully compatible with the values enshrined in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights? Obviously Najib must be some sort of raging Islamophobe to assert otherwise. From “Najib: LGBTs, liberalism, pluralism are enemies of Islam”, by Hafidz Baharom, The Malaysian Insider, 19 July 2012:
SERDANG, July 19 “• The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community along with liberalism and pluralism were today branded as enemies of Islam by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in front of a
crowd of over 11,000 imams and mosque committee members from across the
“LGBTs, pluralism, liberalism “• all these “˜isms” are against Islam and it is compulsory for us to fight these,” he said.
Najib also said the government supports human rights, but within the boundaries of Islam.
“We do support human rights, but we must do so within the boundaries set by Islam,” he said.
Everyone knows how many human rights there are within Islam. Nothing to fear here, yes? Yes, there’s nothing to fear…unless you’re a woman, Jew, homosexual, former Muslim, or non Muslim, among other things.
The prime minister also told Muslims to avoid discord which could threaten those who safeguard Islamic principles.
“If the nation falls into a state of chaos, who will safeguard these people?” he asked.
A ‘state of chaos’ in Najib’s mind probably means an insufficient amount of devotion to Islamic supremacism on the government agenda. It is an Orwellian turn of phrase that we should expect from this or any other Prime Minister of a Muslim-controlled government.
The event, organised by the Prime Minister’s Office, started off with
the Minister in Prime Minister’s Office Maj-Gen (R) Datuk Seri Jamil
Khir Baharom saying that imams must defend the government against these
“There are so many attacks on our religion. LGBTs, pluralism,
liberalism, Seksualiti Merdeka. We must stand strong and defend the
government,” he said.
Attendees were also given a book which was written by Najib himself, entitled “Agenda Islam Dalam Transformasi Negara”.
Yesterday, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also said that
he did not support the rights of LGBTs and advocates the sanctity of
marriage being that between a man and a woman.
Liberalism is the belief in total liberty and equality of an
individual, while many conservative Muslims are opposed to religious
pluralism because of fears it could lead to other religions being put on
the same standing as Islam.
Wait, I thought it was ‘conservatives’ who opposed Islamic supremacy, but never mind. You mean that Muslims oppose Islam being put on the same standing as other religions? And that Islam and Muslims oppose liberty and equality of the individual? No no, we certainly cannot have any of that. We must avoid ‘discord’ and ‘safeguard Islamic principles’. At all costs.