Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Interview with No Sharia, Part 1

In this post we begin interviewing an individual from Sweden who is an author at Islam Watch and goes by the name No Sharia.

My purpose in these interviews is to establish a little bit of background about No Sharia, and then gain No Sharia's input about the situation in Sweden regarding the influx, in recent years, of Muslim immigrants and their interaction with the existing culture.

My purpose here is not to rehash No Sharia's writings, which are available at Islam Watch, and which I encourage you to read for yourself.

I try to keep my questions fair and neutral, and you can judge for yourself to what extent I have succeeded. Similarly, I leave No Sharia's answers pretty much "as-is", except for minor formatting, so you can judge No Sharia's competence as a source based upon the writing.

The questions are numbered, and No Sharia's answers are italicized.

1) What country are you native to?


2) What country do you live in now?


3) Do you live in a large city, small city, town, or rural area?

Large city.

4) How is Christianity treated publicly, for example, in the media, in the country where you live? (If you are from a country other than the one where you now live, please compare and contrast the situation in the country where you now live with the situation in the country you are from. Please do so throughout.)

With indifference or concealed contempt.

5) How is Judaism treated publicly in your country?

Fairly good, but there seem to be a growing anti-semitism owing to left leaning journalists.

6) How is Islam treated publicly in your country?

Both critically and with multicultural lies e g that it is a religion of peace and tolerance.

7) How are other religions (Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, etc.) treated publicly in your country?

With indifference or some respect owing to their not being Christian.

8) How would you characterize the government in your country? Officially: a) Is it religious? b) Does it guarantee freedom of religion? c) Does it guarantee freedom of speech and of the press? d) How does this compare with actual practice?

a) Single members may be religious but they don’t show it besides a religious Christian party.
b) Yes, but probably not totally in practice. People who are afraid of showing that they are apostates are probably critical.
c) Yes but there is a risk that they may limit freedom of speech in the name of religion.
d) -

9) Is there a political elite in your country? Is there a wealthy class that has more power, or is there a religious class that holds more power? Is there a royal family? Does the royal family hold real political power, or is it more of a ceremonial figurehead?

Yes, there is kind of a political elite - a number of families both in the non-socialistic and socialistic camp. However, that is not so important.
Wealth or religion is not the basis for great political influence.
There is a royal family with a king in a ceremonial role without power.

9) Please characterize the majority political views of those in power. How do they relate to religion and freedoms addressed above?

I suspect that some members of the government may be willing to sacrifice freedom of expression etc in order to appease muslims but I have no evidence - yet. However, if the prime minister as some reports say, made an excuse for the pictures of dogs with a Muhammad face, it is a really bad sign.

11) Please characterize the people you interact with on a daily basis. Are they citizens of your country, whose families have been there for generations? Or, are they citizens who have recently arrive and obtained their citizenship? Or, are they newly-arrived immigrants, who have not yet obtained citizenship? If immigrants, are they generally legal immigrants, or illegal immigrants?

The majority are Swedes who are born in the country. I interact with some foreigners and also immigrants (first and second generation). They are legal immigrants.

12) Based on your experience interacting with other people in your country, do the policies of those who govern reflect the desires of those who are governed? Please describe the means by which the people can influence their government. Comment both on how it is supposed to work officially, and how it works in practice.

Not regarding immigration or now the EU constitution. The politicians may try to ram it down the throats of Swedes.

In other matters the policies follow the will of the people. People have limited means to influence the government between the elections. Demonstrations are allowed but are ineffective; articles in a press is not a great weapon because the press and other media are in effect controlled by left leaning journalists.

13) Please offer any other comments that you feel appropriate; for example, you may wish to expound upon an answer above, or address a question that was not brought up.

The immigrants are concentrated to certain areas and mostly Swedish people in these areas are anti-muslim besides being anti-islamist. However, the anti-islamic feelings seem to expand also to other areas.


anticant said...

Interesting that the closer Swedes are to Muslims, the more anti-Islam they are. I wonder why?

His description of Government policies indicates appeasement born out of fear. Fear is now the main motivation of policymaking throughout Europe with regard to Muslims living there.

WomanHonorThyself said...

ah yes fear...............the equalizer..the world is in a state of intimidation my friend...great interview!

Aurora said...

Yankee, yes that is an interesting interview. I notice that Christianity is treated worse than Judaism. Quite surprising.
All in all, it sounds like any other western country, but just further down the slippery slide. I've always thought Sweden is a window into our own future with the secular Left holding sway.

anticant said...

Religious intolerance is your real enemy - not secularism. Secularism means the separation of Church and State - the only basis for a free, pluralist, mutually tolerant society, as your Founding Fathers recognised. Religious intolerance - Christian and Zionist, as well as Islamic, spawns theocracy and persecution of non-believers [or other-believers].

Pretty obvious, I should have thought!

Yankee Doodle said...

Anticant, fanatical secularism is a form of religious intolerance. In the former USSR, believers of all kinds were persecuted, and still are in many "secular" countries today. In fact, Sweden comes to mind here, based on the reports we're reading.

That's exactly the point, Aurora.

Thanks, Angel!

USpace said...

Great interview, eye-opening, scary stuff...

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
you have NO rights

to hate religions
that demand to convert you

absurd thought -
God of the Universe calls
for sick ideologies

that deny human rights
KILL adulterers and gays

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
don't learn about jihad

wanting to know or teach it
is RACIST say the WACKOS