“So what if all chicken in Australia is halal slaughtered. So what.”
The question was not really a question. It was a statement. And, I must admit, I was a little taken aback by it.
Here I was sitting in a Senate inquiry into halal certification, putting forward the case for freedom. And here was an Australian Senator remarking that he did not see a problem if every single chicken in Australia was sacrificed to Allah in accordance with Sharia law. As such, this Senator was putting forward the case for submission.
So let’s be clear.
Sharia law is Saudi Arabia’s greatest cultural export. And when we adopt Sharia law, whether it be officially or merely just in practice, Australia becomes a little more like Saudi Arabia and a little less like the Western civilisation that made this nation great.
‘So what’, ‘who cares’, ‘don’t you worry about that’ or even just ‘she’ll be right’ is not the way that a democratic society should respond to the imposition of this totalitarian legal system. But that’s what we’re getting.
So here’s the so what.
If all food in Australia is produced in accordance with Sharia law, it would mean that all Australians are forced into culinary Sharia compliance.
It would mean that Islam reigned supreme at the dinner table. And at café on the corner. And at the pie stand at the footy.
And if all food outlets were halal certified, it would mean no more bacon. No more Christmas ham. No more licensed restaurants. The bottle shop would go. And that is exactly what the halal certifiers are trying to achieve. They want a nation where those who believe that Sharia law is God’s law feel right at home – and in our own homes too:
So a halal certified Australia would mean that Australia as we know it ceases to exist. Melbourne might still be called Melbourne, but it would be more like Mecca than the city we know today. South Australia would be a new version of Saudi Arabia. That’s the so what.
Furthermore, if Islam reigned supreme over all the food we eat, then there is no reason to believe that we would be free from Islam anywhere else either. After all, halal is not about food. It’s about imposing a way of life: a complete Islamic system that dictates everything from how one should go to the toilet (thou shalt not quote from the Koran while taking a bath and nor shalt thou turn thy back on Mecca when answering the call of nature outdoors) all the way through to how the imam should pray for rain (his arms should be lifted so that the whiteness of his armpits is visible).
Of course, Sharia doesn’t limit itself to inane rituals and nor is it about the peripheral activities of a fringe minority group in Australia. It regulates every aspect of life, from the minutiae to the major.
As such, this complete system of Sharia has a bit to say about marriage. For instance, women are not to consent to marriage. That’s a job for their guardians because, according Islamic jurisprudence, a woman is ‘partially unable to choose her best-suited husband’.
And this Sharia system has a lot more to say about jihad, or the waging of war for Allah. In fact, waging war to subjugate the unbeliever is the topic that Islamic scripture fixates on more than any other.
This excerpt from Volume 1 of Islamic Jurisprudence by Dr Salih al Fawzan sums up nicely this most prominent of topics:
You’ll note here the admission in Islamic jurisprudence that Mohammed knew a thing or two about warfare and armies and the tactics he saw fit to intimidate kings while preparing for battle. I’ll let you make your own mind up about whether this may influence his disciples as they strive to create a modern day version of his empire.
But we can say this: at the moment, Australians are being called to Islam at the dinner table. If we say no, Australian Senators may call us racist dog whistlers.
I’m fed up with all the racist dog whistling about Halal certification. So I took Ch7 to Sydney’s best butcher! pic.twitter.com/QgLk2ini1u
— Sam Dastyari (@samdastyari) September 23, 2015
And then, if that still does not change our minds, Sharia law permits jihad against us for our own good.
Senator Dastyari is a Labor politician and he also has an Iranian background. It’s not really surprising that he’s so readily accepted a pro-Islamic position – one that would even see Islam dominant in Australia even though only 2% of the population thinks that Mohammed cut it as a prophet.
Senator Dastyari has put it on the public record that he has no problems with some aspects of Sharia law. It is now up to him to clarify for all Australians whether he has any problems with the other aspects of Sharia law as well. After all, Sharia law is a system. It’s not some multicultural smorgasboard where you can pick and choose and Senator Dastyari has made it pretty clear that when it comes to halal food he’s not really into picking or choosing anyway – he’s happy to scoff the lot.
And if it’s good enough for Senator Dastyari to declare his hand over halal, then it should be good enough for others, too. For instance, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, that conservative lion of Australian politics, has also made it clear that he is partial to halal certification as well. Except in Barnaby’s case, it’s not the mullahs who have been calling but the money. His position is that we should sell ourselves out for Sharia. There is no principle involved at all.
So Barnaby Joyce should make it clear where he stands as well. Exactly what other parts of Sharia is he prepared to accept in return for the Saudi dollars?
The battle over halal certification is about labelling. It is about choice. It is about tracking the money flows and it is also about animal welfare. It is about all of these things.
But it also about much more. It is about our very culture and the freedom that we base our culture on.
Business reflects culture. At the moment, our businesses are increasingly adopting Sharia law. It says a lot about our society and where it is headed.
Australians might pride themselves on their freedom, but if its price is eternal vigilance, ‘so what’ sends a pretty clear message that most of our politicians are no longer prepared to pay that price.
Fortunately, some politicians have been prepared to stand up. Not many, it’s true. But Senator Cory Bernardi is one. Unless we elect more like him and remove those who are prepared to accept Sharia law, Australia will end up more like Saudi Arabia. When ‘so what’ is used to shrug off evidence that halal certification is already destroying the freedom and culture that Australians enjoy, that is a given.