Multiculturalism poisons social capital

September 26, 2007, the Australian
Alan Wood, Economics editor

"WE have heard little in this year's political debate about immigration or multiculturalism, although immigration is running at record levels.

Yet a change of government has the potential to bring with it a marked change in both these policy areas, and one that most Australians may not like much.

Kevin Rudd has, as on other issues, kept a low profile and told his shadow immigration minister to do the same ...

In the Labor years it was the role of cosmopolitan elites to keep ordinary, red-necked Australians and their inherent racism on the straight and narrow. It was an era of stifling political correctness, where critics were howled down with cries of racist by the cosmopolitan internationalist elites of the progressive Left.

It was also an era of corrupt immigration policies, with family stream migration rorted to provide branch-stacking fodder.

It was a time when ordinary Australians had the cosmopolitans' virulent multiculturalism shoved down their throats ...

Historian John Hirst wrote in 1994:

"Mainstream Australian society was reduced to an ethnic group and given an ethnic name: Anglo-Celt. Its right to primacy was denied; indeed, it became the most suspect of all ethnic groups given its atrocious past." ...
However, the real worry, given Australia will want to continue to run a strong immigration program, is a Labor government's ability to retain a national consensus in favour of immigration. There is a substantial body of research that shows the ethnic diversity driven by immigration is destructive of social capital ...

Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History, told an International Monetary Fund conference on social capital some years ago:
"Social capital is important to the efficient functioning of modern economies and is the sine qua non of stable liberal democracy."
... over several decades immigration and ethnic diversity lead to mistrust, challenge social solidarity, break down community and are poison to social capital.

This isn't an argument for stopping immigration or for racial purity, since, as Putnam says, ethnic diversity will inevitably increase in all modern societies. But it is a powerful argument against multicultural policies that encourage ethnic separatism and discourage assimilation ...

Yet the strongly adverse effect of immigration and ethnic diversity on social capital suggests a policy that brings Australians together rather than encouraging cultural separation will be essential to sustaining immigration and its long-term benefits."

My comment ...

Full marks to Alan for acknowledging the loss of community through multiculturalism and the lack of debate on immigration in this election. With regards to current immigrants, certainly an assimilation policy is preferred over multiculturalism.

But if you happily endorse continued record levels of immigration, you can throw your assimilation policies in the bin. For when numbers get to critical mass, as they now are, they will laugh and piss all over top-down assimilation policies. Forced integration doesn't work. DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY. It's the numbers, stupid. No Aussies want to live in ethnic enclaves so, as Melanie Phillips says "
if there is no longer an overarching culture, there is nothing into which minorities can integrate". They revert to their ethnic/religious identity.

There is nothing "inevitable" about ethnic diversity increasing in a modern society. Such "thinking", as we have heard before, is the
delinquency of the parrots. Is that conviction, Alan, or convenience? We know that assimilation doesn't work under the weight of numbers, and we know that diversity is poison to social capital, so the only thing "inevitable" is to stop nonwhite immigration.

John Stone:
“The models in Europe have failed. The multicultural [model] has failed. The model of forced integration has also failed. In France, you see young people using violence to reaffirm their Muslim identity.” source
"You see, Britain has had an official multicultural policy rather like our own and I think it has totally failed in Britain and it has totally failed here. France has not had a policy of multiculturalism of that kind. In fact successive French governments, to their credit, have turned their faces against such policies. They have favoured what I myself favour, namely an integrationist policy … what we used to call in Australia before the triumph of multiculturalism under Mr Whitlam and Mr Fraser and successors, which was called assimilationist policies. Now, it’s clear too that where assimilationist policies have worked in France pretty well until recently, what’s happening now shows that, for Muslims, integrationist policies don’t work either …

... what we are talking about is whether or not those of the Muslim culture can be readily integrated into cultures which are western in their orientation, such as our own. I think the answer to that, in my opinion, is clearly no. And that is why not only do I believe that we should bring an end to our official multiculturalist policies, but we should bring an end to or virtually bring to a halt…for the time being at least, until the world gets this situation sorted out—or more particularly until Islam gets its sorted out within itself—we should virtually bring to a halt Muslim immigration into Australia. We don’t have to take people from the Muslim culture." source
And the issue of race is important. Lawrence Auster:
"Context and numbers are everything.

A small number of people of different race can join a majority group without changing the identity of the group, because, being a small number, they act as individuals and are seen as individuals, though they will always be seen as exotics.

A massive number of people of different race fundamentally changes the whole society. Then it becomes a matter, not of individuals joining a culture, but of one group and its culture replacing another group and its culture."

Foreign truck drivers "downright dangerous"

September 2007, Northern Star

TRENT DAFONSECA can't understand why anyone would consider shipping in overseas truckies to work in Australia when there are perfectly capable drivers already here and looking for work.

Like himself, for example.

Mr Dafonseca said he had spent about three months looking for a new job in the industry, but had so far failed to find a position; something he blames at least partly on his insistence on safe working conditions and adherence to the law.

Any move to extend the controversial 457 Working Visa to include the transport industry would make it even harder for Mr Dafonseca and others like him to secure a job.

More importantly, Mr Dafonseca, of Lismore, said the move would compromise the safety of everyone on the road.

People whose jobs and ability to even stay in Australia was dependent on the sponsorship of an employer would be less able to resist pressure to bend rules to meet unrealistic deadlines.

A Federal report on the 457 Visa system is expected to recommend rejecting a request from the transport industry that the system be expanded to include truck drivers.

However, the Transport Workers' Union remains so concerned it will tonight hold a public forum on the issue at the Lismore City Hall.

The union has been campaigning against the extension of the visas, which senior official Mark Crosdale described as "downright dangerous".

"Already at least three workers brought over to Australia on the 457 Visa have been killed," Mr Crosdale said. "If the same easily-exploitable foreign labour was brought over here to drive trucks, there would be disastrous consequences.

"You simply can't bring over cheap workers to drive 50-tonne trucks and not expect carnage. Vulnerable drivers are dangerous drivers." ...

Arrests at Belgian Anti-Islam Rally

September 11, 2007, MWC News

Two leaders from the far-right Vlaams Belang party are among dozens of people arrested by Belgian police during an anti-Islam rally that had been banned by authorities.

Police clashed with protesters who gathered in Brussels, the Belgian capital, to demonstrate against what they called "the Islamisation of Europe".

The march on Tuesday was timed to coincide with the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York and organisers had predicted about 20,000 people would attend.

In the end, only one hundredth of that number were reported to have turned up and were nearly outnumbered by reporters and police ...

Freddy Thielemans, the mayor of Brussels, banned the rally last month, calling the organisers, Stop Islamisation of Europe, an inflammatory group and the demonstration a threat to public order.

Thielmans said police made 154 "administrative arrests".

"I'm shocked. I thought we lived in a democratic country," Anders Gravers, one of the members of SIOE – a loose alliance that has origins in the UK, Denmark and Germany, said.

Police confirmed Dewinter and Vanhecke were to be charged for allegedly attacking the driver of an armoured vehicle that they were taken away in.

The two men are members of the European parliament and two other MEPs were also arrested.

Terry Davis, the head of the Council of Europe - a watchdog focusing mainly on human rights rather than the EU institution - called the protestors "bigots" and said they were a threat to European values.

"It is very important to remember that the freedom of assembly and expression can be restricted to protect the rights and freedoms of others, including the freedom of thought, conscience and religion," he said in a statement.

"This applies to everyone in Europe, including the millions of Europeans of Islamic faith, who were the main target of today's shameful display of bigotry and intolerance."

European Leaders Not Protecting Society from a Muslim Culture
September 10, 2007, by Stefania Lapenna

Have European leaders really accepted dhimmitude, the semi-slave status non-Muslims are compelled to live in under strict Islamist law? It appears so. Today, plenty of evidence supports the assertion, as those supposed to protect our lives, liberties and security are doing just the opposite, including against the very people who voted them into office.

According to numerous surveys, citizens from all the political and social strata are starting to complain publicly against the massive presence of Muslim immigrants, most of them unwilling to assimilate to the host society. Just some days ago, a poll conducted by an Italian pollster revealed that two thirds of Italians say they somehow fear Muslims and are highly suspicious of mosques, Islamic schools and cultural centers. Unsurprisingly, mainstream media couldn't avoid running in the defense of the poor victims of infidels' Islamophobia and interviewed some Muslims outside the Rome mosque, who promptly expressed 'outrage' at what they see as a 'worrisome trend that might lead to violent Islamophobia".

The biggest and deadliest threat we now face is the willful blindness of the European bureaucratic leaders who run in fear at the thought of non-Muslims exercising their fundamental rights to free speech and assembly. Most recently. Brussels' mayor, Freddy Thielemans, banned a peaceful demonstration organized by a non-political group of European citizens who decided to join forces to voice their discontent with appeasement and political correctness.

The 'Stop the Islamization of Europe' rally (SIOE) would have protested against appeasement of the powerful army of unassimilated Muslims who, in their majority, support terrorism and advocate the establishment of the brutal Sharia law for everyone in the Old Continent. Mayor Thielemans cowardly affirmed: "First and foremost the organizers have chosen the symbolic date of 9/11. The intention is obviously to confound the terrorist activities of Muslim extremists on the one hand and Islam as a religion and all Muslims on the other hand. […] Such incitement to discrimination and hatred, which we usually call racism and xenophobia, is forbidden by a considerable number of international treaties and is punished by our penal laws and by the European legislation. The European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly pronounced judgments condemning this type of acts.. " ...

He offered absolutely no evidence to support his allegation that the group was inciting discrimination and hatred.

Neither he nor the European Court of Human Rights are willing to deal with truly hate-promoting, racist front groups like the Arab-European League (AEL), an Islamo-fascist gang inspired by Hezbollah, and whose charter advocates the slow but inevitable submission of every single European to Islam and intimidates free thinkers through veiled threats. Astonishingly, these fascists will march in Brussels along with a hard-leftist movement that claims that the 9/11 attacks were an 'inside work' of the Bush administration in cooperation with Israel. As you can see, Mr. Thielemans had nothing to say about these groups' choice of a symbolic date to show their hatred ...

European leaders' see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, speak-no-evil approach is paving the way for the inevitable erosion of individual liberties and religious freedom everyone still takes for granted. We cannot predict when the Islamic caliphate of Europe will be proclaimed, but we can already see it at work in Britain, where the growing Muslim population is all but moderate and authorities are abdicating to sexual segregation, cultural ghettos, polygamy, honor killings, genital mutilation and hate preaching in almost all mosques and "cultural" centers of the country. Many Americans fear the very same fate for their great nation, but I can reassure them on the fact that they are very far from that. On the contrary, Europe -- with the UK on the forefront -- is already doomed and I fear there'll be none willing to stop the Islamization.

Robert Spencer says ...

How about something like this? Would that be okay to go forward? And of course, the epithet "far-right" is tossed about freely as an attempt to discredit the organizers of the parade and their message.

Meanwhile, jihadists in Belgium, the rest of Europe, and elsewhere continue to plot the overthrow -- whether by violence or legal coercion -- of secular, democratic systems. And police are sent out in force instead to stop people on the dreaded "far right" from saying something authorities find unpleasant.

Lawrence Auster writes ...
The Islamization of Europe simply means the increase of the number of Muslims in Europe. This demonstration is of course silent on immigration, silent on the actual physical presence of Muslims in Europe. Yet even this essentially toothless demonstration against Islamization has been prohibited.

This brings matters to a head. The people of Europe are closed out of the major media. They are closed out of politics. (See how the EU rulers ignored the French and Dutch referenda against the EU constitution by changing the constitution into a "treaty" that requires no popular approval.) Deprived of any voice through normal political channels by which they can speak against the surrender of Europe to its ancient enemy, the people organize a peaceful street demonstration as the only way left to them to express their views, and that also is taken away from them.

If the court backs up Thielemans, if this and other anti-Islam, anti-EU demonstrations continue to be prohibited, what recourse will be left to the people of Europe ...?

My comment: I'm gobsmacked ... 'speechless' you might say. Very scary when you can't protest if you have blonde hair.

Photos: Yahoo News
More Photos: flickr1, flickr2
More: Winds of Jihad, Atlas Shrugs, Brussels Journal, Midnight Sun, Michelle Malkin, Crusader Rabbit (part2)

The date which will live in infamy

September 11 2007, Robert Spencer

Now it has been six years. The global jihad proceeds apace, with well over 9,000 deadly attacks carried out in the course of those six years by believers in the proposition that "Islam must dominate, and not be dominated." Yet we are no closer as a society to recognizing how exactly to combat this foe, and our responses flail wildly -- witness this report that prisons have removed Jewish and Christian books from their libraries so as to allow them, within today's suffocating multiculturalist ethos, to remove also books advocating jihad violence and Islamic supremacism.

This is just one small example of a large-scale misallocation of resources and time that results from our fear and inability to say plainly that we are engaged in a defensive action against a global jihad, and that therefore we will unapologetically and forthrightly take action against the jihadists and their ideology without having to pretend that it is not a Muslim problem, or that Judaism and Christianity have exactly the same problem today.

... the fact that such elementary common sense is not taken for granted, but reviled and dismissed, does not bode well for the continuation of this conflict, as continue it surely will. Unless we begin to speak clearly about what we are facing and who is making us face it, the jihadists will continue, as they do now, to take advantage of our willful ignorance.

Turkish connection in foiled plot unsettles Germans

September 2007, Herald Tribune

This one goes out to Dr Liza Hopkins, who tried to sing us to sleep with a sweet lullaby about Turkish Muslims ...

"FRANKFURT: As Germans struggle to make sense of the terrorist plot foiled this week, they are learning that their good Muslims - the large Turkish immigrant population here - may not all be so good.

One of the three militants arrested Tuesday and accused of planning major bomb attacks against American and German targets is a Turkish man who lives in Germany, and security officials said Friday that three, and possibly more, of the suspects still being sought are of Turkish origin.

The Turkish dimension of the plot has shaken Germans, who have long taken comfort in the belief that their Muslim population, predominantly Turkish, was less prone to terrorism, or even radical Islamic ideas, than Muslim minorities in Britain, France and other European countries ...

There are, in fact, 2.7 million people of Turkish descent in Germany ...

The trouble is that established Turkish groups - which have close links to the Turkish state and were founded in the early years of immigration - are not attractive to third- and fourth-generation immigrants ..."

From Fritz to Abdullah, The Age, September 2007

"LEGALLY, his name is as German as they come: Fritz. To his confidants in the radical Islamic scene and alleged terrorist co-conspirators, he was Abdullah.

Fritz Gelowicz, 28, is in police custody, charged with leading a plot that, had it succeeded, could have surpassed the London bombings in its toll. That he is German and a youthful convert to Islam has only made it harder for his countrymen to grasp the accusation against him ...

Fritz Gelowicz found Islam as a teenager. Investigators say a German friend of Turkish descent named Tolga Durbin introduced Gelowicz to a radical form of Islam ..."

Did ya get that part in bold, Dr Liza? I didn't want you to miss it. How about those drums of hydrogen peroxide at the press conference, should I enlarge that image for you?

Pictures: Yahoo Images (pic1, pic2)

Turkey: The End of Secularism

September 2007 By Soner Cagaptay

This fall, I plan to teach a course on Turkish secularism at Georgetown University. The class was originally listed as current politics. But given the direction in which Turkey's headed, it could well become a history course instead. For after some 80 years, Turkish secularism is withering away.

In late July, the ruling Justice and Development Party (known in Turkish as the AKP) won 47 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections, strengthening its already commanding position. Now the AKP, a party with an Islamist pedigree, seems set to elect its foreign minister, Abdullah Gul, as president. Once marginal, Turkey's Islamists have become mainstream, and the consequences could prove enormous ...

The AKP is unlikely to end Turkish secularism overnight. Gradually, however, religion will assume a larger and larger place in the country's politics and society. Turkey will become a more Islamic society in its foreign-policy outlook and culture. Anti-Western sentiments will grow. Headscarves, religious education and the rejection of alcohol will become more common. The Turkey of old will slowly disappear, leaving in its place a profoundly different—and potentially much more unstable—nation.

Turkey: Farewell to the last Ataturkist

August 2007, MEMRI Blog

The 10th Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, who is described as "the last Ataturkist" by many in the Turkish media, visited the mauseloum of Ataturk to bid farewell before he left office yesterday. A tearful Sezer wrote in the special book that he now completed his duty that he carried out in loyalty to the core principles of the Republic, to his oath and the Constitution, with full commitment to Ataturk's revolution.

Later in the day he handed over the presidency to Abdullah Gul in the presidential palace, without a ceremony.

When the Sezer couple left the palace on their way to their private home in Ankara, crowds of people waited outside the presidential palace with carnations in their hands, shouting “Turkey is secular and will remain secular”. Sezer got out of his car to talk to the applauding citizens, many of whom were crying.

Turkey PM: There Is No Moderate Islam

August 2007, MEMRI Blog

Speaking at Kanal D TV’s Arena program, PM Erdogan commented on the term “moderate Islam”, often used in the West to describe AKP and said:

"These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”
Spencer adds:
"And so in two sentences Erdogan dismisses the concept on which the Western world has placed its hopes of survival and peace."

Hardline Swaiti returns to Canberra mosque

August 2007, the Age

Hardline Islamic cleric Mohammed Swaiti has forced his way back into Canberra's only mosque to preach anti-western messages after he was sacked for praising jihadists.

The cleric used his predominantly Palestinian and Jordanian support base to topple the leaders in charge of Abu Bakr Mosque in Yarralumla, News Limited newspapers report ...

Islamic Society of ACT president Sabrija Poskovic, whose organisation is in charge of the mosque, said he was forced out after receiving threats from Swaiti's followers.

"They took over the mosque by force, by argument, by screaming, by calling us names," Mr Pokovic said. "There is no point arguing with him and his supporters anymore."

More: Canberra Mosque Violence (May 2007)

Nauruan 'raped' by asylum-seekers

August 2007, The Australian

SIX Sri Lankan asylum-seekers in immigration detention on Nauru have been charged with the rape and indecent assault of a 20-year-old Nauruan woman ...

On Tuesday, Nauruan police charged one Sri Lankan asylum-seeker with rape and five others with indecent assault, a spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews confirmed to The Australian yesterday.

The six allegedly assaulted the local woman on Monday afternoon while in the community under the "open centre arrangements" of Nauru's immigration detention facility, run for the Australian Government by the International Organisation for Migration ...

Under the arrangement between Australia and Nauru, asylum-seekers held there are allowed free movement in the community from 8am to 7pm.

It is believed the victim required hospital treatment ...

Labor has pledged to end offshore processing of asylum-seekers in places such as Nauru.

The Coalition, meanwhile, sees a strong stance on border protection as the key to its recent election successes and credits the Pacific Solution with a significant reduction in asylum-seekers attempting to enter Australia by boat.

the West Australian

Hunger striking Sri Lankan asylum seekers being held on Nauru say they are ready to die rather than wait indefinitely for the Australian government to process their cases.

At least three of the detainees have been taken to hospital, after refusing almost all fluids and food since September 1 ...

Until recently asylum seekers in Nauru were able to leave the centre, but they have been locked-down after a local Nauruan woman was allegedly raped and assaulted by six of the inmates.

UK: Hardline takeover of 600 mosques

September 2007, Times Online
Hardline takeover of British mosques

Almost half of Britain’s mosques are under the control of a hardline Islamic sect whose leading preacher loathes Western values and has called on Muslims to “shed blood” for Allah, an investigation by The Times has found.

Riyadh ul Haq, who supports armed jihad and preaches contempt for Jews, Christians and Hindus, is in line to become the spiritual leader of the Deobandi sect in Britain. The ultra-conservative movement, which gave birth to the Taleban in Afghanistan, now runs more than 600 of Britain’s 1,350 mosques, according to a police report seen by The Times ...

59 of the 75 mosques in five towns – Blackburn, Bolton, Preston, Oldham and Burnley – are Deobandi-run ...

The Times has gained access to numerous talks and sermons delivered in recent years by Mr ul Haq and other graduates of Britain’s most influential Deobandi seminary near Bury, Greater Manchester.

Intended for a Muslim-only audience, they reveal a deep-rooted hatred of Western society, admiration for the Taleban and a passionate zeal for martyrdom “in the way of Allah”.

The seminary outlaws art, television, music and chess, demands “entire concealment” for women and views football as “a cancer that has infected our youth”.

Mahmood Chandia, a Bury graduate who is now a university lecturer, claims in one sermon that music is a way in which Jews spread “the Satanic web” to corrupt young Muslims ...

Mr ul Haq, the most high-profile of the new generation of Deobandis, runs an Islamic academy in Leicester and is the former imam at the Birmingham Central Mosque. Revered by many young Muslims, he draws on his extensive knowledge of the Koran and the life and sayings of the prophet Muhammed to justify his hostility to the kuffar, or non-Muslims.

One sermon warns believers to protect their faith by distancing themselves from the “evil influence” of their non-Muslim British neighbours.

“We are in a very dangerous position here. We live amongst the kuffar, we work with them, we associate with them, we mix with them and we begin to pick up their habits.” ...

A commentator on religious radicalism in Pakistan, where Deobandis wield significant political influence, told The Times that “blind ignorance” on the part of the Government in Britain had allowed the Deobandis to become the dominant voice of Islam in Britain’s mosques.

Khaled Ahmed said:

“The UK has been ruined by the puritanism of the Deobandis. You’ve allowed the takeover of the mosques. You can’t run multiculturalism like that, because that’s a way of destroying yourself. In Britain, the Deobandi message has become even more extreme than it is in Pakistan. It’s mind-boggling.”
In some mosques the sect has wrested control from followers of the more moderate majority, the Barelwi movement.

September 2007, Times Online
The homegrown cleric who loathes the British

The voice, gentle but clear, has a mesmeric quality to it and as he recites verses of the Koran in Arabic they gain a hypnotic, captivating beauty.

Then Riyadh ul Haq translates the words into English and delivers his own interpretation of the holy text, and what sounded so lyrical becomes a stark manifesto of separationist loathing.

His target is the kuffar, the nonMuslim, whether Jewish, Christian, Hindu or atheist, and the message is simple: their designs are evil, their ways corrupting. Stay away from them.

... For Mr ul Haq, everything that a Muslim does – the way he eats food, the clothes he wears, the way he parts his hair, the length of his beard – should emphasise his separateness from the nonMuslim. The Muslim should not raise his hand to greet a fellow Muslim because that is how Christians greet each other. He should not offer applause as a sign of approval or appreciation – clapping is a pagan practice.

And he should not celebrate “anyone’s birthday, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day” or the new year. “Categorically, the Prophet forbade the celebration of the new year.” ...

Vanishing England

August 2007, Cal Thomas via Jim Ball

"There'll Always Be an England" - popular World War II song

Perhaps there will not always be an England. An exodus unprecedented in modern times, coupled with a record influx of foreigners, is threatening to erode the character of the land of William Shakespeare and overpowering monarchs, a land that served as the cradle for much of American thought, law and culture.

The figures, making headlines in London newspapers, tell only part of the story. Between June 2005 and June 2006 nearly 200,000 British citizens chose to leave the country for a new life elsewhere. During the same period, at least 574,000 immigrants came to Britain ...

Britons give many reasons for leaving, but their stories share one commonality: life in Britain has become unbearable for them. They fear lawlessness and the threat of more terrorism from a growing Muslim population and the loss of a sense of Britishness, exacerbated by the growing refusal of public schools to teach the history and culture of the nation to the next generation. What it means to be British has been watered down in a plague of political correctness that has swept the country faster than hoof-and-mouth disease. Officials say they do not wish to "offend" others ...

The problem for Britain and the United States isn't just the change in demographics. It is the reluctance of both countries to inculcate the beliefs, history and, yes, religious ideals, which made our nations so successful that others wanted to come and be a part of them. The difference between many of the current immigrants and those of the past is that the previous ones wanted to become fully American or fully British. The current ones, in too many cases, would destroy what makes our countries unique. And the "leaders" of Britain and America refuse to stop it.

The greater tragedy is that the people of Britain have little say in any of this, so they are taking the road of last resort. They are leaving.

USA: Muslim bakery linked to journalist murder

August 3, 2007, Alaska Report

Oakland, California - An Oakland bakery called Your Black Muslim Bakery was raided Friday morning and authorities say more than a dozen people were detained as the result of a yearlong police investigation into a number of crimes, including murder, robbery and kidnapping.

It was not immediately known if the raids -- at the bakery and three other Oakland homes -- were related to the sidewalk assassination of Oakland reporter Chauncey Bailey. Sources say he was doing an investigative piece on the troubled splinter group not associated with the Black Muslims ...

The group has had a violent history. The founder -- Yusuf Bey -- fought accusations that he had raped or molested several girls who worked at Your Black Muslim Bakery between 1976 and 1995. When he died in 2003, he was awaiting trial on charges he sexually abused a girl who was 13 when she began working at the bakery.

A violent succession battle ensued. Antar Bey, the son and Yusuf's designated heir, was gunned down as he talked on his cell phone at an Union 76 gas station in Oakland in October 2005. That slaying still remains under investigation.

The group gained further attention in Nov. 2005 when several members were charged and pleaded no contest to trashing liquor cases at local convenience stores.

August 7, 2007, CNN
Teenager charged with murdering newspaper editor

OAKLAND, California (AP) -- A 19-year-old handyman at a Black Muslim organization was charged with murder Tuesday in the shooting death of a journalist who was investigating the group's troubled finances.

DeVaughndre Broussard, who worked at Your Black Muslim Bakery, appeared in Alameda County Superior Court on charges that he gunned down Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey last week ...

Oakland Police Assistant Chief Howard Jordan has said Broussard confessed to the killing, saying he was upset Bailey was investigating the bakery's finances. Police don't believe Broussard acted alone, Jordan said.

He was one of several people arrested Friday in raids on the bakery and related locations. Police said they found the weapon that had been used to kill Bailey only the day before.

August 8, 2007, East Bay
Journalist Chauncey Bailey Gunned Down In Oakland

Journalist Chauncey Bailey was shot to death in downtown Oakland on August 2nd. Bailey was killed around 7:30AM on 14th Street near Alice Street, in what police described as "an assassination". Witnesses said a single gunman wearing dark clothing and a ski mask approached Bailey, shot twice and ran away.

On August 4th, Devaughndre Broussard, 19, was booked at North County Jail in Oakland in connection with the shooting. Broussard was a handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery and has reportedly "confessed to having shot and killed Bailey with a shotgun because he was upset with the journalist's coverage of the group." In 2002, the East Bay Express wrote a two-part series about the Yusuf Bey "family", which runs the bakery. The articles included past allegations of murder, torture, kidnapping, rape, and other crimes (see The Sinister Side of Yusuf Bey's Empire and How Official Oakland Kept the Bey Empire Going). In November 2005, Yusef Bey IV and several others were recorded smashing alcohol in several Oakland liquor stores (reports 1 | 2).

Chauncey Bailey was an editor for the Oakland Post from June 2007 until his death. Bailey had previously worked as a reporter for The Oakland Tribune, and before that The Detroit News for ten years. Bailey had been known for his assertive style of questioning city officials. Oakland Police spokesman Ronald Holmgren said: "I know him as being a somewhat outspoken type individual, assertive in his journalistic approach when trying to get at matters at hand." ...

More: The Black Muslims of Oakland Part 1, Part 2

James Baker: Independent Qld Senate Candidate

SMH, August 2007

... James Baker, promised to campaign on the issue of Muslim immigration. Mr Baker proposed banning Muslim immigration for 10 years and putting other measures in place "to ensure Australia's Muslim population is in no doubt we mean business in stopping extremist attacks"

the Australian, April 2007
Senente candidate says sheiks must go

A ONE-TIME National Party rising star who is running for the Senate as an independent says Islamic clerics who exhort militants should be thrown out of the country ...

Mr Baker's comments follow yet more reports that a Canberra cleric has called for Muslims to fight Aussie diggers in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

"When people are encouraging others in acts of violence we should throw them out,'' Mr Baker said.

He said freedom of speech came a distant second when dealing with Sheik Swaiti and fellow outspoken cleric and Australia's mufti Sheik Taj Aldin Alhilali ...

"It's not an argument about freedom of speech. These people are inciting violence,'' Mr Baker said.

Mr Baker defended the right of Anglo-Australians to be suspicious of Muslims.

"If the Islamic community wonders why Muslims are viewed with suspicion by many members of the wider Australian community, they can blame the likes of Sheik Mohammed Swaiti and Sheik Taj Aldin Alhilali,'' Mr Baker said.

"There is no rocket science to this.

"People fear Muslims because it is Muslims they see strapping bombs to themselves and killing innocent people all over the world.

"And with so-called spiritual leaders praising these suicidal murderers in mosques and behind closed doors, there is little wonder there is fear in the community.'' ...

More: James Baker, James Baker on YouTube

Paul Green: Muslim immigration likened to bird flu

August 2007, Herald Sun

A NSW Senate candidate has compared the immigration of Muslims to Australia to the bird flu and says it should stop.

Christian Democratic Party (CDP) Senate candidate Paul Green called today for a moratorium on Muslim immigration while a study on its social impacts was carried out.

He said it would be easier to carry out such a study with the country's Muslim population at 300,000, rather than three million at a later date.

A study would also give the Australian people a chance to have a say on the immigration program, Mr Green said.

He said that in the last 12 months, a number of local Muslim senior clerics had made statements that were not of "the Australian nature" ...

Christian Democrats leader Fred Nile said his party's immigration policy also called on a priority for Christians who have been persecuted, particularly in Muslim countries, to be allowed into Australia.

"It's a very broad policy, and it is certainly not racist," Mr Nile said.

"We don't care where the people come from, what colour of the skin they are, we are happy to accept them, particularly the Christians who have been persecuted."

Mr Nile said he believed the Federal Government was already starting to adopt some of the CDP policies ...

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Senate bid: Elaine Nile on Muslim immigration

September 2007, Sydney Morning Herald

THE Christian campaigner Elaine Nile is standing for the Senate on a platform of limiting Muslim immigration.

Mrs Nile, who retired from the NSW Legislative Council in 2002 after almost 15 years, will be No. 2 on the ticket - after candidate, Paul Green, 41, who runs the Manna House ministry centre at Shoalhaven, part of the Assemblies of God church ...

... there should be a 10-year moratorium on Muslim immigration, because it is "a religious-political ideology not compatible with democracy".

Mrs Nile, 71, wants the imprimatur of the Nile name on the ticketin the hope that it will help Mr Green ...

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