AIM Interviews Vickie Janson

Monday, 28 February 2011 18:23 Vickie Janson AIM-Interviews - Opposition to Islam
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Q Society has started to gain national media recognition for its stance and actions agaist Islamisation of Australia.

Today, we are pleased to have Spokesperson Vicki Janson answer a series of questions about the Society -

AIM: Who is Q Society?

Vickie Janson: We are a group of individuals from varying backgrounds, of different cultural and religious persuasions, (or none at all) who are committed to safeguard and promote Australia’s free, open and democratic society. Because of this, we are opposed to the Islamisation of Australia.

AIM: How do you see Australia under threat?

Vickie Janson: Western democracies are built upon two core beliefs; freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Freedom from oppression is a feature of western democracies. Just glance around the globe and we can see this is self-evident. The idea that all ideologies are equally beneficial is a dangerous myth. When we import and tolerate ideologies that at their core oppose these basic freedoms, demand respect for them as a ‘human right’ and seek to criminalize opposing views, (in the form of vilification/blasphemy laws) we are moving from an open and free society to a closed and oppressive one.

 We understand that we can welcome peoples from communist countries without welcoming, accommodating or legitimizing communism itself, and I believe we have to take the same approach with Islamic sharia in Australia; Because Islamic sharia literally turns our worldview upside down.

AIM: But don’t Muslims have the right to observe their religious laws - sharia law – how does this effect other Australians?

Vickie Janson: Do people have the right to discriminate? Sharia law is a foreign and discriminatory system of law, which is being imposed upon Australians. For example, halal food and other products are sharia compliant products. Ie they are complying with Islamic law rather than our world-class Australian industry standards. Halal meat must be slaughtered by a Muslim slaughter man, and with 85% of Australian lamb, over 50% Australian beef and almost 100% of Australian chicken being halal, these industries must positively discriminate in favor of Muslim only slaughter men. All Islamic organizations must pay what is known as ‘zakat’ – which is money to charity. However once again this is discriminatory as Muslim only charities and causes may be supported. And legitimate uses of ‘zakat’ may include supporting ‘dawah’ – Islamic missionary activities and ‘jihad’ – Islamic fighting in the cause of imposing Islamic standards. Ethically, many may have a problem with this. As many of the slaughter houses are 100% halal and much of the meat is not labeled as such, Australians freedom of choice in supporting these causes has been removed.

Sharia law is a foreign law and it seems quite seditious and irresponsible that our government should consider investing in and promoting it in the form of sharia finance. (Especially as this was designed by the Muslim Brotherhood as a financial jihad to undermine western economies and markets!) In doing so, they are redefining what is ethical and unethical according to Islamic, rather than Australian standards. Pork and alcohol are listed as ‘unethical’ investments and forbidden, effectively boycotting legitimate Australian industries and yet ‘zakat’ payments may be made to Islamic missions and jihad! There is no Australian advisory board monitoring where this money is invested, rather the regulatory board is the AAOIFI and located in Bahrain. The chair of this board is Mufti Taqi Usmani, who has ties to the Taliban and endorses violence against non-Muslims. Yet Australia is still marketing this as ‘ethical!’ Our government should be held to account.

These patterns of imposing Islamic sharia have extended to Australia’s education system, which will only present positive images of Islam. Freedom of thought and speech in critiquing Islam is not included in the curriculum studies but rather ‘sensitivity’ is sought. Therefore, academic integrity has been sacrificed and education replaced with indoctrination. 

AIM: But don’t all religions have some universal laws we can agree on?

Vickie Janson: This is another myth. Sharia law denies basic human rights to citizens and already we see evidence of sharia standards of polygamy, child marriage and FGM that is indicative of Islamic societies in other nations occurring in Australia. The Quran allows a man to beat his wife so we need to protect our Muslim citizens from this violation, rather than tacitly sanctioning it by applying different standards to our response to domestic violence in Muslim homes to other homes. Community pressure can be overwhelming and the government has a responsibility to facilitate freedom, not sanction continuing bondage. Equality before the law is not a sharia standard so these basics most Australians would consider ‘universal laws’ are not universal at all.

 AIM: What do you see as the outcome of this?

Vickie Janson: We only have to look at Europe and the UK who we should be learning from. All these steps are creating a parallel society and accommodating the Islamic doctrine of segregation rather then encouraging the integration we really need to be socially cohesive. Muslim only prayer rooms, toilets, swimming sessions, different school uniforms and rules, separate food and finance, an alternative history presented and so forth, only endorse differences rather than unite us. We should have one law for all Australians.

The Islamic Council of Europe produced a book in 1980 instructing the Islamic community how to ‘resist assimilation’ and impose Islam, ie sharia standards, and this campaign has been very successful. Today there are 85 tribunals that act as sharia courts in the UK that discriminate against women and children. We need to avoid this same mistake.

AIM:  Are you a racist?

Vickie Janson: Well firstly, Muslims are not a race, so no. I have a number of close Muslim friends and more than one that supports my stand against sharia in Australia. Would I be a racist for opposing communism? Islam is a totalitarian ideology and all we are saying is that the legal arm of Islam, sharia, must be severed if we are to really integrate with Muslims as we have with other groups.

AIM: Are you a Christian?

Vickie Janson: Yes and I’ve written a book about my experiences with Muslims in Australia and outline the theological differences. One of the reasons westerners think the problem ’can’t be Islam’ is because we are not a very religious people and so underestimate the power of religion in Islamic society. But whereas values produce law in western democracies, law produces values in Islam. It’s all upside down. Child marriage is moral and an Islamic value because it’s lawful. We do not have the same values. Notions of freedom are just as central to the Christian faith as they are to democracy itself. Indeed, the great western legislators have often come from a Judeo-Christian worldview and there is nothing incompatible about Christianity and democracy. The same cannot be said of Islam. As there is no separation of religion and state in Islam, the rise or revival of Islam we are seeing around the world is effectively the rise of the Islamic state. Supporting sharia standards is merely upholding the framework for this as a future reality. Presenting all Muslims corporately, as in the curriculum project ‘Learning From One Another; bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools’, is supporting this notion of one unified trans-national body of Muslims. This is the very thing radical groups are calling for. It is true to say that Islam is an enemy to the Christian gospel, but it is also true to say the Islamic State is an enemy to the state.

AIM:  If you believe in freedom of religion, why did the Q Society raise a petition against the Muslim group praying at the Alma Rd Community House?

Vickie Janson: For a number of reasons. One is, because they are doing so illegally. This is really a council problem and they should not have granted this group permission to use the facility as a place of worship when it doesn’t have a permit or the facilities for this. There are no suitable amenities for the ritual ablutions and therefore we have the scenario where 30-50 men are putting their feet in a hand basin, which clearly has OHS considerations. Children and other groups use this hand basin on other occasions and no doubt the water wastage and spillage is also a factor. The facility does not have adequate parking and local residents have complained about the 40-50 taxis that are parked out the front. But there is also the duty of care aspect. This prayer meeting is listed on the website of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jammah under ‘Mosques and Islamic Centers’. ASWJ is a group monitored by ASIO who openly advocate sharia practices such as polygamy and cutting off hands for theft. Siddiq-Conlon who recently called for Australia to become an Islamic state was a student of ASWJ.

At the end of the day, this is a community house designed for small groups to use concurrently, and not a surrogate mosque for men only at the expense of others in the community. It’s simply the wrong building for this usage.

AIM: So who is Vickie Janson?

Vickie Janson: I’m a concerned citizen who got involved in the Muslim community over ten years ago through a friendship. I really believe in integration and to this day have active friendships with Muslims who are integrating and not advocating for parallel societies. I authored the book ‘Ideological Jihad’ in response to Waleed Aly’s book ‘People Like Us; How arrogance is dividing Islam and the West’. I believe it’s a little more than arrogance or ignorance; there is real ideological ground between us. I believe the cry of Islamophobia is generally misplaced. A phobia is an unrealistic fear whereas there are legitimate concerns about the imposition of Islam in western societies and I believe we need to Get Real about it. I stood in the last federal and state elections for the Christian Democratic Party on this platform because Islam is both religious and political, and I believe requires both a religious and political response.

AIM: If you stood for a Christian party how can the Q Society say you support the separation of church and state?

Vickie Janson: We do not support the institution of the church having parliamentary power, this would be totalitarian, but support individual Christians bringing their influence to the parliamentary table. Influence is quite different to control and in a democracy all people may have an influence. Biblically, there was separation of state and temple powers in the days of Moses with Aaron officiating in the temple and Moses addressing matters of state. Of course there is overlap but the church cannot mandate things that only the state can and vice versa. We support this. If a Christian Party were to actually win government, this would still be a separate power to the institutionalized church and would uphold the Constitution of Australia. It’s about safeguarding freedoms and not imposing religion.

Thank you so much for your time and for making your positions clear to us all. May we wish you every success, as we all have the same goal, halting the Islamisation of Australia.