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No More Music Broadcasts In Mogadishu – This Is 21st Century Islam At Work

Posted on April 13 2010 11:15 pm
John L. Work is a veteran of twenty years of Colorado law enforcement service and a graduate of Cal State Long Beach, B.A. and M.A. He has been a contributor and featured columnist for NewsRealBlog since January of 2010, and a guest columnist for FrontPageMagazine.
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Music and advertising jingles are but a recent memory now in Mogadishu, Somalia, as radio stations have surrendered to Muslim demands to stop broadcasting them.  Robert Spencer’s take on this development over at Jihadwatch is here.  England, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden – indeed, all of Europe stands at the brink of similar circumstances facing music lovers in Somalia. Sharia courts of law now operate in England, which is at the demographic tipping point of acceding to Muslim demands for complete surrender.  Britain is in dire straits.

 Look at any Muslim state that is governed under Sharia (Islamic law) and you can see what is in store for the world, including The United States, if the World of Islam has its way.  To analyze Islam only in the spiritual context of man’s relationship to the Divine is to entirely miss the larger political, legal and punitive components of the greatest threat to freedom ever faced by civilization as we in the Western World understand the word.

 From the Guardian UK, read it all here:

“A majority of radio stations in southern and central Somalia today stopped playing music and jingles, to comply with a ban by Islamist militants.

Hizbul Islam, one of the two main insurgent forces in Somalia, issued the order on 3 April, saying music broadcasts violated Islamic principles. It gave FM radio stations – the main form of news and entertainment in the country – 10 days to comply or be shut down.

Islamic groups have previously outlawed music in some areas under their control, along with beards, football, movies, women’s beauty salons and bras. The latest ban on all tunes – including those used in commercials – appears to be the most widely applied yet, and indicative of the rebels’ ability to instil fear…”

Read much about Islam and one finds that there is no freedom to choose anything.  It’s all dictated by the Koran, the hadithe and the Sharia.  And the penalties for disobedience are horrific and unthinkable.

“…In the capital, Mogadishu, where there are 16 FM radio stations, only the government-controlled Radio Mogadishu, which is protected by African Union peacekeepers, and the UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan, whose studio is in Nairobi, resisted the order.

“I’ve listened to three of my regular stations today, and there’s no music at all,” said Abdulkadir Khalif, a Mogadishu resident. “There’s not even a jingle.”…

Robert Spencer of has written many times that music is not to be enjoyed in Islam.

“… Hizbul Islam and its bigger rival and sometime ally, al-Shabaab, control much of south and central Somalia, alhough their support among ordinary people is limited. The music ban is likely to be highly unpopular, since many Somalis enjoy listening to pop songs and more traditional compositions…”

Yes, indeed.  The public support may be “limited” but, as history has shown many times, it does not take a particularly large segment of a population to impose its will by violence on the majority.  So, the residents can fondly remember their favorite pop songs and other music, but if the Muslims have their way it’s all gone now.

“…But the radio station owners – even those broadcasting from outside rebel-held areas – would have felt they had no option but to comply. Numerous Somali journalists, particularly those working for radio, have been assassinated in recent years…”

To the contrary, there is an option – to fight back and perhaps die in the fight.  The question which confronts Somalis now, the same one that will ultimately be posed to the United States, is, are they going to surrender and live in the shackles of Islam, or are they willing to fight and die for their freedoms?  It’s a very grim prospect.

 Rush Limbaugh once said on his radio show that freedom from tyranny has always come at the point of a gun.  He’s right.  Despots do not set people free out of the goodness of their hearts.  Wonder what Beethoven would say about all this?

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