How Russia and China Deal With Islam

While China and Russia do their share of pandering to Islam, they also tend to be inflexible in mandating the supremacy of the state over Islam.

An example of this occurred recently when a Chinese Muslim reportedly burned a Chinese flag. The Chinese authorities responded quickly and decisively.

The administration has lately issued a circulation decreeing that Chinese flags be hung at mosques and that the flags be protected by the mosque imams tied to the Communist Party. As mandated in the circulars, flagpoles were erected at all mosques and flags were hung.

According to the statements of eyewitnesses, at the beginning of March, unidentified persons in the Colpan Yiza village of the Yenihisar town burnt a Chinese flag that was hung at the neighborhood mosque. After being informed of the news, the Chinese occupation forces blockaded entry into and exit from the village and questioned everyone who resided there. It is reported that the perpetrator was not found but close to 50 people were taken into custody and arrested, starting with the imam of the mosque.

The Chinese administration passed a decision in recent days prohibiting youths under 18 years old, women, and Muslim Uyghurs who are Communist Party members and civil servants from going to mosques.

The message is quite clear. Muslims in China must make their allegiance to the state clear. And China is cracking down on any mixture of mosque and state by keeping government officials and party members out of mosques.

Putin has said that Islam is an inseparable part of Russia tipping a nod to his Eurasian ambitions, but he has come out in opposition to Hijabs in schools suggesting that Russia should follow France’s lead and resist Islamization of public spaces.

But that’s largely PR. Like China, Russia keeps a tight grip on its Muslim leaders, as it does on the leaders of all religions, who ultimately answer to the authorities. Official Muslim leaders in Russia can call for terrorism in the West, but never inside Russia. And what they can and can’t say is closely monitored and controlled by the authorities.

And while Putin has made all the appropriate statements about Islam’s contribution to Russia, Russia is still Russia, and Putin is still a KGB thug. The latter part sometimes slips out as it did during this exchange with a French reporter that has to be seen to be believed.

On the other hand here is Putin stating that Russia is multicultural and suggesting that the Russian Orthodox Church is much closer to Islam than to Catholicism. (No translation.)

Which Putin is the real one? It’s probably the first one, but Russia’s policy is a blend of both. It’s an iron fist under a velvet glove. Outwardly Russia is multicultural. Inwardly it’s a totalitarian system where the only permitted clergy worship the state.

Russia’s multiculturalism is really closer to the authentic kind of leftist multiculturalism which does not consist of alliances with Islamists, but control over them.

  • burkasrugly

    Ronald Reagan would tell the truth about Islam, just as he did about communism. The 'Evil Empire' was an appropriate term. Watch Reagan give the Evil Empire speech at the link below and think about how he would view Islam:
    http://actjonesboroar.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/re

  • Drakken

    Well give Putin credit, at least he knows how to deal with the islamist, zero tolerance and not afraid to use what ever means neccessary.

    • Mary Sue

      Makes me more certain than ever that we should have let USSR HAVE Afghanistan.

  • Georga

    "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism
    lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy,
    which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog,
    there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

    The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident
    habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods
    of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever
    the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

    A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace
    and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity.
    The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman
    must belong to some man as his absolute property,
    either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay
    the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam
    has ceased to be a great power among men.
    Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities,
    but the influence of the religion paralyses the
    social development of those who follow it.

    No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.
    Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a
    militant and proselytizing faith.
    It has already spread throughout Central Africa ,
    raising fearless warriors at every step, and were
    it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms
    of science, the science against which it had vainly
    struggled, the civilization of modern Europe
    might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome ."

    Sir Winston Churchill;
    (Source: The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 London )

  • Texas Patriot

    The world is slowly waking up to the full nature and extent of the Islamist jihadi threat, and America is no exception. After the chants of "Obama, Obama, We're All Osama" broke out in demonstrations around the world on 09/11/12, there is really no longer any room for naivety or wishful thinking about this issue. Obama may have been naive, but he was no where nearly as mistaken as the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld cabal which thought they could convert the middle east into a modern Jeffersonian democracy by the simple expedient of removing Saddam Hussein from power. Virtually no one is under that illusion at this point in time.

  • logdon

    Putin may be a thug but he's a Russian thug.

    The EU are also thugs, but they're not European thugs.

    The idea of multiculturalism in Russia is state first. In Europe it is Islam first.

  • Arlie

    I just read this story about Putin the other day. Russia is a very harsh place, but so are we here now too.
    Putin received a 5 minute standing ovation when he said this to the Duma.
    http://www.beforeitsnews.com/eu/2013//03/americans-must-...

  • robin

    On the other hand here is Putin stating that Russia is multicultural and suggesting that the Russian Orthodox Church is much closer to Islam than to Catholicism. (No translation.) islam and catholicisim are the same coin both anti christ they are backed by jesuits herding the world into a one religion statis.

    • Larry

      Written like a true protestant fundamentalist yourself.

      The worst aberration in Christianity is American fundamentalism.

  • Thinker

    What I don't realise is that before 9/11 we hardly ever heard about suicide bombing in our life neither about Islamic terrorism. Soon after USA started the war all we hear in news is suicide bombing and islampophobia. I hope it's easy to link the hypothesis. Anti islam propaganda has started but it has backfired. The more they attack islam the more and more people are converting ISLAM.

  • Jonathan

    Good to see cretinious little rightists showing their true colors: a genuine, deep-seated hatred of liberty and free people, and a fawning-mouthed desire to imitate authoritarian regimes. The whole 'defense of freedom' is a thin charade: the real desire of the rightist is a military dictatorship, an all-powerful state keeping a clamp on dissenters and deviants. 'Liberty' simply means the liberty to expand the warfare and police state. Disgusting, disgusting, but at least transparent.

    • Mary Sue

      Have you read the Weather Underground's manifesto lately?

      You really have a problem with reading comprehension, don't you? Communists clamp down on dissenters and deviants. They do this to hold onto power, and because it is practical, not because they have any particular objection to moral turptitude.

      The point being made is even the Communists of Russia and China, leftists all, are NOT the bastions of tolerance they are made out to be by the Left. When push comes to shove, they know how to deal with Terrorists. The problem is they do it to EVERYBODY, not just terrorists.

  • 11252

    let bash islam because we have nothing going for us.

  • judd

    europe is becoming EURABIA….in the garb of multiculturalism…why dont the proponents of multiculturalism promote this in ARABIA?.
    Islam is spreading in west not because more people are converting, but because europeans dont want to have kids and these muslims reproduce like rabbits..

  • johngilbert

    Russian Orthodox church closer to Islam that Roman Catholic church? How is it that many Russian Orthodox churches have Christian crosses on top of Muslim crescents to show the superiority of one over the other?

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-39bi-yamkf4/T7-4WH6OupI/AAAAAAAAEgA/_ciTpNA4xSY/s1600/CrossOverCrescent.jpg

  • Ibsy17

    What a load of bull s***

  • Ibsy17

    What a load of bull s***

  • Sceptic

    The usual left-wingbdrivel. Isoamist leaders do not hide their ambitionsvtomturn thevworldt in one huge Khaliphat. All the blabbering about multicultirism is nithing but nonsense. As soon, as one group becomes dominant all multicultirism disappears withiut a trace. Look at Iran, or Saudi zarabia. Local leftists are pitiful, miserable cowards