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Friday, 22nd February 2019

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Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and has returned from three Iraq deployments. He blogs at


According to popular wisdom, there is no way that Sharia law should, could or would be allowed in Australia. In fact, Barnaby Joyce wrote an article in The Australian on 21 May 2011 stating just that. It was titled ‘No place for Sharia law here’. Good on him.

Unfortunately, the good news ends there. In the past.

That’s because the same Barnaby Joyce has just claimed that unless Australians stop campaigning against halal certification, which gives the big Sharia law tick of approval to the food we eat, our steaks will triple in price.

This is how the supposedly politically-incorrect MP was reported in The Australian:

“Beef prices could increase threefold or thousands of meatworkers could be sacked unless protesters cease their campaign against halal certification, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says.”

I don’t know how Barnaby Joyce reconciles his belief that Sharia law is not welcome in Australia, while at the same time defending a Sharia law program that he now thinks is so entrenched in our economic system that simply campaigning against its presence will send the price of meat (presumably excluding bacon) up by 300 per cent.

I’d also like him to explain exactly when he reached the logical conclusion that he could be opposed to Sharia law while at the same time overseeing the Department of Agriculture’s halal certification codes.

Unfortunately, Barnaby Joyce probably won’t pony up the courage to explain his position on these matters. But there are three points that can be made about this whole diabolical situation.

And let’s get Barnaby out of the way first.

Has he really changed his tune on Sharia law? I’d like to be charitable and think not. He’s probably just as against it today as he was on 21 May 2011. But that doesn’t really help him much. It just makes him a hypocrite.

Barnaby Joyce is prepared to ridicule Australians who legitimately express the same concerns that he has about the the growth of Sharia law influence in this country. And he’s doing it while he oversees the government imposition of Sharia law in fact over our export meat industry and in effect over our entire domestic supply.

Unfortunately, while courage might not be the hallmark of the modern politician, spineless cowardice combined with a good dose of double standards is.

The second point that must be made is about the obstinate denial of the fact that Sharia law is operating in Australia whether we like it or not. And I’m not talking about the private decision by some Muslims not to partake in alcohol. I’m talking about official, government-endorsed Sharia law.

And there is no better way of demonstrating this than by quoting from the hansard of the Parliament of Australia.

On 3 December 2014, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade questioned Mr Greg Read, the First Assistant Secretary, Exports Division, Department of Agriculture.

This is what he was asked about halal certification in Australia:

“On this issue of standards, can you give us an indication of how variant the standards or nuances are?”

And this is his response.

“Effectively, it is fair to say that there is no international standard for halal, so every country pretty much has its own autonomy to be prescriptive in what it requires. That will range then from the recognition of the certifiers. In Australia, we have 21 certifiers. For example, only six of those 21 are recognised by Saudi Arabia. In certifying products from for Saudi Arabia, one of those certifiers has to guide their signature to thecertificate with which we provide our signature that the product meets the requirements of Saudi Arabia.

"The requirements, in the main, will be quite uniform with the religious presence of an appropriate Muslim with the slaughter process, and the slaughter process is in accordance with sharia law and so forth, so all of those practices will be reasonably common.”

So there you have it. The First Assistant Secretary, Exports Division, Department of Agriculture has confirmed to a parliamentary committee that halal certification is directed by Sharia law, that there are 21 government recognised halal certifiers in Australia and that the Australian government itself signs off the halal certification certificates.

That sounds a lot like the Australian government has dipped its toes into the whole Sharia law thing.

Point number three is this: while it is clear that there is a growing push to see Sharia law direct the operation of Australian society, there is absolutely no evidence to support Barnaby Joyce’s claim that removing halal certification on the meat Australians eat will increase costs.

Just think about it for a minute.

To gain Sharia accreditation, the supplier must jump through all sorts of hoops, including by forking out for the accreditation fees in the first place, employing specifically trained and accepted Muslims, and removing, separating and preventing contact with unhalal products (and humans), even to the point that an entirely separate supply chain is often required.

That doesn’t sound cheap. Nor does it sound efficient. It also sounds like the kind of system that already limits the opportunity of ordinary, non-Muslim Australians from gaining employment. And one does not need to be Einstein to see that an industry that has come from nowhere to make a fortune imposing Islamic dictates will probably impose more of them as time goes by. It’s only a matter of time before halal certification companies demand an entirely Islamicly-owned and operated supply chain.

Yet we now have the situation where our Minister for Agriculture is arguing that it is in our interests for Australian domestic meat supplies to be halal certified. He’s even claiming that the price of meat will rise if this Islamic apparatus is dismantled.

If that’s true, then we might as well pack and head to the nearest mosque now. Australia belongs to Mohammad.

Fortunately, Barnaby’s not being logical. Instead, he’s running scared. It’s just that he’s more scared of Allah than Australians and he’s asking us to pay for an Islamic supply chain, when, if he was doing his job, he’d be getting the Muslims to pay for the whole shebang. After all, we don’t care if Muslims eat halal meat as long as they cough up for it.

So let’s be honest.

What the Minister for Agriculture is really doing is acknowledging that almost all meat in this country is now slaughtered in accordance with Sharia law. I don’t know when this nation agreed to this unfortunate circumstance, but Barnaby’s in a position to do something about it. He’s choosing not to.

And he’s also inadvertently unveiled the burqa that’s been hiding some inconvenient and uncomfortable facts: our entire domestic supply chain is now at the mercy of those who want more expensive, less efficient halal certified meat that is slaughtered in a way that most Australians find morally repugnant and religiously dubious. And, along the way, this Islamic bureaucracy is effectively taxing all Australians to fund mosques and other Islamic initiatives in Australia. And in places like Syria.

In other words, a tiny minority in this country and those living in the Middle East have more say over the meat we eat than we do. And we are paying them for this ‘privilege’.

That’s all bad enough, but the Minister for Agriculture’s statement about halal certification (a process that his department oversees) also says something else. It says that Barnaby Joyce would rather see us eat Sharia law compliant meat than actually doing anything to protect our freedom of choice or the Australian national interest.

As such, Barnaby ‘No Sharia Law Here’ Joyce might as well be stamped with a big halal certified logo on his forehead. At least that way he’d know that we know the truth: he might be a minister in the Australian government, but he’s taking his orders from Mecca.


I was watching Viewpoint on Foxtel last night. The 3 guests were (all female) were dismissive of any threat of Sharia law here in Oz. It is media people like that who are dangerous with the power they have to convince others that nothing is happening!

We got into bed with the devil and now barnaby we are paying for it. Time for world war three

CM Saturday! Aussie woman gets charged and fined for 'beastiality'? From what I read there may be a few more here 'abusing animals' !? AND YET!! Nothing is said or done!! Bit the same with Pedopihlia, isn't it?

Does the West need Sharia Law?

No, the West already has its own laws and system of secular government as per Romans 13:1-7 (about 57 A.D.), which has given western nations the freedom and power that they have today.

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
Therefore whoever resists the authority [temporal government] resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgement on themselves [for criminal behavior].
For civil authorities are not a terror to good works [abiding by the law], but to evil [crime]. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.
For he is God's servant to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword [law enforcement] in vain; for he is God’s servant, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’s sake.
For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers [public servants – judges, magistrates, police] attending continually to this very thing.
Render therefore to all their due; taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue, respect to whom respect.”

The preceding general mandate for the running of government and society is actually based on the ‘golden rule’ which was written down and in existence long before (see below) the Koran, Islam and Sharia (about A.D. 600)

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (about 2000 years ago)

“You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Matthew 22:37, which also appears in Leviticus (Ch.19 V.18) which was written in about 1440 B.C.

The Bible’s foundational command to treat others as ourselves (Matthew 7:12) is an all-encompassing, non-negotiable and permanent command. It is a universal guide and reference for all other rules and regulations. It is the only command in existence that enables equality between all people and individuals.

The Koran’s very flexible, no-holds-barred, do-whatever-it-takes-to-win-relative-to-the-circumstances (in order to achieve the goal of a global Islamic state) commands are in complete contrast to this.

But Muslims (and many ignorant or mischievous Atheists and others) will often claim that the Bible has those kinds of commands too. The problem with their claim is that those commands from God in the Old Testament specifically and only refer to long gone historical events between long gone people and tribes. They are one-of commands from an ancient historical context (and which Mohammad plagiarized for his own agenda) and so obviously do not stand anymore since those events have already been and gone, whereas the similar sounding commands (as plagiarized from the Old Testament by Mohammad about 600 years after Christ) that we find in the Koran are open ended commands for all time until the whole world becomes an Islamic state. That is why Muslims from Mohammad’s time 1400 years ago till today have been running around chopping off heads, raping, murdering stealing etc. in an attempt to coerce the world through fear to conform to the Islamic ideology.

True Christianity on the other hand could not care less about conquering this world since it’s doctrine states that this temporal world is to be replaced by a new heavens and a new earth (Revelation 21:1-5). Why would anyone want to conquer something that will disappear anyway?

“But the day of the Lord will come as thief in the night [unexpectedly], in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with a fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up [judgement by fire].” 2 Peter 3:10 (how is that for ‘global warming’).

True Christianity is concerned primarily with teaching people to look to Christ (including His divinity, death and resurrection, but which Islam denies). Christianity is all about salvation and the world to come, not this temporary world.

And as we can read from its own sources, the Islamic afterlife/paradise resembles a brothel or porn movie, full of adultery and fornication. If that kind of thing is forbidden by God on earth, then why would it be allowed in heaven?

Mohammad was really all about gaining this world and, given half a chance, his followers are no different. But in so doing they reject God’s forgiveness through Christ, and, like Mohammad (who rejected the true Christ and replaced it with his own false version, a mere mortal man and not God in the flesh, who could not have saved himself, let alone anyone else), try to gain the world, but lose their own souls. Spiritually, Islam is a dead end. As the true Christ already said about 600 years before Mohammad existed, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)

And the claim commonly made by Islam concerning the corruption of the original Scriptures of the Bible, to discount its contradiction of those Scriptures, is also easily destroyed by the Dead Sea Scrolls (which existed long before the Muhammad and his Koran) and other documents, which show that what we have in the Old Testament (which is extensively quoted in the New Testament) is, in its overall message, still the original.

Obviously, those who compiled the Koran were not aware of the existence and future discovery (1947) of the Dead Sea Scrolls otherwise they might have written it differently. But as it stands, the Koran has been caught lying through its teeth, and is not worth the paper that it is written on, except, as a very good example of how the Devil is able to deceive whole nations with his lies.

There are many people who are under the illusion that Mohammad was some kind of genius because he was the founder of Islam. But a ‘genius’ in relation to what? He was only a ‘genius’ relative to the ignorance of the people around him. And now, unfortunately, he might also be starting to look like a ‘genius’ to many in the West because of its own ignorance which has been brought about by its rejection of its Christian heritage and scriptural knowledge.

Psssst, Tony, want a few million more votes at the next election? Then repeal 18c. It's not rocket science.

That Pakistani who's wife was accosted by an elder lady was a coward for not standing up for his hijab clad wife. He just sat there while his wife copped it. Then later he used his baby as a shield. If someone bad mouthed my wife on I'd give it back to them not sit there like a gutless coward. Anyway how did they get into Australia when they are from Pakistan?

Anyone see 7:30 a few nights back doing their bit on Rev Fred Nile.He has balance of power in NSW Upper House.Any predictions?

Imposter my arse. I wouldn't trust one word that comes out Junaid Thornes mouth. I for one would like 5 minutes with this dog. I do feel for his old man. Hard working aussie that can't work his fucked up son out. He is a piece of dog shit with a lot to answer for.

Wonder if the gov will have the balls to deport the teenage islamic bastards that were arrested today. Who gives a fuck if they were born here. They'd have relatives somewhere in the fucked up muslim world that can go to.

Thanks diddums. The Truth is beyond shocking, and Fraser and the Libs beyond a disgrace.This country is one step forward, three steps back, and hey look at the flying pigs...and the masses go. 'Where?' incredible

Islam has nothing to do with trade. If these people are hungry they will buy our beef however WE choose to produce it (and then they can swear at it in Arabic all they bloody like). Our politicians use any trumped up reason to force US to submit to sharia law. No lie is too preposterous.

Islam is a cancer which Australia must deal with. Instead of referring to Islamic State, incidences should be described correctly as "Followers of Islam". Pretty simple, Accurate,Truthful. This would stop the Diluting of the threat that is real and present.

actually Fraser brought out most of them, followed by's only recently that the ALP has tapped into the islamic immigration fraud in terms of big numbers (again on the back of Howards excuse for an immigration program)...Diamond Dave...not too sharp

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There already through the door thanks to the ALP and Greens. you dumb flog.

The cattle used to be processed here in Australia and the meat frozen for export. :Like that for decades until the rise and rise of Islam, Sharia Law and Halal. No corner of out lives will remain unaffected.However it has to been born in mind Islam is a huge and lucrative customer base for producers. Certainly been the thin end of wedge re animal exports.Killing here in Australia to Halal specifications and exporting frozen would be the perfect solution.The sheer cruelty inconvenience and cost of live export to Muslim countries of recent years is madness. All this is post the fall of the Shah of Iran when the Ayatolahs rose to power. Can;t remember live cattle ships before then though my memory could be wrong.

The cattle should be all processed here to give Australians a job. Fuck the monkeys. The monks claim they are feedlotting them for slaughter. Bullshit. We can do that also with our massive capacity to produce hay and grain. Like our motor industry we are now exporting our beef industry to let some other prick make all the cash. Abbott wonders why he collects little tax. We do no fucking work here any more.

My day has been ruined, just discovered that Arnotts biscuits and Great Ocean Rd, cheese are halal certified! see

My day has been ruined, I just discovered that Arnotts Biscuits and Great Ocean Rd cheese is halal certified. (the nonhalal website). Gawd, this scam is everywhere.

Lipstick on a Pig. Although he is a Yank this is a nice simple explanation of Islam.