The tennis is over for another year, with Serena Williams and Roger Federer emerging triumphant, despite their opponents putting up a good fight. Likewise, although good dhimmis, neither Marr nor Burke could plumb the depths of dhimmitude required for our coveted Dhimwit award. Not that they didn't try! Like most PC elitists, Marr shows great disdain for Judeo-Christian values and seems to think that any who fear Islam must be racists (white of course!) As for Prof Burke, his attempts to gag academic discourse and prevent Dr Mervyn Bendle from revealing the parlous state of terrorism studies, where academics downplay the danger from jihadis, preferring to hold Western countries responsible for terrorism, were positively heroic.
But they couldn't beat Jon Stanhope, our winner for January.
So what makes Stanhope such an uber dhimmi?
1. When local residents in the Canberra suburb of Nicholls managed to put off plans for a Mosque in the area, their triumph was short-lived. Dhimmi ACT Chief Minister Stanhope pushed to establish a mosque elsewhere in the area twice the size of the original proposal.
Plans for a mosque in Nicholls have been abandoned after opposition from residents over parking and traffic concerns.
Canberra Muslim Community president Khondoker Yusuf said that the organisation would now try to find a more suitable location in the Gungahlin area.
Yusuf said an alternative site could also mean a rethink of the size of the mosque. A capacity of 250 people had been planned for Nicholls, but a larger mosque would now be considered to meet future needs.
Stanhope said a site in the Gungahlin Town Centre could be a better option for a 500-capacity mosque as parking would be less of an issue. (source)
2. Stanhope recently approved a massive new Canberra madrassah:
The Islamic School of Canberra might relocate to Weston so it can cater for secondary students and accommodate growing student numbers.
The ACT Government announced yesterday the vacant CIT site could be a possible ''new home'' for the school, which is currently housed at the former Watson High campus.
The school has enjoyed increasing enrolments and has more than 100 students from kindergarten to Year 6, but to register as a high school and accept secondary students it needs to occupy larger premises.
Stanhope said the school had been approved for a direct grant of land and the Government had been looking for possible sites.
''They are currently in the old Watson High School; they have outgrown that ... they are looking to extend into high school but they can't do it on that site,'' he said.
The CIT Horticulture School in Heysen Street, Weston, which is relocating to Bruce in 2010, had been identified as a possible new home for the school. (source)
3. He KNOWS Islam is peaceful. In a 2005 Media Release, he opined that:
Terrorism was the work of ideological extremists whose beliefs and methods were abhorrent to the overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims.
He met local Islamic leaders at the Canberra mosque to reaffirm Canberra's commitment to multiculturalism and to join with Muslims in condemning terrorism and mourning its victims.
"The terrorists who claim to commit acts of terror in the name of Islam, are no more representative of the Islamic faith than the IRA bombers were representative of Christianity, or the Tamil Tiger suicide bombers are of Hinduism," Mr Stanhope said.
"For the overwhelming majority of Muslims, Islam is a religion that teaches peace...in Canberra our diverse communities of Muslims are deeply and securely embedded in all aspects of our shared life...just as they have something in common with other Muslim communities - a shared faith - they also have much in common with non-Muslims - a love of our way of life and a respect for human rights, including religious freedom."
Down through history people of many faiths have resorted to acts of terror in a bid to shock and frighten their enemies, but these individuals are motivated by extremist interpretations of religious teachings. It is vital that their actions not be allowed to sour the community's tolerance of religious and cultural diversity.
These are feelings the ACT Government fosters through our Framework for a Multicultural ACT, our Strategic Plan Addressing Racism and Unfair Discrimination, the Canberra Social Plan, and the Human Rights Act...which are helping us to build an inclusive community in which each of us has the opportunity to reach our potential and each of us contributes to the community.
I trust that that knowledge will quieten our fear, heighten our resolve and consolidate our sense of brotherhood." (source)
Stanhope's wish to consolidate a sense of Brotherhood will no doubt be fulfilled, but not in the way he meant it!
4. He reprimanded Liberal MLA Steve Pratt for daring suggest he was not tough on extremism:
"I was astonished and somewhat disturbed to read Mr Pratt's utterly inaccurate account of my meeting with members of the local Islamic community..."
He says - wrongly - that I failed to publicly attack extremism. ... I explicitly condemned extremism and violence in the strongest possible terms. He says - again wrongly - that I criticised federal and state leaders who have called for a tightening of anti-terrorist laws.
... Mr Pratt ought, as the Liberals' spokesman on multiculturalism, to join with me in a bipartisan attempt to reassure Canberra's law-abiding Muslims that they are welcome and respected members of our community.
During my mosque visit I was chastened to witness the anxiety felt by law-abiding Australian citizens who happen to be Muslims, in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. These are individuals who have nothing to apologise for, yet they are being made to feel that they ought to apologise, that they need to publicly and personally renounce violence in a way that is not expected of any other group of Australians. The fact that they used the mosque visit to do just that - to express their abhorrence of terrorism and their commitment to Australia, the rule of law, and peace - showed a degree of maturity from which Mr Pratt could learn something." (source)
Seems that Pratt might have a point - Stanhope seems to be more concerned with the sensitivities of Muslims than the victims of terrorist attacks. And surely it is not unreasonable to expect Muslims to renounce Islamically sanctioned violence if they want to live in democracy like Australia.
5. He has won the approval of AFIC, which means he is a very good dhimmi!:
One of the foremost projects we have been focussing on is to form partnerships to actively engage with Islamic countries through their embassies in Canberra, to form a vital link in the chain of Muslim unity and brotherhood, and to participate in various exchange programs and initiatives with the aim of enhancing an understanding of Islam, promoting human rights and justice, and empowering Muslims of Australia.
We are particularly pleased to announce a permanent home and premises for the Islamic School of Canberra. AFIC welcomes the decision of the ACT Government to allocate the former CIT School of Horticulture site in Weston as permanent premises for the Islamic School of Canberra.
We acknowledge the role of the Chief Minister Jon Stanhope for his inclusive vision and recognition of community needs and contribution in ACT. (source)
All I can say is, if Islamists in Canberra like what he is doing, then our country is in grave danger.
What Muslims call his "inclusive vision" is appeasement and capitulation.
So, for helping to Islamize Canberra, our capital city, Stanhope is our first Dhimwit of 2010.