Boy! Am I sick of seeing and hearing squawking banshees going on about the imminent imposition of Sharia Law into Oz. And by people who actually don’t know what it is!
You’d expect that elected representatives would know what our Constitution says about the rule of law in this country or at the very least, would have advisers who stop them from making fools of themselves.
But hey! Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story or a good media grab.
We have more to fear from the far-right cohort than ever we do from the Muslim community.
Worry about Cory Bernardi and George Christiansen who would have us dangling like puppets from the strings of the Vatican or the like. Fear the far right anti-Mosque campaigners who have their roots in the deep south of the USA. Remember that the KKK is a Christian organisation.
People like Pauline Hanson, whose own antecedents were immigrants, wants to rid the land of those accursed Muslims in much the same way as she wanted all Vietnamese refugees prevented from coming here. She says that they will introduce Sharia law by stealth. She shrieks that we should bring in harsher immigration laws for Muslims but interestingly, no same restrictions for those red headed Anglo types. And where is her proof that this is a fifth columnist invasion? None at all exist!
That outburst from the Senator from Tasmania was an appalling display of ignorance and bullying. No such considered view advanced with proof of position. Just a banshee on the wing!
My heart went out to Ms Abdel-Magied who defended her people, her religion and her right, yes, right, to practice her religion in peace. She was howled down with finger pointing and emotive rubbish! So… what does the Senator from the South say about the hate calls and death threats she has invoked and encouraged by her outburst?
This young woman, who hid her faith for so many years for fear of being targeted, who hid from being labelled as a “Muslim girl”, now has the courage to stand up to the bullies and defend herself. She shouldn’t have to do that! Where is the protection in our Constitution from the sort of veiled discrimination perpetrated on her by Lambie?
Oh yeah! While I’m having vent, what about the three clerics who have had a fatwah invoked against them. ISIS has declared that they should be killed because they are moderates, because they are on the side of the infidel. Where is the shrieking class who demanded that the Muslim leadership stand up to the threat of radicalisation? They have been doing just that and they look behind themselves for support and what do they see? The open mouths of Hanson and Lambie shouting at them.
And where is the even-handedness from the banshees? They don’t condemn the work of the Christian churches in their mission to save the souls of Aussies. Where is the condemnation of the visits by the Mormons who want to bless our houses? The purveyors of the “War Cry”, the exploitative visits by children (while their adults hide in the shrubbery) to seek to deliver godliness to our godless homes?
We are all appalled by the child sex abuse by the Catholics and other churches but where is Lambie and Hanson condemning Pell for doing nothing? The Bishops who protected their priests? The Brother Superiors who moved the praying mantis Brothers around the schools? They say that the instances of abuse are not part of the doctrine of the churches and that they are individual issues. Rot! It is systemic!
Where are they saying that the Buddhists are a peaceful people here but kill Rohingya’s in Myanmar? Where are they saying that the Hindus are peaceful here but slaughtered Tamils in Sri Lanka? Where are they saying that the Baptists are ok here but they are killing black people in the south of the US. Nowhere, that’s where! No, but it is not on for Muslims to be having issues overseas but are peaceful here!
The banshees ought to be even-handed and a bit more informed. They should be supportive of people who came here for a better life, who came to enrich our country.
But then, in line with the “State of Fear” theory, you keep the populace in a state of fear, show them that you can protect them and you have a job for life. Maybe this is what it is really about.
If not, we have more to fear! Some wise guy said “you have nothing to fear than fear itself”, but I don’t agree.
I fear Cory Bernardi, George Christiansen, Jacqui Lambie and Pauline Hanson. I fear Donald Trump and the far-right in Europe.
So come on, you lot! If you agree with me, say so. And if you don’t, then out yourselves for the rouge coloured rash around your collar!