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If you need to say “I am not a racist”, you are

By johnboy - 9 May 2013 40

I’ve just deleted a little rant about approval for an Islamic school because:

    1. If you already know you’ll need to defend yourself against charges of racism that’s a handy clue you’re being racist.

    2. If we’re going to let Christian schools flower like topsy over the landscape then who’s to deny any other creed from doing likewise?

    3. I’m not going to die in a ditch defending your right to free speech so you can be stupid and racist on this website. Start your own blog. Let us know how you get on.

That is all.

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40 Responses to
If you need to say “I am not a racist”, you are
cross 12:46 pm 09 May 13

Baggy said :

I know of no religion which excludes based on race,

Mormons and 7th day adventist do not allow black people into heaven

chewy14 12:23 pm 09 May 13

poetix said :

Well done ED.

Hope the fastidiousness extends to sexism too…

And vegetarianism too.

Deref 12:16 pm 09 May 13

I’m not a racist. In fact I find the whole concept of “race” idiotic – we’re all the same race and, like many animals of the same race, we have different physical attributes including skin, eye and hair colour. None of those things has any effect whatsoever on the way we behave.

I am, however, strongly opposed to religiously-based schools and, particularly, government support for them. I believe that the religious indoctrination of children is a form of child abuse and, while we can’t stop it in the short term, using our taxes to support it is a disgrace.

Church is the place for religion (if there is a place for it), not school. The basis for school education in Australia is that it is free, secular and compulsory. It should stay that way.

IrishPete 12:15 pm 09 May 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

I’m really not sure why we get so worried about religious schools at all. They’re a strong part of many peoples’ cultures and traditions, and don’t cause any problems for anyone.

Because they are government-funded, i.e. I’m paying for kids to be educated in all kinds of things that probably aren’t true (only one of the religions can be right, maximum). If religions were secure in their beliefs, they would be happy for kids to have a secular education and choose their own religion when old enough to do so.

Take away all the government funding (including indirect through charitable status) and I’ll stop complaining. Maybe.

IP

HiddenDragon 12:12 pm 09 May 13

If an Islamic school results in a bit less of this:

http://images.watoday.com.au/2010/09/19/1935826/article-binge-420×0.jpg

without causing any more unreasonable disruption and inconvenience for nearby residents than any other unwanted development/redevelopment, and without encouraging radical thoughts which might poison young minds (I assume “the authorities” keep a fairly close eye on that) then it may not be such a bad thing.

On the broader issue raised by this thread, I think that, by the usual standards of Australian, and particularly, Canberran, media this site generally has a refreshingly forthright approach, and does not suffer from political correctness – it simply has an understandably healthy awareness of the litigious nature of the society in which we live.

Jim Jones 12:08 pm 09 May 13

political correctness gone mad

poetix 11:46 am 09 May 13

Well done ED.

Hope the fastidiousness extends to sexism too…

Mothy 11:42 am 09 May 13

Thanks JB, much appreciated, especially point 2.

Meanwhile:

johnboy 11:21 am 09 May 13

The thing baggy is that islamophobes in their own little minds are agin “those people”. they’re even wrong in their racism.

Diggety 11:17 am 09 May 13

I am racist. Because I know we all are.

Baggy 11:17 am 09 May 13

Point 1: disagree. Everything is deemed racist these days, comments about religion are a perfect example – I know of no religion which excludes based on race, and yet bigotry is condemned as racism. There are differences.

Point 2: Agree perfectly, as long as the same degree of oversight is proscribed in terms of the subject matter, ie the three Rs.

Point 3: Again, comments about religion are rarely race-based. If someone wants to out themselves as an ignorant bigot, my opinion is to let them and let the world know their stupidity. However, being your website, you may do as you please – dare I say it, around here, you are god!

thebrownstreak69 11:15 am 09 May 13

I’m really not sure why we get so worried about religious schools at all. They’re a strong part of many peoples’ cultures and traditions, and don’t cause any problems for anyone.

p1 11:08 am 09 May 13

I pass an Islamic school every day on the way to and from work. I have yet to notice the world (or even a small part of it) end due to said schools existence. Although I did hit and kill a cockatoo on the road outside it one day which was very sad. Perhaps god hates native birds?

wrigbe 10:52 am 09 May 13

HerCanberra said :

*loud applause*

what she said

HerCanberra 10:36 am 09 May 13

*loud applause*

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