A Mr Kurt Kennedy, a Vietnamese born Muslim convert Australian has today applied for the best party of Allah to become a political party. It seems that this is only in the ACT at present but Mr Kennedy has stated that he hopes that it will give a national political voice to Muslims in this country.
Mr Kennedy was a failed candidate in the last ACT elections and I wonder if he used his Muslim ideology back then, or is simply using it now to gain political mileage.
[ED – RiotACT and Kurt Kennedy go back a ways]
[UPDATED: See “More” for Sophie Pananpoulos hilarious hysteria on this subject]
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Interestingly he did state this, that “he aimed to recruit 500 members to register the party nationally and had a long-term goal to control parliament.”
Either way, I am quite ambivalent about the whole issue but I thought it was interesting all the same.
Article from the Sydney Morning herald here.
ED UPDATE: Parliamentary village idiot Sophie Panopoulos MP took up this issue in the Federal Parliament last night:
Ms PANOPOULOS (Indi) (6.38 pm)â€”Following
todayâ€™s launch of a new political party describing itself
as the â€˜Best Political Party of Allahâ€™, and following the
recent prime ministerial summit with Muslim leaders, I
rise to discuss the issue of Islamic fundamentalism and
the nature of its threat to Australia. The leader of this
new party, Kurt Kennedy, a convert to Islam, this
morning went on ABC radio to excuse Osama bin
Laden for the September 11 attacks â€˜until he has been
brought before a tribunal or a justice system to be
asked whether he did it or notâ€™. Kennedy went on to
defend the mantra of â€˜one personâ€™s terrorist is another
personâ€™s freedom fighterâ€™. It is disconcerting to specu-late
that this political party could, in an extraordinary
circumstance, have a say in the result of marginal seats
through the distribution of its preferences. When we
remain silent and refuse to condemn the vitriol of the
worst aspects of hate based Islamic preaching, it is lit-tle
wonder that splinter groups such as Kennedyâ€™s
come into existence.
You can read the rest of the bile here (Page 64).