It has come to this. Feeding the crocodile in the hope it will eat her last. Future generations will curse this barren creature for selling out to a criminal organization in the guise of religion.
Here’s the link to last night’s ABC Q & A with a warning: painful to watch!
There is a baying for the blood of Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi for saying this:
“Islam itself is the problem – it’s not Muslims,” he told radio station MTR.
“Muslims are individuals that practise their faith in their own way, butÂ Islam is a totalitarian, political and religious ideology.
“It tells people everything about how they need to conduct themselves, who they’re allowed to marry and how they’re allowed to treat other people.”
Ms Gillard used Question Time on Monday to call for the heads of Coalition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison and outspoken South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi….
Ms Gillard says the politics of the past week have raised the “spectre of One Nation”.
“It is the job of national leadership… to explain to people there is ultimately nothing to be afraid of,…There is another path, and that is seeking to channel that fear and that resentment into political gain… that spectre of that ugly politics. That grubby path is before us again and the principal task of this Parliament this week is to banish that spectre again.”
But here’s the odd thing. I have not seen a single word of criticism from Gillard, Labor, the Greens, the ABC or the Fairfax media for this even nastier attacks from Independent MP Nick Xenephon – attacks in which just one detail has been altered:
Xenophon adjournment speech, 17 Nov 2009
What we are seeing is a worldwide pattern of abuse and criminality. On the body of evidence this is not happening by accident; it is happening by design. Islam is not a religious organisation. It is a criminal organisation that hides behind its so-called religious beliefs. What you believe does not mean you are not accountable for how you behave.
Xenophon questions whether Islam deserves support:
I ask my fellow senators: do these things sound like religious activities to you? Does this sound like an organisation that should be receiving support from the Australian taxpayer in the form of tax exemptions because they claim to be a religion?Â In the past Islam has claimed that those who question their organisation are attacking the group’s religious freedom. It is twisted logic, to say the least. Religious freedom did not mean the Catholic or Anglican Churches were not held accountable for crimes and abuses committed by their priests, nuns and officialsâ€”albeit belatedly. Ultimately, this is not about religious freedom. In Australia there are no limits on what you can believe. But there are limits on how you can behave. It is called the law, and no-one is above it.
Xenophon speech extracts, Senate Chamber, 18 March 2010
I do not want to stand in the way, and nor should this place stand in the way, of questioning a person’s belief systems, but when we have mounting evidence of cases of abuse, of cases where this organisation says it is above the law because of its own court systemâ€”a parallel court system, it seems, to the laws of this nationâ€”then I think that is worth looking at. I think it is worth looking at because no-one should be above the law; no organisation should be above the law. … It has a separate court system…
The detail altered here is the word “Scientology”, which I’ve exchanged for “Islam”.Â Scientology indeed has questions to answer about the breakup of families and the apparent use of psychological manipulation of its members, although I have not done the research to establish guilt or innocence. But at least none of its members have been convicted of terrorism, called for terror attacks on Australians or its allies or formed bikie or drug gangs. Nor do they fill our jails out of proporation to the size of their community.
So the difference is…?