We don’t have a problem with races. We have a problem with Islam. And Islam is not a race.
Racism problem ‘bigger than Islamophobia’
- BY:PATRICIA KARVELASÂ
- From:The AustralianÂ
- June 28, 2012
RACE Discrimination Commissioner Helen Szoke says the national anti-racism campaign to be launched in August will not focus on Islamophobia, despite a recent parliamentary inquiry finding that it is the biggest racism issue in Australia.
Ms Szoke said the issue of racism was much broader and affected many people, including indigenous Australians.
Ms Szoke and the Australian Human Rights Commission have been charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive anti-racism strategy. She told The Australian yesterday a priority was to determine where the strong anti-Muslim sentiment in the community was coming from.
“Our national strategy is addressing racism across the spectrum, and that includes the racism experienced by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that has been entrenched and systemic for many years. We have to get that on the radar as well as demystify what is happening to Muslims,” she said.
The Australian revealed yesterday that Australians were comfortable with multiculturalism and racial diversity, but an overwhelming number had expressed concerns that Muslims were not integrating and were coming to Australia to impose their values on the nation.
A far-reaching bipartisan federal parliamentary inquiry into the nation’s acceptance of culturally diverse communities, due to report in August, will conclude that the largest issue facing the nation is the acceptance of Muslims, who many Australians fear have their own agenda. Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou, who chairs the inquiry, has told The Australian her committee believes the country needs strong political leadership to address the crisis.
Ms Szoke said it needed to be determined if there was in fact a concerted campaign by anti-Islam groups or a widespread anti-Islam view among Australians.
“As with all waves of suspicion about different races, we have to actively work to bring people together and demystify aspects of what being a Muslim is . . . If we don’t do that, it allows too easily the ability to revert to the extreme notions that this is a takeover and a danger to who we are as Australians,” she said.
You can get your ‘demystifying of Islam’ right here, Ms Szoke. Undiluted, without da’awa and Â without the taqiyya cherry on top.
Ms Szoke said anti-Islam sentiment was an international phenomenon. “There’s an international dialogue about the role of Muslims in different communities and whatever drives that will have an impact on Australia.”
Islamic terror, jihad, sharia, fanaticism and the obsession with conquest is an international phenomenon.
But she added that racism was deeper across the country and affected a whole range of groups.
“The reality is that our national anti-racism strategy is dealing with racism in the broad spectrum, so part of that is attitudes at an individual level — institutionalised racism — part is about unconscious bias, and there is work to do on all of those fronts.
“The anti-Muslim sentiment is something we need to take into account before we launch the strategy at the end of August, and most particularly we need to look at our communications strategy. But that is only one part of the jigsaw.
“If we have one part of the community that’s isolated and attacked and being feared, that diminishes us as a community. That is something we will look at.”
You brought it upon us. Fix it or get out of the way.
She called on national leaders to get to the bottom of where the discomfort with Muslims was coming from.
“We need to understand why they are being singled out,” Ms Szoke said.
They are not being ‘singled out’- they are simply Â not part of Australia because they don’t want to be.
And we, including you, Ms Szoke, don’t want to be part of them and live under Islam.