We find everything about Gillard and her failed party ‘abhorrent’.
Does Australia celebrate the funeral of freedom of speech?
CHIP LE GRAND from The Australian sounds almost as if that is something to be proud about:
Doors slamming on anti-Islam MP
DEBBIE Robinson measures freedom of speech by the number of hotels and other venues that have agreed, then abruptly refused, to provide a stage for anti-Islamic Dutch MP Geert Wilders on his Australian speaking tour.
As deputy president of the Q Society, the Australian group hosting Mr Wilders in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney this week, Ms Robinson reckons the latest count is about 30. Most cite damage to their reputation, others the potential damage to walls and windows from protesters. “We are afraid we may offend people,” she said. “It is this huge fear factor.”
As recently as Friday night, the venue where Mr Wilders was booked to speak in Melbourne tomorrow night Â (the Muslim owned Grand Hyatt) called Ms Robinson to cancel. Another venue has been found but the location will not be announced until 7pm today, 24 hours before the speech.
The Q Society is still trying to find a hotel in Sydney willing to make available a room for a press conference on Friday.
- ‘Freedom is the key to prosperity and Islam deprives people of it’Â — Geert Wilders
“He is not being allowed to speak freely,” Ms Robinson said. “It is being shut down. Whether you support or whether you differ, to me the big issue is he should be able to speak.”
The Q Society is a firm supporter of most of what Mr Wilders says. It opposes the “Islamisation” of Australia and, like Mr Wilders, it sees Islam primarily as a political ideology rather than a religion, one that is incompatible with liberal democratic traditions and the Judeo-Christian ethic.
The group is frustrated by what it says is the failure of Australian politicians to talk seriously about the threats posted by Islam and the limits that anti-vilification and discrimination laws place on public debate. “Our politicians think it is just another religion; the man on the street thinks it is just another religion,” group spokesman Andrew Horwood said. “When you actually understand it, it is substantially different.”
Julia Gillard yesterday described Mr Wilders’ views as abhorrent. (We find everything about Gillard “abhorrent”)
Former immigration minister Chris Bowen, when he granted Mr Wilders a visa in October, said while his views were offensive, Australian society could “withstand the visit of a fringe commentator”.
Obviously not, otherwise these freaks of nature wouldn’t boycott free speech.
“How dare our liberal rulers invite in and appease this political/ religious ideology of Islam?
How dare the Muslims display their base ingratitude and pathological temerity to call upon us, the architects of the most civilised, gentle, advanced and altruistic society the world has ever known, to bend to their barbaric ways? How dare these followers of a 7th century desert warrior look at our decency and our tolerance as mere symptoms of Western weakness to be duly exploited at our children’s expense? Is it really possible that we could commit our children to an Islamic future of second-class status or death, because we were too timid and too cowed to raise our voices in the face of colonisation and treason?” – Paul Weston, from Resisting Islam and Liberalism’s War Against the West (available soon).
“The Kuffar, you can go to hell”, “Christianity can go to hell”, “This is a Muslim area”, “We are coming to implement Islam”, “You’re dirty. You’re a gay mate. You’re a fag. You bloody fag.” – Muslim patrols, London, 2013
“Islam currently poses the biggest threat the Western world has ever faced. Historically, our enemies could only overthrow countries or civilisations by forming armies and mounting physical attacks against them, but today Islam is within the West, just as the Goths were once within Rome and the Greeks within Troy.” – Paul Weston, from Resisting Islam and Liberalism’s War Against the West