Bendigo Bank has closed The Concerned Citizens Fund’s bank account citing the group’s aims as, “…. not in keeping with the Bank’s values of diversity and inclusiveness”
There will be blowback:
To hell with these creeps. And look at the weasel worded report from the ABC coconspitators:
Bendigo Bank closes mosque opponents’ account
The local Islamic community has put forward the plans for the mosque, which is proposed for a site near the Bendigo airport.
In response, a group has formed to fight the plans.
On Friday, the Bendigo Bank issued a statement to say the closure of the protest group’s bank account was a considered decision.
The bank says that while it respects everyone’s right to voice an opinion, it wants to do business with organisations whose values align with its own.
The announcement has divided local opinion.
Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman is among the critics, saying on social media the bank’s decision was crazy and a case of shameful discrimination.
More from Larry Pickering:
The group was maintaining the bankÂ account to finance its objections to a $3 million mosque project planned for Rowena Street, Bendigo.
According to the 2011 census, Bendigo includes Castlemaine, Heathcote, Pyramid Hill and Kyneton.and supports only 263 Islamic residents within that area.
The Bendigo Concerned Citizens Group at last count had just under 5,000 supporters and its base was exponentially increasing.
Heads are likely to roll at the Bendigo Bank which has buckled to Islamic demands that the Concerned Citizens’ bank account be closed or financing for the planned mosque, along with private accounts, will be taken elsewhere.
But the loss of less than 100 Islamic accounts will pale in significance when compared to the loss of angry clients’ accounts of the fifth biggest bank in Australia with 540 branches across the country.
Has Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act again reared its ugly head? It is certainly threatening free speech at the behest of Bendigo Bank.
I have known many idiots with a death wish who manage banks, but the manager of Bendigo Bank Central takes the cake.
When contacted late today, the bank refused to comment. They also refused to give me the name of the Bank Manager, Chris Bone.
Update from Bill Muehlenberg:
Australian Sharia and Dhimmitude
I have been warning folks for years now: creeping sharia and stealth jihad are alive and well in Australia. Every day it seems we see more examples of the political ideology of Islam making inroads in this nation, stripping away our freedoms in the process.
It happens incrementally of course, so most folks don’t notice it, or think it is much of a big deal. But the end of the process will not be pretty. The Islamisation of Australia will be a shocking outcome indeed, and no one will like what they find at that point. But of course by then it will be too late to make a stink.
In the past few days we have had some more sobering examples of this occurring. The mainstream media is little interested in such events, or if it does report on them, it puts its own sharia-compliant spin on things. Consider my first example coming from Victoria.
Money talks. Political Correctness strangles. And fear of Islamic reprisals is very real. These three factors all converged in the case of the dhimmi Bendigo Bank. Larry Pickering tells the story:
Bendigo Bank has closed The Concerned Citizens Fund’s bank account citing the group’s aims as, “…. not in keeping with the Bank’s values of diversity and inclusiveness”. The group was maintaining the bank account to finance its objections to a $3 million mosque project planned for Rowena Street, Bendigo. According to the 2011 census, Bendigo includes Castlemaine, Heathcote, Pyramid Hill and Kyneton, and supports only 263 Islamic residents within that area. The Bendigo Concerned Citizens Group at last count had just under 5,000 supporters and its base was exponentially increasing.
Plenty of people were rightly shocked by this brazen example of capitulation to the Islamic overlords, and many complained to the bank. As a result, this is the statement just released by Bendigo Bank:
In response to recent questions and commentary regarding our decision to close an account. This was a considered decision by our Bank, and we respect everyone’s right to voice their opinions. Equally we have a right to ours, and we want to do business with organisations whose values align with our own. Our Bank values tolerance and inclusiveness, qualities which are an important part of a strong community. This is the only comment we will be making here on this matter.
OK, so let me get this straight. The bank values “diversity and inclusiveness,” and again, “tolerance and inclusiveness”. But that diversity, tolerance and inclusiveness obviously does not extend to anyone who has a legitimate concern about the spread of political Islam, and the diminution of our freedoms and democratic values as a result. As Bernard Gaynor puts it,
For those who don’t know, and in this particular case it is clear that this includes the Head-Honchos of Australia’s fifth largest bank, tolerance is defined as: “The ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that one dislikes or disagrees with.”
And inclusive, according to the Oxford Dictionary online, has the following meaning: “Not excluding any section of society or any party involved in something.”
Bendigo Bank obviously has other ideas about what these words mean. It thinks that being tolerant and inclusive is to operate an account for a group that want to build a mosque in Bendigo, while closing down an account for another group that opposes this idea….
It should make all Australians very concerned. The easy refrain that Sharia Law will never be implemented rings hollow when the Islamic population of around only 2% already has the power to pressure banks to shut down the financial operations of those who oppose them. That pretty much is Sharia Law. And, like any law, it also comes with police. Now we know who they are: Bendigo Bank.
And lest anyone protest and say, “Yeah, but they just want to build a mosque,” let me reply. The mosque of course in Islam is nothing at all like a church in Christianity or a synagogue in Judaism. It is a strategic political and cultural centre and a beachhead for the ongoing expansion of Islam. See more on this here:Â billmuehlenberg.com/2014/03/28/the-significance-of-the-mosque/
My second example of the rise of intolerant sharia in Australia comes from Sydney where we have the largest congregation of Muslims. It seems that those who raise concerns about Islam are now even being shot at. Here is how one MSM article begins the story:
An anti-Islamic extremist group member describes how he jumped to the floor before up to eight bullets were fired at his Greystanes unit block in western Sydney on Thursday night. A man who was targeted in a shooting in Sydney’s west on Thursday night is a member of an anti-Islamic extremist group.
Nathan Abela, 24, was not shot but suffered a minor injury to his shoulder when he dived to evade up to eight bullets that were fired into his apartment. Police said they were called to the apartment block on Cumberland Road, in Greystanes, at 11.15pm to reports that a number of shots had been fired. Witnesses told police they saw a silver Audi drive away from the premises.
Police have not confirmed reports that someone called Mr Abela’s name before the bullets were fired. No one was seriously injured in the shooting, but Mr Abela was treated by paramedics for the shoulder injury. Mr Abela is a member of the Australian Defence League, which says on its Facebook page that its aim is “standing up against Islam now, not when its [sic] too late”.
Um, please notice one thing at the outset: who does the MSM label as an extremist here? Yep, you got it. The ones shooting him are not extremists, according to the media, but the one being shot at! Go figure. Such is the level of dhimmitude now smothering most of the lamestream media.
Just imagine if a Muslim was shot at. This would be front page news, and every leftist media outlet in the country would be demanding that Christians be closely monitored to keep an eye on their “hatred” and “racism”. They would demand new laws against “Islamophobia” and work to see even more special rights be extended to Muslims.
But in this case, the bad guy is the one being shot at – all because he is warning us about the very real dangers of Islamic intolerance. And I would suggest that being shot at is a very good indication indeed of intolerance. Such is the paralysis of the mind and will in Australia today, that we now defend attempted killers while vilifying their victims.
All because we dare not say anything critical about Islam. That my friends means pretty conclusively that we have already lost, and Islam and creeping sharia have already won. But the sad truth is, it will get even worse in days to come – unless we all wake up real quick.