Australia: Muslim leaders urge PM to outlaw “Islamophobia”

Sonia Kruger outburst in focus as Muslim leaders urge PM to outlaw “Islamophobia”

Australia has an extremely weak government and a largely ignorant, apolitical populace. There is a high likelihood that a well organised Moslem push to criminalise an imaginary condition, “Islamophobia”, succeed. That would enable Moslems to use litigation jihad to render all opposition to the Islamic expansion project illegal. 

The Moonbat comments on this NewDaily article are amazing.

Sonia Kruger was heavily criticised in 2016 over her comments about Muslims
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“Heavily criticised” by Moonbats & Mohammedans.
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Television host Sonia Kruger’s vilification of Muslims, and men telling women wearing hijabs on trains they are “terrorists” should be against the law, Islamic groups say.

Australian Islamic leaders have urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to tackle Islamophobia as he prepares to unveil new religious discrimination laws.

Australian National Imams Council spokesman Bilal Rauf, who attended talks with Mr Morrison on August 5, said the comments by the former Dancing with The Stars host on Channel Nine’s Today show was a perfect example of the problem.

Dancing With The Stars host Sonia Kruger.

“There was the case of Sonia Kruger, who said we should ban all Muslims and not let them come into our country,” he told The New Daily.

“Now the [NSW Civil and Administrative} Tribunal found clearly that was a comment that would incite contempt and hatred.

“Yet, the tribunal said there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s actually not unlawful.

“In the same way that someone shouldn’t be able to paint a swastika, Islamophobia should not be acceptable.”

Kruger was found to have vilified Muslims when she called for Australia to close its borders on Today.

But the tribunal found she had not engaged in racial vilification because Muslim people living in Australia are not a race.

Kruger’s comments were deemed to incite contempt and hatred.

On July 18, 2016, Kruger said Japan didn’t have many Muslims and you never hear about terror attacks there.

“Personally I think Andrew Bolt has a point here that there is a correlation between the number of Muslims in a country and the number of terrorist attacks,” she said.

“Personally I would like to see it [Muslim migration] stopped now for Australia because I would like to feel safe as all of our citizens do when they go out to celebrate Australia Day and I’d like to see freedom of speech.”

Kruger read a prepared statement on air the next day, describing her views as extreme.

“I acknowledge my views yesterday may have been extreme. It is a hugely complex and sensitive issue. It’s an issue with no simple answer and it’s an issue that cannot be fully discussed in a short televised segment,” she said.

Apologies like that are always a mistake.

Mr Rauf said whether it was tackled in religious discrimination laws or separately, the debate needed to begin.

No debate needed.

“There is an increasing trend of Islamophobia. There is no law currently in NSW that protects against that. It’s different in Victoria,” Mr Rauf said.

There is no “increasing” of an imaginary condition. The Victorian hate-speech laws are appalling and must be revoked.

“It doesn’t fall squarely within the current debate, but I generally flagged it with the Prime Minister.”

The Sydney barrister said a “common experience” was hijab-wearing women being abused on public transport.

Hardly happens. It’s Moslem grievance theatre.

“Sadly, the people who tend to be faced with it is not men, but tend to be women and children,” Mr Rauf said.

Is Rauf suggesting that (Moslem) men would run amok in case someone said something they don’t like to hear?

“So, a woman on a train wearing a hijab … a common experience is men will come to her and intimidate her and say ‘Take off your veil, you terrorist’ or ‘Get out of here’.

It hardly happens. We don’t need laws to protect them from us. We need to be protected from them.

“Things like that are quite traumatic.”

Mohammedan terror is quite traumatic, Mr Rauf.

Update:

Religious protections around Islamophobic speech ‘outrageous’

Sky News host Rita Panahi says that the call by some Islamic Imams for further religious protections to be made around Islamophobic speech is a “blasphemy law of sorts” and is “outrageous”.

According to the Friday Show host, a number of consecutive polls indicate “one in two people” echoes the sentiments of TV presenter Sonia Kruger who received heavy criticism for comments about pausing migration from Islamic countries. “I escaped an Islamist country where you get locked up for blasphemy and the last thing I want to see is these sort of laws that make people afraid to criticise religion,” Ms Panahi said. Image: AP

5 thoughts on “Australia: Muslim leaders urge PM to outlaw “Islamophobia””

  1. … Ms Kruger said:

    “Or is it actually really simple? I mean, personally, I think Andrew Bolt has a point here, that there is a correlation between the number of people who, you know, are Muslim in a country and the number of terrorist attacks. Now I have a lot of very good friends who are Muslim, who are peace-loving who are beautiful people, but there are fanatics. And does the population and the correlation between those two things, is it having an impact? I mean, if you look at Japan, Japan has a population of 174 million. It has a hundred thousand people in that country who are Muslim. We never hear of terrorist attacks in Japan. Personally I would like to see it stopped now for Australia. Because I want to feel safe, as all of our citizens do, when they go out to celebrate Australia Day. And I’d like to see freedom of speech and Lisa I think, you know we’re seeing journalists threatened… .” …

    1. This is a better article on the same subject:

      The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC), Australia’s peak body for Islamic preachers has called for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to outlaw “Islamophobia”.

      Samantha Maiden from the union super fund backed news website the New Daily quoted ANIC spokesman Bilal Rauf who said “Islamophobia should not be acceptable.”

      Rauf was one of the attendees at Scott Morrison’s meeting with religious leaders on August 5 to discuss his government’s proposal for a Religious Discrimination Act.

      The ANIC elects the Grand Mufti of Australia which is currently Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman. Shady was a guest at Malcolm Turnbull’s 2016 Iftar dinner at Kirribilli House. It was later revealed in a 2013 video he blamed homosexuality for “sending diseases” like HIV AIDS.

      The proposal for such an act grew out of the Ruddock Review into Religious Freedom in Australia which was set up by then Turnbull Government to appease conservative concerns about religious freedom and free speech in the wake of same sex marriage becoming legal.

      The recent sacking of Israel Folau by Ruby Australia over his sinners Instagram post, which saw the Australian Christian Lobby raise $2 million for Folau’s unfair dismissal case renewed pressure on Scott Morrison to deliver his pre-election promise to introduce such an Act.

      But many have had concerns, even those who support freedom of religion that such an Act could limit free speech and legitimate political discourse in Australia. Christian legal academic Dr Augusto Zimmerman wrote in the Spectator earlier this month that such an Act could be a “Trojan horse” which will outlaw “hate speech” based on criticism of religion.

      Therefore it should not come as a surprise that Australia’s Imams are using the consultation process to have included in the Act the outlawing of Islamophobia.

      Rauf has claimed that “There is an increasing trend of Islamophobia and lamented that “There is no law currently in NSW that protects against that. It’s different in Victoria”. He was referring to Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act whose religious component has been used overwhelming to prosecute critics of Islam.

      Rauf’s justification for outlawing Islamphobia was because it was not found to be unlawful for Sonia Kruger to say on the Today Show in 2016 that she supported banning Muslim immigration to Australia due to frequent terror attacks in the West and elsewhere in the name of Islam.

      Although the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal found Kruger’s comments incited contempt and hatred against Muslims, they did not find her guilty of the charge of racial vilification because Islam is not a race.

      The content of Kruger’s comments everyone should remember was when the Today panel was discussing an Andrew Bolt column on the correlation between Islamic immigration to a nation and terrorist incidents.

      It is also worth nothing that Kruger’s view is that shared by United States President Donald Trump who banned travel from seven majority Muslim nations when he first came to office due to radical Islamic terror concerns.

      So Australia’s Imams don’t simply want to outlaw words that could incite violence against Muslims, which is the only legitimate argument for curtailing free speech. But anyone who advocates a more prudent immigration policy such as Sonia Kruger should be silenced.

      The Australian National Imams Council was part of the Keep New South Wales Safe Alliance, a coalition of 31 community organisations which successfully lobbied the NSW Parliament to pass strengthened hate speech laws.

      It is now a criminal offence in NSW to “publicly threaten or incite violence” on the grounds of race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex or HIV/AIDS status with penalties of up to three years imprisonment or an $11,000 fine.

      Islamophobia is such a vague term that it can include any criticism of Islam and its religious practices. Outlawing it is equivalent to passing a blasphemy law. But of course we are living in the age where the definition of “hate speech” and “vilification” is expanding, so the definition of “free speech” is being narrowed.

      We should value freedom of religion, but while legislating one freedom let’s not take away another. This demand from Australian National Imams Council should make Australians consider the wider implications and unintended consequences of passing a Religious Discrimination Act.

  2. I agree completely! The word “islamophobia” should indeed be outlawed and banned as “tard-speech” and anyone caught using it to slight others should be impaled immediately on public TV.

  3. May I quote the views of Legal academic and noted conservative commentator Professor James Allan? Writing in Quadrant Online, he expressed his views thus:

    ‘The plan on the religious freedom front appears to be that they will create yet another human rights commissioner – a Religious Freedom Commissioner. If any sentient being on the planet thinks this will work, then I have some seaside property in Alice Springs I’d like to sell them… Leave that aside. At some point Labor will get to pick its own so-called Religious Freedom Commissioner, and you just know that person will be wholly in step with the ABC worldview. No, as I say, leave that aside. Worse by far is that you simply can’t trust the Libs to pick anyone worth picking … This mooted “remedy” will do absolutely nothing for religious freedom in this country.’ (‘Christmas in Australia’s Political Poor House’ Quadrant Online 14 December 2018).

    Professor Allan’s proposed solution is much simpler. Forget about this legislation, abolish the Human Rights Commission completely and repeal section 18C. ‘Do that, and virtually all the problems faced by religious people would go.’ Indeed!

    Oh, and what’s the bet that Labor will appoint a Muslim as ‘Religious Freedom Commissioner’ as soon as it gets a chance? If the BBC can appoint a Muslim as Head of Religious Programming (which it has done) then anything is possible in this world of collective insanity.

    1. ‘Human Rights’ is usually outsourced to useless, obnoxious grievance mongers like Soupie or Triggsy.

      We will see the same with a ‘Religious Freedom Kommissar’, who will be a Moslem or a pandering dolt.

      All of this endangers to our wellbeing, our future & our freedom.

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