* Hmm, don’t you wonder why? Could it have something to do with theÂ bestialÂ gang-rapes of Aussie teenagers? Could it be that the crackpot statements of their ‘cat-meatÂ muftisÂ and mealy mouthed ‘out of context’ apologies don’t wash with Aussies who have excellent BS detectors? Could it have something to do with Bali 1 & 2 where large numbers of Aussies were blown toÂ smithereens? The terror trial against Nacer Benbrika and his gang? The murder of Aussie journalists in East Timor by Indonesian army thugs? That and a million other things like theÂ constantÂ push for more mosques and madrassahs which are as Australian as a Hitler helmet?
Nah. Foggeddabouddit: here’s another wakademic fromÂ the University of Western Sydney, a hotbed of tolerance and multicultural diversity-crock, Â who’s telling us that we’re just not tolerant enough:
Abuse of the flag does not an Aussie make
SYDNEY: One in ten Australians believe some races are superior to others and Muslims are the most unpopular group in the country, the lead author of a new study said on Sunday. (A false analogy: Islam is not a race./ed)
* Paki Daily discovers ‘Islamophobia’ in Denmark:Â Expel Islam from Europe
Professor Kevin Dunn from the University of Western Sydney said a 10-year study of 12,500 people found that Australians were generally tolerant, with more than 80 percent viewing cultural diversity as beneficial. But about 10 percent of the population were racial supremacists.
Dunn said Muslims were most often seen as the group that did not ‘fit in’ to Australian life. (they don’t/ed)
“They stand out at the moment as the group that people would be most concerned about,” Dunn said. “There’s stronger levels of social distance or fear of Islam or concern about Islam than of any other group at the moment.”
Asked how they would feel if a close relative was to marry a Muslim, 54 percent of people in New South Wales would be concerned, he said. afp (a false argument: Muslim men are allowed to marry Christian or Jewish women. Muslim women are not permitted to marry a non Muslim by threat of death/ed)
Islam Online tops it up:
Unpopular Muslims, Superior Aussies
A case for Yusuf:
Irfan Yusuf:Â Silence over suffering is deafening
4:00AMÂ Monday Sep 22, 2008
We often read stories of India’s economic miracle, its IT revolution and its Bollywood culture. We’re keen to do business with India, and Indian migrants are regarded as highly skilled and hard-working.
Australia is even considering selling uranium to India, presuming its status as the world’s biggest democracy makes its nuclear programme less dangerous than that of Iran or Pakistan.
But what about human rights? We so often implement double standards when determining how human rights might affect our international relations.
The experiences of India’s religious minorities have generally been ignored by Western Governments and commentators.
India’s majority faith is Hinduism, an inherently pacifist and tolerant religion. Notwithstanding the caste system, Hindu societies have traditionally practised liturgical and doctrinal pluralism.
Yet indigenous Indian faiths also include Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism. Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, a deeply religious man, borrowed freely from all Indian religious traditions.
Gandhi’s vision was of a truly civilised and democratic India which zealously protected its minorities. He fought not only the British Raj but also communal extremists who incited bloodshed between religious communities. His assassination occurred at the hands of extremists of his own Hindu faith. In recent decades, these forces have re-emerged in mainstream Indian politics.
The spirit of Gandhi’s assassins was present in the various social, educational and political organisations linked to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which ruled India federally from 1998 until 2004 and which continues to be the ruling party in various Indian state legislatures. In 2002, BJP activists in Gandhi’s home state of Gujrat systematically murdered at least 2000 Muslim (and some Christian) civilians and made 150,000 homeless.
Police stood by and watched these atrocities take place. State Government workers carried lists of Muslim- and Christian-owned businesses and properties which were destroyed. The Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modhi praised the attackers, and remains Chief Minister.
Christians in Pakistan are often victims of discrimination, some even prosecuted under Pakistan’s selective implementation of religious-based laws. In recent times, there has been much discussion of the precarious position faced by Christians in Muslim-majority states such as Malaysia, Iraq and the Palestinian territories.
These are all crucial human rights issues about which people of all faiths, especially Muslim minorities, need to agitate.
Unfortunately, minority rights have become an issue of double standards. We rarely hear local Muslim religious bodies and lobbies talking about the plight of non-Muslim minorities in Muslim-majority states. Few Muslim religious leaders have taken the example of imams like South Africa’s Farid Esack, who has agitated against the mistreatment of Pakistan’s Christian communities.
Imagine a situation where members of an established indigenous Christian community in Malaysia are wrongly accused of murdering the leader of a Muslim chauvinist group. They are hunted down by Muslim thugs, their homes and villages firebombed.
The situation becomes so tenuous Christian leaders announce they might even form their own militia if the Government refuses to provide effective protection.
This situation is happening, though not in Malaysia and not at the hands of Muslims. In India, activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a movement that forms part of the BJP opposition, have terrorised Indian Catholic communities and institutions.
The VHP regards Catholicism as a foreign faith, despite its presence in India for at least a millennium. Catholic welfare groups are accused of pressuring lower-caste Hindus to convert to Christianity. Most Catholics are either former Dalits (untouchables) or from indigenous tribal groups.
On August 23, a senior VHP leader was murdered in the eastern state of Orissa. Maoist rebels claimed responsibility for the murder, accusing the VHP leader of having Nazi sympathies. But VHP leaders blamed Catholics. More than 40 churches and 11 other Christian institutions (including those linked to the order of the late Mother Teresa) were destroyed by VHP supporters. One female missionary was burned alive and dozens of other Christians murdered.
Yet the silence among otherwise vocal Christian activists about the suffering of India’s Christian communities is deafening. Even politicians claiming to champion our Judeo-Christian heritage are silent.
There are 18 million Catholics in India, more than in Canada and England combined. Yet as Father Raymond de Souza lamented in a recent article for Canada’s National Post, anti-Christian violence by VHP and BJP extremists cannot be checked if it is not even noticed.
As if to underscore his remarks, the Australian newspaper reported on September 16 that violence has spread to Karnataka, with some 14 churches destroyed.
All believers must all agitate for the rights of all religious minorities, especially those suffering human rights abuses in friendly nations. Selective indignation on human rights abuses compromises not only our faith but our very humanity.
* Irfan Yusuf is a Sydney lawyer and associate editor ofÂ AltMuslim.com.
“There’s stronger levels of social distance or fear of Islam or concern about Islam than of any other group at the moment,” Dunn said. (Google)
SYDNEY â€” The Muslim community is the most unpopular in Australia, a new 10-year study has revealed.“There’s stronger levels of social distance or fear of Islam or concern about Islam than of any other group at the moment,” human geography and urban studies professor Kevin Dunn told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Sunday, September 28.
“They stand out at the moment as the group that people would be most concerned about.”
The study of 12,500 people by Dunn showed that 40 percent of Australians believe some ethnic groups don’t belong to Australia.
“The most often-mentioned groups were Muslims or people from the Middle East,” he noted.
The study, “Challenging Racism: The Anti-Racism Research Project”, found New South Wales to be the least tolerant state in the country.
Asked how they would feel if a close relative was to marry a Muslim, 54 percent of people in New South Wales would be concerned.
And some 47 percent of people from the same state indicated at least one group that didn’t fit in Australia — the highest percentage in the country.
“It means that in New South Wales there is more of a narrow idea of what constitutes Australian.”
Muslims, who have been in Australia for more than 200 years, make up 1.5 percent of its 20-million population.
Dunn said the anti-Muslim sentiments are strong across Australia.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt about that and that tells something about what needs to be done in terms of reconstructing images of some groups.”
Australian Muslims have been haunted with suspicion and have had their patriotism questioned since the 9/11 attacks.
A recent governmental report revealed that Muslims are facing deep-seated Islamophobia and race-based treatment like never before.
“I love the Australian culture, the music and food,” said Asma Yusra.
The 21-year-old Muslim from Lakemba has been the subject of racial prejudices.
In one incident, a man threw a newspaper at her face, opened at a story about a terrorist attack.
“I was deeply hurt by that experience. I feel just as Australian as everyone else. I was born and raised here,” she told The Sydney Morning Herald.
The study also found that one in ten Australians believe that some races are superior than others.
“Only about one in ten people across the various states would hold those views nowadays,” said Dunn.
“But one in ten is a lot. It means one person in every lunch room, one person in every locker room, five or ten people on a train.”
10 thoughts on “Muslims most unpopular group in Australia”
“Professor Kevin Dunn from the University of Western Sydney said a 10-year study of 12,500 people found that Australians were generally tolerant, with more than 80 percent viewing cultural diversity as beneficial. But about 10 percent of the population were racial supremacists.”
Notice how neatly he slips from “cultural diversity” to “racial supremacy”? This is a conflation that I think a lot of people are making (IN ERROR!), including those in the anti-jihad movement who accuse some European conservative groups of “racism”.
It is indeed difficult to separate the abstract notion of “culture” from the living humans who inhabit a given location, who form “communities” which interact as a “society”. People demonstrate the values and priorities of their culture just by going about their daily lives; the result is that some parts of town are nice places to live or visit; other places -not so much. Ever heard of the “abrasiveness” of New Yorkers? Southern hospitality? Taciturn New Englanders? These generalizations are evidence of the cultural values of the people who live there.
There are also recognizable cultural characteristics assigned to countries (I’ve heard that Americans are considered to be very friendly!) There are other cultures where corruption is a given, so bribery is necessary to get anything done.
The ideas of race and culture overlap because people historically have settled in a given area and intermarried; after several generations, those sharing a geographical location also come to share the same ethnic makeup as well as the same values and customs.
So I think it’s probable that a lot of what is denounced as “racism” is, in fact, “culturism”:
nobody can change the color of their skin or their hair type or the arrangement of their facial features. Therefore, “Ewww, I just can’t stand black skin and crinkly hair” is racist. People CAN, however, change some of the behaviors their cultures normalize. “Eeewww, I just can’t STAND that thumpty-bump-boom music with all the profanity” is culturist.
It’s not fair to pick on people for what they can’t change. So racism is unacceptable. It IS fair to criticize behaviors of one cultural group when those behaviors threaten the safety of another cultural group, or threaten to undermine the cohesiveness and civil order of the national society as a whole. And, simply put, some cultural values improve the health and well-being of those who are fortunate enough to live in a society that promulgates those values. Other cultural values in other societies devalue and debase the lives of the people who are born into those customs and beliefs. It IS appropriate to label your society “good” if it brings benefits such as health, prosperity, and charity to its people. It IS appropriate to label a different society “deficient” if it depends on cruelty and corruption and slavery to maintain itself.
Islam is deficient.
” But about 10 percent of the population were racial supremacists.”
Only 10% are racists? The blacks in my city(in the top 10 nationwide regarding population) are at about 33% for the males and about 99% for the females who feel threatened and jealous of white and Latino women. And what % of Muslims are racial supremacists?
It is true that the Hindus in parts of India have gone on a mass killing and pillage rampage recently and it is still continuing. Crazy kooks, must have learnt from the Mozzies.
I suspect if you took a poll in almost any Western country, you’d get the same result.
“Dunn said the anti-Muslim sentiments are strong across Australia.
â€œI donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any doubt about that and that tells something about what needs to be done in terms of reconstructing images of some groups.â€
Reconstructing their image? That’s our job, why? Here’s a few suggestions to muslims, if they want to reconstruct their image. Stop blowing stuff up. Stop murdering, raping, rioting etc. etc. ad nauseum, in the name of allah. Stand up and speak out against the atrocities committed in the name of islam.
I feel like tearing the Union Jack off those young girls heads. Abuse of the flag is right.
OnIslam is still regurgitating this vomit, along with some fluff from SBS:
… Australian Muslims have been haunted with suspicion and have had their patriotism questioned since the 9/11 attacks.
A recent governmental report revealed that Muslims are facing deep-seated Islamophobia and race-based treatment like never before. …
(Aussie Muslims Change Names to Hunt Jobs)
Muslims haunted with suspicion and have had their patriotism questioned?
Who would possibly question the patriotism of Muslims like Nacr Benbrika, catmeat sheik Hilali, mullah Omran or Mamdouh Habib?
OnIslam is still regurgitating this vomit, along with some fluff from SBS:
@A_Nonny_Mouse – you are correct – racism is totally different from culturism. Culturism observes that some cultures are superior to others.
Quite distinct from ‘multiculturalism’:
A leftist Marxist ideology designed to wipe out the Caucasian race. Multi-culturalists have no problem with Nigeria being solidly black, Mexico being solidly Hispanic, Saudi Arabia being solidly Arabic, or China being solidly East Asian. But they believe that all predominantly Caucasian countries such as Europe, Russia, America, Canada, & Australia need to be as racially diverse as possible until Caucasian people are a discriminated minority.”
Irfan Youssef misleads readers by stating “Muslims, who have been in Australia for more than 200 years, make up 1.5 percent of its 20-million population.”
A very few muslims – mainly Afghan camel riders were in the Outback regions of Australia in the 19th century. Most returned to Afghanistan though some did stay and intermarried and blended in – and de-islamified.
Large numbers of non-English speaking muslims only started to come to Australia since the 70’s when the Labor government open the doors to refugees from the war in Lebanon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanese_Civil_War
Irfan Youssef has issues. He is full of shiite.
No, his manufactured BS history doesn’t hold up: the Afghan cameleers came on 3-year contracts, and they had to leave when their time was up. Some stayed but were later shipped back when they themselves made it clear that they had no intention to assimilate into the Australian way of life.
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