* Just for laughs:
* Single minded Islamo-agit prop Yusuf Irfan lectures us once again about the difference between ‘genuine free speech’ (which means anything Muslims say to vilify unbelievers) and ‘hate speech’ – Â for Yusuf anything critical unbelievers say about Islam is is automatically “hate-speech”- and while he’s at it, he tells us who is permitted to speak in Oz (Islam good) anything against Islam= BAAAD! Who guessed it?
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Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Just wait: one day I will be the immigration minister, you filthy kuffars…!
It’s hard to know how best to approach hate-mongers seeking to grace our shores. For years, genuine free speech (as opposed to hate-speech) advocates and anti-anti-Semites agonised over how best to respond to visa applications by Holocaust-denier David Irving. Should they lobby for Irving’s visa to be denied? Or should they allow him in and hope good sense will prevail and people listen to him and realise just how loopy he really is?
No doubt similar concerns will be relevant should the likes ofÂ Raphael IsraeliÂ plan a further visit to Australia. The Howard government’s attitude to foreign hate-speech was somewhat inconsistent, refusing visas to someÂ thick-SheiksÂ whilst funding Mark Steyn to lecture us all on how dirty smelly Mozzlems are turning Europe into Eurabia (a decision evenÂ Andrew BoltÂ opposed). Even the illustrious folk at Quadrant have hosted aÂ Eurabia lectureÂ by a man who continues to insist Barack Obama isÂ telling liesÂ about his religious heritage.
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Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Irving good, Griffin bad
And now I’m wondering if it’s a good idea to write about Nick Griffin, leader of the far-Right British National Party (formerly known as the British National Front),Â accepting an invitationÂ to visit Australia. Am I giving him attention he simply doesn’t deserve? Am I giving his tour some much-needed free advertising?
Far-right fruitcakes like Griffin no longer sound like fruitcakes. Whilst previously extremely racist and anti-Semitic, Griffin’s party has shown a greater degree of political sophistication in its rhetoric. In the lead-up to the last UK Council elections, the BNP almost overnight transformed itself into aÂ pro-Israel party, with one British Jewish leader quoted as saying the BNP’s website is one of theÂ most ZionistÂ of any British political party. Griffin has jumped on the same sophisticated smear casting bandwagon as the dozen punditsÂ recently exposedÂ by a US-based media watchdog.
(Of course, that didn’t stop the BNP website from writingÂ this eulogyÂ of the late Austrian neo-Nazi leader Jorg Haider.)
Racial and sectarian hatred is becoming a booming political industry. Mainstream conservative parties and their pollsters-cum-advisers are happy toÂ engage in minority-bashing. Far-Right parties are taking advantage of this conservative posturing. The articulate likes of Griffin need to be watched. But how do we combat the fires of hatred without adding oxygen or turning them into free-speech martyrs? And how should the Immigration Minister exercise his discretion in relation to Griffin’s visa application?