Sweeping bag checks at the turnstiles and the stopping of suspicious individuals were introduced at last night’s South Sydney Rabbitohs finals clash with the Manly Sea Eagles, while extra officers were also on duty at the MCG in Melbourne for last night’s AFL semi-final between Geelong and North Melbourne.
I would like Muslim leaders to do a hell of a lot more about this.Â Instead:Â
With only a few exceptions, moderate Muslim leaders have not spoken out publicly to condemn the Islamic State and those who want to leave Australia to fight with them.
Mr Abbott said he wanted people to be reassured that Australia had highly capable security and intelligence services. The decision to raise the terror alert was “about potential crime, not religion’’.
Abbott’s pieties are immediately contradicted by Abbott’s facts:
“There are some people who believe that a tolerant, democratic, pluralist society where people are free to worship their god in their own way, to choose whether or not to worship a god … they regard as an abomination, and that’s why I regret to say we are targets, and we would be targets regardless of anything that we did.”
Police aren’t kidding themselves aboutÂ the role religion plays in shaping how some dangerous people behave:
In 2007, the New York City Police Department released a report, Radicalisation in the West: The Homegrown Threat, identifying common pathways and phases in the Muslim radicalisation process…
In the third phase, “indoctrination”, individuals “accept a religious-political worldview that justifies, legitimises, encourages, or supports violence against anything kufr, or un-Islamic, including the West, its citizens, its allies, or other Muslims whose opinions are contrary to the extremist agenda”.
The final phase, “jihadisation”, sees them “accept their individual duty to participate in jihad and self-designate themselves as holy warriors or mujaheddin”.
To remove this problem we need to remove those who want to muzzle us:
A few days ago you were saying that there needs to be some better arguments in favour of free speech. I agree. These all utter a very powerful truth, that restriction on free speech is the beginning of the end of democracy and the start of encroachments that can only end in full blown repression.
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell
“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” – Harry S. Truman
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” – James Madison
“The moment you say that any idea system is sacred, whether it’s a religious belief system or a secular ideology, the moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.” – Salman Rushdie