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