Sunday, 19 July 2015

'Reclaim Australia' is NOT RACIST!


Racism – as defined by the Australian Oxford Dictionary – theory that human abilities are defined by race.  
Note that it has nothing to do with criticising culture and nothing to do with religion. 
 
And yet ‘racist’ has become a pejorative term used to discredit anyone seeking to speak of real problems that have to do with culture, and to shut down all discussion of religion, even those when certain religious practices are against the customs and ethics of Western nations such as the forced marriage of young girls. 

Real racism?  I have heard no real racism for decades, and then it was only in reference books – differences in ability as measured by IQ tests. As I recall, Asians tended to measure around 15 points higher than Caucasians who measured around 15 points higher than American Negroes.  That was Professor Hans J. Eysenck. One of his books was ‘The Inequality of Man’ first published  in 1975. As I recall, Eysenck was vilified for reporting the findings, and for a while, lost credibility. Whether or not he was simply and truthfully reporting the results of tests he made was beside the point.

 
There is a movement now – ‘Reclaim Australia.’   
 
Here is what they say:

 
WE are losing our democratic freedom to speak openly and honestly, we are losing our voice and our NATIONAL character. I am an Australian. If I say I love Australia and Australian values I am now labelled a “racist”.

If I criticise Islam I am labelled both a “racist” and a “bigot”.
Since when did speaking the truth about an ideology or practice become illegal in Australia. When did we agree to stop called a spade—“a spade”?
Political correctness cannot take the place of informed discussion or the Truth.
Democracy requires open and free debate. 18C closes down my right to say the truth about Islam because the truth might offend Islam. Yet...

We are not the terrorists.
We are not the beheaders.
We are not the bombers.

Australia is a nation of many people groups with the majority being caucasion and Christian. We have successfully embraced multi-ethnicity for decades...Yet, all of a sudden we have to make all these changes to the way we do “Australian” in order to cater to an minority who refuse to integrate anyway.
If Islam can't cope with how we do “Australian” well then perhaps Islam needs to move along to somewhere where they are not so offended by the locals.
We love Australia, our Values and want our freedom back to be the “Australian”.

And What they call for:

  • Equality and tolerance of all races and religions—which includes Aussies and Christianity, our holidays and celebrations, Christmas and Easter and ANZAC day.
  • Equality at law, no more “cultural considerations”. It is one law for all.
  • Food free of blessings, religious taxes or Islamic Sharia Law Certification (Halal)
  • Freedom of speech—“offence” is a concept derived from Islam and as such is alien to the foundations of our legal system and our practice of democracy and needs removing.
  • Equality of gender—our women are equal. There can be no diminishing of legal rights forced segregation; female genital mutilation (FGM); Sex Trafficking (child brides); Wife beating because they are the ways of Islam. They have no place here in Australia.

 In no way,  in NO way, is this racist.  
 
  

Typical members of this movement are these: 


Photo from Reclaim Australia facebook page.
It was a meeting in Cairns.
 
Note how many of them have grey hair. They are not violent activists, but  overwhelmingly, they are useful citizens who’ve made good lives for themselves and are disturbed at seeing how things have changed. These are the ones who’ve seen Italians, Greeks, Yugoslavs, Ukrainians, Dutch and all the others arrive soon  after the second world war. And they’ve seen them assimilate, with few problems.

And then there were the Vietnamese after the Vietnam war. Some problems, but I do not remember a single demonstration against them.

But now there are problems, big problems, and to speak out about them is to invite hysterical cries of ‘racism!’

 


'Freedom, Equality, Democracy' 
How can this be labelled 'Anti-Islam' or 'Racist?'
 'WE SAY NO TO  - ISLAMIC RACISM, HATRED AND INTOLERANCE.'  
Sounds fine to me.
 
Islamic racism?  That would refer to the fact that some Muslims think they should murder 'infidels.' And even that is not racism.  Infidels can be of any race, but the Koran tells Muslims that they are destined to Hell.   Not racism, but it is hatred and intolerance.  It would be nice if we could do away with hatred and intolerance.
 
But who is being intolerant?  Australia has been generous. We have taken in many refugees, generally without taking into much consideration whether that individual will be a good and useful Australian. We have been tolerant, but even the most tolerant nation will, eventually, start to push against a perceived threat.  This is not Xenophobia. We have lost lives to Islamic intolerance, in Australia itself, and many more in other countries.
 
Last Easter, 'Reclaim Australia' held some rallies - rallies against the Islamisation of Australia, rallies against losing the essential nature of Australia.  The participants were few and almost all peaceful. They were respectable citizens.
 
But who met them?  Violent thugs. Not respectable citizens, not at all peaceful.  They were outnumbered, spat upon, abused.
 

Easter, 2015
 Above pic from the Sunday Age, April 5th, 2015, accompanying a report by John Elder.
 
 
I am surprised that any were willing to risk their own safety with new rallies, but some people are very brave.  There were more rallies on the 18th July, 2015, and more planned for the 19th. It would be so nice if the media reported on them fairly, but I do not expect they will.  Political correctness has gone far beyond what is reasonable, and it is more fashionable among those who like to think of themselves as the 'intelligentsia' to attack those who do not follow the PC line.  Often, they act as if Australia needs to apologise for all that is wrong with the world,  instead of remembering that we, the Australians, have made it into a country that refugees strive to enter.

From various reports, if they are to be believed, there may have been violent thugs on the 'Reclaim Australia' side as well.  There are other groups, some truly anti-Islam, and probably, even some extremists on that side.  'Reclaim Australia' and a few of the newspaper reports, say that on Saturday, the thugs were really after members of UPF, (United Patriots Front).  And when they were not available for abuse and the police prevented them from hurting the 'Reclaim Australia' people, they turned on the police and their horses. Some members of the UKF said that the other side were tweeting to others to bring ball bearings in order to hurt the police horses.
 

A telling picture from the Reclaim Australia facebook site

I saw an early news report on Channel 10 that Saturday; it showed the police being abused by those attacking Reclaim Australia. Just a half hour later, there was another report, (same news bulletin)   but that time, it said that the violence was on both sides.  Had it been re-written to adhere to left-wing conventional thinking? 

https://www.facebook.com/7newssydney/videos/1064470263577106/


One-sided reporting is part of the problem.  The ordinary citizen, those respectable citizens everywhere, ones like those at the meeting in Cairns, (pic above)  are being ignored and muzzled.
 
LNP MP George Christensen made a speech at the  Mackay Reclaim Australia rally.
It is worth reading.
I found it on the blog of Andrew Bolt -  http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/
 
Bolt says: 

"Christensen has been maligned and attacked by journalists and human rights commissions for giving it, but tell me exactly what he says that is offensive - more offensive than the message of those who tried to scream him down yesterday:"
The speech:
We all have a voice: Notwithstanding our choice to use it or not. Notwithstanding the best efforts of those who would render us silent. We have a voice – not a voice of hatred, violence, and extremism – but a voice of warning, defiance, and of hope. Our voice does not go unchallenged but that is the beauty and appeal of the free and open democratic society our voice speaks out to defend.
Long before he became President of the United States, Ronald Reagan was a voice for the American people. At a Republican convention in 1964, he said:
“There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace—and you can have it in the next second—surrender.”
Our voice says: “We will not surrender.” We will not sit idly by and watch the Australian culture and the Australian lifestyle that we love and that is envied around the world be surrendered and handed over to those who hate us for who we are and what we stand for.
When Ronald Reagan spoke those words, he warned against the threat of Soviet Russia and those words apply equally now to the threat of Islamic extremism and its complicit defenders. Reagan said: “Every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement” and yet that is the political and social environment that confronts us today – appeasement.
When I accepted the invitation to be a voice here today, I was disappointed (but not entirely surprised) by a tidal wave of hyperventilation and confected outrage on social media, in the mainstream media, and from capital city commentators. Labor’s Shadow Minister for Immigration, Richard Marles said today’s rally was synonymous with racism.
Our State Labor Member for Mackay described my comments in accepting your invitation to speak as appalling, shameful, ignorant, and hateful. In doing so, she has reflected on you and your fellow like-minded citizens. A petition urged the Prime minister to prevent me from even attending today. The apologists of the left, the do-gooders, and the politically correct crowd said I should not address you because you were a crowd of: racists, bigots, Islamophobes, extremists, white supremicists, skinheads, and Nazis.
But I look out at the crowd and that’s not what I see. I see Mums and Dads who love their country – the Australian culture and the Australian lifestyle. I see everyday hard-working families who want their kids to enjoy the same freedoms that were enjoyed by the generations that came before them. Some of the freedoms Australians hold most dear are freedom of speech and freedom of religion. In this country, I am proud of the fact that someone who has a particular belief can hold that view without fear of intimidation. They can practice their faith – whether they are Christian, Buddhist, or Muslim – at a church, a temple, or a mosque – without fear of intimidation. And the full force of the law can, and should, come down on anyone who does try to intimidate them.
Likewise, we have a freedom to criticise. While it is not my cup of tea to criticise religions, I see that people criticise Christianity every day without fear of retribution, violence, or being called a Christophobe or a racist. In fact, we have seen many examples in the past year alone of Christians being slaughtered for no reason other than the fact that they are Christian. But in this country, that should not be tolerated.
In this country, we also enjoy the right to peaceful assembly. We all have the right to be here today, protesting in a peaceful way against the dangers of radical Islam and the culture of appeasement that allows radical extremism to fester. That culture of appeasement to radical Islam dictated that I should not speak here today for fear of giving you credibility – as if your voice would otherwise have no value.

The right to peaceful assembly, the right to freedom of speech, the right to freedom of religion, the right to feel proud of our nation. These are rights worthy of defending and they are rights about which we need to be eternally vigilant. Last month marked the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta – the charter agreed to by King John of England at Runnymede on the 15th of June 1215. The sentiments of that document underpin the free and democratic western societies that have delivered the most modern, free, and most appealing societies in the world. But we, as beneficiaries of that society must be ever-vigilant against threats – both internal and external to our freedom and democracy.

We must not ignore the fact that there is another world view. We can not stick our heads in the sand and pretend there is not an alternate world view that is opposed to democracy and freedom. And we must not confuse that ideology with religion. Islamism is a political system whereby everything that happens must fit under the laws of radical Islam. It is not just people in Iraq, Lebanon, or Syria that subscribe to this world view. This is no longer something that is ‘over there’; it’s not a threat that only exists on foreign shores; it’s a threat that is within our midst as well. There are those within our shores who sympathise and even support and actively recruit for Islamic State. These people have declared war on Western civilisations and we would be foolishly na├»ve to think we are not at war.
The spread of repressive ideologies under our very noses right here in our own country has already begun.  I refer to the slow spread of a Sharia-style dispensation of justice which is quietly executed in Australian mosques on a daily basis. It’s a form of ‘justice’ that perpetuates the oppression and abuse of women and yet we don’t dare speak of it because we will be instantly attacked as “racists”. It’s sad to see that those who wish to take a stand against the tyranny of Islamic extremism, the ideals of Islamism, are accused of being racist, bigoted or intolerant.
Yesterday, the leader of the Rent-A-Protestor crowd of Flinders University students, James Vigas was quoted by the ABC as saying people attending Reclaim Australia in Adelaide: “Don’t like Muslims, they don’t like refugees, they don’t like gay and lesbian people, they don’t like trade unionists, they don’t like women.” This comes from someone defending extremists who want to kill non-Muslims, throw gay people off tall buildings, and deny women the most basic of human rights. Reclaim Australia is about none of those things and, in fact, opposes exactly those things. Rather ironically, all the traits these so-called “anti-racism” protestors complain about lie at the very heart of the extremists they protect – the very traits Reclaim Australia is rallying against.
Certainly, as with any movement, there are fringe dwellers who seek to pervert the intentions of others, such as the Neo-Nazi skinheads that turned up in rallies in capital cities. Neo-Nazi skinheads are fellow travellers of the extreme Islamic movement because they share so many of the same hate-filled values. Nazi ideology, like Islamism (Political Islam), offers no right to freedom of speech, no right to association, hatred of the Jewish people and a hatred of democracy in general.
It is extremism of any kind that we must guard against. It is ordinary folk, like those of us here today, who must speak up. It is we who must not give in to the bullying and the intimidation and speak without fear to our friends and family about our freedoms, our culture, our lifestyle, and the threat radical extremism brings to those freedoms. We must refuse to abandon thousands of years of civilisation for the sake of political correctness.
I would like to conclude by returning to Ronald Reagan’s historic speech and applying it to the defence of Western Civilisation. He said: “We’ll preserve for our children this – the last best hope of man on earth – or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”
The choice is ours. The voice is ours. Thank you for allowing me to share in your voice today.