Upfront – this is my personal opinion. We all have them.
No doubt many of you are already aware that on Thursday the Australian Federal Police thwarted a terrorist plan by ISIS (now Islamic State) members to kidnap a random member of the public, drape them in the Islamic flag and behead him/her on camera. Holy shit! This is not Australia! I cannot believe that this is even a possibility in Australia.
Since Thursday my social media (and for that matter Australian mainstream media) has exploded in anti-Muslim sentiment. I feel I have to ask “what is happening to Australia as a nation”?
I always believed that Australia is the most tolerant country with the most tolerant citizens on earth. Sure like all families we argue but then we have a beer and all is forgiven. Today I wonder if I am mistaken of our tolerance (Cronulla Australia Day riots aside).
Please remember not all Muslims are extremists!
Do we judge a religion by the actions of those who use and twist it’s meaning to support their extreme actions? If so where do we stop?
Shall we take the view that all Christians are evil given the findings of a Royal Commission into institutionalised child abuse? Or the deceit by Australian’s own Christian Prime Minister as common to all?
I agree wholeheartedly that people living in a country that is not their own (me included) should abide by the laws of that country and should conduct themselves in a manner that is acceptable to their adopted homeland. If you do not abide by the laws of your adopted homeland then your visa or your citizenship should be revoked and you removed from that country immediately. Simple.
Islamic State is a growing concern to all around the world. In Turkey there is a very real concern that IS has infiltrated the country with 20+ car bombs and suicide bombers. A very real concern by IS to attack, maim and murder Turkish Muslims. [Today’s Zaman]
Australia is a nation where we are all immigrants (other than our indigenous Aboriginals). 40 years ago it was the Wops, 20 years ago it was the Asians and today it is Muslim people who suffer from intolerance by a small minority of people. According to the 2011 census, 476,291 people, or 2.2% of the total Australian population, were Muslims. On Thursday 14 men were detained, not 476,291.
Where there is fear there is radical behaviour, by all of us.
Very well put indeed. Thank you.
Great and concise post – I agree with you 100%.
On a side note: how terrifying about IS having infiltrated Turkey. I don’t know what to say but I hope you and your fam and loved ones are safe.
It is a little alarming. My brother in law summed it up this way, “Turkey has had an eon of factions fighting within its borders. Today is just Monday.”
Still scary for me though.