The political class is demonstrating all its familiar idiocy and arrogance to the poll showing 49 per cent support (to 40 per cent against) for a ban on Muslim immigration. The public is branded as simply ill-informed.
It is farcical to suggest that the media and the political class has not done its best (actually worst) to make Islam seem safer than it actually is. I wonder what more RD Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane wants: a media ban on Hanson? Prohibition of debate? In fact, ABC presenter Jon Faine has already mused on air whether the proper response to Hanson is to “boycott” her – as if it were legitimate for the nation’s massive state-funded broadcaster, obliged by law to be impartial, to deny access to the country’s fifth-biggest political party.
The truth is that many Australians have seen this massive cover-up and – furious at this abuse of power to stifle debate – have demanded a say. They elected Hanson to ensure that their views were at least expressed.
The reason they have insisted on this, and now back a ban on Muslim immigration, is not because Hanson inspired them. It is because every terrorist we have jailed is Muslim. Because almost all the terrorists we’ve jailed were born overseas or to parents who were. Because we had a Grand Mufti, imported from Egypt, who called suicide bombers “heroes” and September 11 “God’s work against oppressors”. Because the next Grand Mufti turned out to be a supporter of Hezbollah, which has a terrorist wing. Because the current Grand Mufti blamed the Paris massacre on the sins of the West, not the sins of Muslim terrorists. Because the head of the national imam’s council says the Koranic punishment for gays is death and Christmas carols are the work of Satan. Because the last three terrorist attacks here were all by Muslim refugees, Because the jihad-minded son of Bangladeshi migrants hasnow been charged with stabbing a grandfather walking down his street. Because two Australian journalists have had to move homes after Muslim threats to kill. Because more Muslim Australians have signed up for the Islamic State than serve in the Australian Army. Because Hizb ut Tahrir warns that “even if a thousand bombs go off in this country, all it will prove is that Muslims are angry and have every right to be angry”. Because a Muslim mob rioted in Sydney over an Internet clip from the US mocked their faith. Because women are dressed in sacks and some girls are now sexually mutilated. Because gun crime by Middle Eastern families in western Sydney and northern Melbourne is shockingly high. Because NSW police need a dedicated unit to investigate Middle Eastern crime gangs.
Given Islam’s record here, how can the political class keep assuming that only the mad and bad – only racists – can want no more Muslim immigration? And how can they think that abusing half our citizens as racists or ill-informed will help them win their argument? Hanson Not The Cause But The Consequence