The Sunday Telegraph
October 11 2015.
MALCOLM Turnbull was at it again on Friday, patronising ordinary Australians. After a week refusing to talk about the terrorist attack on NSW police HQ in Parramatta, the Prime Minister held a press conference in which at least he called the murder of police accountant Curtis Cheng by a 15-year-old Muslim gunman “religiously motivated” — though he couldn’t bring himself to specify a particular religion.
But then he was back to lecturing us about tolerance, commanding us to engage in “mutual respect”. Presumably he still has in mind the fabled Islamophobia backlash that never seems to materialise.
We’ve had three terrorist attacks on home soil in the last year, resulting in the deaths of three innocent Australians and serious injury to two police officers, not to mention the curtailment of our freedoms and a sense of foreboding that is now the backdrop of any public event.
Police and military personnel are under such threat they have been told not to wear their uniforms in public.
Journalists have had to move house or beef-up security due to Islamist intimidation. It’s now commonplace for camera crews to be physically assaulted by family members or supporters of Muslim defendants or suspects outside court. This is the new normal.
“They don’t realise that Australia is probably the most harmonious multicultural nation in the world”
Despite this assault on our way of life, there are no Islamophobic rampages. That is all a fantasy of moral poseurs, who reveal their own bigotry against ordinary Australians.
Perhaps because they live in privileged inner-urban mono-cultural enclaves like the PM’s unrepresentative electorate of Wentworth, they don’t realise that Australia is probably the most harmonious multicultural nation in the world.
They keep predicting anti-Muslim backlashes and the good sense of Australians keeps proving them wrong. Take Friday afternoon. Despite all the hype, the protest outside Parramatta mosque was a fizzer.
Only 20 showed up, and they were outnumbered at least three to one by belligerent so-called anti-racists, who staged a counter protest, with such peace-lovers as the Socialist Alliance waving placards with Nazi swastikas. There were more police and journalists than there were actual protesters.
The placards of the protesters were hardly rabble-rousing, with slogans such as: “Parramatta mosque, will you publicly reject terrorism and sharia law” and “Muslim terrorists not wanted here and neither are their left-wing supporters”.
Mild compared to the Hyde Park protest in September 2012 against the release on YouTube of the American satirical movie Innocence of Muslims. There the placards read: “Behead those who insult the Prophet”, and violent thugs went on a rampage.
Six police officers were injured in the ensuing riot, which featured Islamic State charmers Mohamed Elomar and Khaled Sharrouf, of head-chopping fame. Those rioters you could legitimately call a menace to our social fabric, not to mention life and limb. Violent Islamist bullies who demand special treatment and reject Australia’s egalitarian values are the problem, not an anti-halal Facebook page.
If anything, Australia has pandered to the victim culture that cripples the Muslim community’s ability to tackle the poison in its midst.
Mirror doesn’t lie
When Ahmed Fahour, the Muslim CEO of Australia Post, who earned $4.8 million last year, starts telling us Australia’s Muslims are uniquely “excluded” and hard done by, you have to wonder if he ever looks in the mirror.
Success and prosperity in Australia are available to anyone, of any race or creed, provided they work for it, and Fahour is living proof. Rather than inspiring Muslims to follow his lead, he perpetuates the grievance mentality. In a speech last week, he reserved his harshest words for far-right “pockets of intolerance” he said promote the idea that Islam and the West are incompatible, and protest against mosques and halal certification.
He praised the Twitter hashtag “I’ll ride with you” that sprang up during the Martin Place siege, and was supposed to combat an impending Islamophobic backlash that never occurred.
“It restored a sense of belonging amongst Australian Muslims. It reinforced my sense of citizenship,” said Fahour.
But the hashtag was a bogus response to a virtually non-existent problem which neglected the real victims of the siege, two of whom were soon to die. The obscenity of prioritising theoretical victims of intolerance over actual victims of terrorism discredited the whole campaign. The hashtag became the symbol of the Left’s divisive fostering of unreasonable Muslim sensitivities. The hashtag’s solidarity should have been directed at the hostages in that cafe. Muslim and non-Muslim, should have been united in sympathy that day.
Instead, some used the opportunity to assert their moral superiority over people they mistakenly regard as less enlightened.