Australia: A Multicultural Totalitarian Country by Ian Wilson LL.B.
Donald J. Trump uses the metaphor of a swamp, a politically-disease ridden cesspool, to describe Washington DC. Australia, though, is in many respects worse, and the appropriate metaphor for us is a desert, waterless, lacking in the life of freedom.
Of course there is section 18 C, the very latest farce being that Australia’s Grand Mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohammed (Grand Mufti since 2011), wants Muslims to be given the same protection as other ethnic groups under section 18 C of the Racial Discrimination Act: http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/grand-mufti-warns-against-watering-down-hate-speech-laws/news-story/c7125f5beeeae8a48922692568f68e04. But they are! Well, what he wants is an amendment to the Act to create what one Liberal senator has called a “national blasphemy law” to prohibit “religious vilification” of Muslims and all religions. (The Australian, January 19, 2017, p. 5)
Radical Islamists in the West have also been pushing for global blasphemy laws to suppress criticism of Islam. (The Australian, January 20, 2017, p. 13)
What does the grand Mufti believe? Is he a true supporter of cultural diversity and tolerance? To make up your mind, consider the following comments from an entry about him at Wiki:
“Mohamed was described as “a political moderate, [but] religiously orthodox” in a 2011 article in the Sydney Morning Herald.
In 2011 Mohammed said that Sharia laws which call for “freedom, justice and right of speech” correspond with Australian laws.
In response to concerns over the radicalisation of young Muslim men in Australia, Mohamed has stated that he believes that the cause is the spread of “backyard prayer halls,” run by self-styled imams preaching extremist ideologies. The solution to radicalisation, according to Mohamed, is for the Muslim community to build more traditional Islamic centres; his long-term vision, along with the ANIC, was to facilitate the building of mosques large enough to accommodate gyms, lecture halls and facilities for women and children. According to Mohamed, the Muslim community’s building applications for new mosques are frequently met with rejection from local councils; he argues that existing mosques cannot keep pace with the community’s growing needs, leading to increased feelings of isolation, rejection and anger among Muslims.
In his 1993 book An Invitation To Contemplate he said that non-Muslims wanted their women to walk around, “exposed as a piece of sweet pastry ... devoured by the eyes of men” and in 1995 he wrote, “the West does not bring to us any good, all they bring are their diseases”.
Mohamed has defended Islam’s “longstanding” position on homosexuality which “no person can ever change”. He said that any attempt to call out its teachings could lead to radicalisation.”
Back on July 6, 2016, Andrew Bolt wrote an article entitled “Grand Mufti of Australia Proves We are Right to be Alarmed”: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-grand-mufti-of-australia-proves-we-are-right-to-be-alarmed/news-story/a2f052404d910f2f4740df6d22507d96, where he had this to say:
“THE Grand Mufti of Australia has just proved that Pauline Hanson is right to feel threatened by Islam in this country.
Ibrahim Abu Mohammad has written an astonishing letter warning that to criticise even a gay-hating imam is to risk inciting terrorist attacks against us.
His inflammatory letter perfectly demonstrates why Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was a fool to hold an Iftar dinner for the Mufti and other troubling Muslim leaders during the election campaign.
And Turnbull’s dinner – shown on all TV news bulletins – may explain why Hanson’s vote was so high, helping her to win four Senate seats on a strident agenda that includes a call for a royal commission into Islam.”
As we have seen from section 18 C, this would mean that any, repeat, any, criticism of any aspects of Islam, in particular, would become unlawful. Atheism would become, overnight, illegal. That’s totalitarianism of a multicult variety. If we allow this to happen could Donald J. Trump and Vlad the lad Putin please nuke us and put us out of our misery! (Just joking; you get my frustration though.)
All this though is the tip of a very dirty iceberg, as Senator David Leyonhjelm points out (“I’ll Tell You a Secret – These Speech Laws Insult Us,” The Australian, January 19, 2017, p. 10). “You can go to jail for berating a public servant or outing a corrupt cop.” In fact, section 18 C starts to look insignificant compared to the gaol time one can get “insulting” various government officials – even if you “insult’ someone officiating over your entitlement as a veteran! If you mentioned to your mum that her house had been searched by the police while she was out, you could be goaled for two years.
As Leyonhjelm says: “All restrictions on free speech in Australian law need to be challenged, wherever they occur. In a wide-ranging battle of ideas, the truth invariably comes out on top.”
He does not say how, but I feel we need a Constitutional change giving us a free speech clause as found in the US Constitution’s First Amendment – and the Second Amendment right to bear arms would be good too. We need this, not a referendum on Aboriginal recognition. If we don’t have free speech, there is nothing in this country worth recognising.