When I was a child growing up in England, my grandma used to cut the page 3 picture out of The Daily Mirror (a popular newspaper at the time), as she didn’t want us kids to see the images of the well-developed ladies featured there.
Our ABC seems to be doing the same thing, in order to protect us from disturbing images of the real world.
For instance, just look at their report of 3 March about the US airmen killed in Frankfurt:
A gunman has opened fire on a US military bus at Frankfurt Airport, killing two airmen and wounding another two.
The US troops were preparing to fly home when their bus came under attack outside Terminal 2 of the busy commuter hub.
Police think an argument broke out on the bus before the suspect started shooting.
Kosovo has revealed the suspect is one of its citizens and the country's interior minister says it is investigating whether it was an organised attack. (source)
So there was an argument, and a man from Kosovo started shooting. Big Deal!
Now compare it to the US ABC report of 2 March:
A gunman shouting "Allahu Akbar" opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany, killing two and wounding two others before his gun jammed and he was subdued, officials said.
An ethnic Albanian from Kosovo was taken into custody and the FBI was heading an investigation because U.S. citizens were killed and to determine whether the shooting was an act of terrorism.
When he opened fire, the gunman, identified as a long-term resident of Germany, shouted "Allahu Akbar," according to sources. He fired nine times, killling two and critically wounding two others before the gun jammed and he was subdued by other passengers. While being wrestled into submission, the suspect shouted either "Jihad Jihad" or "Allahu Akbar," sources said.
The service members who were attacked were members of a Security Forces team assigned to RAF Lakenheath in Great Britain. They were being transported to Ramstein Airbase and were en route to support Overseas Contingency Operations, although their exact destination was not stated.
Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., said at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing today that the shooting looks like it could be a terrorist attack.
The gunman was identified by sources to ABC News as Arid Uka, although other spellings give his name as Arif Uka. Although he has lived in Germany for years, he is a citizen of Kosovo and his family is from the northern town of Mitrovica.
U.S. intelligence officials are running Uka's name through its terrorism data bases to see if he has come to their attention before. (source)
Now this report is a Big Deal, as it gives me the sort of information needed to make a realistic assessment of the situation.
So please Aunty, it’s really kind of you to want to protect me, but I’m all grown up now, so just give me the facts. OK, they might upset me, but unlike you I can handle the truth.
And I really need to know what’s going on in the world.
Another thing I really need to know: how can it be racist to oppose Islam? This Kosovo jihadist was presumably WHITE, so is it still racist to oppose white Muslims? How is it racist to oppose Pete Lentini, Susan Carland, David Hicks et al for their adherence to Islam?
Yet Cory Bernardi was labelled a racist for describing Islam as a "totalitarian" religion, with Andrew Wilkie, the Tasmanian independent MP condemning the "racism that eats at the Liberal Party" Bernardi correctly asked how "questioning the tenets of a religion" could be defined as racism, and made the point that attacks on Scientology or the Exclusive Bretheren aren’t described as racist.
Despite the undoubted logic of this reasoning, Al Age on March 6, in Muslim prayer group targeted, by Gary Tippet, mocked those opposing the Muslim prayer group:
QAISER Mohammed is a short, slight, unfailingly polite operator of a city convenience store. He believes it is highly unlikely he has ever struck terror into the heart of anyone.
His friend Mahmood Saleem is a taxi driver with a large smile above a wispy beard. In the years he's been attending Friday Muslim prayers at the Alma Road Community Centre in St Kilda East, he has never felt inclined to step out and commit violence on a non-believer. That certainly wasn't going to change on Friday when he led the sermon - on respect for, and duty to, parents.
Yet the men and about 35 other worshippers at the centre have found themselves targets of an obscure anti-Muslim group petitioning Port Phillip Council to prevent them from continuing to pray there and, according to the petition's organiser, turning the centre into ''a place of worship for radical ideologies''.
The petition … suggests they have reason to be scared: ''It is well documented that in many parts of the Islamic world, Friday prayers are noted for escalating violent outbursts towards non-Muslims.”
Last month, Q Society took up the fight against the group…their objections to the prayer group were based on parking problems caused by ''40 or 50 taxis out the front there every Friday afternoon'', the men using the centre's toilets for ritual washing, and the breach of the permit's 10-person rule.
Yet on its website Q Society spruiks itself as ''anti-Islam''. Ms Janson, a former Senate candidate for the Reverend Fred Nile's Christian Democratic Party, says that might be ''very poor wording … What we are saying is we don't want to support this totalitarian system where we have to embrace sharia law.'' (source)
Actually, I don’t believe it is poor wording. While we are not against Muslims, anyone who upholds equality and freedom of thought, religion and speech are necessarily against Islam, which endorses segregation, inequality and the prohibition of the freedoms we in the free world hold so dear.
Al Age even had an editorial:
Fear, intolerance and a Muslim prayer group, March 6, 2011
Ignorance and racism are the real enemies.
Members of the prayer group applied through the regular channels and were duly approved. The assessment criteria asked: Is the activity meeting a local need? Is the group legal, non-discriminatory and are their activities in keeping with the Victorian Human Rights Charter? Is the group's meeting going to affect amenity of the area? ''We have every reason to believe that this group satisfies all requirements,'' Ms Joffe says.
Enter the ''anti-Islam'' Q Society, based across the city at Altona Gate… claiming the men are linked to an extremist Islamic organisation promoting the imposition of sharia.
Encouragingly, this racist campaign has led some members of the Jewish community to support the prayer group (the Alma Road house is in the heart of a Jewish precinct). including …the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC), whose executive director, Deborah Stone, … argues…''Jewish people know only too well what it is to find oneself subject to stereotyping … We at the ADC understand that by defending everyone's freedom we ensure a freer society for ourselves.''
The sentiments hold true for all Australians. A tolerant society is more interesting, more resilient, more creative and more diverse; in such an environment, everybody wins. According to Sandy Joffe, members of the prayer group are ''keen to meet and discuss their religion in a multi-faith forum''. As Deborah Stone points out, assuming Muslims are terrorists is the same as expecting that Italians running a restaurant ''will be using it as a Mafia hideout or that the local Catholic school is sheltering a paedophile priest''. Stereotypes are stupid and dangerous. They breed fear and can lead their targets to feel resentful, defensive and alienated.
Generally speaking, Australia has a proud record as a home for people from many cultures, but the controversy surrounding the Alma Road Community House points to the need for vigilance. At the federal level, the Liberals have been divided over a motion by immigration spokesman Scott Morrison to cap refugee visas for boat people. Last week the Coalition did not press for a vote amid fears moderate MPs would cross the floor. And Liberal parliamentary secretary Senator Cory Bernardi recently described Islam as ''a totalitarian, political and religious ideology''.
Promoting intolerance for political gain potentially threatens our way of life. In this climate, federal government plans to create an independent Australian Multicultural Council are welcome. Racist campaigns need to be vigorously opposed in the interests of a happier and more harmonious Australia. (source)
Note that the Islamic men are mostly from India, yet their race is irrelevant to the Q Society, which has supporters from many ethnicities.
As for the fatuous arguments put forward by Deborah Stone and Sandy Joffee, they simply reflect their reliance on wishful thinking, rather than facing up to the facts. They would be well advised to read: Can 75 Rabbis be Wrong?
Islam is the problem
And Islam is NOT a race!