Happy Census Day – 9th August 2011! Please Don’t Be Muslim.

Anna Gail = fail. Why?

1. There aren’t 1,000,000 Muslims in Australia. There are around 350,000. And a sizeable chunk of those Australian Muslims aren’t old enough to complete a census form.

2. In 2001, 0.4% of Australians (over 70,000) marked their religion as Jedi. The Government didn’t suddenly begin subsidising light sabres for us all.

3. In a secular society, people can choose whether or not they participate in traditional events like Easter and Christmas. Despite their apparent religious connection, they remain largely non-religious events; Easter Bunny + chocolate + Santa + presents = culturally traditional public holiday events based on commercialism. People of all religious and non-religious backgrounds celebrate Easter and Christmas every year, including Muslims, and to date there are no recorded instances of any shopping centres or schools cancelling Easter/Christmas celebrations or imposing bans on those who choose to celebrate them.

4. Muslims highly regard Jesus as one of the most highly recognised prophets in the Koran. It’s not unnatural for them to want to celebrate his birthday.

For more reading on the supposed eroding of Christmas and Easter through bans, read here:
Response to David Harrison

20 thoughts on “Happy Census Day – 9th August 2011! Please Don’t Be Muslim.

  1. Thanks, MMU/TAB. The best antidote to stupidity is the rational truth and everything you’ve said, above, is true.

    I’m baffled as to how people can get their facts so skewed. The only conclusion I can draw is that they are highly isolated.

    My question to you is, what data can we gather from all the FB captures you get sent that will give us some sort of meaningful statistical insights into *how* these people are isolated.

    Eg. are they isolated socially but not geographically – say living in Sydney but only have white, anglo-saxon, non-Muslim friends. Is their isolation geographical as well? Eg. do most of them come from far North Queensland or regional areas?

    Maybe, armed with this info, we can begin to address the root cause of the problem, FEAR of the unknown, by injecting some diversity into these areas. How we would do this, I don’t know. I just know that it needs to be done.

    • Comparative religion in schools would be a good place to start, I think. If children are taught what each of the major world religions believe in from a relatively young age, there would be much less unknown for them to be afraid of.

      • Comparative religion as opposed to religious indoctrination? I like the sound of that. Good luck though! Here in NSW we are struggling to implement simple ethics classes, as ‘ethical’ Christians like Fred Nile (who believes homosexuality is immoral) think they are teaching similar things to classes in Nazi Germany.

      • Comparative religion in primary schools. What a great idea. I always hated R.E in school.. Creepy old volunteer-teacher guy told me I was going to hell. This in a state school.

    • Agreed, I didn’t get to study any sort of religion (except a year of weekly classes about Church of England in primary school) until I got to uni. My school wouldn’t even offer religion as a HSC subject, but that was probably due to lack of interest. I’m now persuing to study all types of religion in my free time as a part of my agnostic theism leanings, but most people aren’t mega dorks like me. Alas.

  2. The other version of that status update about mosques on every street corner. It displays a complete ignorance about planning laws and process. They must think a council meeting goes along the lines of ‘the census said there is a million muslims in australia, sorry we just have to approve the building of a mosque’. Ignorant, ignorant people.

  3. Although, may I defend Christmas? I’m a neo-Pagan who celebrates Christmas. This festival is not just about commercialism; it’s about family, joyfulness and generosity. (May I also say that I know quite a few Muslim families here in Marrrickville that celebrate Christmas too).

  4. The advantage of being an atheist is that you get to celebrate all of the feasts or none of them 🙂

    I am still waiting for people like Anna Gail to produce proof for her wafflings.

    First prize for such proof will be a date with Alan Jones.

  5. The last time my aunt, who is a practising Muslim (e.g. she does the tradition prayers every day and often fasts for Ramadan), visited Australia she asked to be taken to a Sunday church service as we have churches near by. She was interested in seeing Christians in their place of worship. She has utmost respect for Christians. And as I’ve mentioned before, in Iran around Christmas time there are banners around the place wishing Christians a Merry Christmas.

    And yes, as TAB mentioned, Islam recognises Jesus as a prophet.

  6. AUSTRALIA WILL BE HOLDING A CENSUS IN AUGUST. DO NOT LEAVE THE “GENDER” SECTION BLANK. BE SURE TO AT LEAST TICK WOMAN (OR YOUR UPBRINGING GENDER).10,000,000 MEN WILL TICK THEIR BOX. 10,000,000 AUSTRALIANS WILL LEAVE IT BLANK THEN WONDER WHY A TESTICULAR CANCER RESEARCH CENTRE IS BUILT IN THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD!!! PASS THIS ON TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS”

  7. I love the whole “Muslims will have Christmas banned” thing. It shows complete ignorance of the times when the celebration of Christmas actually *was* banned – by *Christians*.

  8. What’s next? Will they send a chain mail saying there are a million dark siders being led by Darth Vader so we have to tick Jedi so they won’t build a death star on every street corner? I would like a light saber though… it would make rather nice toasted marshmallows in an instant.

  9. “The prophet Jesus, peace be upon him, is second only to the prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him” this was said to me by a Muslim man I met at a rally.

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