Election special No 8 – Rise Up Ratbags!

Christian Taliban stormtroopers Rise Up Australia continue to provide a welcome giggle.

If they did not exist would it have been necessary for The Chaser to invent them? Probably.

They join a crew of right wing Christian, conspiracy theory and other nutjob microparties eager to get their 30 pieces of silver from the AEC as they race headlong for the bottom.

You may remember that the party leader and Catch the Fire Ministries extremist cleric Danny Nalliah said among other crazy statements that Victoria’s abortion laws were the cause of the Black Saturday bushfires.

Here are a couple of their candidates. The rest of them are cut from the same xenophobic Christian exceptionalist cloth.

This one is a “Bible teacher”.

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IPSWICH Muslims have defended their faith in the wake of Rise Up Australia Party candidate Anthony Mackin’s calls to eradicate mosques and ban the burka.

Mr Mackin, a bible teacher, is the Blair candidate for a party that has banning the burka as one of its key policies.

In an interview with The QT yesterday, Mr Mackin explained why he was opposed to burkas.

“Part of the problem is the obvious one, that you can’t identify who is underneath it,” he said.

“I’ve seen recently on the internet that there have been suicide bombers disguising themselves in burkas.

“When we go into a petrol station the first thing a motorcyclist is asked to do is remove the helmet before the cashier will receive payment for the bill, for security purposes.

“Everybody is required to do this…but the people who are not assimilating to our laws and customs are not.”

Mr Mackin said his major concern was that burkas “mostly come from the Islamic religion that is aggressively non conformist”.

On mosques, Mr Mackin said “if Islam determines or decrees that it needs a mosque, then Islam has to go and the mosques have to go”.

“We’ve been told mosques are seen as militant infrastructure by the Muslims.”

The QT asked Mr Mackin if he favoured the eradication of mosques or stopping them in the future.

“Personally, I lean towards the eradication of mosques,” he said. “In order to establish a mosque we find that Muslims tend to flood an area and make it uncomfortable for locals.”

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Another loopy Queenslander, this time in PM Rudd’s seat of Griffith

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A CANDIDATE for the Prime Minister’s seat of Griffith has put outlawing the Islamic faith front and centre of her election campaign, branding it a “religion from hell” and claiming that building mosques in Australia is “high treason”.

Sherrilyn Church of the Rise Up Australia Party says her top policy priority in the election is to ban the building of mosques in the electorate, south of Brisbane.

Ms Church – a small-time citrus farmer from Crows Nest on the Darling Downs – said her primary concern for the electorate was “the Islamisation of the city by councils giving permission for mosques to be erected”.

“Basically, I see Islam not primarily a religion but a system of law because to the Islamic mind the existence of a mosque in an area means they believe that Sharia law applies and the Islamic flag must fly – now that is high treason in a sovereign nation,” she said.

“Islam is a legal system before it is a religion. We have freedom of religion but their religion is illegal.

“We are multi-ethnic, but we are not multicultural, because that’s where the law comes into it.

“The people in the mosque can be as charming and pleasant as your best Australian but there is also those elements, as you know across the world, where young men are recruited to jihadist training camps from these mosques.

“A lot of people consider it to be fine. A lot of people also consider that having gay marriage is fine.”

Ms Church, 61, said she believed the Muslim faith and democratic citizenship were fundamentally incompatible.

“This question is asked of all Australian citizens when they stand before the governor or to become citizens. They have to declare that they will come under our system of law, and our flag.

“If you’re going to say; ‘no, I’m going to hold to the laws of the Koran’, I would say `pack your bags, get on the next plane and go home’.

“Our laws are totally and utterly contrary to the law of the Koran. There are some religions that didn’t come from heaven, they come from hell.”

Ms Church’s platform has proven unpopular within the local Islamic community, which has two mosques in the Griffith electorate at Holland Park and West End.

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We are still deciphering this one:

“Islam is a legal system before it is a religion. We have freedom of religion but their religion is illegal.

“We are multi-ethnic, but we are not multicultural, because that’s where the law comes into it.

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Rise Up to ‘keep Australia Australian’ (unless you’re mentally ill)

Libs direct preferences to anti-Muslim party

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Islamophobia overshadows bipartisan multiculturalism inquiry

By: admin
March 26 2013 22:52

A small but vocal group of bigots can congratulate themselves for successfully hijacking a much-needed national discussion on multicultural service provision, writes Dr Chloe Patton.

By Dr Chloe PattonBy Dr Chloe Patton

THE Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s report on its two-year inquiry into multiculturalism released last week is the most significant statement on multiculturalism in Australia since the Government’s 2011 “People of Australia” statement.

The Australian reported that the inquiry has been overwhelmed by concern about Muslim integration, leading its bipartisan Committee to declare that it “does not support legal pluralism”. Of the 512 submissions the inquiry received, 212 directly raised questions about Islam.

What The Australian omitted to mention, however, was that none of these submissions directly addressed the inquiry’s terms of reference, and were therefore about as relevant to the task at hand as 212 musings on last night’s episode of Master Chef. The joint Standing Committee on Migration called for submissions from the public to help it report on issues surrounding migrant settlement, the effects of globalisation on social inclusion, and the contribution of migration to the nation’s productive capacity.

More than forty per cent of what it received, instead, demanded that Australia abandon its policy of multiculturalism because Muslims are said to be:

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  • taking over;
  • not assimilating;
  • having too many wives;
  • having too many children;
  • marrying off their daughters too young;
  • killing their wives;
  • forming ghettos;
  • ruining Christmas;
  • establishing Islamic schools;
  • refusing to work;
  • building too many mosques;
  • taking offence too easily;
  • demanding Shariah courts;
  • plotting to kill non-Muslims;
  • bringing their families over;
  • wanting to live in the seventh century;
  • hating democracy;
  • not speaking English;
  • watching too much Arabic news on satellite TV;
  • wearing burqas;
  • eating halal food;
  • mutilating genitals;
  • wrecking Europe;
  • hampering access to suburban public swimming pools;

and so on.

These submissions paint such a detailed and disturbing picture of the Islamophobic attitudes held by some Australians that it is worthwhile considering whether they are representative of broader public opinion.

The answer? Not exactly.

Fundamentalist Christians were significantly over-represented among the voices heard. The inquiry’s final report notes that around eighty per cent of the submissions declared that Australia is a Christian country and should not accommodate other value systems. Many of the anonymous individual submission authors identified themselves as Christian. A number of unfounded claims cited in the report’s chapter on Islam – for instance, that 15 per cent of Australian Muslims hold fundamentalist views – were attributed to a Christian organisation called the Salt Shakers, whose website indicates they strongly support the political views of Geert Wilders. Two Christian anti-abortion lobby groups, the Family Council of Victoria and the Endeavour Forum, are also cited in the report.

A further two extreme-right racist groups round out the views of organisations included among the Islamophobic submissions. The Australia Defence League is a small local chapter of the neo-Nazi street groups more common in Europe, while the Q Society of Australia received national notoriety recently for bringing Wilders to these shores.

While much of the rhetoric espoused before the inquiry can be dismissed as the ramblings of fringe-dwelling tinfoil-hat wearers, it is worth recognising that a significant number of Australians have problems accepting Islam as a legitimate part of the Australian social landscape. As the inquiry’s report notes, in 2012 the Scanlan Foundation found that one in four Australians hold negative feelings about Islam. Fifty-six per cent of respondents to a 2011 Essential Research poll said they were concerned about the number of Muslims living in Australia, with roughly half saying they felt ‘very concerned’. A quarter of the overall sample polled said that Muslims should be excluded from Australia’s migrant intake.

Dog whistle politics from both major parties appears to be stoking xenophobic fears in the community. Image: Left Flank

Interestingly, 65 per cent of respondents to the latter poll believed that the proportion of the Australian population that identifies as Muslim is higher than it is. When informed of the correct figure (1.7 per cent), a significant number of respondents reassessed their views. In light of this apparent mutability of Islamophobic views, the Committee’s painstaking efforts to debunk the misconceptions about Islam and Muslims in its report are commendable.

The report’s statement about legal pluralism was only part of one of the recommendations made in its chapter on Islam. The Committee also recommends that the Australian Government continue to support programs promoting intercultural and interfaith understanding in Australian universities, institutions and the community sector. It recommends the institution of regular interfaith and intercultural dialogues involving the broader community leadership to better target settlement services and foster wider inter-community understanding.

I would suggest that in addition to investing in feel-good interfaith activities, the Government gets as tough on Islamophobic extremism as it is on Islamic extremism. Perhaps it’s high time the narrative of concern over extremism in this country is re-worked — let’s replace the young Muslim with the average Australian as the stereotypical vulnerable object of extremist ideology.

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