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Monday, May 14, 2007


Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian reckons: “Australian mufti Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali is under investigation over whether his call for the Muslim world to unite behind Iran breached sedition laws by urging assistance to an enemy of the state.”

Since when has Iran been ‘an enemy of the state’?

The Australian goes on to tell us: “Australian Federal Police officers interviewed Sheik Hilali last Tuesday over his call to Muslims to ‘stand in the trenches’ with Iran, described by US President George W. Bush as a member of the ‘axis of evil’.”

Why do we need to be reminded that George W. Bush has called Iran part of the ‘axis of evil’? Just because George W. Bush, President of the United States – not President of Australia – calls Iran part of the ‘axis of evil’ doesn’t make it so.

There is no sedition here; only a very crude attempt by the AFP and the Howard government to demonise al-Hilali specifically and Islam generally. The mufti al-Hilali says some outrageous stuff occasionally but for newspapers like the right-wing Murdoch-owned The Australian to report these things the way it does, blowing the importance of what al-Hilali says out of all proportion is pure and deliberate racist propaganda against the religion and culture of Islam.

One may not agree with what al-Hilali has to say but he has the right in Australia to say it and, while Iran and their leaders might get up John Howard’s nose, (as, no doubt, he gets up theirs) we are not at war with them and we are certainly not at war with their people.

Iran is not an enemy of the state of Australia – regardless of what Bush or his deputy sheriff John Howard might like to think.

Sedition indeed!!! More like Howard’s last fling towards fascism in Australia.


Anonymous said...

This coming Sunday, John Howard will be attending a dinner where he'll recieve a gold star from the Australian branch of the Jewish National Fund.
The dinner will feature a speech by Brigitte Gabriel. This woman is a Christian Lebanese who has a virulent hatred of Muslims.
In an article for FrontPage Magazine she wrote about Islam as...
... a canvas of hate decorated by different nationalities who share one common ideology of hate, bigotry and intolerance derived from one source: authentic Islam ... They slither and they hiss, and they would eat each other alive, but they will unite in a hideous mass to achieve their common goal of imposing Islam on the world.

I wonder what she'll be talking about this coming Sunday and I wonder if John Howard will be nodding in agreement?

Damian Lataan said...

Anonymous, thanks for that piece of info; knowing that kind of puts a different perspective on the latest attempt by Howard to belittle al-Hilali. I'm sure once he's got his Gold Star he'll be going straight to the top of the class at the school of bigotry. He'll be in great company with the likes of Brigitte Gabriel whose work unfortunately I'm very familiar with.

Anonymous said...

Why sure John Howard and Kevin Rudd bend over backwards to please Australia's Jewish community. Alexander Downer was said to have completely surprised Australian Zionists with his willingness to impress.
See here;