Letter to Bob Brown. 7th Jan 2006
Dear Mr. Brown,
First of all, I hope you and yours had a great Christmas break – it’s been great here in Melbourne.
I've been reading your site with interest. In particular with regards to the need (or not) for more stringent laws to deal with 'terror' in our country.
I note that "The Australian Greens define terrorism as premeditated acts of violence directed at non-combatant targets with the aim of intimidating others to agree to a political, social, cultural or religious demand. We regard such acts, whether they are carried out by isolated ‘militants’, political organisations or by governments themselves, as terrorism."
There doesn’t seem to be any discussion on the fact that the majority of ‘premeditated acts of violence directed at non-combatants’ are demonstrably carried out by members of one particular ideology. Also, there are proponents of said ideology here in Australia.
Does this hold any real concern for you and the Greens as a whole?
This group, irrespective of whether it consists of a few extremists or also contains many quiet sympathisers, stands against everything you stand for.
As was recently noted in a letter to The Guardian:Islam is demonstrably a threat to women and gay people, who are routinely tortured and murdered in Islamic countries, such as Iran.
This letter was from Andy Armitage, the former editor of Gay & Lesbian Humanist. Full details of why Mr. Armitage is no longer editor of this small magazine can be found here: http://www.mfebooks.com/G&LH/Dossier.pdf
Mr Armitage has provided a very detailed document outlining why he resigned, and includes plenty of information on how Islam cannot conceivably be called a humane or moderate religion, or ideology (my preference).
Are there peaceful muslims? Absolutely.
Are there rabid, extremist christians, for example? Absolutely, yes to that, also. The difference there is that the christians are not seen to be the group most likely to take violent action against you in response to disagreement.
Please excuse me if I seem to be a bit roundabout in my mail – it’s a consequence of living here in Victoria under Mr Bracks’ draconian Racial and Religious Tolerance Act. I am against political correctness as a practice, as it stifles freedom of thought and speech. While I have the right not to be offended, I also have the responsibility to act like an adult if I am, and get over myself.
I would also love to know if you have read the excellent book, Mr Robert Spencer’s “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)” (ISBN 0895260131) If you haven’t, I would be more than happy to post you a copy of it.
There are also plenty of websites available with much information on what is happening in the world at large regarding ‘terrorist’ activities and how they may impact upon us Australians in the future.
I prefer http://www.faithfreedom.org as a good place to start, as it was started by an ex-muslim, and the contributors are many and varied.
For overwhelming statistics, http://www.thereligionofpeace.com keeps a table of atrocities that occur around the world. For a peaceful religion that has been hijacked by a tiny number of extremists, there is an amazing amount of death and destruction in the world today. So far, Australia is not represented on that table, but that is more due to luck than good management, I think.
I would prefer that we do keep off the table of incidents at thereligionofpeace.com and if that means further restrictions, then I guess I’d have to accept them. I don’t like it, but if it means a safer existence, then it can’t be as bad as the alternative.
Thank you for your time and for reading this far.
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