Q Time.Last thursday (March 24th), there was a rather small meeting to officially launch The Q Society. This group is a very interesting one, and definitely to be watched, because they have been out there doing things rather than just talking, which a lot of us sometimes get accused of doing.
In this case, Q have gotten a petition up against the Marrickville council for their promotion of anti-semitism and sponsorship of the BDS campaign.
Now a lot of people don't realise this, but in Australia, local councils seem to be more concerned with what's happening overseas rather than doing stuff like, oh, collecting the rubbish, fixing the roads and school crossings. Municipal kind of stuff.
Not Marrickville. Hard Green/Left councillor Fiona Byrne wants to sanction Israel for their action in the Gaza region.
(I do rather suspect that this is yet more of the now commonplace new anti-semitism masquerading as righteous outrage, but what would I know?)
Q also petitioned the Port Phillip council about allowing a community house to expand its use by a muslim group for friday prayers. In an area that is predominantly non-muslim, this is a bizarre thing to do, but again, what would I know. We're talking about the Port Phillip council, and they've always been a bit left and strange. (In my opinion, of course)
So thursday's launch was not completely out of the blue.
Q Society Launch
As Vickie says, Q has hit the ground running, and already leaving a groundswell of opinion in their wake.
ACA link here.
Having met Vickie personally on a number of occasions, I can attest to the fact that she comes across as a
She's also been getting out there, with the Australian Islamist Monitor interviewing her recently.
For a spokesperson, that's excellent to see.
On thursday evening, Martin King from A Current Affair was also there for a short time to interview a few people (not me, luckily!), and tape some of the talks.
Of course, he didn't get the talk he should have.
Q Launch SOS Campaign 2011
There are a lot of things going on here in Australia in the arena of creeping sharia - finance, education, food, amenities, and the ongoing issues with illegal immigrants. Not that we're supposed to call them that. Asylum seekers is the politically correct term.
The Q Society are focusing particularly on halal food in Australia and the current push for islam to be a part of the schools' curricula. Under the guise of "cultural" studies.
For a small but growing group they aim high.
When you consider that several speakers pulled out at the last minute because they were frightened of speaking out in public, there is a need for some sort of action.
These speakers were from Afghanistan, Sudan and Ethiopia, so you'd think they would feel safe to speak in our (supposedly) free society.
The keynote speaker was Pastor Daniel Scot, of the infamous Catch the Fires case here in Melbournistan.
A highly educated and entertaining man, it's no wonder he was charged with quoting the quran in a manner that made people laugh. He has an exquisitely honed sense of irony, and he uses it well.
Another speaker was a Pastor who fled Pakistan in fear as a christian, and now has a ministry here in Melbourne, preaching over the phone and via skype to groups in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and even London!
It took him over two years of effort with the Immigration dept to bring his wife and children to Australia and out from the oppression of Pakistan they suffered as christians.
There are a lot more stories like these, but unfortunately they never seem to see the light of day.
With the Q Society getting the information on what's happening out, then with luck we'll see more.
As the saying goes, sunlight disinfects, and the Q Society are doing an excellent job of disinfecting some of the misconceptions about sharia.
cross-posted at Vladtepesblog