By now, I’m sure a lot of readers will have either read about or seen news about the Muslim extremists in Barking, Essex, protesting the return of British soldiers from Afghanistan.
I’d like to also draw your attention towards the Somalis executed for the ‘un-Islamic’ and ‘distracting’ crime of – wait for it – watching the World Cup. Apparently, it seems that watching the first World Cup to be held in a fellow African nation would have sent these Somalis into some semi-religious (but non-Islamic) fervour resulting in the recognition of Israel’s right to exist, the end of jihad and state-sponsored terrorism, and even (God forbid!) tolerance of other religions!
Another situation I thought you might be interested in was the Indian students being bashed in Melbourne (it must of course be those horrible white boys, because we all know Melbourne has no problems with ethnic gangs that could result in attacks on one minority group by another!).
Why do I bring up these examples, you ask?
Well, it all links back to how we aim – through our media reporting – to placate, in particular the Islamic, but essentially the non-Western world at the expense of our own image. It could be political correctness gone mad, or some great campaign to further multiculturalism at the expense of any kind of traditional ‘Aussie’ culture. Or it could just be that leftist media group-think that seems so fashionable these days. Whatever the reason, this national self-flagellation is a complete load of garbage.
Why should a report on an Islamic protest group, “Muslims Against the Crusades”, refer to counter-protesters who did nothing but defend the reputation and memory of soldiers who died at war as “far-Right groups”? No matter your position on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, surely you would take any frustrations out on the people who sent them off to war, rather than the soldiers themselves? Yet in the interests of ‘balance’, any Caucasian response to a minority extremist group must also be slurred as extremists (And before you get angry about my labelling of MAC as extremists, I only use the same word used by the local council leader in writing to the Home Secretary to request that MAC be banned).
When, according to a professor of political sociology in Rotterdam, “highlighting issues like freedom of speech, female equality and gay rights… serves to exclude Muslims from the… political consensus”, you have to wonder if maybe it’s time that rather than continuing this trend of placating and pacifying of the rather vocal Islamic minority, we issue an ultimatum of sorts. I don’t mean anything along the lines of “Give up your religion or f*** off!” but something more akin to the way the European immigrants of the 40’s and 50’s were treated upon arrival: Bring your culture, your traditions, your religions, and by all means bring some wicked foods along to the party, but if you think for a second that you’ll be able to live without assimilating to some extent, you might as well turn back around and head off.
For any immigrant to (or any person living in) Australia, this means a few things. It means NO support of fundamentalist religious groups. It means NO refusing to learn English. Definitely NO throwbacks to traditions which are rightly found vulgar and heinous by Australian society (this rules out any form of ritual female genital mutilation). Finally, it means supporting Australia, as a nation. Whether you agree with some government decisions or not, support of this nation should be the biggest and simplest rule to abide by.
If one day, this was to occur, maybe then we would not see our country through this fog of negativity and self-hate, but rather as the great country that it indeed is.
Mihali Kouros is a Vice President of the Adelaide University Liberal Club.