27 Aug. 2007

Wanker Of The Day

The whole purpose of Kevin Bloody Andrews' new citizenship test is to provoke a huge (wedge issue) debate on Muslim immigration. Today Gerard Henderson catapults the propaganda with a host of straw man arguments. For example:
There will also be criticism that the test is aimed at Muslims. This is not the case since an examination, by definition, is neutral as to outcomes.
Eh? Where is the logic in that? It doesn't matter. This article is not about logic, it's about disseminating anti-Muslim fear.

Having firmly established that this new test is NOT ABOUT MUSLIMS, Hendo then cites the London 2005 terrorist bombings and a host of other things this test is NOT about:
Writing in the spring 2005 issue of the National Observer magazine, former senior public servant and one-time National Party senator John Stone called for the virtual "halting" of the "Muslim immigrant inflow". In Quadrant last September, he referred to the "Islamic cancer in our body politic". Pauline Hanson is planning to run for the Senate in Queensland for Pauline Hanson's United Australia Party. Her sole policy appears to be a moratorium on Muslim immigration. Fred Nile, leader of the Christian Democrats in NSW, has advocated the same cause.
The Syrian-born Sunni Muslim Dr Wafa Sultan has recently completed a visit to Australia, jointly sponsored by some Christian and Jewish groups. In response to questions, she has advocated the end of Muslim immigration to Western democracies - believing that the practitioners of her former faith want to destroy Western civilisation.
Then he reminds us that Indonesia "happens to have the largest Muslim population in the world" but of course "Australia cannot say that immigrants are welcome, except for followers of Islam". Well, of course not! Ha ha! Who would even THINK such a thing? I mean "many Muslims have become fine residents and citizens". M'kay?

Don't think of an elephant.