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In defense of multiculturalism : Comments

By Dilan Thampapillai, published 22/2/2011

Scott Morrison may be given the benefit of the doubt on racism, but he needs lessons in etiquette.

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Perhaps the perfect example of "multiculturalism" in all its Great Big Glory is identified in a Mike Carlton piece titled 'One Nation wrapped in a Blue Ribbon'.
Posted by Wakatak, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 5:49:37 AM
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Yep this sums up the shortcomings of Janet Albrechtsen, Paul Sheehan, Bernardi, Kevin Donnelly etc etc whenever they write about multiculturalism.
Posted by jjplug, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 7:47:10 AM
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I must say this is actually quite a good article that does actually jump into the deeper end of the detail- including why our case could be regarded separate from those of Germany and the UK.

Generally something that has been quite lacking in the entire world of printed articles, for the past two decades.
Posted by King Hazza, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 9:45:59 AM
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You need to more realistic about peoples attitude to foreigners.

It took us a while to accept the influx of Europeans after the second world war, but by and large they looked like us and observed the same basic culture, even though the food might have been different. The Italian Mafia also arrived with them. After the Vietnam conflict, the flood of Asian migrants gave us some more challenges, but they seem to have settled in fairly well and embraced our culture without too much conflict although the odd criminal element rears its head from time to time. Also their religions, though different, offer no confrontation to most Australians.

The influx of Muslims poses serious problems. The attitude of Muslim men toward women is different, the women dress differently, they adhere to a different religion. Although my impression of the rank and file Muslim is that most would like to blend with the established society, the Imams in some of the mosques have a different agenda altogether. They would like to see the introduction of Sharia law and in other ways, convert Australia to Islam. This doesn't go down too well with the average Australian, and is probably the most likely cause of conflict between the established Australian society and the latest newcomers
Posted by VK3AUU, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:38:33 AM
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They are not the only ones intent upon bending us to their ideological will, VK3AUU.

>>the Imams in some of the mosques have a different agenda altogether. They would like to see the introduction of Sharia law and in other ways, convert Australia to Islam.<<

Our own beloved Christian hierarchy are also busy with the introduction of their own orthodoxies, as you would be only too well aware.

Supporting the subversion of our children's education:

http://onlinecatholics.acu.edu.au/issue64/commessay1.html

"The Campus Crusade for Christ... is pushing to have the intelligent design theory taught in every high school in Australia"

Cardinal Pell's comment?

"the theory of evolution... is sometimes taught 'in an anti-God way.' 'If thatís the case, Iíd be happy for them to talk about design or intelligent design,'"

Incidentally, he also believes that prayer (to the right God, of course. And by Catholics only) can cure cancer.

"Obviously, cancer can be cured by prayer" he told the ABC.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/pell-adamant-prayer-cures-cancer-20091221-l8fy.html

And clearly, he doesn't want any "competing technologies" where that's concerned.

"He has threatened politicians who are Catholics with exclusion from communion... if they vote in favour of a secular law permitting stem cell research."

http://scienceblogs.com/evolvingthoughts/2007/06/pell_causes_catholics_stress.php

Catholics are also concerned about competition from other sources. Like Amnesty International.

"...[Bishop Prowse] warns that without [a change to their policy] Amnesty International can expect Catholics to take their goodwill, time and money elsewhere.

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2007/s1951825.htm

They all seem to be tarred with the same brush. Do. It. Our. Way.

But in the overall scheme of things - i.e. given the ratio of Christians to Muslims in Australia - I know which group is more likely to influence legislation.
Posted by Pericles, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 12:55:01 PM
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When one is neither a Muslim or so called Western religious person, such as a Catholic, Anglican etc, I do find that I am not guided by all the trappings of any of them, it would be a much more peaceful world without them.
All I can say with the unfortunate loss of life on Christmas Island is, if they had joined the correct way to enter Australia this unfortunate accident would never have happened.
Multiculturism is a two way deal, accept us and we will accept you, but that doesn't include treating women as second class citizens, the latest arrivals do not seem to understand this.
Ojnab
Posted by Ojnab, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 1:51:25 PM
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