Before yesterday I had not heard of Sonia Kruger as I am not a watcher of daytime television, or television at all for that matter. If cigarettes stunt the body then surely television does the same for the mind. But if you had told me that a TV presenter in Australia would have called for a ban on muslim immigration, I would have told you that you were off your rocker.
If you had told me that not only had this happened but that she would still have her job the next day then I would have said that not only were you off your rocker but the rocker was off its rocker as well. But she did, and she does. As reported in The Australian,
The Nine Network resisted calls on social media for Kruger to apologise, saying: “Our view is that we believe in freedom of speech … Sonia, David and Lisa each expressed a variety of opinions on the show this morning.”
Of course it’s still early days now, so plenty of time for Sonia to be relegated to the benches. But her courage in coming out with this has started a healthy discussion in Australia. And that is what democracy is all about – healthy discussion.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott, who made it his business to “stop the boats” of mostly Muslim asylum-seekers from arriving without permission, said the migration program was “more to do with finding people who want to join Team Australia”.
“Our immigration program should be very closely aligned to Australia’s national interest,” he said. “We run a program that is vigorously in Australia’s best interests and the personal challenge for Muslims is to make the most of the opportunity to join Team Australia.”
Asked if Kruger’s supporters were right to feel afraid, Mr Abbott said: “We need to face the future with confidence but it’s easier to be confident when you know the challenge you face, and dealing with radical Islam is one of the great existential challenges of our time. In my view it’s very hard to reconcile what’s in the Koran with a modern, secular, pluralist democracy.”
Contrast that excellent response with that of the current prime minister,
Malcolm Turnbull said in Canberra that Australia “has a non-discriminatory immigration program and a non-discriminatory humanitarian program, and has done for many, many years, and that is not going to change.”
I give the gigantic fraud six months at best. Turnbull is the sort of man who’d feel guilty for sleeping with a prostitute.
Of course the progressive Left has gone predictably apeshit at Kruger’s remarks,
Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane tweeted: “This stereotyping of Muslims does nothing but breed hate … let’s speak out against it.”
Why on earth do we even have a race discrimination commissar? Sack him now.
To the topic at hand, restricting muslim immigration is not racism. This is a religion that we’re talking about here, not a race. And as for Islamophobia, I see nothing at all that’s irrational about fearing a religion that has a propensity to kill its opponents in nasty ways.
Kruger has sparked a discussion that I hope will continue in a healthy and honest manner. Anyone citing ‘hate speech’ or ‘racism’ or ‘bigotry’ or any of the other standard ad homs that the Left throws out should be summarily ignored. France had someone that tried to warn them about the dangers of uncontrolled muslim immigration. Her name was Brigitte Bardot,
French former film star Brigitte Bardot went on trial on Tuesday for insulting Muslims, the fifth time she has faced the charge of “inciting racial hatred” over her controversial remarks about Islam and its followers.
Prosecutors asked that the Paris court hand the 73-year-old former sex symbol a two-month suspended prison sentence and fine her 15,000 euros ($23,760) for saying the Muslim community was “destroying our country and imposing its acts”.
That was back in 2008. Turned out that she had a point, but her country not only did not want to listen to her, they punished her for speaking out. Let us hope that we do not make the same mistake in Australia.