Racist pamphleteers owe us an apology

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The grubs responsible for distributing racist leaflets in the western Sydney seat of Lindsay during the last election owe us all a big sorry. The ugly incident, which got lost in the wash of the poll outcome, needs to be resolved. And it can only happen if the perpetrators admit what they did and publicly say sorry. Anything else is surely an insult to the Muslim community they attempted to vilify, the local constituents they attempted to dupe and the rest of us, whose intelligence they continue to insult. There’s more where this came from…click here.

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6 Responses to “Racist pamphleteers owe us an apology”

  1. Tom Says:

    Only one question – when did ‘Muslim’ become a race?

  2. Tim Says:

    Great point. You really engaged with the issue there. Well done.

  3. Tim Says:

    Next you’ll be narking up about debatable grammar use.

  4. Tom Says:

    Although in some circumstances I would be so petty as to squabble over grammar, I would defend myself by saying that my question wasn’t entirely without merit.

    While I of course agree wholeheartedly with your contention that the actions of the pamphleteers were quite despicable, I think there is a huge gap between race and religion, and to see the two so quickly lumped together should grind on your nerves as it does mine. While criticising someone for their skin colour, eye colour, height or what have you is totally useless, criticising someone for their actions or their beliefs is and rightly should be accepted in this modern and free society.

    The difference is of course choice.

    Apologies for trying to summarise my point with a few words rather than getting overly verbose.

  5. Tim Says:

    Tom I think the substantive issue is that these guys were using race/religion (when you think Muslim do you think whities living over in Mosman?) for political ends. But you are however quite right…

  6. Tom Says:

    No doubt their actions were hugely exploitative of the Islamophobia which is hugely present in Australian society, and thus inexcusable both politically and morally. I just wanted to take the chance to raise a less present issue within the more present one.
    And my image of Muslims stretches from Al-Hilaly to Cat Stevens.

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