Sunday, September 16, 2012

Another religious own goal

The protests over the totally irrelevant amateur video made by one of the world's too many religious nutters - this time an Egyptian Coptic Christian with a long criminal record - have spread to Sydney.

So naturally another bunch of religious nutters took to the streets on a violent protest that left nutters and police injured.

They carried moronic signs such as ''Behead all those who insult the prophet'', ''Obama, we love Osama'' and ''Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell''.

I was going to write along the lines that it was so utterly cretinous that you could almost hear the conspracy theorists planning to tell us it was a CIA plot to discredit Muslims.

But I read an open letter from Peter FitzSimons in this morning's Sun Herald that summed it up so well I decided simply to repeat it here:

HAVE we Sydney-siders got this straight?

Because on the other side of the Pacific, somewhere in California, some loser has thrown together some kind of amateur internet video insulting your particular god, you think it justifiable to:
  • Take over the Sydney CBD.
  • Cause willful damage to property.
  • Throw rocks at police officers who are doing nothing more than their duty.
  • Hold up such ludicrous signs as “Behead all those who insult the prophet.”
We have to ask: Do you have the first clue as to the ramifications of your actions? Do you not understand that the net result of such irresponsible, appalling action is to give ample fuel to every racist in the country to reinforce every bad stereotype they have ever had of you, and that will affect badly the hundreds of thousands of other peaceful and law-abiding Islamic Australians?

Get this straight, and quickly: some of you may be from countries where this kind of thing is acceptable. But it is NOT acceptable in this country.

In this country you are free to worship whatever god you damn well please. Others are free to worship their gods.

And I am free to say it is all nonsense over imaginary friends.

But you are not free to create the mayhem you did yesterday, simply because you don't like a freaking video!

Racists have said for years, “If you don't like the way we do things here, go back to where you came from.” The net result of your actions yesterday is that – for those people specifically disgracing themselves in the CBD yesterday, not the vast bulk of Islamic Australians – much of the country now feels the same.

Nice work.

An Open Letter from Peter FitzSimons

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