Essential Media released a poll this week stating that 49% of Australians want to see a ban on Muslim immigration. The company, which is affiliated with the Labor Party, ran the poll a few months ago with the same result. Given that releasing the poll result was likely to provoke some controversy they ran the poll again to make sure that it was not a rogue poll. They got the same result. So this week, bravely for a left wing organisation, they released the poll publicly and now the question of continuing to allowing Muslim immigration to Australia is getting harder for the leaders of the two major political parties to ignore.
No surprise that those in the left-wing media and the multicultural activists have had their heads spinning. The main excuse they have come with up with for the poll is that fear of Muslims has been incited by our leaders invoking divisive rhetoric. The race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane (who even cries racism when you can’t pronounce his long name) says we just simply need to rise above poll results like this, and the answer seems so simple. Islamic activist Mariam Veiszadeh even claimed the poll was unscientific and decided to run her own truly accurate poll on Twitter where we she got a result that was far worse from her point of view than the original poll. Blaming somebody like Pauline Hanson actually has things the wrong way around, she was elected because of the concerns the community has about Islam. She did not suddenly invent the fear about being swamped by Muslims.
This type of response is part of what I call the thin air argument. What that means is that Australians decided one day ‘hey let’s hate on some people who are different from us for no reason’ and that Muslims are just the latest in a long line of migrants in this country to experience such discrimination and vilification, yet all these other groups ended up integrating very well. This explaining away of the large concerns Australians have about growing numbers of Muslim migrants is treating ordinary Australians with contempt.
The reason why Australians are expressing such concerns is that they are seeing the growing influence that Islam has in Australia and the negative impact it is having in our communities. In the past two years we have seen numerous Islamic terrorist incidents in our major cities. The most prominent was the Lindt Café siege in 2014 killing 2 people and holding many others hostage for over 18 hours. There was the Endeavour Hills attempted police stabbing by a young Muslim man and the fatal shooting of Curtis Chang outside a Sydney Police Station. The latest was the stabbing of a random man in the streets of suburban Sydney with the perpetrator inspired by Islamic State. Remember these are just the incidents which the authorities failed to prevent. We see in the news almost every week an Australian Muslim being jailed for planning a terrorist attack or providing support for terrorist activities elsewhere in the world. This is not to mention the 200 Australians who have been fighting for Islamic State over in Iraq and Syria.
The response to this growing danger to Australia by commentators such as Waleed Ali is that the risk from terrorism is relevantly minor and we are more likely to die or be injured by other ills in our society and that it is unfair to just pick on violence inspired by radical Islam. First of all, it is abhorrent to simply just say Australians should just accept a greater risk of terrorism as the new normal. Secondly, terrorism is not the only negative influence that Islamization of a society brings. It means less freedom for women, as women are now less safe when going out in public due to the second class status women have in Islamic society. Women are seen as open season for sexual assault and they are told not to wear revealing clothing so as to prevent provoking attention of Islamic men. It is less freedom for homosexuals who are less safe in being open about their sexuality and must be careful about how they display themselves in public. It means there is less freedom for Australian traditions such as drinking, partying and other forms of recreation. Not to mention the tendencies that Islamic youth have in participating in organised and petty crime as well as unprovoked violent attacks on non-believers.
Australians who live close to Muslim enclaves in our major cities are experiencing these losses of freedom and security first hand. The multicultural activists mostly live in areas where there is less Islamic influence, so they have no idea of the actual reality that Islamisation brings. All Australians want to live in a community that is safe and this is what this poll is basically saying. The solution that Australians want is a reasonable one and should be debated both in the media and by our politicians. The concerns that everyday Australians have should not be ignored, they are seeing their communities change before their eyes. If their concerns continue to be ignored by both major parties they can expect more Pauline Hansons elected as the influence of Islam grows.