The Joint Counter Terrorism Team executed search warrants across Sydney in a counter terrorism operation codenamed Appleby.
The Joint Counter Terrorism Team executed search warrants across Sydney in a counter terrorism operation codenamed Appleby. Contributed

OPINION: Cowards, bullies quick to target peaceful Muslims

CERTAIN events of the past few weeks regarding religious ratbaggery have dominated the headlines - and no, this time I'm not having a go at George Pell although I could mention the truck driver analogy at this point. Oh, I just did.

The capital-city backlash against peaceful law-abiding Muslims in Australia has been swift and ugly, with easily identifiable women in their hijabs and burqas apparently the primary target of cowards and bullies.

Christians still far outnumber those who follow Islam; a quick check on Google (and if it's good enough for the Federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, it's good enough for me) shows there are roughly 2.1 billion Christians versus 1.3 billion Muslims.

Here in Australia it's more likely that you will die slipping over in the shower, from heart disease, in a road accident or even by a shark attack than by a terrorist attack

Most religions consist of many sub-groups; Catholic vs Protestant, Shia vs Sunni, Shaivism vs Shaktism. All of them seem, at some stage in history, to have taken umbrage with rival groups, both within and outside their own religious umbrella.

Deflecting attention?

If all Muslims were crackpots, the rest of the world's population would be in serious trouble. As it is, here in Australia it's more likely that you will die slipping over in the shower, from heart disease, in a road accident or even by a shark attack than by a terrorist attack.

And yet our Federal Government is busy scaring the pants off us all.

The cynics among us have pointed out how handy it has been for Tony and his cronies to deflect the heat from the disastrous budget, the disgraceful events in Cambodia where we are bribing a corrupt government to take refugees, and so many other gaffes I could fill this page with.

As I have mentioned many times in this column, I am a swinging voter and no, I didn't vote for the current government but was quite prepared to give them a go, as it seemed the previous mob was too busy stabbing each other in the back to effectively lead this country.

Fearmongering

But I'm truly horrified, time and time again, by the fearmongering being peddled by this lot.

I'd also like to ask a question of the Minister for It's None of Your Business, Scott Morrison.

Of the terror suspects arrested in various raids over the past weeks, those who have left our shores to fight for IS and the young man who was shot in Victoria last week after stabbing two policemen in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack, how many landed on our shores in boats, how many entered the country on planes, and how many were born here?

Surely if they'd been refugees on boats, the government would have been getting plenty of political mileage out of the fact.

But they're strangely silent on the subject.

Or could it be that they just don't want to tell the truth?



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