The first was Tory leader Andrew Scheer whose tone deaf tweet showed his true colours.
Freedom has come under attack in New Zealand as peaceful worshippers are targeted in a despicable act of evil. All people must be able to practice their faith freely and without fear.
When many condemned him for not naming Islamaphobia and Muslims he quickly (15 hours later) sung a new tune.
Andrew Coyne wrote
We cannot know exactly what explains that initial, catastrophic choice of words. But neither is Scheer automatically entitled to the benefit of the doubt. Politicians are in the business of being politic, of saying the right thing at the right time, and nothing goes out over their name without a great deal of thought, not to say calculation.
Other party leaders managed to name the victims — Muslims — and the beliefs — white supremacism, Islamophobia, the familiar, toxic mix of racism, xenophobia and hatred that so often finds Muslims as its target — involved in what was self-evidently an act of terrorism. Why on earth couldn’t Scheer?
Exactly Scheer was playing to his right wing base which includes a lot of red necked Islamaphobes
Also Hamish Marshall, Scheer’s campaign manager worked on his leadership campaign from the office of Ezra Levant’s Rebel media
Next on the list and a real islamaphobe comedian Bill Maher. A long time critic of any religion, he particularly condemns Islam regularly, here too no mention of Islamaphobia.
Liberals like Maher are not exempt from Islamaphobia. We see that in historical liberal attitudes to colonialism and empire. Many very progressive people went along with settler colonial movements. Lester Pearson for example is a classic example, absolutely insensitive to the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and totally oblivious to the Wilsonian right of a nation or people to determine its own form of government without influence from outside. Always hidden is an unrecognized superiority and exceptionalism,
All of this was unpacked by Edward Said in his book Orientalism. The Jewish takeover of Palestine was always justified by the benefits that would accrue to backward Palestinians The Palestinians who were dispossessed were nearly invisible to the largely eastern European invaders of an almost entirely Arabic territory
Regarding Palestine, Maher is genuinely stupid and grossly uninformed. Last week on his HBO show he stated that Palestinians are responsible for their own plight. Rock singer John Legend stood up to him and said “As progressives, we should also speak up for human rights for Palestinians, and for too long, I think, it has been out of balance for progressives to speak up for the rights of Palestinians,”
Maher whose mother is Jewish is a classic PEP—Progressive except for Palestine— and regressive on Islam and Islamaphobia.
This now leads us to Jewish liberals. Most Jews are anti-Islamaphobic. It is obvious why they would be. It’s in their DNA to resist any scapegoating, having been on the other end of that sin.
In Sunday’s Star two writers representing Jewish organizations expressed their heartfelt solidarity with Christchurch victims. . One saidThe jewish community stands together with our Muslim brothers and sisters today.” No doubt that they do but my question would be do they stand in solidarity with their Palestinian ,largely Muslim victims of Israel apartheid? Very few Jewish organizations do.
Jason Wilson the Guardian Australian columnist ripped the blinders oIn the period of the country’s enthusiastic participation in the War on Terror, Islam and Muslims have frequently been treated as public enemies, and hate speech against them has inexorably been normalized.
Australian racism did not of course begin in 2001. The country was settled by means of a genocidal frontier war, and commenced its independent existence with the exclusion of non-white migrants. White nationalism was practically Australia’s founding doctrine.
But a succession of events in the first year of the millennium led to Islamophobia being practically enshrined as public policy.
First, the so-called Tampa Affair saw a conservative government refuse to admit refugees who had been rescued at sea. It was a naked bid to win an election by whipping up xenophobia and border panic. It worked.
In the years since, despite its obvious brutality, and despite repeated condemnations from international bodies, the mandatory offshore detention of boat-borne refugees in third countries has become bipartisan policy. (The centre-left Labor party sacrificed principle in order to neutralize an issue that they thought was costing them elections.)
The majority of the refugees thus imprisoned have been Muslim. It has often been suggested by politicians that detaining them is a matter of safety – some of them might be terrorists.
Second, the 9/11 attacks drew Australia into the War on Terror in support of its closest ally, and geopolitical sponsor, the United States.
Australian troops spent long periods in Afghanistan and Iraq, fighting and killing Muslims in their own countries. The consequences of this endless war have included the targeting of Australians in Jihadi terror attacks and plots, both at home and abroad.
Events as we know are not as always what they seem. This is why teachers teach critical thinking.