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The backlash against Sonia Kruger

What a 24 hours it has been for both critics of Islam, and for the contrived outrage activists, after Sonia Kruger, host of the normally trendy, ‘progressive’, inner- city orientated Today show, called for the halting of Islamic immigration.

For individuals who have remained undeterred by the Orwellian tendencies of the left, yesterday represented an important occasion, as a relatively common- held position so frequently discredited by media elites, was finally being legitimately mainstreamed within the public sphere.

Alternatively, the comments sparked an avalanche of offence, and show- boating reaction from the left, so determined to slur Kruger, for offering her honest opinion to a question. The viewpoint of disdain and contempt for this act of free speech, was epitomized by the left- activist organisation, GetUp, which has publicly implored its followers to ‘tell Channel 9 that racism is never acceptable, and demand Kruger make an apology’.

However, in these circumstances such responses were anticipated, as the left’s limitless admiration and blind defense of Islam is a settled case. We expect nothing more from self- declared multiculturalism advocates and like- minded progressives- turned regressives.

But, if any shred of dignity existed in the moral grounds and character of these Sonya Kruger critics, some degree of consistency would surely prevail.

Take the scripted, monotonous response of many towards the Islamist attack in Nice, which left over 80 people dead. At best, the type of answer that entailed; ‘we stand with the people of France as we offer our condolences’ essentially meant; We accept the status quo, and have no major policies to counter future attacks. At worst from left- leaning individuals and groups, there was no moral outcry or reaction whatsoever.

So for some among us, another 80 dead at the hand of Muslims is seemingly unworthy of commemoration, and yet the mere suggestions of Kruger were worthy of a tsunami of critical attention and emphasis? While there is certainly strength to be gained by the bravery of a genuinely honest and holds- no- barred  TV show host, the misplaced priorities of others reflect a worrying trend.

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6 thoughts on “The backlash against Sonia Kruger

  1. Your description of the left as having Orwellian tendencies is completely out of place, Orwell’s dystopian society was based on three basic principles
    • Invasion of personal privacy, either directly physically or indirectly by surveillance.
    • State control of its citizens’ daily life, as in a “Big Brother” society.
    • Official encouragement of policies contributing to the socio-economic disintegration of the family or any other close relationships.

    Hang on… That sounds oddly familiar…

    Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Policy
    We will enact the following:
    ¥ Call for an inquiry or Royal Commission to determine if Islam is a religion or political ideology.
    ¥ Stop further Muslim Immigration and the intake of Muslim refugees.
    ¥ Surveillance cameras to be installed in all Mosques and schools. Mosques to be open to the public during all opening hours. No more mosques to be built until the inquiry is held.

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    1. As someone from a ‘left position’- let me make this clear, I do not necessarily have any admiration for Islam but this is a free country and people have the right to freedom of religion. I also believe that someone who is being persecuted has a fundamental right to escape that persecution. What Sonia Kruger said – that all Muslim immigration should be banned not only creates a division between Muslim and non-Muslim Australian’s but it also suggests we should specifically deprive Muslim people the fundamental right to escape persecution, which in itself is an act of bigoted discrimination.

      You suggest that ‘the left’ accepts the status quo and have no major policies to counter future attacks and yet your plan is to create division by halting immigration which promotes further radicalisation. The simple truth is that there is no easy solution to countering terrorism as most incidents are ‘home-grown terrorists’ who feel marginalized by the societies they have grown up in resulting in resentment.

      Suggesting ‘the left’ has no policies is also inaccurate, although they may not be as rapid and permanently damaging as halting immigration, they focus on the roots of the issues and offer real solutions. I strongly recommend that you read this article describing an effective program that has reduced the radicalisation of Danish citizens:
      http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/15/485900076/how-a-danish-town-helped-young-muslims-turn-away-from-isis

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    2. I think we have had open borders in order to welcome people and avert division, and ‘radicalisation’, but the simple truth is that this has failed. When you have more Aussie Isis terrorists than Muslim Australian soldiers, have a grand mufti hostile to our country, not to mention the afic (which proposed Islamic law in 2011), a hate preacher head of the national Inams council, the Lebanese Muslim association and virtually all others opposing the anti terror laws as well as a plethora of other issues, it is clear that what has been standard policy for the last 30 years has failed. Some change is required. And I’d be open to debating what that would be, but first of all we all have to admit we have a serious problem with Islam.

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