This is a message for all of those who took part in any Reclaim Australia rallies this year: Stop it. You’re embarrassing yourselves.
Reclaim Australia rallies have been held across the Australia throughout 2015 and have made headlines every time. Why? Because apparently Australia is being taken over by the Islamic community. According to the Reclaim Australia website, “we [Australians] are losing our democratic freedom to speak openly and honestly, we are losing our voice and our NATIONAL (sic) character”.
Nathan Paterson was labelled a racist and a bogan after a picture of his tattooed face spread across social media after a rally on Sunday. But no surprise, he didn’t like the adverse comments.
“I’ve seen people calling me a bogan, calling me a racist pig, all off one photo. A woman on the radio called me a toothless, tattooed freak.
“Well okay, great, if she wants to pay for me to get my tooth fixed then that’s great, I’ll shake her hand, because I’m in the waiting line to have it done,” he said.
Beau McNaughton, 24, was at the Cessnock rally – a protest against proposals to build a mosque in the area – and denied that rally-goers are racist.
“Some are racist but that’s their personal view; not everyone’s view is the same. This is a free and democratic country where sometimes you have to listen to opinions you don’t agree with,” Mr McNaughton said.
Reclaim Australia claims Australia’s culture is being changed to suit the Muslim community in Australia. Yes, it says, its followers are legitimately concerned that there will be an increase in sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, and wife-beating – activities its website declares are the ways of Islam and have no place in Australia.
I find that ironic, considering 76 woman have died from (non-Muslim) domestic violence this year in Australia.
Personally, I have never experienced any of what Reclaim Australia is fighting against. I believe I’m as open-minded as a 20-year-old can be. I have many Islamic friends but I have never experienced “Islamisation” in Australia. Even if there were some, a little acculturation is a never a bad thing.
But you know what I have experienced a fair bit? Racism in Australia against Muslims, many of whom were either born or have spent the majority of their lives in Australia.
While terrorism is something that should be taken seriously, this writer finds it difficult to comprehend the logic of Reclaim Australia. They don’t want mosques built but would they protest against an Anglican church being built? What about a synagogue? The answer is no.
Would they complain if they saw a nun or a rabbi wearing the garb peculiar to their religion or profession? They’ve not said a word against them yet. Yet they all seem to be against Muslims wearing hijabs and burqas. Of course they have no problem with wearing bandannas over their faces while they spread their bile.
There are a number of things I don’t understand about the Reclaim Australia rallies.
They sing proudly (and poorly) the national anthem but seem to forget or choose to accept that a line in the second verse says “For those who’ve come across the seas, we’ve boundless plains to share”.
As an Australian, I’d like to assure those overseas that Reclaim Australia’s views do not represent the country of Australia. They represent the views of a small minority. – Chris Matthews-Darby
Top photo of an incident at a Reclaim rally from Reclaim Australia’s Facebook page.