I am pleased to present a guest post today from young conservative, Eric Gotts.
Last Thursday we took a little step closer to Sharia law in Australia.
Criticising the ‘religion of peace’ or its advocates in the Australian Capital Territory is now punishable by a criminal conviction and a fine of up to $7500.
It should come as no surprise that the new law was introduced by the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury. The twist is that it was supported by both Labor and the Liberals who couldn’t move fast enough to criminalise those with the wrong opinions.
Rattenbury said, “the display of hatred, intolerance and offensive behaviour towards Muslims was one of the biggest intolerance issues in Australia today”. This is his way of justifying legislation that makes thought criminals of his political and ideological opponents.
The rationale for this draconian new law was a study by the University of South Australia. It found that 10% of Australians are ‘highly Islamophobic’. This means they hold ‘negative and hostile attitudes towards Islam and Muslims’.
Of course, anyone who has had a close look at Islam will fall into this category. If you believe, as many Australians do, that you should be able to criticise backwards and primitive beliefs, then consider moving from the ACT to someplace else.
Changes to the Discrimination Act now make it illegal to vilify someone on the basis of disability, religion, race, sexuality, gender identity and AID/HIV status.
Definitions for vilification have now been extended to social media posts, actions in the workplace and even wearing clothes, signs or flags that would incite hatred, contempt, ridicule or revulsion.
Which leaves us to wonder just who gets to determine what material qualifies under this definition. And that is the point of all of this isn’t it? The ‘Left’ determines how this law is applied.
Critics of Islam must now be silent while attacks on the Catholic Church are commonplace. Conservatives are banned off social media while the progressives monopolise public debate. Just how long will it take before someone takes offence at the Australian Flag for ‘inciting hatred’?
This move comes on the heels of a national election that saw the election of four One Nation senators and a strong swing away from the major parties. The writing is on the wall for the totalitarians in the federal parliament. So it seems that they’re trying to cement their authority in the states.
It’s shameful for a law like this to be passed but it’s what we’ve come to expect from the Greens and Labor. However, it’s beyond shameful for the Liberals to pass laws bullying people from voicing their opinions and which seeks to destroy political discourse before it starts.
Is this what Malcolm has made of his party?
Somewhere George Orwell is rolling in his grave.