It’s good to see these stereotypes and bigoted views satirised.
Posts Tagged ‘Islam’
It’s a tough time for a
columnist blogger wanker commentator like Andrew Bolt. The current economic crisis would require some level of genuine intellect to analyse and there is a shortage of conspiracy theories that would allow him to blame it on teh Left. The McCain-Palin campaign is in freefall and it is becoming hard to mount any credible defence of the Republican candidates’ character or prospects – although Andrew is still game to try it once in a while. It might seem a good time for him to point out that the Iraq war has been won, but there are some problems with that – first of all, he’s done that quite a lot already and people might start to wonder why the country still needs to be occupied, and secondly General Petraeus himself has been speaking a bit too loudly about the fact that victory isn’t an appropriate way to describe the situation.
So what’s a pundit to do when the news is against him but he wants to keep the page impressions ticking over? Well, it appears that he can pull an old classic down from the shelf, blow the dust off, and give it another play. And it goes a little something like this:
Did you know that there are people in this country who are different from other people? Did you know that these people – these different people – often seem to live in neighbourhoods that have a lot of other different people? And did you know that the different people tend to live in neighbourhoods with different people who are different in the same way that they themselves are different? And did you know that these different people are different from you and me? (NB: I am assuming, of course, that you are not one of these different people. I, most certainly, am not. You wouldn’t catch me being different.) And did you know that other different people live in different places from the different people I mentioned previously, but again tend to live near people who are different in the same way that they themselves are? My oh-so-similar friends, there are different people everywhere! In fact, we are in danger of being swamped by differences!
The president of the Camden/Macarthur Residents’ Group, Emil Sremchevich, said the Catholic school plan “ticked all the right boxes”, even though he is yet to see its development application.
“Catholics are part of our community so we should be supporting it on this basis alone. We have to welcome them,” Mr Sremchevich told the Herald. “To become part of a community, you need to live in the community. You can’t just turn up.”
Alive and well on the outskirts of southwestern Sydney.
Camden Council’s decision may well be justified on planning and development grounds. The statements and actions attributed to the Pauline Hanson impersonator and other ‘concerned locals’ are not. And while the council members may be happy to publicly deny that discrimination or fear motivated their decision-making, did any of them tell the ignorant redneck component of their constituency that it shouldn’t be the basis for their opposition to the proposed school?
ELSEWHERE: Sarah observes that our local media pussyfoots around issues to do with Islamophobia.
UPDATE: More on this at Club Troppo as well.