Friday, May 25, 2007

Will a lack of compassion win votes

Pauline Hanson has a well deserved reputation of having extreme views, views that don't appear to be based on reflection, views not well thought out. And now, clearly without compassion. Quoted today in The Age newspaper, she says

"Mr Howard has sold us out by not halting further Muslim immigration and dumping hapless refugees from Africa on us without any consultation. Australia must withdraw ASAP from the 1951 UN Convention on refugees."

Who is a refugee according to the convention? From here .

"owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it."

Well bugger me Pauline, if they aren't white with red hair (hey, I am) and in particular if they are Muslim (they all want to bomb us, don't they - never mind I reckon a good percentage of say Sudanese refugees might be Christian or Animist running from persecution by Arab Muslims) then we should piss them off shouldn't we?! Black a***holes. It's our country isn't it - but hang out, what about the other black people you used to bash? Weren't they here first? Oh no! Piss of them white bastards too! Irish convicts, bloody criminals.

Sarcasm off.

People will vote for her. I know Christian people (well one at least) from her exalted state who delight in the fear mongering of one people. And compassion for the oppressed? Keep the economy booming,the green house gases pumping and FTW! Hate wins votes. Good eh?

1 comment:

remylow said...

sad but accurate account of the state of Australian society. yet still unbelievable and inexcusable for members of the Christian church to be aligned with such a politic.

there seems to be an extra-urgent need to recapture a politics of the Christian ekklesia in an age of fear, beyond secular pragmatism, or else such blowing about with the winds will inevitably plague the church.