Chairman Mal was in need of a circuit breaker.
Send in the Clown.
Chairman Mal was in need of a circuit breaker.
Send in the Clown.
The ABC is playing a dangerous game with its apologia for Islam.
On Monday, in response to publicity about Islam's endorsement of domestic violence, the ABC announced:
In an ongoing ABC News investigation, we look at the ways Islam, Christianity and other religions are being forced to confront the darkness in their own midst, the fact that some of their followers at times condone or tolerate domestic violence, and to grapple with how best to combat it.
This week, Islam.
What a white wash. It's summed up in these opening sentences, with the theme recurring throughout the "investigation".
ABC News has interviewed dozens of scholars, imams, social workers and women's advocates over the past several weeks......there is a strong consensus that Islam abhors all violence, including domestic abuse.
The report noted that Islamists among us responded to recent criticism of their violent teachings with this statement:
"We firmly believe that we, as a community, must not shy away from the clarification of Islamic injunctions, however controversial, let alone succumb to reinterpretations of Islam forced by liberal hounding," they said.
"In fact, the greater the pressure, the greater our adherence to Islam must be."
That position paraphrases the Grand Mufti in his strong support of Sheik Shady last year - after the Sheik was criticised for advocating Islamic teaching on homosexuals.
The statement is no surprise, it's policy, it's what Islamists do. Islam is Islam, it can't be changed.
The ABC, however, had a greater authority up its sleeve.
That's Waleed Aly's wife Susan Carland with Turnbull and another celebrity Muslim Yassmin Abdel Magied.
This is a direct quote from the ABC investigation:
But Susan Carland, who teaches gender studies, politics, and sociology at Monash University, said that (the statement above) was a "minority opinion within Islam" in Australia.
"In this kind of situation, we only want to be hearing from people who actually know what they're talking about, we want to be hearing from imams and those sort of people," Dr Carland said
OK let's do that. Here's their Wikipedia page.
The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) was formed in 2006 during a meeting of more than 80 Sunni imams which had gathered to discuss the crisis created by comments made by Taj El-Din Hilaly.
The ANIC elects the Grand Mufti of Australia. The current Grand Mufti is Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohamed. On a 2012 visit to the Gaza Strip, where he met Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, he told local news agencies, "I am pleased to stand on the land of jihad to learn from its sons".
The ANIC has called for the offence of "advocating terrorism" to be removed from the "Foreign Fighters Bill", saying a cleric could fall foul of the law if he simply "advocated the duty of a Muslim to defend his land" or referred to stories in the Quran, Bible and Torah in his sermons.
In February 2015 the Grand Mufti said the Australian Government should not ban Hizb ut-Tahrir, saying the group is "actually pro-freedom of speech". The Prime Minister responded by saying the comments were "unhelpful".
In 2016, Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, who has criticised homosexuals, supported the mujahideen, been cited as supporting the stoning of adulterers, was elected president of ANIC. Australia's Grand Mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed has defended Alsuleiman, saying Islam has a, "longstanding" position on homosexuality" which "no person can ever change". He said that any attempt to call out its teachings could lead to radicalisation.
But none of that for the ABC report.
The gender studies, politics and sociology teacher trumped the Islamic scholars.
Islam doesn't abhor violence. It is built on it. Muhammad beheaded prisoners of war. He took sex slaves as booty. His teachings endorse those practices to today.
Sheik Shady is the most senior Imam in Australia. His teachings aren't hard to find. took me about 10 minutes to find freaky weirdo boy's rantings. Shame we have an incompetent liar for Prime Minister and an ABC hell-bent on covering up for a violent cult.
Here's one from Sheik Shady for starters, "Never become like them".
Turnbull's decision to invite this dangerous psychopath to his official residence for dinner casts further doubt on his judgement and fitness to lead our government.
And here's the Sheikh of Hate asking that question on everyone's lips - can we kill civilians who aren't Muslim yet?
AN Islamic preacher — who once called AIDS a divine punishment for gays and for God to “prepare us for jihad”- dined with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Kirribilli House tonight.
Sheik Shady Al-Suleiman, the national president of the Australian National Imams Council, has said in online videos that females will be “hung by the breasts in hell” and that women should not even look at men
He was among a group of religious leaders and prominent Islamic Australians hosted by the PM at an Iftar dinner to mark the holy month of Ramadan at Kirribilli House.
The Australian-born Sheik Shady has previously called on God to help “destroy the enemies of Islam” and for adulterers to be stoned to death.
Among the guests at the dinner included Gold Logie winner Waleed Aly and wife Susan Carland, head of the Australian Multicultural Foundation Hass Dellal, Archbishop of Sydney, Reverend Glenn Davies and Richmond footballer Bachar Houli.
In online videos Shiek Shady has called for the killing of women who engage in premarital sex: “Remember that if there is an Islamic state the punishment of zina [sex outside marriage], the punishment of those who commit zina, if they have never been married before, they will be lashed 100 lashes,” he says.
Here's the follower of Muhammad on women (uncovered meat to TomCat Muslim good ole boys) - women will burn in the fires of hellhgfhg
Here's freaky-weirdo on women who get raped out of wedlock.
This statement from the ABC today has no regard for the opinions of the ABC's audience.
It has no regard for the families and returned diggers offended by Ms Abdel-Magied's insult.
The ABC apparently doesn't need to hear from those stakeholders.
It has the solution to offensive insults - retract, apologise and delete.
Ms Abdel-Magied is being treated very differently from how Andrew Bolt or Mark Latham have been treated.
The ABC would be falling over itself to give a platform to the Muslim or African communities to express outrage if the tables were turned.
And retract, apologise and delete wouldn't cut it.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied published on ANZAC Day a post on her Facebook page that she subsequently retracted, apologised for and deleted. Ms Abdel-Magied acknowledged that the timing and nature of the post was disrespectful. Her decision to delete it and apologise was appropriate.
Ms Abdel-Magied is a part-time presenter on the ABC program Australia Wide, introducing stories done by ABC reporters from around the country. When presenting for the ABC she works in accordance with ABC editorial and other policies.
Ms Abdel-Magied is also engaged in a range of other activities and work that is not related to the ABC. Her views and opinions in that capacity are her own and do not represent those of the ABC.
Overnight the ABC issued a statement to The New Daily online publication and other media are apparently being referred to this article by the ABC.
The ABC won’t take any action against Yassmin Abdel-Magied after the Muslim activist sparked outrage with an Anzac Day Facebook post asking Australians to also remember those on Manus Island, Nauru, Syria and Palestine.
The host of the ABC’s weekend program Australia Wide felt the wrath of social media users after posting: “Lest We Forget (Manus. Nauru. Syria. Palestine)”.
A spokesperson for the public broadcaster said the “part-time presenter” was also engaged in other activities that did not relate to the organisation.
“Her views and opinions in that capacity are her own and do not represent those of the ABC,” the spokesperson told The New Daily.
The ABC appears to have forgotten about its own social media policy.
Firstly, she made her post on Facebook - which brings into into the coverage of the policy.
Secondly, the policy itself tells us whether or not she's subject to its provisions, they don't get to pick and choose - read on:
The ABC itself says she's a worker. This is from the ABC's QandA website
You can also find Yassmin presenting on TV, currently hosting ABC's weekly show, Australia Wide. She is a regular on Q&A, The Drum, The Project, and internationally on the BBC. On radio, Yassmin is a regular on Triple J's Hack, Radio National, and moonlights as a casual broadcaster on ABC Local. She is the host of the motorsport podcast Motor Mouth, and is the host for the groundbreaking documentary The Truth About Racism, due for release in March 2017.
Ms Abdel-Magied made her offensive post to the internet, once published there's no putting the genie back in the bottle.
Is that likely to bring the ABC into disrepute?
So far 4,000 people have signed a petition calling for her sacking.
I've fielded hundreds upon hundreds of Twitter messages about the issue.
It's certainly diminished my opinion of the ABC.
Beyond the offensive nature of her post itself, the term Lest We Forget is a registered Trade Mark.
It's owned by the RSL for and on behalf of our returned men and women.
It's permitted to be used on floral wreaths, messages of condolence for service men's families and the like.
It's registered and protect for a reason - precisely so it can't be abused in the way Ms smart-arse has done.
It's not the plaything of Muslim shit-stirrers.
Try using Spirit of Australia, WhichBank or "Oh What A Feeling" within the category for which those Trade Marks are registered.
A trade mark is a way of distinguishing the goods or services of your business from those of other businesses. It gives you exclusive rights to commercially use, license or sell the trade mark. This means that no one else in Australia can commercially use your trade mark within the class of goods and services it's registered under.
Any feature (or combination of features) that distinguishes your goods or services from others can be registered as a trade mark, such as a letter, number, word, phrase, sound, smell, shape, logo, picture or aspect of packaging.
If your business is bringing a unique product or service to market and will be using some form of branding, a trade mark is a legally enforceable way to protect:
Worker for the ABC - check.
Bringing the ABC into disrepute - check.
Why are you running a protection racket for her Ms Guthrie?
There's no shortage of feel-good money in Canberra.
That is money to make Turnbull or Bishop feel good.
More than $500M in feel-good money - in just the past 8 weeks.
Were you told we'd be handing out gifts like this?
Who said Iraq should get an extra $110M? Or Yemen $10M? Or Afghanistan a whopping $240M?
These people are worse than Rudd and Gillard - at least with Labor irresponsible spending is to be expected.
Half a billion new dollars - in just 8 weeks!!!!!?????
When did we decide to build a new education system for Myanmar ($71M) or add $40M to The Philippines Islamic system in the autonomous region of Mindanao?
$10M for gender equality, a few million for anti-terror pamphlets - and those hundreds of new millions for the bosses of Iraq and Afghanistan to launder.
The greater tragedy is that while Bishop and Turnbull are off doing this:
.....at home The Smith Family is doing this.
For one in seven Australian children and young people growing up in poverty,1 it can limit their choices, opportunities and outcomes in life. Investing in the education of a disadvantaged child delivers long-term positive benefits for them, their family and potentially generations to come.
Thanks for the acknowledgement Paul.