The Shire people stayed away in thousands…

The pathetic little mob of blow-ins at Cronulla on Saturday:

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Pretty much what I hoped and expected: see my post on lessons from Cronulla. Blow-ins?

Folkes had announced plans to hold a rally at Cronulla but was blocked by a Federal Court order on Friday. Holding the barbecue was “a compromise”, he said, confirming that he would not be addressing the crowd but that he could talk to the media.

“Everyone in Australia should have the right of assembly,” said Folkes, who claimed that the tyres on his car had been slashed overnight, “no doubt by the useful idiots on the left”.

The meeting was attended by Danny Nalliah and Rosalie Crestani of the Rise Up Australia Party, Kim Vuga of the Love Australia or Leave It Party, and independent Sergio Redegalli, who become known for his “Say No To The Burqa” murals in Newtown.

“I have studied Islam for the five years and I can tell you that it is impossible to reform,” said Redegalli, who arrived early in a ute on the back of which was a large pig on a spit.

Nalliah addressed the crowd before an Australian flag, leading them in a chant of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie”. He then denounced multiculturalism, the media, the United Nations (“United Nonsense”) and the politically correct left.

Yeah, really representative of Cronulla and The Shire –not!

Unfortunately the equally undesirable masked antifascists tried to feed their own attention deficit – but were forcefully swept back to Cronulla Station where a prearranged train waited to take them away to wherever they too had blown in from. I personally wish they had stayed away, or held a rally in Belmore Park in Sydney, or anywhere else many kilometres from Cronulla Beach.

A 58-year-old man from Warilla, south of Wollongong, was arrested for offensive behaviour and a 25-year-old man from Seaforth was arrested for breaching the peace.

A police spokeswoman could not confirm whether the two men were part of the anti-Islam or anti-racism groups.

In a volatile and confusing situation, members of the Antifa crowd were being instructed to “mob up”, running from one side of the park to the other in an apparent effort to confuse police about their intentions.

I can sympathise with my cousin’s son who would have been 13 and living not far from Cronulla back in 2005. My cousin still lives in the Shire:

If I see one more Cronulla Riots think piece I’m quitting the internet forever.

Sorry Harrison! Meanwhile the “patriots” will have to cope with this – which I disagree with by the way, opposed as I am to capital punishment.

An Islamic scholar has called for the reintroduction of the death penalty in Australia for anyone who is convicted of committing an act of murder or terrorism that causes the loss of human life.

Dr Hassan Majzoub, who has a PhD in Islamic studies, said murder in any form including terrorism is one of the most serious crimes in Islam and the penalty is death.

The respected Imam, who studied in Syria and Saudi Arabia, is speaking out because he wants the media to help the Muslim community get the message across that it is unacceptable for such crimes to be committed, let alone in the name of any religion…

Dr Majzoub’s comments have been backed by the former Mufti of Australia Sheikh Taj din al-Hilali who said the divine faiths call for the preservation of human life, prohibit murder and regard the murder of a person as a murder of humanity.

“I believe that we must implement strong legal deterrents against any person who holds murderous terrorist intents. Murder should have the strongest legal deterrents and a sentence of execution would be such a deterrent to stop murder which seems to be increasing,” said Sheikh al-Hilali.

Founder of the Islamic Friendship Association Keysar Trad said he agreed that the strongest possible deterrent should be in force against murder and terrorism.

Sydney man Zak Mallah was the first person charged with a terrorism offence after Australia ramped up its terrorism laws in the wake of the the September 11 attacks.

Mallah was just 19 at the time and was acquitted of the terrorism charges. He was convicted of threatening an ASIO officer and served a jail term.

He told Fairfax Media that he agreed with Dr Majzoub about the death penalty should applying to those convicted of carrying out murders and terrorist attacks. But he doesn’t believe that it would be deterrent because it could be taken as a badge of honour by ISIS that they are now going to be martyred.

But he said he strongly disagreed with condemning a convicted minor to death row. Instead he believes minors should be given the chance to be rehabilitated while in jail…

And now we have the anniversary of the Lindt Cafe siege coming up. I posted Sydney siege on the day:

I note also Ray Christison, a cousin, published this on Facebook:

I have decided on a one-strike policy in relation to hate speech. I will report any racist comment or comments aimed at inciting hatred between or against religious groups, including reposts from “patriotic” or hate pages. I will also unfriend the person who has posted such comment. This is my personal choice. ‪#‎illridewithyou‬

Amen, Ray!

A month later I posted Welcome to McCarthyism 21st century Oz-style.

That’s a set of Sydney Hizb ut-Tahrir  spokespeople. I have actually met the one in the middle. For more on that see my posts under Wassim and also God is diminished and the Prophet traduced…, my response to the Paris outrage. My view is that outlawing this group is rather like the idea of outlawing the Communists in the 1950s – not exactly a good idea. You want even more radicalisation? Simple: ban them.  Sure, watch them – you have to. Really then I have agreed with the Grand Mufti:

…The strong comments by the Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohammed come amid other signs of a serious breakdown in relations between the Abbott government and large elements of Australia’s Muslim communities, ahead of the expected announcement of new security legislation on Monday.

Abbott criticised the grand mufti on the Bolt Report last Sunday for suggesting it would be a political mistake to ban the Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, saying his comments were “wrong-headed” and unhelpful.

Mohammed was interviewed on Friday for the online TV program, Spot Light, run by the Islamic production company OnePath Network.

Asked if he had any advice for the prime minister, the mufti said: “I respect the presence of Tony Abbott as a political leader of his party and I respect the Australian community’s choice in electing him.

“I personally elected him in the previous elections. But believe me, I will not repeat this mistake again,” he said….

Meanwhile there was a grinning Fred Nile in the front rows at that protest meeting in Penrith. Figures…

This is sad too: Australians think Muslim population is nine times greater than it really is…

Just for the record: Islam in Australia is a minority religious affiliation. According to the 2011 census, 476,291 people, or 2.2% of the total Australian population, were Muslims. The number the Tele front page referred to today was “thousands” – I seem to recall it was 4000, of whom 400 had a top priority. Hizb ut-Tahrir apparently has about 300 members.

And talking numbers:  15 Famous Australians You May Not Have Known Were Muslim

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Central Adelaide Mosque, South Australia. 1888.

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