When I was younger, and I don't think I'm alone here, I'd take up the banner for pretty much any cause that on the surface seemed fair enough. I traveled thousands of kilometres to protest at this and that, threw my name behind a zillion petitions, and that was all before University!
But the older I get, the more I like to save the knee jerk for other people, and have a think before speaking.
Two of those thoughts I'd like to share tonight.
And of course, they will be controversial! I wondered how I went from thousands of readers to just a few over the years, does my writing suck now? No more than it ever did. I just managed to offend everybody, so off they go to less challenging pastures.
I get that. It's cool.
On facebook, there is a group called 'Boong Drunk'. Or not. I think it just got deleted.
A couple of my friends joined a page demanding it be taken down, and I went to have a look.
A few years ago, I would have been one of them, but now, I just don't care. Is it racist? Is it a hate page? Maybe. Technically.
But I want to look deeper.
"Boong" is a derogatory term for an indigenous Australian. You know what drunk means. Basically, the page is taking a dig at the stereotype that all indigenous Australians are drunks who drink methylated spirits or kerosene or petrol, and who have no money.
Clearly this is not the case, so the page is uninformed.
Are some indigenous Australians so inclined? Unfortunately yes.
In some centres (Townsville, Darwin, Fremantle), is this the impression most people get from the majority of their encounters with local Aborigines? Unfortunately- yes.
Aborigines have massive problems with drinking, unemployment, abuse, violent crime, and rape. It would appear there are higher statistics for these people than for other races of people within Australia. And when your experience every day is of foul mouthed black people, threatening to beat you for a dollar (I'm talking from personal experience here, from when I worked in the centre of Fremantle), you tend to take a dim overall view of them.
But it's not all Aboriginals, is it? No, it isn't. But you wonder where the elders are? Where is the community that people speak of? The culture that is supposedly so sacred, and yet in 10 years of living in this country, I have only met 5 indigenous people who didn't fit the drunken stereotype. Why is that?
So am I saying it's right to be racist? Nope. I don't advocate running out and getting a Southern Cross tattoo, or anything like that either.
But what I am saying is- I understand where feelings like the one behind the group "Boong Drunk" come from. I understand the frustration, the anger. I see why someone might make a joke of it. And I don't see that as an evil thing. It's just an opinion.
If someone started a group called 'All Dutch Australians eat faeces and rape small children' I wouldn't blink. I'd just think the group was ill-informed, and not waste any more time thinking about it. What's with having to ban everything, anyway? Why not grow up and let it be? If you're upset about people calling indigenous Australians "Boongs", shutting down a group where frustrated people gather to share in the feeling of not being alone won't fix it. Fix the problems the indigenous have, and there will be nothing to start groups about. And personally, I don't care at all if people call Aborigines "Boongs" any more than I care if people call me names. Better things to do. Sticks and stones?
To be even-handed, I have to say that I doubt the admin of the group in question was trying to be anything other than controversial. I doubt most of the members of the group had that much intelligence, or maturity between them. But is it that much of a big deal? I really don't think so.
I'm sick of being hassled by Aborigines, and I resent the fact that no other race has given me so much aggravation, as they have. Facebook groups pale in comparison.
I'm sure you have an opinion. I'd love to hear it. Please leave me a comment. Let's not hate each other if our opinions are different, let's not attack one another. If you see things differently, be kind enough to educate me. I'm thoroughly open to that. I'd also like to publish comments, maybe start a thread about it if there is enough dissention?
Can you feel the foreboding? We're not meant to talk about it. It's FORBIDDEN!!! There will be CONSEQUENCES! Well Fuck that.
I tried to be understanding about 'Boong Drunk'...I wasn't trying to step on any toes, more just propose another avenue of thinking.
But not this time.
Here we go-
If you're a follower of Islam, you are a pathetic, weak, brainwashed, embarrassing excuse for a human being.
You like that? The gloves are off!
I don't give a fuck if its racist, xenophobic, or intolerant, because I am intolerant of your life wasting bullshit. You have a sickness, and I have less than no respect for you.
Your religion is a bloodthirsty means of control by the few over the many. There is no Allah, and you can threaten those who don't share your sickness as much as you like, it doesn't intimidate me into thinking differently.
I have been to the Middle East a few times, lived and worked there, and I'm so sick of meeting Muslims who loudly proclaim Allah, while drinking alcohol with a hooker on their lap. Again, is this all Muslims? Of course not? So should the many be punished for the indiscretions of the few? Yes. Why? Because I don't have a problem with drinking or prostitution. I have a problem with the religion itself.
For the record, not just Islam- but ALL RELIGION. You are the enemy of thought and common sense.
So many words that mean blood. Halal, Sharia- barbarism. Violence infused into the laws and traditions that make up the religion. There is no peaceful, caring way through Islam. It is a gate of horror.
You can tell I'm vegetarian, right?
Seeing Muslims slaughtering goats under their apartment blocks in downtown Deira (the old city of Dubai), the children watching- unnecessary evil. It's halal- it's the only way.
So now I've set the scene, let me explain why the floodgates have opened for me on this topic.
ABC news link here
Zachariah Matthews called from the Lakemba Mosque for "aspects" of Sharia law to be recognised in Australia.
Or, if you do, can I have my own law too?
Seriously. I'm not a flag waving nationalist, but don't come to Australia and try to change it into something alien to the majority of people that live here. We don't want sharia law- any part of it. You're lucky we allow you to have a Mosque!
And don't say "The aspects that we would be looking at are definitely not the penal code system, in so far as people's fears around the cutting off of hands for the crime of theft and the stoning of adulterers"...we all know you want that too. Of course you do- it's the law of Islam! You want to get your foot in the door, then push and push for more, until you break this country the same way Britain has been broken. I consider myself a leftist, but get some perspective!
Go live in an Islamic country if you need it so badly. Not here.
But that's the point, isn't it? You think we're so stupid we don't see what you're attempting? In exactly the same way you have polluted Europe with your sickness, you want millions of Muslims in Australia too. You want this, so you can rise up and kill everyone who isn't like you. Total intolerance. And you use this countries tolerance to sneak it through!
Don't get it twisted- even if you were born a Muslim in this country, if things don't change, you will be deported or jailed. People are sick of you. You're the new Catholics. You kill us, you kill each other, and now you want your laws here.
Why are all those Lebanese who pray at lakemba not in Lebanon? Oh, that's right! War! Terror, violence, blood, hate, and fear!
They are here because they fucked their own country. Islam didn't save them, did it? So they come here, and want to make Sydney Beirut?
I have Muslims living on either side of me. I live in Coburg- Muslim capital of Melbourne. Do I fight with my neighbours? Nope. I even help them. I treat them like human beings. But as long as any human follows religion, I see them as dangerously retarded.
It's 2010. There is no God. And if there is one, you all better decide which one it is. And then from within that, work out which branch of all the sub-religions is the one he loves the most. Protestant? Catholic? Sunni? Shi'a?
I'm over it. I can't believe people still drop to their knees and put their faith in a magical flying teapot, instead of facing life and making it worth something.
I have massive respect for the Salvation Army and other benevolent organisations, I just wish their mandate wasn't religious. Why can't we just be people?
So send the suicide bombers, draw your swords, come swarm on me with indignation and righteous fury. I don't care.
I'm over you. And I'm over the press pussy footing around the issue. And I'm over my friends who think I'm Hitler because I speak my mind (without threatening anyone or anything).
Religion is slavery. Islam is a state where the slaves will fight for their right to stay enslaved.
Bring on armageddon.
This is knifey, from 'the internet'.