Pauline Hanson says 49% support for ban on Muslim immigration is too low

The Guardian World news: Islam - 22 September, 2016 - 12:30

‘People would have been in fear to answer the question,’ One Nation senator says of Essential poll, and claims actual figure would have been much higher

Pauline Hanson says she doesn’t believe that 49% of voters support a ban on Muslim immigration to Australia.

“I’ll tell you something, I believe it’s a lot higher than that,” she told Sky News on Thursday.

Related: Race discrimination commissioner criticises Pauline Hanson for stoking division

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Muslim immigration poll result due to poor leadership, says Tanya Plibersek

The Guardian World news: Islam - 22 September, 2016 - 01:42

Deputy Labor leader says results, which show 49% of Australians want to ban Muslim immigration, indicates Australian leaders not doing enough to foster cohesion

A poll showing almost half of Australians surveyed want to ban Muslim immigration shows Australian leaders have not done enough to foster cohesion, the Labor deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, has said.

The poll comes a week after One Nation senator Pauline Hanson’s first speech in the Senate, in which she reiterated her call for such a ban and has sparked a debate about the best way to tackle rising anti-immigration sentiment in Australia.

Related: To fight racism, we need to craft a better 'we' To fight racism, we need to craft a better 'we' and ditch the 'us' and 'them' | Tim Hollo

Related: We can't eradicate racism but telling its targets to grin and bear it isn't good enough | Tim Soutphommasane

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Hans Teeuwen: 'I mock Islam … but I make it funny'

The Guardian World news: Islam - 21 September, 2016 - 07:00

On stage, the absurdist Dutch comedian is all fairytales and silly songs. Off it, he’s a deadly serious – and controversial – political campaigner. He talks fun, failure and freedom of speech

It’s been six years since Hans Teeuwen last performed in the UK, which is a long time to wait for one of the most exciting comedians in the world. Since he left, vowing to pursue his other life as a lounge singer, we fans have fed on scraps – such as his out-of-the-blue contribution to the row earlier this year around German comic Jan Böhmermann’s prosecution for insulting President Erdoğan of Turkey. In an interview with Dutch TV, Teeuwen claimed – without a flicker of irony – to have had sex with Erdoğan while the latter was working as a “boy whore” in an Istanbul brothel.

Related: Bridget Christie on Hans Teeuwen: 'the gold standard of comedy'

Now is not the time to mellow. It’s much more a time for a rebellion against political correctness

To tell morally uplifting stories is far less fun than to rebel against taboos

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We can't eradicate racism but telling its targets to grin and bear it isn't good enough | Tim Soutphommasane

The Guardian World news: Islam - 21 September, 2016 - 01:30

Australia’s values of civility and tolerance are being tested by anti-Muslim rhetoric in parliament – and society’s response will be crucial

Debates about racism in Australia are always contentious, more so when they involve political representatives, but the public should be forthright in speaking out against appeals to fear.

Australians should resist attempts to divide the country according to race or religion. It’s only right to expect political representatives to set the tone for society.

Related: Comprehending Pauline is not the challenge. Engaging constructively with Hansonism is | Katharine Murphy

Related: Meeting Pauline Hanson's voters: silent screamers find their voice

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Race discrimination commissioner criticises Pauline Hanson for stoking division

The Guardian World news: Islam - 20 September, 2016 - 21:06

Exclusive: Tim Soutphommasane enters debate as Essential releases poll showing 49% of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration

The race discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, says Pauline Hanson is stoking division and appealing to xenophobia as new polling suggests 49% of Australians support One Nation’s call for a ban on Muslim immigration.

Following Hanson’s first speech in the Senate last week, in which she declared that Australia was in danger of being “swamped” by Muslims and reiterated her call for a ban on Muslim immigration, Soutphommasane was expected to use the opportunity of a forum at the Australian National University to urge Australians to resist politicians’ attempts to divide the community according to race or religion.

Related: When we walked out on Pauline Hanson, we were reaching out to decent Australians| Richard Di Natale

Related: If you want a response from the Muslim community, first understand it | Mostafa Rachwani

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Trending Trolls and Being Silent on Social Media

altmuslim - 20 September, 2016 - 20:30
By Saud Inam Abraham Lincoln said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” We all know what trolls are when it comes to the internet. Those unbearably annoying, opinionated, arrogant, and argumentative. Unfortunately, we have trolls in other forms too. I call them Trending Trolls. [Read More...]

Muslims in bombing suspect's city safeguard community from backlash

The Guardian World news: Islam - 20 September, 2016 - 18:06

Local leaders in Elizabeth, New Jersey, assembled to express concerns and secure mosques amid rise in violence against Muslims: ‘People will hate us regardless’

When he heard on Monday morning that the man suspected of being responsible for a bombing in Chelsea was a Muslim from Elizabeth, New Jersey, Nawaz Sheikh knew the local community needed to act.

Sheikh, the president of the Muslim Community Center of Union County, picked up the phone and called Hassen Abdellah, the president of Elizabeth’s Dar ul-Islam mosque, to discuss how to respond.

This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first. #trump2016

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After the New York bomb, Muslim Americans are braced for a backlash | Faiza Patel

The Guardian World news: Islam - 20 September, 2016 - 01:06

Anti-Muslim sentiment, stoked by toxic political rhetoric, is already high. In the coming days, innocent Americans will be targeted simply because of their faith

Terrorism has strained traditional American notions of individual responsibility. While such attacks fortunately remain rare in our country (data shows that out of 14,000 murders in the United States, a few dozen per year are motivated by religious or political ideologies of any persuasion), violence by a Muslim is often attributed to the entire American Muslim community. Sometimes, it is accompanied by calls for sending them home or clamping down on them in various ways. Even before police identified Ahmad Khan Rahami as the person suspected of setting off the bomb that exploded in New York on Saturday night, social media was awash with anti-Muslim slurs and threats. A twitter campaign launched to support Muslims was hijacked to spread fear and hatred instead.

Already reeling from the divisive and bitter rhetoric that has marked the current presidential campaign, Muslim Americans are bracing for the backlash. My own Facebook page is flooded with warnings not to leave home and tips for staying safe if one does venture out, especially directed to those of us who look “Muslim” – like the two young Brooklyn mothers in headscarves who were attacked earlier this month while out walking their infants in strollers. Their fears are hardly misplaced. According to a recent analysis by California State University, a compilation of official hate crime data from 20 states shows that in 2015 anti-Islam incidents increased by 78.2% and anti-Arab incidents jumped by 219%, “the most precipitous rise since 2001”. Another study shows that mosques have been attacked at rates not seen since the 2010 controversy over building an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero.

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Don't confuse Islamic faith with terrorism, says Nice attack survivor

The Guardian World news: Islam - 19 September, 2016 - 18:45

Yasmine Bouzegan Marzouk lost three family members in the truck attack in July and spoke at a national ceremony in tribute to French victims of terrorist attacks

A young French Muslim woman who lost three family members in the 14 July jihadi attack on Nice made an impassioned plea on Monday not to confuse the Islamic faith with terrorism.

Yasmine Bouzegan Marzouk, 21, told a national ceremony in tribute to the French victims of terror attacks that they were carried out by “barbarians who do not follow the law, faith or religion”.

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