I can say with absolute certainty that every single Muslim person I know is a decent, hard working, kind and honest member of society. And I know quite a lot.
Some of my closest family friends are Muslim. Most of my uni friends were Muslim and I still see 2 of them on a regular basis (they are Iraqi twins, one of them has just finished a post-grad degree in theology). The other twin started up a company that sells e-books and donates all the profits to charity.
A lot of my clients are Muslim, they run very successful businesses, and they employ dozens of people.
These people are contributing positively to society, which is more than I can say for many "Anglo-Saxon" Australians who abuse the social security system and choose to be long-term unemployed.
I remember travelling in Turkey almost 10 years ago with my sister, and deciding on taking a side-trip to Italy on a whim because the weather was turning bad.. We spent 5 days in Rome and couldn't wait to get back to Turkey because the people there were so much nicer! And don't get me wrong, I love Italians!
There needs to be some serious government spending on programs to make minority groups feel more included, and to make the rest of society more educated. I feel like the electoral shift toward people like Pauline Hanson is the result of lack of education.
@J37, I'm scared too. My fear has been getting exponentially worse since 9/11. I agree with you on that.
But basically, since the Palestinians set up camp in Lebanon, there has been ongoing conflict. Hizbollah shoot rockets into northern Israel and the Israeli defence force retaliate.
I think it's more correct to say that Israel is quite largely (but not entirely) responsible for the horror going on in the Palestinian Territories.
Does that include the Australians killed in the MH17 flight shot down, the Bali bombings, etc? It's not specific to ISIS-related terrorism?
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I'm a couple of pages behind in reading this thread, but just came across this interesting article -
"In the U.S., most mass shootings are related to domestic violence. Last year, Everytown for Gun Safety examined five years’ worth of data on shootings in which at least four people were killed with a gun (a common definition of mass shootings), and found that in 57 percent of the attacks, the perpetrator targeted either a family member or an intimate partner.
These acts of carnage, in general, do not make front-page news. They might not seem as scary to the public, because they don’t involve random targets or typically occur in public places. But it’s important to recognize that in these shootings, the victims are predominantly women and children."
"This story is tragically familiar. In the past few years, many of the men who have committed heinous, unthinkable acts of violence against the public have had a history of abusing the women in their lives. Prior to unleashing their deranged violence onto the world, it appears they practiced it against the most vulnerable and accessible targets ― those living inside their homes. "
I know rationally and intellectually that there are many more things likely to do me harm in Australia:
Family violence (poor harmless DH)
But that doesn't stop me being afraid and anxious. And it doesn't stop me thinking about the lone wannabe terrorist psycho and the element of surprise about where they might be.
Don't think for a second I don't realise how ridiculously loony I sound! I know it!
I know I really have nothing to fear statistically but I am afraid. I was afraid when I was full of anxiety after DS was born and I was on mat leave eyes glued to the tv for the Lindt siege.
And I was afraid when I was the last Caucasian living in my street. And I hate myself for that fear. Because I know I had no rational or logical reason for that fear.
So I overcompensate. And I eat way too much Albanian food from the local take away and I learn their names and their kids names to prove just how accepting of diversity I am. All the while in the back of my head being grateful that I don't live in a city and the farm is a nice out of the way place!
But I can still shake my head at SK because at least I know how irrational I am and at least hope I'm trying to work through that. And my fear.
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