It's a tough one, attempting to understand why some visitors to Australia warrant front-page attention and demands they be turned away while others do not. Geert Wilders, for example, prompted a hue and cry for asserting there are things about Islam which don't sit nicely with traditional Western norms and values. His speaking tour went ahead, albeit with massive security and the usual crowds of loud, rude and sometimes violent dolts.
Same thing with Milo Yiannopolous, whose recent Melbourne address prompted both a riot and, courtesy of Victoria Police, confirmation that officialdom subscribes to something of a blacklist. The organisers of Yiannopolous' tour were billed for $50,000, the cost of keeping him and his audience safe from the ferals who laid siege to the Kensington venue. And just by the way, a Quadrant Online question to Victoria's police minister asking if the recent Invasion Day rally would be similarly charged for its massive police presence has gone unanswered. That would be the gathering where Oxfam worker Tarneen Onus-Williams yearned to see Australia incinerated.
Apparently the expression of some opinions comes with a price tag, while others incite no objection or media opprobrium whatsoever. Take Ismail ibn Musa Menk as another example.
Better known as Mufti Menk, some might recall him figuring in news reports back in 2016, when the RAN's Mona Shindy was being promoted as the multiculti poster girl for the Australian defence establishment's prevailing view that a post-modern fighting force should look rather like the Human Rights Commission's Christmas party (except it wouldn't be called "Christmas"). Ms Shindy urged followers of her official RAN twitter account to heed Mufti Menk's YouTube videos, absorb his wisdom and admire his deep spirituality. Ah, but there was a problem, the usual one when Islamic advocates less slick than Waleed Aly are popped into the public pulpit: those videos include imprecations against homosexuals, plus a variety of other fruit-loop fulminations.
In this video, for example, Mufti Menk explains to the faithful how
"99% of pop stars ... sacrifice doves backstage. They all engage in Satanic behaviour. They all belong to a cult"
Readers can watch the sermon here or via the link at the foot of this post, and if paranoid ramblings about the West starving Muslims to death, demonic control of global irrigation projects and the lack of respect accorded learned scholars who know such truths all get a bit much, just skip to the nine-minute mark. You will never again look at The Wiggles the same way.
Mufti Menk's preaching is such that British universities banned him from speaking, which is quite an accomplishment. When it comes to free speech, the academy generally limits its gagging to those on the right. He was also banned from entering Singapore, having been accused of inciting ethnic animosities and divisions.
But in Australia, well let's just say Milo and Wilders have every right to be jealous. As the Australian Muslim Times joyfully reports,
Mufti Menk has returned to Australia but this time, his lecture series tour has made a beeline towards Melbourne for the very first time.
Two Melbourne mosques, Islamic Community Milli Gorus (ICMG) in Meadow Heights and the Australian Islamic Centre in Newport had the pleasure to welcome him in Melbourne during the first week of February 2018.
Quadrant Online is half-tempted to inquire if Mufti Menk's handlers were charged for police protection, as were Milo's backers, but why bother? In the Premier Dan Andrews' Garden State the view from Spring Street is of an electorate populated entirely by vegetables happily waiting for their next manuring.
-- roger franklin
As identity politics makes the group paramount, rather than the individual, readers of today's Australian should be grateful for the subeditor who helpfully identified Moutia Elzahead as the black sack on the left.
Worth noticing as well is Ms Elzahad's extended index finger (circled), the ISIS salute. Ain't multiculturalism just grand!
Those who subscribe to The Australian can follow this link or the one below to learn how, while we are told all cultures are equal, there is one whose antics aren't quite so valued in the courtroom of NSW District Court Judge Audrey Balla.
What could have happened at the ABC, do you think? Was there an explosion in the fair-trade, carbon-offset latte machine in the national broadcaster's cafeteria, perhaps obliging taxpayer-funded staffers and life partners to run in terror from their keyboards? Or could it be that ABC Editrix-in-Chief Michelle Guthrie has had second thoughts about the diversity policy of which she has been so ardent an architect, perhaps concluding the process has now reached a point where there are too many multicultural mugs positioned behind microphones and no room left for a prominent Aboriginal to squeeze in beside Stan Grant? Whatever the reason, the ABC has somehow managed to overlook the latest alleged misadventures of its favourite felon, Dylan Voller.
Young Mr Voller, whose antics while incarcerated prompted both a monumental 4Corners beat-up and a subsequent royal commission, courtesy of friend of the ABC and for-now PM Malcolm Turnbull, insists he was oppressed all over again while visiting Perth on the weekend. Perth police offer a rather different account of the alleged goings-on at a suburban railway station where, or so they say, the much-convicted youngster rumbled with officers and, at one point, dropped his strides and treated fellow travellers to a spectacle seldom seen on public transport. All of this is best left to the courts, which will decide the matter in due course.
Yet somehow, even though the story of Voller's arrest broke at about the same time rostered-off ABC staffers were slipping their vegan Sunday roasts into the oven, not a word has appeared on the ABC News website. This is curious indeed, as the ABC has found Alice Springs' favourite public nuisance to be almost as compelling a topic as climate change. Consider some of what the ABC has laid before its audience:
Larissa Behrendt -- did you know she has a radio show? -- devoted an entire hour to Mr Voller, his alleged "fragility" and his quest for "healing" -- a process which apparently required him to turn up at the studio with two handlers and allow them to do almost all of the talking.
Dylan Voller's Path to Healing.
Dylan Vollers "mistreatment" in NT detention
Dylan Voller's fight for reparations.
Dylan Voller's troubled youth (and how it was everyone else's fault).
According to the search-result field on the ABC website, reproduced atop this post, an astonishing 6,553 items mentioning Voller have been crafted at the taxpayers' expense since 4Corners whipped out the Mixmaster and frothed a young thug's sorry story into a cri de coeur for social justice and compensation payments.
And yet, when an incident erupts that might well be seen to reflect badly on the ABC's pinup boy, not a word.
Fortunately the state-run behemoth has not yet run out of business its commercial rivals, with Perth's Sunday Times still on hand to report the ugly scene at Cannington railway station. You can read all about it about via this link or the one below.
Those hoping the ABC might cover the case will most likely just have to wait. Perhaps if someone were to inform the ABC that Voller's pants had been yanked down by Cardinal George Pell, rather than of his own alleged volition, the national broadcaster might deem the arrest worth reporting.
-- roger franklin