More Buddhists, no cry

Bob Marley’s had it right in his song “No woman, no cry.” If you remove certain people from the equation there is less chance of tears. On the other hand, if you add certain people to the equation who have no impact on your life so there is no chance of tears either. There are more Buddhists at the moment percentage wise in Australia but it is the smaller Muslim population that is getting all the press coverage.

News.com.au recently tried to counter statements made by Pauline Hanson in her maiden speech by pointing out that there are more Buddhists than Muslims in Australia. However, the article only helped to make Hanson’s points about the problem with Islam. If Muslims are suffering from “racism” and “marginalisation” why aren’t Buddhists?

News.com.au, the Left-wing branch of the Murdoch empire here, writes:PAULINE Hanson wants Australians to face a reality check about Muslim immigration but a closer look at her claims show they don’t quite add up.

In her maiden speech on Wednesday night in the Senate, the One Nation leader sparked a walkout when she said Australia risked being “swamped” by Muslims….

But … [in] the 2011 Census, just 2.2 per cent of Australians identified their religion as Islam and this was lower than the 2.5 per cent who identified as Buddhists.

Hmm. More Buddhists? So why are all the people jailed for terrorism offences Muslim, and none Buddhist?

And why this frantic desire by politicians and the media to appease Muslim leaders, but not Buddhist? The ABC – particularly Q&A – regularly has a token Muslim guest, but almost never a token Buddhist. The Prime Minister hosts a Muslim religious dinner, but not a Buddhist.

By the way, ignored in the article is the Muslim community’s rapid rate of growth, both in numbers and proportion of the population.

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  • Seriously?

    This prompted me to look at NZ stats.

    In the census we are asked about our religious beliefs. in 2001 23,631 said either Islam or Muslim, that was 0.68%. (By comparison that same year 53,000 said Jedi, I think I might have been one of them)

    In 2013 that number had grown to 46,149, being 1.18%.

    • Mick Ie

      Taking into account breeding, immigration and refugees, this number will now be larger. Even if 1% of them are being / have been radicalised, that’s about 460 that are living amongst us.

      • Isherman

        Along with “breeding, immigration and refugees”, you would also include “converts” as a contributing factor in the increases, conversions are often overlooked as a source of numbers growth.

        • Seriously?

          Yep, my completely uneducated guess at current numbers would be something in the order of 70,000 or 1.5% of current population. Maybe a bit less.

      • Seriously?

        Even if it is 0.1%, 46 is still cause for concern.

  • JustAnotherLurker

    Hindus living with Jews = No Problem
    Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
    Baha’is living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
    Hindus living with Baha’is = No Problem
    Christians living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
    Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
    Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
    Baha’is living with Christians = No Problem
    Christians living with Shintos = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
    Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Confucians living with Hindus = No Problem
    Confucians living with Baha’is = No Problem
    Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem
    Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem

    • Seriously?

      I note you wisely left out “Catholics living with Protestants = Mostly no problem”, and “Anyone living with Colin Craig = Creepy”.

  • jaundiced

    Just listening to her speech. The way she is vilified , you’d expect to hear a monster, but she’s quite reasonable.

    • Nermal

      Right wingers get upset when you lie.
      Left wingers get upset when you tell the truth.

  • Builder

    She actually make a lot of sense. A lot of people will write her off as racist, she just tells it as it is without all the PC nonsense.

  • biscuit barrel

    Im not so sure those putting Bhuddist were being straight up. When you look at the Bhuddist countries we are left with Sri Lanka ( but not Tamils) Thailand, Burma, Tibet, Mongolia. Korea sort of part Bhuddist but the ones coming here are probably Christian.
    The numbers of migrants from ‘Buddhist rich’ countries doesnt really match up with the numbers being more than Muslims.
    I notice they dont show the graphs of numbers of bhuddists over the years as that would show its a ‘default joke’ answer
    In 1996 Bhuddist was 1.1% and yet in 2011 it was 2.5%- where did they come from ??

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