Integration issues

I am not against immigration, after all I am from Fiji, my family is multicultural in and of itself embracing people from Lebanon, Phillipines, Rarotonga and Russia.

There is however an issue when cultures clash and none clash more so than Islam and Western culture. Unfortunately with our liberal ideals together with appeasement and fear of upsetting psychos we have let muslim immigration run amok so to speak. It is now becoming a problem in countries with significant muslim populations, though so not so much here.

In the UK you have islamists complaining about Piglet in Winnie the Pooh, banks forbidden to have piggy banks and of course we had the outrage over a few silly drawings. Likewise in Denmark with the drawings and in Holland islamists have taken to killing opponents including politicians.

Australia is also facing similar issues and a classic case of intolerance, not from the community but from the migrants living in the host country has exploded onto Youtube.

A worker at a KFC restaurant in Sydney has been suspended after he was filmed screaming vicious insults and threatening to attack a customer.

The violent outburst happened at a Halal-friendly KFC in Punchbowl on December 26, allegedly after a customer became angry after being refused bacon on their burger.

The Punchbowl restaurant does not serve bacon or pork in accordance with Islamic law, and one employee can be heard saying “we don’t have bacon” before the other begins yelling.

“Don’t record me bitch!” he screams as he approaches the counter. “Don’t f—ing record me!”

The employee continues to yell and smacks the cash register display on its side, before other workers grab him and lead him outside.

“I’m gonna f—in break your head bro,” he says to the person filming as he is led around the corner out of sight.

A spokesman for KFC Australia told ninemsn the employee had been suspended over the incident and offered counselling.

So someone asking for bacon in a restaurant now calls for staff members to offer to beat their head in? The video doesn’t make for pretty viewing.

Recently in Austria the Turkish Ambassador decided to affront the population by telling off Austrians for not accepting Turkish way of life in their own country.

Diplomatic tensions have flared up between Austria and Turkey after the Turkish ambassador in Vienna publically criticized Austria’s stance towards integrating Muslims. The Austrian chancellor is said to be “outraged.”

Austria has protested to Turkey after the Turkish ambassador suggested Turks living in Austria were treated “like a virus” and were denied the chance to integrate.

Ambassdor Kadri Ecved Tezcan also told Die Presse daily newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday that Austrian politicians were not doing enough to counter the rise of the far-right movement.

The row erupted in the wake of elections in the Austrian capital Vienna in October, when the far-right Freedom Party won 26 percent of the vote on a xenophobic and anti-Muslim platform.

Of course the Turkish Ammbassador’s comment are typical of the intolerance of Muslim not used to democracy. They think that political beliefs that are contrary to what they are ordered to believe should be “countered”.

Predictably it sparked an outrage, but the best speech about all of this came from right wing politician Ewald Stadler in the Austrian Parliament. Of course liberal will point to his right wing views but that still doesn’t take away from the points that he raises in his speech. We saw the hypocrisy of Islamists though with the fuss over a few silly drawings and also their own laws in their countries that allow persecution of christians.

It may be plain and tough talking but sometimes these things need to be said. So far in New Zealand we have avoided some of these issues, but we should be mindful of welcoming in peoples who wish to retain a lifestyle that is at odds with what Kiwis have fought wars to defend.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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