What happened to sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me?



Yet another Race Discrimination Commissioner is standing up for followers of a religion, this time in Australia. Maybe we should rename the Aussie and Kiwi versions as the Religion Discrimination Commissioner and Religion Relations Commissioner respectively?

A lawyer and Muslim advocate has been targeted with racist abuse on Facebook after she posted a status questioning the xenophobic policies of Pauline Hanson and her political party.

Mariam Veiszadeh posted a list of election policies held by One Nation and questioned whether Islamophobia would become embedded in Australia given Ms Hanson’s controversial political party views.

Ms Veiszadeh’s Facebook page was very quickly flooded with harsh and racist comments from some of Ms Hanson’s supporters after she won a Queensland senate seat in the election.

‘Having Pauline Hanson in the Senate means that whoever forms a majority government will have to negotiate with her and her fellow One Nation Senator to buy their support to get legislation through the Senate,’ Ms Veiszadeh wrote.

‘She will have 2 votes in the Senate which is a powerful position to be in. In return for her support she will no doubt make demands.’

Ms Veiszadeh continued to say that ‘hate, vitriol, xenophobia and normalised Islamophobia’ would become embedded in society if Ms Hanson continued to spread her views.

‘Honestly, being a Muslim in every corner of the world means that you’re hated and vilified (at varying degrees) by a growing vocal minority,’ she wrote.
‘Whether it’s being slaughtered at the hands of ISIS or indirectly via Western forces (collateral damage) in the East or vilified and abused at the hands of neo-nazi far right political groups in the West – there’s no escaping it.’

Some of the policies Ms Hanson and her One Nation party want to introduce include calling for a royal commission to determine is Islam is a religion or political ideology and ban halal certification and the burqa in public places. 

Ms Veiszadeh, who is a Muslim, has been copping a barrage of abuse on her Facebook page since she first posted about it on Sunday morning.

Have a look at the evidence of abuse provided by the media and consider whether or not it deserves the description. Do they sound like people incited to do violence?

‘People all around the world are sick of having to change our ways & our culture to suit Islam….. You have had your time dealing with weak politicians but it is coming to an end…. The people have spoken & have woken up to what’s going on!’ Jeremy Reading wrote.

A person going by the name Bruce Jenner wrote: ‘Too bad you leftist oppressed fool!, we have had a gutfull of halal certification extortion tax and we want the disgusting burqa banned too, Oh and Pauline Hanson is going to block the asylum seekers from coming here too……we are loving this! (sic)’.




A comment on the media article said:

The very first line of this article says that Mariam Veiszadeh is a “Lawyer and Muslim advocate.” An advocate is a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy. Why is it that she is called a Muslim Advocate for championing her cause, Islam. Then on the other hand, Pauline Hanson is called a bigot, racist, xenophobe, Islamophobe for championing her own cause, the Australian way of life and culture! We have two people advocating what they believe in but the white Australian is branded unfairly, while the other is a Champion of her cause! Can any of you left leaning people explain that to me?

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