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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