OK, here’s what I make of a certain American citizen’s latest assault
on Australia’s multicultural status quo after only four hours sleep,
having spent the night cheering on a non-American soccer team.

Rupert bin Murdoch has finally issued his fatwa against the
international Islamic conspiracy. He’s declared that 1.2 billion people
from all different nationalities and speaking all different languages
are a single monolithic phenomenon about which we “have to be careful”.

Why? Because their faith apparently “supersedes any sense of nationalism wherever they go.”

It all sounds like something out of a book entitled “The Protocols of the Learned Mullahs of Eurabia”.

those of us who have been following (and in my own case, occasionally
writing for) the various News Limited publications both here and in the
United States, the Sheik’s fatwa comes as no surprise.

The op-ed
pages of bin Murdoch’s papers have been used to express all sorts of
xenophobic and conspiratorial commentary which would have found pride
of place in German newspapers in the 1930’s.

To understand the Sheik’s views on Islam, you need only look as far as his flagship American publication The Washington Times. Their website has excerpts from a book written by Times editorial-page editor Daniel Blankley entitled The West’s last chance: will we win the clash of civilisations?

doesn’t hold back. The enemy is “the Islamic diaspora’s growing
cultural and religious assertiveness – particularly in largely secular
Europe, where Muslim cultural assimilation has not occurred.”

new “cultural and religious assertiveness” will lead to the formation
of “Eurabia” – a Europe dominated by the allegedly alien cultures of
Muslims. Presumably, some monoculturalist pseudo-conservative op-ed
writers for The Australian fear the formation of an “Austarabia”.

these weren’t Mufti Murdoch’s own views, how could they find their way
onto his flagship broadsheet? They certainly appear in the op-ed pages
of The Oz, where we have even found John Stone calling for the formation of a Queen Isabella Society (akin to an Adolf Hitler Society).

Rupert’s monocultural views are, thankfully, not representative of the
many fine men and women employed by his organisation, whether as
scribes or reviewers or editors. They are also not reflective of the
views of mainstream Australia. Which explains why I won’t be following
Sheik Rupert’s lead and opting out of my Australian citizenship.

Peter Fray

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