A Geert Wilders supporter responds

Crikey readers weigh in on the issues of the day.

Anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders’ speech in Melbourne

Inez Bowker writes: Re. “Wilders from the inside, where mouths are ‘more dangerous than guns’” (Wednesday). I am the “60-something door bitch” mentioned in Shakira Hussein’s article.

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8 thoughts on “A Geert Wilders supporter responds

  1. CML

    Good on you Ms Bowker! When Crikey accepts articles such as this from Hussein, without checking the facts, I begin to wonder how much different you lot are to the MSM. Or are we just supposed to accept what Hussein said as truth because she happens to have an axe to grind about Geert Wilders?
    Let me make it perfectly clear – I wouldn’t walk across the road to listen to Wilders, let alone go to an organised meeting with him as the star attraction. But I am very concerned that the media, Crikey included, is not telling the truth about Wilders and his supporters.
    This man’s appearance in Oz should have been an opportunity to debate his assertions about Muslim immigration instead of the “Muslims right, Wilders wrong” attitude of just about everyone in the media. Just exactly what did you expect Hussein to write in the critique you published? Wrong person for this assignment. We could do with a little objectivity in the future.

  2. CML

    @ Alan Baird – You see Guy, all you have managed to do with that ridiculous article about Labor is give Liberal and Green twits the opportunity to dump further buckets of sh+t on a party they all love to hate.
    My comments below the actual article are proving true!!
    Alan, go away and vote for your beloved Tony and/or Christine. Hope you enjoy the outcome, while the rest of us sane, rational people have to put up with a pack of lunat+cs running the country.

  3. Matt Hardin

    Ms Bowker could you comment on Ms Hussein’s assertion:

    [It wasn’t easy to get into the venue, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, even though I’d arranged to attend as a journalist for Crikey. Every few metres, a Q Society volunteer would stop me to ask for my photo ID and media registration form — always an interesting facial expression as they took in the name “Hussein”.]

    that she had already been checked out by volunteers and that she had showed media credentials and photo ID prior to encountering you.

    Also unless one is rabid and goinmg around biting people under no circumstances are “mouths more dangerous than guns” as someone who lived through wars should know.

  4. Tom Lalor

    Well done Inez, I saw Geert speak and am very grateful for volunteers like you, I’m not the greatest fan of the Australian media and appreciate you setting this reporter straight.

  5. me ell

    Journalist never write a true story half of it sensationalism. Make better writers for Hollywood.

  6. me ell

    Miss Hussein,

    May i ask why it’s so important for you to state “I’m a Muslim”. I know that amongst Christians, Agnostics and Atheists that that is not so important to declare what our religious beliefs are. They are kind of personal. Do you think you were the best person to attend this? As a journalist i thought, maybe I’m wrong, that you had to give an impartial view and not a personal view?
    And please don’t call me an infidel under your breath. I find it rather derogatory and insulting just like you hate being heaped in the same basket as all the radicals.

  7. Kevin Tyerman

    @ me ell,
    I would suggest that a Muslim journalist attending an anti-Muslim rally, is probably best to declare their “vested interests” (for want of a better tertm), while giving their own perspective of such an event.

    In all of the articles by Shakira Hussein that I have read, I do not recall her using the word “infidel” in the context that you suggest. Perhaps only taking offence at insults that are really directed at you would make for a happier and more productive life, than smearing a person for making an insult that you imagine they may have made, assuming that they even read your words at all.

  8. sebster

    @Malcolm Cameron hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Thank you *ever* so much for penning the most hilarious sentences I’ve read all week.

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