Outrage at the Judeo-Christian tradition in Australia. Muslims immigrants must maintain and assert their identity, but the native population is not allowed to do so. Of course, it’s the “Judeo” part that really has their back up. By Ben Packham for The Courier-Mail, with thanks to all who sent this in:
MUSLIMS are outraged that prospective citizens will have to acknowledge the Judeo-Christian tradition as the basis of Australia’s values system.
Australia’s peak Muslim body said the proposed citizenship question – revealed in the Herald Sun – was disturbing and potentially divisive.
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Dr Ameer Ali said the “Abrahamic tradition” or “universal values” would be less divisive ways of describing the nation’s moral base.
Dr Ali said use of the term Judeo-Christian was the result of “WWII guilt”, and before 1945 Australia would have been called only Christian.
“That question must be rephrased,” he said.
Dr Ali was backed by Democrats senator Lyn Allison, who said the answer to the question was highly debatable.
But Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews stood firm on the merit of the question.
Mr Andrews said Australia’s Judeo-Christian heritage was indisputable historical fact.
“We are not asking people to subscribe to the Judeo-Christian ethic,” he said.
“We are simply stating a fact that this is part of the heritage of Australia in terms of its foundation.
“This is not an exercise in political correctness. It is trying to state what has been the case and still is the case.”