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Old 2nd April 2015, 11:11 AM
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Default Media Release: A Cold Day in Hell for Reclaim Australia


The Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA) does not support the Reclaim Australia protests which are to be staged around the country on 4th of April 2015. While the AFA does not promote, advocate, or endorse religious beliefs, we also cannot support ignorance, bigotry, jingoism, racism, or xenophobia.

It is important that everyone understand some basic facts:
  1. Sharia law is not being enforced anywhere in Australia. It is fear mongering to even make the suggestion, or imply that all Australians will one day live under Islamic religious rule.
  2. There is no credible evidence that halal certification funds terrorism.
  3. Banning the burqa is an infringement of personal liberties. We would prefer that people to learn why such religious attire is unnecessary and choose not to wear it voluntarily.
One of the aims of the AFA is “to encourage and to provide a means of expression for informed free-thought on philosophical and social issues". We encourage all Australians to reject ignorance, bigotry, persecution, racism, xenophobia, and these divisive and misguided protests.

This is protest coordinated by Christian groups. The “Rise Up Australia Party" is the political arm of the "Catch the Fire Ministries", known for their extreme and offensive statements, such as that the Black Saturday Bushfires were God's punishment for abortion laws in Victoria. Based on the policies and pronouncements that we have seen so far, it would be a cold day in Hell before before the AFA could endorse anything from RUAP, and this protest is no exception.

We encourage all Australians to reject ignorance, bigotry, persecution and xenophobia - and these divisive protests, which unfortunately embody all of those characteristics.


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Old 2nd April 2015, 02:29 PM
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Default Re: Media Release: A Cold Day in Hell for Reclaim Australia

Very well said.
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Old 4th April 2015, 12:29 AM
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Good statement.
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Default Re: Media Release: A Cold Day in Hell for Reclaim Australia

We've had a few members not happy with it but by and large it's been well received
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Old 4th April 2015, 10:34 AM
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here here. endorsed by me
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Old 4th April 2015, 10:35 AM
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ps wtf do they mean reclaum Australia? terra nulius all over again?
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Default Re: Media Release: A Cold Day in Hell for Reclaim Australia

Good statement.

Nationalism and the Christian right are a pretty toxic mix, and although the opposition to Islam in a rally like this might seem to be in sync with atheism, it conceals a rotten core that should be avoided like the plague.

I'd rather go to the anti-racist counter rally , and carry a placard saying "Atheists against Racism".
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Well said. Thanks, everyone involved in the composition. Congrats.
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Bill Shorten condemns 'exaggerated' fears of Reclaim Australia protesters in wake of heated rallies
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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has ridiculed the anti-Islamic fears of Reclaim Australia protesters as "exaggerated" and unfounded.

Yesterday saw heated exchanges at protests around the country with the Reclaim Australia group facing off against supporters of multiculturalism.

The largest gathering was in Melbourne where protesters from both sides pressed against police officers charged with the responsibility of separating the two groups.

Mr Shorten today told Channel Nine the Reclaim Australia group's concerns about sharia law in Australia were unfounded.

"This idea somehow that there's a big conspiracy amongst the Muslim minority to bring in sharia law is just completely exaggerated, I think it is really wrong to tar everyone in a minority with the view," Mr Shorten said.
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Yes, the .01% (probably an overstatement) of the 2.2% of the Australian population who are muslim, who want sharia law are a real chance of making it happen.

Gay marriage laws, which is supported by the majority of the population, got struck down - but sharia law is a live possibility... FFS, I wish it was laughable.
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