The real war

Fear and divisiveness in #TeamAustralia

I see the anti-Muslim, anti-Islam videos and posts are doing the rounds on social media again today. People blindly clicking the bait and sharing, selectively ignoring the fact that other religions including (but not limited to) Christians, Jews, Mormons, Atheists, and maybe even Buddhists commit crimes. They all have their own odd internal laws and doctrines that could offend anyone. Nonetheless, the videos and posts aimed at Muslims seem to be the only ones that get shared by predominantly white, Anglo-Saxon males who have never been discriminated against, yet feel empowered by putting the boot into entire religions.

Given the atrocities exposed in the recent royal commission into child abuse, why aren’t we seeing similar outrage against the (predominantly Christian) religions highlighted for those crimes? I bet there’d be more coverage if they were Muslim.

Bad people do bad things, no matter what religion they are. Don’t fall for the conservative, racist #TeamAustralia rhetoric. There’s a war going on in our homes every day, a war of fear and divisiveness. The more scared and divided we are, the weaker we are. The weaker we are, the easier we are to control. That’s a bigger threat to us than terrorism ever will be.

So please, before you click that “Islam does bad things” meme, or share that “I’m a pompous white racist, and I’m offended by Muslims” video, have a think about why that message, and only that message, is doing the rounds. What good does selective hate promotion do?

Pull together, don’t let the rich and media powerful tell us who we are – lead, don’t follow.

Please, think before you click and share on social media. Peace.

About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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