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.