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Victoria, Australia: Study on "Cultural Diversity" Fudges Difference Between Race and Ideology, Tut-Tuts Because Some People Are Leery of Muslims

As dutifully reported by the ABC this morning.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-08/victorians-support-ethnic-diversity-report-finds/5950352

"Cultural Diversity Survey: Victorians Support Ethnic Diversity, but 40 Percent Believe Some Groups "Do Not Fit In".

I would like to know the exact wording of the questions that people were asked.  Because 'ethnic' and 'cultural' are distinct.  A person may, for example, be Indian by ethnicity or 'race' - speaking a South Asian language and having certain physical characteristics - but practice any one of a variety of wildly-different belief systems - Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, or even be an atheist or a communist. And those belief systems will make a significant difference in the way that person behaves toward others.  A 'Persian' speaking Farsi may be Christian, Shiite Muslim, Zoroastrian or atheist; and it would be a fool who pretended it did not matter a great deal which.  - CM

'Victorians support the idea of cultural diversity but 40 percent of people believe there is at least one ethnic group that does not fit into Australian society, a survey has found.

There is one 'group'  I can think of that does not fit and has no intention of fitting...but that group is not an 'ethnic group', it is defined solely by adherence to a specific ideology.  Those who join it - by choosing to accept and adhere to that ideology - tend to become just as dangerous and disruptive, just as much "misfits",  as those who were born to its practitioners and steeped in its tenets from birth. - CM

'The VicHealth Race and Cultural Diversity Survey said 78 percent of Victorians were in favour of cultural diversity, but one third of respondents thought certain minority ethnic groups posed a risk to their way of life.

'It also found 2 in 5 people believed [that] certain race groups did not "fit in" with Australia's way of life.

'Ethnic groups'. 'Race groups'. And among these groups, as we will find, they include..Muslims, who are not a "race'", not an 'ethnos', whose 'culture' is the product of an all-encompassing, total and totalitarian ideology. When, oh, when, will somebody run a survey and compare apples with apples; forget all about "race" and "ethnicity", put that to one side, let's ask just survey Aussies on what they think they know and how they feel about a whole range of different belief systems and political ideologies., and about the practitioners of same.  And include Islam among  those belief systems, those ideologies.  "How do you feel about: Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Communism, Neo-Nazi movements..."? - etc.  - CM

'The research, conducted by Deakin University and the University of Melbourne, involved 1,250 Victorians over the age of 18.

'The last survey was taken in 2006, and VicHealth chief executive Jerril Rechter said not a lot had changed.

"Victorians have a really strong record of nurturing cultural diversity and working towards equality for all", she said.

Dear Jerril: read your fellow Victorian Mark Durie's book "The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom" and find out what happens to cultural diversity when Islam and Muslims rule; find out that the sharia of Islam encodes, sacralises and promotes active discrimination against - and outright oppression and abuse of - all non-Muslims by all Muslims, and of women by men.  In any sharia-suffused Islamic state there is no equality of women with men, and there is certainly no equality before the law of non-Muslims with Muslims.  Nor can there be.  The core teachings of Islam expressly forbid it.  Do your homework, Ms Rechter, and then ask yourself whether it is really so inexplicable that some Victorians might be just a tad leery of Muslims and of the proliferation of Muslims and mosques in their midst. - CM

"However, we have seen some areas where we do need to strengthen our understanding of cultural diversity and the benefits."

The more Muslims you have, however, my dear Ms Rechter, the less real cultural diversity you will have.  Because the final goal toward which all Muslims are supposed to work - and toward which many do indeed work - is a global Muslim monoculture. - CM

'One in five people said certain race groups threatened the economic security of other Australians by taking jobs away.

The real issue is not jobs. Nor is it 'race'.  The real issue is the rapid and continuing expansion of the - ideologically-defined and constituted - Ummah Fifth Column. - CM

'Victorian Attitudes Towards Diversity'.

'78 percent are in favour of cultural diversity.

'54 percent say certain race groups did not 'fit in'

Which? - CM

'70 percent have positive contact with other ethnic groups.

'54 percent say certain race groups did not 'fit in'.

How on earth was this survey worded?  What is the difference between a 'race group' and an 'ethnic group'??  If the survey used these two forms of words, did it provide a definition?  Sloppy wording betrays sloppy thinking. - CM

'9 percent feel uncomfortable around those of other backgrounds.

Again, is 'other backgrounds' the wording used in the survey question itself?  If so, what on earth is that supposed to mean?  It is so broad in its possible applications as to be without meaning. I could take it to mean that Aussies from the bush feel uncomfortable around those raised in the Big Smoke, and vice versa; never mind about 'racial' or belief system differences. - CM

'Of those who expressed prejudiced attitudes about certain groups, more were likely to feel negative towards people from Muslim (22 percent), Middle Eastern (14 percent), African (11 percent) and refugee (11 percent) backgrounds.

I'd like to know whether those are actual categories used in the survey - "Muslim", 'Middle Eastern", "African", "refugee".  Because if they are, this survey is so sloppily worded as to be beyond useless.  Because the categories 'Muslim', 'Middle Eastern', 'African', and 'refugee', overlap substantially - many of the latter three groups are Muslims -  but are not perfectly interchangeable (there are Muslims who do not fit into any of the latter three groups, and there are also significant numbers of 'Middle Easterners', 'Africans' and 'refugees' who are not Muslims at all.) I would object strongly if someone demanded that I say only whether I liked or disliked "Middle Easterners", because that question , being too broadly worded, would not allow me to make a distinction - a distinction which matters a great deal - between Muslim 'Middle Easterners' and non-Muslim 'Middle Easterners'.  

And then the report - having gingerly noticed that people seem to feel greater misgivings about Muslims than about anybody else, whilst categorising those misgivings as 'prejudice'  (and therefore to be deplored) - proceeds to discuss the negative effects of 'racism'....

"Ms Rechter said discrimination and poor attitudes towards minority groups can have profound health effects.

Yes, discrimination towards minority groups can be very nasty.  And that discrimination need not be based on 'race'.   E.g. the rampant discrimination toward and abuse of the minority Christian Copts in Egypt, by Muslims; the gross mistreatment of the minority Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, by Muslims; the gross mistreatment, up to and including rape and lynchings, of Christians and Hindus in Pakistan, by Muslims..and those are not by any means the only Muslim lands within which non-Muslims, qua non-Muslims, are badly treated, all day and every day, by Muslims, in full accord with the core Islamic principle of Loyalty (toward fellow Muslims) and Enmity (toward all non-Muslims, as such). - CM

"Racism hurts more than just feelings.  It can affect people's mental wellbeing and people that are the subjects of racism can suffer from anxiety and depression", she said.

"So it's incredibly important that as a community we stamp out racism whenever we see it, and we don't just stand by and watch it occurring...".

Ms Rechter: so why, if your main focus is "racism", not prejudice and injustice more generally speaking, did this survey include a question about Muslims?  Since it asked people how they felt about "Muslims" it should also have asked them how they felt about "Communists" or "Neo-Nazis" or "Christians" or "Buddhists". 

Because Muslims - let's say it for the 1000th time - are not a race, not an ethnos, they are - just like Christianity, or Buddhism, or atheism, or communism - a group defined by adherence to a specific belief system or ideology.  No-one is 'born' Muslim, despite the Muslim claim that this is the case; like all other faiths or belief systems, Islam has to be explicitly and deliberately taught.  Distrust of or wariness toward Muslims could - if you are prepared to ignore the content of the Muslim texts, the character of Mohammed the founder of the cult, and the way in which Muslims very frequently behave toward non-Muslims at all times and in all places where the Muslims (whether majority or minority) control the levers of power, and if you are therefore prepared to pretend that distrust of Muslims is baseless, irrational and reprehensible - be called bigotry; it cannot logically be called racism.  

Am I being "racist", Ms Rechter, if I deplore the conduct of Ms Samantha Lewthwaite, or of Shane Kent and David Hicks, or of the two black African converts to Islam (they were raised in Christian families) who attacked and murdered and beheaded Lee Rigby and then proceeded to spout Quran verses to explain what they had done?  Is it "racist" of me to wish that Australia had never permitted a mass influx of card-carrying Quran-believing Mohammed-honoring Muslims?  

I don't care what colour they are or what language they speak or where in the world they or their parents come from; it's the ideas in their Books and the malevolent example set by their 'prophet' that worry me, and the blue-eyed fair-haired euro-aussie converts to Islam - whether male or female - worry me just as much as any Afghan Muslim male-of-military-age who has gotten in here as a "refugee". - CM