CAIRO - The distribution of leaflets warning of the Islamization' of Australia is inviting condemnations from across the country for spreading bigotry against Muslims in their culturally-diverse society.
"My first thought was for those people living in the area who follow Islam and how they might feel," Don Stokes, a resident at Heidelberg suburb in Melbourne, told Heidelberg Leader on Tuesday, August 7.
"This sort of bigotry is not just cowardly and misleading, but illogical and might just fuel prejudices.
A mail was sent by a Sydney-based group known as the Q Society of Australia warning of it says the Islamization of the country.
The group says on its website that it believes the "bedrock of this society must remain Judeo-Christian" and "the further Islamisation of our nation" needed to be "stopped and reversed".
"We stand against the creeping infiltration of this socio-political dogma and its medieval concept of religious absolutism," it says.
The group's spokesman Andrew Horwood said the material had been distributed in areas where its members lived.
He said about 150,000 flyers had been handed out and letterboxed across Australia since mid-2011.
The spokesman argued that it was possible members who lived in Banyule were distributing the pamphlets.
"We hope to inform, create a better understanding and trigger open and free discussions," Horwood said.
Banyule Mayor Tom Melican attacked Q Society group, saying its premise was completely wrong.
The offensive materials have also invited the ire of the Muslim community in Australia.
"I think it's deeply upsetting; an organization that distributes misinformation like this should be dismissed," Islamic Council of Victoria director Nazeem Hussain said.
Hussain warned that the Q Society was dividing the community and in no way should be taken seriously.
Sharing Muslim anger, Stokes, the Heidelberg resident, said he was shocked to see leaflets fueling bigotry delivered to his mailbox.
He condemned the group for targeting migrant cultures in Australia, which makes the country's unique diversity.
"The vibrant diversity of our migrant cultures is what makes Australia such a great place to live," he said.
Muslims, who have been in Australia for more than 200 years, make up 1.7 percent of its 20-million population.
Islam is the country's second largest religion after Christianity.
The distribution of the offensive pamphlets is not the first case in Australia.
Earlier this year, offensive pamphlets were distributed to homes throughout Queanbeyan during Christmas holidays.
Entitled Is Allah Like You?, the pamphlets depict a Muslim man physically abusing a woman and a child and an Islamic elder condoning the violence as acceptable in his faith.