Melbourne: Australia is experiencing a limbo over Islamic law in the country and few anti-Islam politicians seem to be at full swing against the law even though Muslims are in a good minority in the Australian island. In a recent development, controversial Australian Liberal senator, Cory Bernardi, said that visiting anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders should be allowed to exercise his right to free speech.
Wilders, a right-wing Dutch MP, made a controversial speech in Melbourne last month in which he warned Australia could have a grim future under Islamic law and urged an end to the building of mosques across the country.
He said that Europe’s capitals are being changed by mass migration from Islamic countries and warned the same thing could happen to Australia.
Wilders’ views have been widely condemned but Senator Bernardi said that his visit underlines a “double standard” when it comes to free speech in Australia.
In a blog post, Senator Bernardi pointed to reports that Jews and gay people in the Netherlands no longer feel safe from attack by Islamic fundamentalists.
“These fundamentalists are the same people who want to kill Wilders and establish shariah law under a global Caliphate because [Prophet] Muhammad [Peace Be Upon Him] commanded them to back in the 7th century,” Senator Bernardi wrote.
“And yet, it is Wilders who is characterized as an extremist,” he added.
Senator Bernardi also questions why it was so hard for Wilders to get an Australian visa but hardline Muslims like Hizb-ut-Tahrir leader Taji Mustafa seem to have no issues.
Senator Bernardi said that it does not matter whether people agree with Wilders.
“What is important is that we are prepared to stick up for free speech even if we don’t like what we hear,” he said which clearly shows his bad intentions for Islam and peaceful Muslims.
He said, “The double standard that the government and parts of the media have in relation to freedom of speech and what is acceptable for public debate is simply unacceptable.”
However, opposition leader, Tony Abbott, admitted that Wilders’ comments on Islam are substantially wrong but also said that he was entitled to his viewpoint.