With ALTCON being in the spotlight as of late, I cannot help but feel compelled to say something in regards to how we as an organisation have been portrayed by mainstream media in this wonderful nation of ours.
Many labels such as “alt-right”, “far-right”, “right-wing”, and “white supremacist” have been pinned to us and I will not take that sitting down. For too long I have sat silently and pondered what to write and it was not easy to express myself. So here it goes!
I am not white. In fact, I am of Lebanese persuasion. Born and raised as a Maronite Catholic who grew up around Sunni and Shiite Lebanese kids. So there goes the whole “white supremacist” argument that the media have thrown at this site. I can tell you that in my dealings with Kurdish refugees here, it is blatantly obvious that ISIS have killed thousands of Muslims. Whilst we are anti ISIS, the team here at ALTCON are NOT anti Muslim, they are not anti Arab, nor are they anti gay. We are anti bull!
A bunch of battlers who are not bankrolled by special interest groups. We are normal people expressing our views on todays issues.
Are we angry with the ABC and their soft headedness? Yes!
Are we disgusted by the fact that Yassmin Abdel Magied was flown all over the Middle East on our tax dollar to conduct religious business? Damn straight!
Are we angry with the defending of shariah law? Yes! Why? Because look at the people who are fleeing from nations where said law is rampant. I know Iranian people who hate these fanatics who push religious laws. There are Lebanese Muslims who cannot stand fundamenalist nut jobs and their enablers. There are Syrians, Iraqis, Saudis, Egyptians, Algerians etc who are staunch Nationalists and there are more than the mainstream media would like to admit.
So if the media considers us anti Islamic, what would they call Muslims who go crazy at religious zealots?
I implore you, gentle reader, to think for yourself. Ask an actual Arab how they feel about Sharia Law. Ask an Iranian about fundamenalist regimes. Ask an Iraqi how they feel about these zealot sheikhs perverting their faith to suit their own agenda.
Then, label us whatever you think is justified..
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