Plain Talking Jane

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Send A Letter to Those Responsible

Ladies and Gentlemen

it's time to take action. In the 1780's the Clapham Sect in England started a letter writing and petitioning campaign that led to the end of slavery throughout most of the world. Today we need to break the bonds of a political correctness slavery that will not let us, the people, decide if we want to tolerate the violent intolerance of Islam.Below I have prepared letters for you to copy and paste and send to a variety of people. It is important to send the letters to The Government, The Opposition and the Bureaucracy. Let them all know that the complaint has been sent to the others to increase the pressure on the politicians, police and bureaucrats.

It is important to act calmly and peacefully. As you can see there are remedies available under the law but first we must force the government and bureaucracy to apply the law. We are not asking for special treatment, rather we ask for an end to discrimination. We know that the law is only respected if it is universally applied. We also know that there are office holders who have a sworn duty to protect the community and apply the law equally to all. The initial threat from literalist Islam is predominantly a threat to the common law which they want us to abandon in favour of a selective jurisprudence that places the sensibilities of Islam above the human rights of the wider community.

To get action we must explain clearly that we will vote for the party that best responds to our demand to apply the law equally to all without fear or favour. Please tell your friends and other bloggers about this campaign. We need to make our voices heard so that politicians are more scared of the electoral consequences of our numbers than they are of being called names by left wing elite politicians, media, academics and 'community leaders'.

Unfortunately the Victorian Government web presence is not as obvious as the NSW Government so the departmental email addresses aren’t as good.
Here are the letters:

Victorian Residents email these people (put then all as addressees on the same email and let them see who else has received the email).

Premier Steve Bracks
steve.bracks@parliament.vic.gov.au
Tim Holding Police Minister
timothy.holding@parliament.vic.gov.au
Robert Doyle Leader of the Opposition
robert.doyle@parliament.vic.gov.au
Victorian Police via office of ethical standards email
ethical.standards@police.vic.gov.au
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
vcat@vcat.vic.gov.au

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am offended by violent passages in the Koran that I believe are in clear breach of Section 321G of the Victorian Crimes Act which states that ‘…where a person …incites any other person to pursue a course of conduct which will involve the commission of an offence…the inciter is guilty…of incitement.’ Section 2A states that ‘…incite includes command, request, propose, advise, encourage or authorize…’ They also violate Section 25 of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 which says: ‘A person…must not, on the ground of the religious belief or activity of another person or class of persons, intentionally engage in conduct that the offender knows is likely …to incite hatred...to threaten, or incite others to threaten physical harm towards that person or class of persons…’

There are numerous passages in the Koran that violate this section of the law. I am referring to the 2003 Penguin edition Koran currently available in Dymocks bookstores. P.133 says 'When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them.’ ‘fighting is obligatory for you…’ p.32; ‘Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them.’ p.146; and ‘slay or crucify opponents in war’ p.83.' As an idolater and infidel I find these passages threatening, offensive and consequently illegal.

I believe the publisher and distributor of these passages are in breach of the law and would like you to refer all publishers and distributors of such offensive, threatening and illegal literature to the Courts for Prosecution. No publisher or distributor in the current climate can reasonably argue that they could not reasonably foresee that someone is likely to take these words literally. Koranic passages like these were interpreted literally to incite mass murder in Bali, New York, London and Madrid.

Whilst the Australian Constitution includes Section 116 which states that ‘The Commonwealth shall not make any law …prohibiting the free exercise of religion...’ this freedom has clear limits that were established in the High Court in the 1943 Adelaide Company of Jehovah’s Witnesses vs The Commonwealth case. The Court found that ‘Freedom of religion is not absolute. It is subject to powers and restrictions of government essential to the preservation of the community. Freedom of religion may not be invoked to cloak and dissemble subversive opinions or practices and operations dangerous to the common weal.’ and that religion was ‘subject to limitations…such as are reasonably necessary for the protection of the community and in the interests of social order’. Freedom of religion does not extend to the incitement of murder and violence.

As a non Muslim I find these passages offensive, threatening and constituting incitement. I expect you and your office to uphold the law and apply it equally to all in the community without fear or favour in accordance with your sworn duty. The next vote I cast will be primarily determined by your willingness to protect my most fundamental human right not to live in fear of assault or murder because of my beliefs.

Yours sincerely


NSW Residents email these people (put them all as addressees on the same email and let them see who else has received the email).

Premier Morris Iemma

thepremier@www.nsw.gov.au

Carl Scully Police Minister

carl.scully@scully.minister.nsw.gov.au

Peter Debnam leader of the Opposition

peter.debnam@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Commissioner Ken Moroney Police Commissioner

memocirc@police.nsw.gov.au

Mr Nicholas Cowdrey Director of Public Prosecutions

ncowdery@odpp.nsw.gov.au

Gentlemen,

I am offended by violent passages in the Koran that I believe are in clear breach of Section 249F of the New South Wales Crimes Act which states that ‘A person who aids, abets, counsels, procures, solicits or incites the commission of an offence…is guilty of an offence…’There are numerous passages in the Koran that violate this section of the law.

I am referring to the 2003 Penguin edition Koran currently available in Dymocks bookstores. P.133 says 'When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them.’ ‘fighting is obligatory for you…’ p.32; ‘Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them.’ p.146; and ‘slay or crucify opponents in war’ p.83.' As an idolater and infidel I find these passages threatening, offensive and consequently illegal.

I believe the publisher and distributor of these passages are in breach of the law and would like you to refer all publishers and distributors of such offensive, threatening and illegal literature to the Courts for Prosecution.No publisher or distributor in the current climate can reasonably argue that they could not reasonably foresee that someone is likely to take these words literally. Passages like these in the Koran were interpreted literally to incite the mass murder in Bali, New York, London and Madrid.

Whilst the Australian Constitution includes Section 116 which states that ‘The Commonwealth shall not make any law …prohibiting the free exercise of religion...’ this freedom has clear limits that were established in the High Court in the 1943 Adelaide Company of Jehovah’s Witnesses vs The Commonwealth case. The Court found that ‘Freedom of religion is not absolute. It is subject to powers and restrictions of government essential to the preservation of the community. Freedom of religion may not be invoked to cloak and dissemble subversive opinions or practices and operations dangerous to the common weal.’ and that religion was ‘subject to limitations…such as are reasonably necessary for the protection of the community and in the interests of social order’. Freedom of religion does not extend to the incitement of murder and violence.

As a non Muslim I find these passages offensive, threatening and constituting incitement. I expect you and your office to uphold the law and apply it equally to all in the community without fear or favour in accordance with your sworn duty. The next vote I cast will be primarily determined by your willingness to protect my most fundamental human right not to live in fear of assault or murder because of my beliefs.

Yours sincerely










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