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Old 13th Nov 2007, 15:41   #1
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Default Australia's John Howard goes for the jugular

Prime Minister John Howard - Australia

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday
to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid
to head off potential terror attacks.
A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty to
Australia and her Queen at a special meeting with Prime Minister John
Howard, he and his Ministers made it clear that extremists would face a
crackdown.

Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that
some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not
accept that Australia was a secular state, and its laws were made by
parliament. 'If those are not your values, if you want a country which
has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you,' he
said on National Television. 'I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching
that there are two laws governing people in Australia : one the
Australian law and another Islamic law that is false. If you can't agree
with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer
Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country, which
practices it, perhaps, then, that's a better option', Costello said.
Asked whether he meant radical clerics would be forced to leave, he said
those with dual citizenship could possibly be asked to move to the other
country.

Education Minister Brendan Nelson later told reporters that Muslims who
did not want to accept local values should 'clear off'. 'Basically,
people who don't want to be Australians, and who don't want to live by
Australian values and understand them, well then, they can basically
clear off,' he said.


Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by
saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote:
'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am
tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some
individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we
have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.'
'However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the
'politically correct' crowd began complaining about the possibility that
our patriotism was offending others.'

'I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who
is seeking a better life by coming to Australia. However, there are a
few things that those who have recently come to our country, and
apparently some born here, need to understand. This idea of Australia
being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our
sovereignty and our national identity. And as Australians, we have our
own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle.'
'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials
and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. We
speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese,
Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of
our society . Learn the language!'
'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right
wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on
Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly
documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of
our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another
part of the world as your new home, bec ause God is part of our
culture.'
'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is
that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with
us.'
'If the Southern Cross offends you, or you don't like 'A Fair Go', then
you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We
are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really
don't care how you did things where you came from. By all means, keep
your culture, but do not force it on others.'
'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you
every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining,
whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs,
or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you to take advantage of one
other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.'
'If you aren't happy here, then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here.
You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'
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