CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
Opponents of the proposed Bendigo Mosque have launched action in the Victorian Court of Appeal to challenge the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s decision to approve the plans.
The tribunal’s decision was followed by big demonstrations in Bendigo last month, when hundreds of people clashed in the city’s CBD.
Local patriot, Paul Whiteman, has given his two cents on the issue.
“Mate, the last thing this town needs is a fucking Mosque,”
“Mosques are ugly and full of unlikeable characters. Our jaded country town doesn’t need any more intimidating small business-owners,”
Mr Whiteman, a proud member of the Reclaim Australia Movements, says that his town’s Muslim problem is not too different to their second biggest problem, Crystal Meth.
“Our historic Australian town has two big problems at the moment… Islam and Ice”
“We’ve got a meth lab in just about every street, we’ve got kids blowing themselves up trying to cook the shit,”
“It’s not too different to kids blowing themselves up. Which is obviously what’s going to happen if we allow the 35 moderate Muslims in Bendigo to build a place of worship”
“The moment this whole Mosque thing gets squashed, we are going to rally in the streets to end ice. But if the Mosque goes ahead… We all lose”
Mr Whiteman went on to explain how Bendigo had been burnt by Multiculturalism in the past.
“We’ve had the Buddhist Joss Temple sitting in the middle of town since the Gold Rush. It’s an absolute eye-sore,”
“Not to mention the fact that every hill in town is owned by the Catholics,”
“Multiculturalism does not work. There’s 84,000 people in Bendigo and only a small portion of them demand to be different. Everyone wants to be the same except them and it’s causing trouble,”
“whether it’s the junkies with their glass pipes or the Muslims with their Mosque, we shouldn’t have to bow down to any minorities”
The Australian Islamic Mission’s Seyed Sheriffdeen said his group had a solid case to put before the Court of Appeal.
“The whole purpose is building a mosque to … cater [to] the needs of the worshippers for their worships and we will reaffirm our mission, it’s very clear,” he said.