Chris Smith calls for Muslim Airport Worker Ban

2GB radio host Chris Smith has caused outrage yet again..

2GB host Chris Smith seems to have a problem with Islam. And it’s getting uglier and uglier.

Earlier this month he had a conversation with Channel 9’s Prue Macsween about Sudanese-Australian Yassmin Abdel-Magied in which Macsween said she didn’t give the “flea [Abdel-Magied] a second-thought”

“If I saw her I’d be tempted to run her over”, Macsween said over Smith’s exuberant laugh.

Smith later denied that he had heard what she had said, and Macsween refused to apologise, claiming that people had now “lost their sense of humour.”

However on Monday Smith went a step further and called for a complete suspension of all Muslims working in airports.

“Yes, it’s a discriminatory rule,” he acknowledged. “Most of those men and women are doing the right thing, working and providing for their families, but there is only one link to radical Islamic insiders working for IS, and that’s the Islamic religion.”

This comes in the wake of an alleged terrorism plot involving Four Surry Hills men arrested last week, one of whom has been released without charge.

The Islamophobia Register of Australia has filed a complaint with 2GB, as well as the Australian Communications and Media Authority, pointing out that Smith’s comments may have breached Section 2.1 of the Commercial Radio Code of Conduct, which prohibits content which  “is likely to incite in a reasonable listener, hatred against, or serious contempt for, or severe ridicule of, any person or group of persons because of… religion….”.

The comments themselves contradict the work of leading academics in the field of radicalization studies, like Dr. Arun Kundnani, Professor Olivier Roy, and Kristen Bell, who highlight the minor role religion plays in terrorist recruiting, stressing instead the importance of “social and connection issues” in an Australian context.

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Shocking extent of Islamophobia in Australia.

A new report has highlighted the extent of Islamophobia in Australia.
The report was carried out jointly by the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University and the Islamophobia Register of Australia.

Some of the findings were as follows:

The majority of the victims of Islamophobia were women who wore the headscarf.

One in three female-victims had their children with them at the time.

The majority (98%) of perpetrators were white Anglo-Celtic, and were three times more likely to be male.

Verbal assaults were the most common while physical harassment came in second.

48% of Islamophobic attacks occurred in crowded spaces such as shopping centres and train stations.

Many of the attacks occur in front of children and a large amount of bystanders. 75% of the time no one intervened.

Many online incidents of Islamophobia were also documented, which included threats of violence and harm.

Mufti wins Defamation Case against the Daily Telegraph.

The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad has just won a defamation case against Nationwide News Pty Limited regarding an article published by the Daily Telegraph late last year.

In the article, Daily Telegraph accused the Grand Mufti of not condemning the Paris terror attacks and not doing enough to prevent extremism.

The article created quite an uproar in the Muslim community, considering it was an attack on the highest standing Islamic figure in the country.

Many Muslims took to social media shortly after the article was released to express their support for the Grand Mufti, with the hashtag #IStandWithTheMufti trending within the community.

Today, the Supreme Court of NSW gave a verdict in his favour. The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) have welcomed the decision stating that “It is hoped that the outcome of the proceedings is the first step towards improved harmony between Australian Muslims and the media in the future.”

The Mufti has also thanked the community for their support.