There simply cannot be different standards where it’s OK, for instance, to claim to stand with Palestine and condone the beheading of babies and killing of innocent civilians. For those who come to this country, it must be made completely clear that we don’t permit discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual preference, ethnicity or religious beliefs. If that’s your bag, don’t come here.
No, I’m afraid these secularist and philosophically banal criteria for what Australia is – and what it should remain – don’t amount to a hill of beans worth dying on. They are, in fact, symptoms of the barren subjectivism and inspidity that leave the West open to subversion. For starters, abortionists behead more babies than Hamas ever has. And it isn’t even close. Hamas curs regard such deeds as morally neutral or even laudable requisites of personal salvation and cultural transformation. Just like Emily’s List. The open secret about hundreds of abortion-survivor babies in this country being left to die (that is, murdered) – thoroughly publicised by Amanda Stoker this year – didn’t cause a single news cycle of indignation. There were no “growing calls” for investigations, arrests or prison terms. The media didn’t care, governments didn’t care and – let’s be frank – the public didn’t care. A leap has been made by the West into an abyss of dark nihilism. The Albanese government will no more vote for the Canavan and Antic-sponsored Children Born Alive Protection Bill than it will the South Australian senator’s bill to outlaw child mutilation. Is it really any wonder the Labor Greens alliance is yawning its way through the trauma of Israelis?
I don’t mean to suggest that the esteemed Judith Sloan lacks a moral compass. It’s just that hers is usually relied upon to plot a course to reality through a scrub of government and corporatist lies as Australia’s best economics columnist. But to rank acceptance of the awfulness of discriminating on the basis of ethnicity or religion as a sine qua non of Aussie-ness – while thousands of lunatics take over CBDs to support terrorism – is Pecksniffian. Governments should have discriminated against all of these ‘protesters’ when they applied to come here.
The prohibition of discrimination that favours the Judeo-Christian, the amenable, the familial, the heterosexual, the traditional and the masculine led inexorably to the China-style assault by Labor governments nationwide on Christian schools and hospitals. These institutions are being subjected to communist bans on the exclusive employment of believers and conscientious objection to killing the unborn and the suicidal on private property. On Sloan’s other measures of incivility – attitudes to gender and sexuality – decades of propaganda have normalised all behaviours as equal, spurred the grooming – or spiritual molestation – of children and debased marriage, fecundity, education, meritocracy and even the rule of law. None of these externalities (to use an economist’s word) were the “bag” of Australians either until they were forced to comply. So, where does that leave us? Well, it seems that anything short of a mobilisation for war – including Hitlerian depravities carried out somewhere else – won’t convince even the brightest Westerners that non-discriminatory niceness is not a strategy and nothingness is not a nation.