Hate group rallies to halt mosque

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 01-Mar-2014

MOVING FORWARD: Plans for the mosque are progressing.
A NATION-WIDE anti-Muslim group is planning an anti-mosque rally in Bendigo next month.

The Bendigo Weekly revealed in January the  local Muslim community planned to build the mosque in East Bendigo.

The Australian Defence League is planing the “protest rally” at the Queen Elizabeth Oval against the building.

 “In a show of defiance against Islam our meddling enemy, fellow Australians, young and old, male and female, will come together in solidarity on this very occasion, and put our foot down against what is Australia’s biggest threat; as well as a nuisance to the people of Bendigo,” the rally promotion states.

“We will be there to support the people of Bendigo and to show Australia that the people come first.”

A Greater Bendigo council spokesman said people had a Common Law right to protest peacefully.

Bendigo Islam community leader Heri Febriyanto said Australia had a rich tradition of bringing people together from across the world.
“People have a right to hold their views.  That is a fundamental part of Australian culture,” he said.

“We would just encourage anyone who has questions whether about the centre or Islam in general to reach out and ask us rather than rely on the misinformation.

“We are, and will continue to, add to the vibrancy of our community.  

“There are many things we can all learn from each other if we just take the time and

opportunity that presents itself.”

Mr Febriyanto said the mosque plans were progressing.

“As per council’s request, we are currently preparing information in relation to the design and development of the proposal,” he said.

“Preparation of a Traffic Impact Assessment is also underway. All this information will be forwarded to council in due course for further assessment of the proposal.

“Once the design of the proposal is finalised and accepted by council, we hope council would then be able to undertake the public consultation process as soon as possible.

“Everyone has a right to express themselves within the guidelines of Australian law.”
Freedom of speach commented on 06-Mar-2014 02:58 PM5 out of 5 stars
Why is it when you don't like something or have strong beliefs your instantly tagged as being a part of a hate group how ironic?. I have seen what islam has done in other western countries why cant i express my views without being tagged as a member of a hate group? The only good thing about the weekly these days is i have some news paper to put at the bottom of the budgie cage.
Bendigo Weekly editor commented on 07-Mar-2014 03:47 PM5 out of 5 stars
Dear "Freedom of Speech",
The "hate group" refers to the ADL. Issues about the mosque may be warranted, but aligning with the ADL will cause labels like this to be attached. I urge you to check out their sites.
Anthony Radfrd
Sydney Ellis commented on 06-Apr-2014 02:32 PM5 out of 5 stars
The ADL is not a hate group. Islam is an organisation and religion is a small piece. Sharia law is not compatible with democracy and free speech. An example is in Saudi Arabia there are no churches and a person can be arrested for wearing a cross. Tolerable Islam
Daniel commented on 19-Jun-2014 08:48 AM5 out of 5 stars
@ Sydney Ellis. I am not understanding the connection between the construction of a mosque, and the introduction of Sharia Law in a democratic society such as ours.
What evidence do you have that this is the aim?
Perhaps you would care to elaborate?


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