Welcome to Shut-up Country

Welcome to Shut-up Country, by Tim Blair.

In the manner of the two world wars, the global war on free speech is fought across multiple theatres and between a broad range of combatants: some of them unlikely allies, some prone to switches of allegiance, and some operating behind enemy lines. …

Welcome to Country:

This battlefield is notoriously difficult to calculate. For every banned phrase there is a phrase that is absolutely required. A friend the other day happened upon a Welcome to Country curtsey in a book: “I would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. I pay my respects to Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which events in this book took place, particularly the Eora people and Noongar people.”

To avoid any immediate sniper fire, let me say at this point that I pay my respects to Elders past, present, emerging, imaginary, unborn, transgender, vegan, IXL and Limited, and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which this column was written. I guess that means my landlords, a top couple who built the very first house on this lot. …

Unhelpful truths about PC mascots are not tolerated by PC scolds:

Bill Leak cartoon in the Australian

Bill Leak cartoon PC comment

Islam in Sydney:

If you saw a fellow wandering along a Sydney street in black robes while shooting people, you might be inclined to alert fellow citizens. Parramatta real estate agent Edwin Almeida did so in 2015 when he witnessed the activities of teenager Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, who’d murdered New South Wales police accountant Curtis Cheng by shooting him in the back of the head.

“I saw the man wielding a handgun, dressed in black robes,” Almeida told reporters. But the Guardian’s Calla Wahlquist decided he’d offered too much information. “I won’t go into reports about what the man identified by eyewitnesses as carrying a gun was wearing or what he looked like,” she decided.

Those black robes, you see, might have indicated the killer’s Muslim faith and even his motive (accurately, as it turned out). And so news of them had to be concealed. Keep that in mind whenever you hear reports expressing utter bewilderment about the motives of any fellow offering a pre-slaughter “Allahu Akbar!” battle cry.

There may well be a clue in those words.

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