AUSTRALIAN  PRAYER  NETWORK  NEWSLETTER – AUSTRALIAN NEWS 14th AUGUST 2013

  • EXPERT CLAIMS ADS FOR ISLAM MISQUOTE SHAW FROM BOGUS BOOK
  • RETURN OF KEVIN RUDD LIKELY TO SLASH GREENS VOTE
  • MILLIONS OF AUSTRALIANS LIVING ON THE MARGIN ACCORDING TO PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION
     

EXPERT CLAIMS ADS FOR ISLAM MISQUOTE SHAW FROM BOGUS BOOK

Anti “Islamophobia” advertisements due to screen on major free-to-air channels rely on a fabricated quote from Irish playwright and avowed atheist George Bernard Shaw, from a book that does not exist, according to the International Shaw Society.  The 30-second ads have been funded by the Sydney-based Mypeace organisation, which says it hopes to “build bridges” between Muslims and other Australians. Animated with voiceovers and with quotations displayed on the screen, they feature major historical figures including Mahatma Gandhi and Shaw praising the prophet Mohammed. 

The advertisements quote Shaw proclaiming the prophet Mohammed was “the saviour of humanity” in a book he is supposed to have written entitled The Genuine Islam. But International Shaw Society treasurer Richard Dietrich said he had compiled a complete list of Shaw’s works, which did not include this book. “I think “The Genuine Islam” is bogus,” he said. In his writings, Shaw described the religion  as “ferociously intolerant”. “Mahomet rose up at the risk of his life and insulted the stones that the Arabs worshipped shockingly, declaring that there is only one God, Allah, the glorious and the great and there was to be no nonsense about toleration,” Shaw wrote. 

“You accepted Allah or you had your throat cut by someone who did accept him, and who went to Paradise for having sent you to Hell.” The suggestion that Shaw wrote a book entitled The Genuine Islam originated in an interview between Shaw and Muslim propagandist Maulana Siddiqui published in a Muslim periodical in 1936. The interview took place in Kenya, sometime in 1935, and copies of the periodical remain. It contains a quotation which describes Mohammed as the “saviour of humanity” and Islam as having “wonderful vitality” and “the chance to rule Britain, nay Europe, in the next hundred years”, but these are not recorded as the words of Shaw. 

The quotation appears in a separate quotation box without attribution, and not in the main body of the interview. However in the interview Shaw did challenge Siddiqui from a rationalist perspective. “How can you possibly present the picture of Heaven and Hell, which is portrayed in the Koran, in a manner convincing to persons conversant with science, whose minds are inured to accept nothing without visible or palpable proof?” Shaw asks. Another account of the conversation between Shaw and Siddiqui, published in the Tanganyika Herald, does not mention the purported quotes from Shaw, but quotes him commenting on a lecture Siddiqui had given. 

“You spoke on Philosophy of Peace, but as a Muslim it would have been more appropriate if you had delivered a lecture on the Philosophy of War, for Islam doubtless was spread at the point of the sword,” Shaw is quoted as having said. Mypeace, a Muslim organisation is dedicated to fostering understanding of Islam with founder Diaa Mohamed stating the advertisements were a response to “misinformation” about the prophet. “Mohammed is the most influential man in history and the commercials will show what scholars and historians have said about him,” Mr Mohamed said.

Source: Compiled by APN from media sources

 

RETURN OF KEVIN RUDD LIKELY TO SLASH GREENS VOTE

The Greens could receive a substantially reduced vote at the next election, according to some opinion analysis in the media.  The party has been struggling for oxygen since Kevin Rudd returned as Labor leader and the election shapes up as a Labor-Coalition grudge match. Some polls show the Greens support has fallen from 13.9 per cent on the eve of the 2010 election and 14 and 15 per cent ratings in its aftermath to single digits in almost half of the polls taken this year. The Greens average performance since January has been a little below 10 per cent, almost 2 per cent lower than the 11.8 per cent of the vote they received in 2010. 

But an analysis of the Australian Election Study (AES), the survey of voting behaviour undertaken by the Australian National University after every federal election, suggests the situation could be far worse. The survey raises the spectre much of the Greens support is merely a protest vote that could go to the proliferation of parties contesting this year’s poll. The AES found only 20 per cent of Greens voters considered themselves “very strong” supporters of the party. In contrast, 32 per cent said they were “not strong” supporters of the Greens. 

Only 49% of survey respondents who voted Greens in the House of Representatives identified themselves as Greens supporters, compared with 39% who said they backed Labor, 8% for the Liberal Party and 6% for others. This in itself suggests the Greens receive a high protest vote and have a poor base of rusted-on supporters, about 5% of the total electorate. The Greens vote in the Senate only reinforced this impression. Forty-nine per cent of Greens Senate voters in 2010 surveyed by the AES said they identified with Labor and 12% with the Liberals. Party identification with the Greens was substantially low compared with identification with the main parties. 

In contrast to the Greens, 93% of Labor voters in the lower house identified with the party. For the Liberals, the figure was 90%. The analysis examined support for the Australian Democrats in the wake of the 1990 poll where the party scored its best result of 12.6%. Only 39% of Democrats voters then identified themselves as supporters of the party, 38% as Labor, 14% as Liberals and 9% other. “The Democrats’ vote in 1990 was not based on a solid foundation of party identification and this would partly explain the collapse of the their vote in 1993,” the analysis reads. “In 2013 it is reasonable to conclude that the Greens will suffer a significant decline.”

Source: Compiled by APN from media sources

 

MILLIONS OF AUSTRALIANS LIVING ON THE MARGIN ACCORDING TO PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION

More than one million Australians live in deep social exclusion and are likely to be single parents, poorly educated, jobless or indigenous, according to a new Productivity Commission report.  The report adds to the evidence that critics have used to accuse the Government of turning its back on some of the most marginalised in our community.  These people usually experience low income, poor English or lack of access to work. The number in “very deep exclusion” has remained relatively stable in recent years. “This stability suggests that employment growth is not sufficient to improve the position of those who have the most complex need,” the paper says. 

“People at highest risk of experiencing multiple forms of disadvantage include those who are dependent on income support, unemployed people, indigenous Australians, people with a long-term health condition or disability, lone parents and people with low educational attainment.” Homelessness is another area of concern and as Kevin Rudd recently reminded voters, an area “close to my heart”. A National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness initiated by Mr Rudd in 2008 aimed to reduce numbers by 7 per cent but a National Audit Office report earlier this year found that numbers had blown out by 17 per cent, despite funding of $1.1 billion. 

Mr Rudd made Julia Gillard a minister for social inclusion in 2007 but upon his retaking the leadership, the portfolio has fallen out of the ministry. The report does not estimate a total cost to the economy of disadvantage because data was lacking and “disadvantage” continued to be a nebulous term. It offered hope, however. “There is also some evidence which suggests that what distinguishes high-risk children . . . is not exposure to a specific risk factor but rather a life history characterised by multiple familial disadvantages that span social and economic disadvantage,” the report says. “But, importantly, the relationship is not deterministic.” 

Source: Compiled by APN from media sources