Debbie Robinson, Deputy President of Q Society of Australia and President’s Council Member of Stop Islamization of Nations (SION), took time out from her very hectic schedule to answer some questions for us:
Vin: Debbie Robinson, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Can you give us an idea of who the Q Society of Australia is and what the goals of the organization are?
Debbie: Q Society of Australia Inc. is a national grassroots organisation run by volunteers since 2010. Our members are concerned about the socio-political problems associated with the rise of Islamic sharia law in Australia; as well as religiously motivated human rights abuses against women and indigenous religious minorities in OIC countries. We seek to inform and lobby for a free and open discussion about the socio-political impact of political Islam in Australia. We oppose the Islamization of our society as well as attempts to silence critical debate under the pretence of multicultural tolerance and political correctness. No tolerance for the intolerant.
We have chapters in each state and hold regular public information evenings with guest speakers invited to present and address the issues we face.
It is important for us to reflect the concerns of the wider community. Speakers are from various religious and ethnic backgrounds: Christian, Jewish, Hindu Buddhist and Agnostic.
Last year we were privileged when Mr Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, esteemed scholar and author accepted our invitation to tour Australia. Robert is the international patron of Q Society.
V: You were recently appointed to The President’s Council of Stop Islamization of Nations (SION), heralded as the ‘fruit of Stockholm’, by Robert Spencer. What does the creation of this co-operative mean and what is agenda of the group?
D: Yes, the recent Stop the Islamization of Our Nations or SION held in Stockholm was a huge success. The creation of this co-operation means that we have a global united front. This strengthens our position in the fight for our freedoms.
The agenda is simple SION stands for:
- The Freedom of Speech-as opposed to Islamic prohibitions of “blasphemy” and “slander,” which are used effectively to quash honest discussion of jihad and Islamic supremacism.
- The freedom of conscience – as opposed to the Islamic death penalty for apostasy
- The equality of rights of all people before the law- opposed to Sharia’s institutionalised discrimination against women and non-Muslims.
V: Hiz but-tarhir in Australia has said “Democracy is a bankrupt and irrational idea” and “all indicators are pointing to the decline and inevitable collapse of Western ideology.” Should they be allowed to preach and have public conferences? and how do you feel about them calling for the destruction of democracy in Australia and elsewhere?
D: The call for the destruction of democracy, here and elsewhere is disturbing and the ultimate goal of Hizb ut-tahrir. We can benefit from this honesty by monitoring and taking note of their agenda. Sending the movement underground is dangerous.
V: In April 2011, Western Australia’s Minister for Women’s Interests, Robyn McSweeney sparked heated debate when she spoke out against the burka, labeling it “alien” to Australia’s way of life. What are your views on banning the Burka and do you see a time in Australia where they might have the spine to do it?
D: The burka or niqab is typically worn as a socio-political statement a symbol of Islam’s growing strength and together with other forms of arbitrary face coverings should be banned in public.
Politicians will not have the spine to ban them until there is overwhelming support from the public. The aim of Q Society is to educate and raise awareness to make this happen.
V: In late June this year, Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou, who chaired a bipartisan federal parliamentary inquiry into the nation’s acceptance of culturally diverse communities, told The Australian newspaper, her committee believes the country needs strong political leadership to address the crisis over Islam. Any Australian politicians that have stood up on this platform are typically vilified. Do you believe that there is anyone in Australian politics today that can address these issues objectively?
D: I believe there are politicians in Australia with the ability to address the issues we face objectively. The problem is not finding the politician it is finding the groundswell of people. There will be no political messiah without support in substantial numbers.
V: Australia has long been bombarded by the arrival of thousands of refugee boats from Islamic nations and it is clear that the current Government policy is failing dismally in addressing this problem. What are your thoughts on what can be done to stop these boats or at least deter them?
D: If vessels come directly from a crisis zone into Australian territory, we have to protect and process anyone from those vessels who claims asylum and look after them as long as Australia remains a signatory to the relevant international agreements.
It is a different situation when a vessel comes from countries like Indonesia or Malaysia, which are at peace, have a stable government, no civil war and no persecution of minorities. If you are Muslim and leave Indonesia or Malaysia for Australia, in my view you are not a refugee but a tourist or migrant and should be treated accordingly.
If you arrive by commercial plane or regular vessel without a valid passport, you will be sent back on the next available flight. The original carrier pays for the return ticket. Bilateral agreements between civilised nations must be adhered to.
We should return those arriving from vessels from Indonesia or Malaysia to the port of departure. Genuine refugees must be looked after, processed initially off shore or in on shore detention and when deemed legitimate and posing no risk to Australia issued with a temporary protection visa. Refugees should either return home when it is safe or apply for a resident visa if they fulfil the criteria.
V: It is estimated that over 50 percent of Australians come from some immigrant background, hence Australian policies and opinions are geared heavily to a pro-multiculturalism stance. How difficult is it to separate regular immigration from Islamic immigration, when both the Koran and Islamic leaders tell their adherents not to integrate?
D: I don’t know that we can separate regular immigration from Islamic immigration. A suggestion would be a proposed temporary freeze on Australia’s refugee intake specifically from Organisation of Islamic Cooperation member countries. For more information and an in depth discussion you can read the position statement titled Q on Migration and Refugees which is available on our website.
V: All Muslims are required to introduce Sharia Law to govern their life. Despite the fact that the Muslim population is barely at 2 percent, they have called for Sharia to be implemented in Australia, using the line that Sharia is just for inheritance and divorce. What are the dangers that society faces by leaving the door open to gender segregation and anti-Australian laws and values?
D: The dangers we face are enormous; a parallel society will eventually erode our culture, values and freedoms. This is already happening in Europe with no go zones in many areas, where police are not welcome and indigenous citizens are harassed, intimidated and eventually driven from their communities. Malmo in Sweden, Luton in the UK and many areas in France and the Benelux countries are examples of this.
V: We have seen the issues that people are facing in England and Europe and in fact both David Cameron and Angela Merkel have publically stated that multiculturalism is a failure. How challenging is it to get this message across in such a liberal uneducated society?
D: This question is interesting. You mention society is liberal and uneducated this is not true. I think many see the truth but choose to ignore it because to acknowledge the truth terrifies them.
Others are too busy with their own lives, problems and day-to-day living to think about the issue of multiculturalism and its failure. The challenge we face is tapping into something that touches and affects this second group. Create a spark, which in turn will light a fire and the passion to preserve and protect what we have.
V: Finally, what can people do in Australia and in fact across the world do – to push back against the islamification and erosion of their cultures?
D: My first response to this question is STOP BEING AFRAID. Stand up and speak out. Support free speech and the right to discuss issues such as sharia and the threat it poses to our society.
Political Islam demands that we change to accommodate its presence and perception of supremacy. We need to recognise this. If something encroaches on our lives, resist and say no. Be pro-active and join or support groups like Q Society. Locate your local MP and Senator, call their electoral office and write letters. Engage the candidate of the opposition, especially if you are in a marginal seat. Show that you and others are concerned and demand solutions.
Q Society has information on the website on how to do this. Our material includes educational texts, free books and leaflets all available for download.
Engage people and discuss issues. Complain at your supermarket about the lack of choice when it comes to non-halal certified products. Ask your butcher for meat from non-halal certified abattoirs. Work to spread the message through your networks drop some of our leaflets in letterboxes or support our work with a donation.