AIMN reader mars08 is currently in Kuala Lumpur and writes that . . .
Wandering around the shopping centres my eyes and ears are bombarded with religious symbolism. It’s hard to escape the assault. Yes, it’s December and the fanatical fiends have got Christmas decorations all over the place. And those carols are blasting!
So, how is the general public coping? Well, I’m seeing tons of Malay Muslims having their photos taken in front of Christmas trees. I see a group of Middle East Muslims doing the same thing. “Oh how peculiar?” is what many of our countrymen would think . . . if they did occasionally think.
It’s something our media will never show . . . bearded Arab men and women wearing their hijabs, chadors . . . or whatever . . . posing with Christmas trees. Meanwhile, in the background, a speaker blares out something about that “Mary’s boy child Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day” or “Silver bells, silver bells, it’s Christmas time in the city.”
I have a very difficult time reconciling what I see with the anti-Muslim hatred, ignorance and fear I see expressed every day in Australia. I’ve been to Kuala Lumpur plenty of times and this is how these people do Christmas. And I’m sure it’s probably the same in many “Muslim” countries around the world.
Now, I simply cannot imagine the wider Australian public responding to a Muslim holiday with the same joyous, relaxed attitude.
Tell me, who are the fanatics? Who are the angry barbarians?