Is the response as crazy as the one that greeted Keith Ellison when he was sworn into Congress on the Qur’an? I don’t think so but there are some parallels.:
By Helen Davidson (The Guardian)
The historic swearing in of Australia’s first Muslim frontbencher as a parliamentary secretary has been marred by vitriolic and bigoted abuse posted on his Facebook page.
Ed Husic, federal Labor MP for Chifley, was appointed on Monday as parliamentary secretary to the prime minister, Kevin Rudd, and parliamentary secretary for broadband.
Husic, the son of Bosnian migrants, was the first MP to be sworn in to federal parliament by the chief justice of the high court with his hand on a copy of the Qur’an.
The religious text belonged to Husic’s father.
The governor general, Quentin Bryce, said at the time, “It is a great day for multiculturalism.”
However, on Monday evening and Tuesday morning Husic’s Facebook page was flooded with posts from people – some using pseudonyms – expressing their outrage.
Most were written under a post from the Blacktown, NSW MP, which read, “Proud to have been chosen as the PM’s parliamentary secretary – and over the moon to be parliamentary secretary for broadband.”
“This is disgusting. How dare you disregard Australia’s constitution like that. Absolutely sickening. Do we begin the push for sharia law now? Not at all happy. Definitely will not be voting for you,” wrote Carrie Forrest.
Another, who went by the name Gypsy Moon, wrote: “Why did you insist on being sworn in with a Koran? I am offended that any federal member would not pledge allegiance to our country and queen, [but] to a pseudo religion that has its own political system and law agenda.”
However, between the attacks were messages of support.
“Still think you should [have] got a cabinet position mate. But congrats, you deserve it! It’s sad these so-called Christians are using the Bible to inspire hatred. Hypocrites much?” wrote Adam Edward Owsinski.
At the time of the swearing in, Husic downplayed his religion but conceded it was potentially a significant moment for the Muslim community.
“Given my background, there are some people taking a small slice of pride or happiness,” he said.